A guest post by Kirsten Thompson, blogger & e-newsletter extraordinaire
Hey fellow creatives! I'm honored to be here with you today, and so grateful to Erika for allowing me to share my love of all things "newsletter" with you!
First, let's be honest with one another.
If you're like a lot of bloggers and online business people, you fall into one of these two categories regarding newsletters:
1. You know you need a newsletter, you just don't know where to start.
2. You have a newsletter, but you know you need to kick it up a notch.
Today, I want to share with you 10 ways to absolutely suck at email marketing, and how to make sure you don't.
Today I have one simple question for you.
Do you have an email opt-in box in your sidebar that nobody seems to notice?
Trying to encourage people to subscribe to your newsletter can feel a lot like trying to herd cats, even if you have an excellent free opt-in gift (aka: "lead magnet") that you've spent weeks carefully crafting and designing.
(You hear me, right? I mean, let's be really, completely, 100% honest here. At times growing our email lists can be excrrrrruciating.)
But WHY? What's going on that makes sidebar opt-in forms so notorious for blah performance?
1. First of all, everybody has those little boxes in the sidebar of their website. They’re easy to ignore because they're nearly all the same. Common layout elements condition people to be "opt-in blind."
2. In an effort to be pretty, too many people try to blend the opt-in box into the rest of their theme by choosing neutral colors and making it diminutive. As a result, the opt-in area doesn't compete for anybody's attention. Rather than saying, "Look over here!" it says, "Oh, don't mind me...Read More
When you're working on increasing your online trust and authority, one thing is certain: you need to make headway with the simple things first.
Quick accomplishments are motivating. Once you see big results from small efforts, you'll be more inclined to dig in for the long haul and get the entire job done.
In the first blog post in this series, you learned 27 fairly effortless changes you could make to your website design and content in order to look credible online. Today, you're going to learn how to make your emails, sales process, and online etiquette work for you to build your online authority.
These are 16 specific things you can easily start working on TODAY. Your time is money, so let's get down to business: