An email list gives you a quick, direct line of communication to your customers and target audience. In this post, I’ll cover how you can build an email list from scratch.
Best part? These methods won’t break the bank, your sanity, or your time commitments.
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Why put in the effort to build an email list from scratch?
Okay, so you’ve got a Facebook account. A ton of Instagram followers. And Pinterest boards that would make anyone a green-eyed jelly belly.
That don’t impress me much.
Why not? Because you don’t own those platforms.
The unfortunate reality is those platforms can get turned off on a dime. Anger the Twitter gods, and your account could be wiped off the face of the digital earth. And they won’t even tell you what you did wrong.
Or consider how many times Facebook has changed its almighty algorithm. Sure, you’ve got good organic reach now. But that can all change instantly.
And Instagram is notorious for mysteriously vanishing accounts…it’s happened to me TWICE!
Sounds a bit jarring, but there’s no need to panic, friend. Keep on growing your social media accounts and interacting with your followers.
But you’ve got to diversify your assets and risk.
The best thing about building an email list from scratch is that you completely own that list of subscribers. You’re not at the whims and mercies of the fickle hand of the algorithm.
Email is also simple to understand, learn, and use for maximum results. It’s also affordable.
It can cost you practically nothing to send out a few emails to your list and sell hundreds or even thousands of dollars worth of products and services.
Email marketing is renowned for its ROI, with many sources estimating an average return of $42 for every $1 spent. This staggering 42:1 ratio far surpasses the ROI of many other marketing channels, underscoring the cost-effectiveness and efficiency of email campaigns.
Let’s talk a bit about lead magnets. I say a bit because there’s a lot to unpack here. But suffice it to say, a lead magnet needs to be something that your target customer will find helpful.
Many businesses use eBooks as lead magnets, but you aren’t limited to that. You can make an infographic, template, bundle pack, whatever. Try not to get bogged down in the form the lead magnet will take. Instead, think about what your customer needs help with and how you can deliver. You want to provide value and get your customers a quick win so they see what working with you further will look and feel like.
Not all email service providers are created equal. Some are cheaper or more expensive than others. You also have to consider how robust or limited the different options are.
For example, Mailchimp offers a free account. But you don’t get very many bells and whistles with it. Also, free accounts are usually limited by how many people you can have on the list or how frequently you can send emails to them.
Also, most email service providers are just that — strictly email and don’t offer other capabilities. So, you’ll have one service provider to build your landing pages, another to set up a sales funnel, yet another to manage checkouts, one to create and send emails, and on and on.
Oh, and you have to learn how each works and what all their different rules are — rules they love to change all the effin’ time.
Ugh. What a headache.
I suggest looking for something that works as an all-in-one, where you can manage your email campaigns along with your other marketing efforts.
It integrates seamlessly with my other marketing needs — like creating funnels and landing pages. I can link emails to my funnels all within the platform instead of jumping around from one piece of software to another.
Kartra also offers excellent, easy-to-use tools for creating beautiful emails. It’s also easy to make email sequences and tag them correctly — no master’s degree required.
And it’s also affordable. You pay for one tool, and it covers all your marketing needs.
If you’re looking to simplify your business, keep your marketing within one platform, and run your business lean, then you my friend are in luck! It took me countless years and failed softened attempts before I found Katra. So I’d kinda feel guilty not sharing the one tool that has transformed my business. Get Kartra through my link, and you’ll get a 30-Day FREE Trial.
If some stranger on the internet asked for your email address, would you give it to them? Eh, maybe if you were feeling generous 😜
Yeah, probably not. You can’t just ask for an email address. You’ll need to offer something of value in return.
Technically, you’ll be marketing this as a “freebie.” But really, the cost is someone’s email address.
This lead magnet is what you’ll use to entice people onto your list. The opt-in page is where you’ll host the lead magnet and funnel traffic to bring all your subscribers to the yard.
You’ll either create the opt-in page within your email service provider, or your provider will integrate with your website so you can collect email addresses that way.
Someone just downloaded your lead magnet and gave you their email address. They trust you enough to get your emails. What should you do then?
Once someone downloads your lead magnet and submits their email address, the next thing they should get is a thank you.
Whatever provider you use to host your lead magnet, whether it’s Kartra or something else, will give you the ability to create a thank you page. This thank you page will automatically display to the new subscriber once they submit their email address.
It’s a good idea to also include a call-to-action (CTA) on the thank you page. Depending on your goals, your CTA could be something like:
Okay, you’ve got your lead magnet, thank you email, and a CTA that further supports your business goals. Now what?
You’ve got to visualize the subscriber’s journey and how they’ll interact with your brand.
They gave you their email and are expecting to hear from you. Now it’s time to create a welcome series to get them to take further action and build your business.
In email marketing speak, a welcome series is also called a nurture series. Most companies have three to five emails in this series.
In a nurture series, you help the subscribes familiarize themselves with your unique brand and offerings. You’ll also use this nurture series to build a relationship with them and increase their trust and loyalty in your company.
The welcome email is the first part of this process. It’s one of the first things the subscriber will see from you in their inbox. And you know what they say about first impressions?
So, here’s how to make it a good one.
Keep it simple. Congratulate the subscriber on taking action, give them their freebie, and let them know what they can expect from you next.
I suggest avoiding plain text emails. Try to make the email memorable and on-brand.
I personally love branded images. Maybe include a funny gif. Or other imagery and copy with personality that’ll help you stand out from the subscriber’s inbox. Which is probably super crowded #inboxzero.
Okay so now that you know all the ingredients to build an email list from scratch to attract your ideal audience, and you can get them all done-for-you and FREE (you’re welcome!) My hope is that you get your ideas and gifts out into the world ask start making an impact! The only thing better than winning is helping others get there quicker!
Build it, and they will come only works in the movies. You have to let people know your cool new lead magnet exists.
The final step in this process is to start funneling traffic to your lead magnet so you can begin building that email list from scratch.
Share your lead magnet to your social media pages and make it your cover photo. Link to it in your bios too. Consider adding a CTA for the lead magnet to your website home page, or run a paid ad strategy to build and funnel traffic. Sky’s the limit, Rockstar!