Customer reviews are the "social proof" that encourages people to join in on something. It's one thing for you to tell people to sign up for a campaign, but it's another thing for your happiest customers to say it too. Publish your best reviews from communities like Yelp right to your website. This adds genuine value to your landing pages when people are on the fence about submitting their contact information. 

Basically, it’s a single page site where you share valuable, relevant, and meaningful information in exchange for an email address. It could be anything from landscape photography tips and tricks, low-budget travel tips, monthly entertainment newsletter, free ebook, whitepaper, blogger list… whatever it is your target audience wants and needs in exchange for their email.


An email list can be one of the most valuable marketing assets a firm has. While building an audience on social platforms like Facebook or Twitter can be useful, investing time and resources into an asset that you don’t control can be dangerous. These platforms have the prerogative to ban your account and limit how and what you can say. Thus, email lists give you a direct path to your qualified audience. You’re free to say what you want to who you want, as much as you want: a luxury that you won’t find on social media, or through SEO and PPC.
This is especially effective of course if the content you’re sharing is relevant to your own business, and if you’re sharing it to or with a group of your target audience. If you share highly relevant content on Facebook and your target audience clicks on it from your Snip.ly link, chances are they’ll also be interested in your content and opt-in offers. Use Snip.ly to add calls to action to all of the relevant content you share.
Do you have an older list that you suspect has mostly decayed? Create an engaging opt-in message and send it to your old list encouraging contacts who wish to re-opt-in -- promising to remove all contacts who don't respond. Though it might seem counterintuitive to remove folks from your email lists in order to grow them, emailing only engaged contacts could improve your deliverability and increase the odds of your email getting shared with those outside your current contacts database.
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Don’t get intimidating! List building can be one of the hardest things to do. Not only is the growth part harder than, say, growing a Twitter following, but people struggle with what to write, how often to write, and what the purpose behind email is. Though I’ve given you some great list building resources above, here are my tips for getting started or scaling up.
Pop-up forms are still one of the most sufficient ways to grow your email list. Despite common thinking that they’re annoying above repair; popups work. Just ask Sumo users how they collected 23,645,948 email addresses. Yes, thanks to the pop-up plugin. They serve as a lead magnet, helping in converting visitors into prospects and email subscribers.
When you meet people face to face for any reason, ask for their business card. Offer yours. Set a glass bowl on the counter in your store or the reception desk in your office, and ask visitors to drop their cards in it. Offer some incentive to do so — a free product or service, gift card, etc. Use your own business cards to further drum up emails; add an offer on the back of your card that encourages people to sign up to receive your emails.
"Jennifer's course was exactly what I needed to start growing my email list. When I started her course, I had fewer than 30 random subscribers. Now my list is at 3,500 and it's growing every day. What's even better is that Jennifer teaches you how to build a targeted list with different opt-in forms so you know how people came to your blog and what they're interested in.  
Customer reviews are the "social proof" that encourages people to join in on something. It's one thing for you to tell people to sign up for a campaign, but it's another thing for your happiest customers to say it too. Publish your best reviews from communities like Yelp right to your website. This adds genuine value to your landing pages when people are on the fence about submitting their contact information. 

While consumers have steadily become desensitized to giving out personal emails, they will be more apt to provide an email if there is a value exchange. As we mentioned above, simply asking someone to join your newsletter isn’t going to convince them that they are receiving value in return for their contact information.  It’s important to be transparent, convincing and urgent with your opt-in call-to-action. Some easy ways to offer value for opt-ins is to:


Some readers will unsubscribe from your email autoresponder, whether it is short or long in duration. It is inevitable. Watch for trends that might indicate a necessary change (e.g. high unsubscribes after a particular lesson), but understand that unsubscribes are a natural part of your list’s equilibrium. Even if people unsubscribe, they were exposed to your content before they did so. Load the beginning of the course with excellence and go from there.
"Before I came across Rapid List Building I was shooting blindly in the dark, just hoping and praying that what I was doing would work. Now I have a road map to grow my list. No more hoping, guessing, and wasting time. I finally feel confident and in control. And the best part...I'm now adding 100+ new subscribers to my email list every day. I'm on track to double my revenue this year."
Longer copy is acceptable. Including the full blog post text means a longer email, but there is a benefit to including the full blog text for your reader. You are offering them convenience by not making them click through to your site to read everything. You hold nothing back and give them everything for free, not even requiring a visit to your site. That can be seen as a form of goodwill, and readers often prefer the convenience of being able to read everything in their email client on their mobile device without having to open up a browser.

While consumers have steadily become desensitized to giving out personal emails, they will be more apt to provide an email if there is a value exchange. As we mentioned above, simply asking someone to join your newsletter isn’t going to convince them that they are receiving value in return for their contact information.  It’s important to be transparent, convincing and urgent with your opt-in call-to-action. Some easy ways to offer value for opt-ins is to:
For example, Survey Monkey is another must-have basic email list building tools you should try. Doing a target audience research need some new topics to cover or simply want to see how people perceive your product, service, or a brand? Use Survey Monkey to ask them, offering the results in exchange for their email address and voila! Got yourself an email list pretty quick!
Prospect list building is a crucial part of the outbound sales process. The first step is defining your ideal customer profile (ICP). But as soon as you’ve done that, you actually need to find the right accounts, people and their contact details. Here’s a tool stack for step two. A collection of outbound prospect list building tools and services that will help you regularly feed Woodpecker with fresh contacts.
The tools below will help you find email addresses and other contact details of your ideal prospects. Most of them involve Chrome extensions that will help you collect data directly from websites and social platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter, Angel.co, Crunchbase and more. We’ve reviewed the first five on the list so far. More reviews are coming soon.
Cathy is the Woodpecker blog’s creator & chief contributor. She used to spend lots of time contacting prospects, especially via email. One of the few people on Earth who read crappy cold emails from start to end and analyze them – for purely educational purposes. Taking care of this blog, reporting Woodpecker’s journey on the pursuit of happy openings, successful closures and all the new skills we acquire in between.
This is especially effective of course if the content you’re sharing is relevant to your own business, and if you’re sharing it to or with a group of your target audience. If you share highly relevant content on Facebook and your target audience clicks on it from your Snip.ly link, chances are they’ll also be interested in your content and opt-in offers. Use Snip.ly to add calls to action to all of the relevant content you share.
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