Collect More Emails in 2020 With These 5 Methods

This is a guest post from Mark Spera at Growth Marketing Pro.

While we used to drop business cards in fishbowls, the internet has ushered in a new era of lead capture.

Email marketing is the gold standard in customer communication in 2020. According to McKinsey, email is 40 times more effective than social media at reaching and engaging consumers. Why? Because most emails are opened, and email is native to our mobile phones.

So, if you want to keep pace with your competitors, you must collect emails and engage your users with tools like Campaign Monitor. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to collect emails.

1. Capture leads.

If you want more leads, you need to give your customers the chance (or multiple chances) to give you their email address.

To do this, make sure that email capture is early on in your marketing funnel. If you’re asking a customer to download a product, for example, consider collecting their email address early in that flow. Asking them early on like this will mean that you can re-engage with them as you need.

And, before you ask, yes, exit intent pop-ups do still work. For those unfamiliar, an exit intent pop-up is one that populates as your user moves to exit your page. It may sound obvious, but it does really work. In fact, 10 to 15% of your users can be “saved” by using an exit intent pop-up.

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2. SEO

SEO is the holy grail of digital marketing because it can mean free traffic forever.

It’s also one of the best ways to capture leads. Companies like Mint collected over 30,000 leads as part of their launch strategy, just by writing great content.

SEO can be boiled down to a few things:

  • Keyword research: To do well in SEO, you need to know what users are searching for. Once you understand which keywords people are utilizing, you can begin to create content that’ll answer those queries. Using the right keywords in your answers will tell Google that your content has the right answer for the question, leading it to populate your page on Google. Before you know it, you’ll have clicks coming in for free.
  • Great content: You can have all the keyword data in the world, but, without translating that data into great content, you have nothing. Creating content that people want to read is crucial to your SEO success, so make sure you’re constantly analyzing your pages, figuring out what works and what doesn’t, and keeping your content fresh.
  • Backlinking: Any good SEO strategy includes backlinking. Backlinking is when you get other websites or pages to link back to your site. It’s a covert way of showing Google that others rely on your page for information, and they should feel comfortable doing the same. Ask other sites in your space to help out or try writing guest posts. You can also put out press releases, add your site to directory sites, and reach out to industry news publications.
  • A good SEO tool: Making sure you have an SEO tool like SEMrush, Ahrefs, Moz or GrowthBar to support your efforts will make life a whole lot easier. It can help you in all of the above tasks to make sure that you have the most successful SEO campaign possible.

Once you have your SEO traffic flowing, you’ll have a regular stream of lead generation. The more traffic you generate, the more leads enter your funnel.

3. Live chat

COVID-19 has only accelerated live chat proliferation. Whereas live chat was once optional, it’s becoming an obligatory part of the customer journey and customer success.

As you can see in the image below, interest in live chat has skyrocketed over the last few months. That’s because these tools are so effective in moving users through a sales funnel.

Live chat is also an incredible way to capture email leads. Tools like LiveChat allow you to capture email leads directly in the live chat widget. It makes your customer’s experience with the site a seamless transition, from browsing to entering an email to chatting.

4. Webinars

Webinars are still one of the most engaging ways to connect with users. And, since COVID-19, webinar software has absolutely exploded in popularity.

See our COVID-19 Webinar here.

Therefore, webinars are more effective than ever at harvesting leads for your business. In order to make sure your webinar is a hit, do the following:

  1. Come up with a topic that’s extremely engaging for your audience. Interview influencers in the space, describe a growth hack that works for your business or will help them optimize theirs, etc. Be specific.
  2. In the lead up to your webinar, do some things to generate leads for your webinar (also generating leads for your email list):
    • Partner with other companies/influencers in your space to advertise your webinar. Two lead funnels are better than one.
    • Enable sharing with a referral widget (native in some webinar tools), so that attendees can invite colleagues and friends.You could even consider supporting with retargeting ads on Facebook or Google.
    • Record the webinar and turn it into evergreen content, so you can continue capturing leads long after the webinar has happened.
  3. Use email marketing to engage the audience and make sure they actually show up.

This strategy is a foolproof way to use webinars to build out your lead list.

5. Facebook lead ads

Facebook traffic has (expectedly) increased since COVID-19 hit the world. Unexpectedly, though, is the drop in the price of Facebook ads. According to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook ad rates have continued to drop through the pandemic.

But, of course, there’s a catch. Conversion rates on Facebook ads are also seeing a decrease, which means that increasing your ad spend to take advantage of the low CPM might not lead to the high conversion rates you were hoping for. In fact, your conversion rates might not even be enough to make your ad spend worth it.

While this does mean you should be taking care with what you advertise on Facebook, it doesn’t mean you need to get rid of your ads all together. Take this opportunity to switch your ad focus to lead generating Facebook ads. This way, you’ll get the most out of your spend by increasing your lead list.

To implement this change, switch your Facebook promotion category from “Get More Website Visitors” to “Get More Leads.” When you make this change, customers will be prompted to enter their contact info instead of converting on a landing page on your website.

Lead generating ads like this have a much higher conversion rate than ads asking users to buy something. And for good reason. People don’t mind entering their email. They do mind, of course, entering a credit card. It makes sense.

Once you have that long list of leads, you can focus on email marketing to push them over the conversion finish line. And, with low CPMs, now is the time.

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Wrap up

Focusing on lead generation, SEO, live chat, webinars, and Facebook ads are all excellent ways to grow your email list and collect new emails this year. These advertising methods have become a natural part of people’s existence on the internet—you’re simply guiding them down the path.

Implementing any or all of these strategies is a surefire way to grow that email list and start capitalizing on email marketing.

Mark Spera is a San Francisco-based marketer and founder of Growth Marketing Pro, a blog he grew to 700,000 visitors a year in just 24 months.

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How To Build An Email Lead Nurture Campaign That Gets Sales

This is a guest post from Jim Huffman at GrowthHit.

Email marketing for lead nurturing is one of the most effective ways to generate more sales. This tactic lets you stay in contact with potential customers and provides the chance to get your message across on a personal level, without distraction.

The one-on-one conversation aspect is the reason email beats social by 40x for customer acquisition, delivering $38 ROI for every $1 spent. It’s also the reason you can use your mailing list to reduce your sales close time.

Keep reading to find out how to build an email lead nurture campaign that shortens the sales cycle and ultimately increases your revenue.

How long does it take to close?

To cut the time it takes for a customer to move through your pipeline, you need to get clear on your sales cycle. Namely, how long on average does it take for a lead to become a sale?

Once you know that, you can work out how often to send out content.

For example, if it takes six weeks for a customer to go from initial contact to completing a sale, you might decide to run a nurturing campaign that reaches out to them once a week for six weeks. If you want to reduce close time, you might try emailing twice a week for three weeks.

You can calculate your close time in two steps. As shown in this image by Geckoboard:

It’s a calculation typically used in B2B, but it works just as well with your B2C sales.

Now that you have a level of predictability in your sales forecasting, you can plot how to streamline the cycle through email nurturing.

How to shorten your average close time

When was the last time you bought something significant on impulse? By “significant,” we mean something fairly expensive—like a new coffee machine or a TV, for example. In other words, probably not an impulse buy.

These purchases are often made carefully and infrequently.

This is because the sales funnel takes time, as does nurturing customers. Most people don’t click on an ad and immediately buy what’s being advertised. It’s too risky. Most customers read reviews for the product, research the store, and search for cheaper options elsewhere.

These are known as friction points, and they exist at every stage of the customer journey. Below we’ve listed a collection of friction points:

  • Awareness friction: long signup forms, slow loading pages, lengthy landing pages, and buffering videos may stop buyers from learning more about your product.
  • Consideration friction: cost, trustworthiness, and competition can all stop people buying from you.
  • Purchase friction: data security and checkout process are huge barriers at purchase. Can the buyer check out easily and are their details protected?

And there’s one more friction at play throughout: the subconscious.

As much as we like to believe we’re rational thinkers when it comes to purchasing, we’re often driven by emotion. If we have an emotional bond with a brand, we’re more likely to buy from them.

This is why big brands like Apple and Nike continue to invest so much (time and money) into building relationships through great experiences.

Addressing customer friction points and creating an emotional connection are key when shortening your close time. And email—a communication form unburdened by changing algorithms—is the best way to do it.

Building your email lead nurture campaign

1. Make signup forms simple.

To nurture a lead by email, you need them on your mailing list. And for that to happen, you need to make it as easy as possible for them to sign up.

The first thing you need to do is make your newsletter visible on your website. Toms does this well with a basic section on their homepage.

And with a pop-up that appears after you’ve browsed the site for a few moments.

Both forms are simple, asking only for an email address. For reasons that will become clear shortly, you might want to ask for a name too. But don’t overdo it. Asking for details like a customer’s address and zip code for a newsletter will scare them off. In fact, according to Marketing Sherpa, every field you add to an email form decreases signups by 11%.

Why we’ve chosen Toms specifically, though, is because of how they tempt people to sign up:

“10% off your first purchase.”

With so many brands fighting for attention, people need a reason to hand over their details. This gives them that reason. It’s also building that emotional connection and an incentive to buy.

2. Segment your audience.

For your email campaigns to work, you need to nurture buyers that match ideal customer personas. These are the people your products are aimed at in your marketing and those who are most likely to act on the content you send.

Segmenting your audience means the right people see the right content at the right time.

For example, if you sell sports watches for men and women, it makes sense to have emails focusing on men’s watches go out to male subscribers only and vice-versa.

If you’re unsure of your ideal customer personas, you can use Google Analytics and conduct customer surveys to find out who’s interacting with your content and better understand their needs.

3. Focus on value.

Nurturing is all about the soft sell—delivering value to remove friction and build relationships.

Avoid any kind of blatant selling early on. Instead, focus on getting the customer ready to buy.

For example, for new subscribers, you might send out an email that introduces your company and talks about how you give back to the community.

Another email might give them a peek behind the scenes to show the bond between staff. That can be followed up with a blog post about a product they’re interested in.

It all works to create an emotional bond that fosters trust.

4. Establish goals.

Every email in your lead nurture campaign should have a specific goal.

For example, you might send out an email that includes a CTA for a reader to check out your new blog post. The goal of that email would be to educate your leads.

Another might be to ask subscribers to download your limited-edition watch brochure with the goal of identifying high-value customers.

Setting goals keeps campaigns heading in the right direction—towards the sale.

5. Send out content based on your timeline.

Now it’s time to start your drip email campaign based on the close time you’ve set.

How often you send out content depends on how quickly you want to make sales. But always do it with nurturing in mind.

For example, let’s say you want to sell a watch in three weeks rather than six weeks. You might send two emails in the first week introducing your brand and what customers say about it.

In the second week, you might send out two emails educating customers about your products through blog posts and customer reviews. Once that nurturing is done, in the third week, you can follow up with a special discount on the watch.

6. Personalize and customize the journey.

Remember earlier when we mentioned asking for a name? This is so you can personalize your email campaigns.

The simple act of making an email personal works wonders for sales. Check out these statistics:

  • Emails with personalized subject lines are 26% more likely to be opened. – Campaign Monitor
  • Personalized emails deliver 6x higher transaction rates. – Experian
  • 74% of marketers say targeted personalization increases customer engagement. – eConsultancy
  • Segmented and targeted emails generate 58% of all revenue. – DMA

Customizing campaigns through Campaign Monitor’s automated journeys adds another level of personalization by showing customers content they want to see based on their actions.

Another example: say you send out an email featuring two watches, one high end and another at the budget end of your range.

The customer clicks through to the page of the budget watch but ignores the high-end watch. This tells you the type of watch the customer is interested in. Your follow-up content can be centered around that.

7. Measure and optimize.

As your campaigns run, you can use the data to see what works and where improvements can be made.

Run A/B tests to find out which emails perform best. Tweak subject lines, images, offers, and CTAs and measure the results.

There’s always room to improve. The more you experiment, the easier it will be to refine campaigns to improve ROI.

Wrap up

Reducing close time is all about establishing relationships with your customers. The quicker customers get to know and trust you, the sooner they’ll purchase and continue to purchase. Because, once that emotional bond is there, it becomes easier to turn nurtured customers into repeat buyers.

To get the most out of your lead nurturing campaigns, be sure you:

  1. Make it easy for potential customers to sign up to your mailing list.
  2. Segment your audience so that the right people are seeing the right content.
  3. Focus on value, not selling.
  4. Have a goal in place for each email.
  5. Use your desired close time to guide your content delivery.
  6. Use personalization and customization to deliver content that’s tailored to the individual.
  7. Continually test and improve your campaigns for better results.

Follow these steps and you’ll convert more leads in a shorter time, boosting revenue and creating an army of loyal fans.

Jim Huffman is the author of The Growth Marketer’s Playbook, the #1 new release on Amazon in marketing, and the CEO of GrowthHit, a growth marketing consultancy. Jim also serves as a growth mentor for Techstars, a startup accelerator. Jim has led growth at three different startups that went from idea to over $10M in sales and got featured by WSJ, TechCrunch or the TODAY Show.

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