25 Proven Ways to Grow Your Email List Fast

How to get more leadsThere are many more ways than you think…

How many strategies are you using to grow your email list and your business?

You’re a savvy small business owner who’s always looking for new, cost-effective ways to market your business. The value of email marketing is clear and you want to take full advantage of this strategy.

Have you ever heard the phrase, “the money is in the list”? That can be true if you have a vibrant and responsive group of email subscribers.

So, how do you do it?

How do you grow a larger, more responsive list of prospects who are hungry for your content, products and services?

It is much simpler than you might imagine. You can and must increase your number of subscribers without compromising the quality of those subscribers – after all, there’s no point in having an email list of 25,000 people who have no interest in the message that you are sharing!

Here are 25 proven ways to grow your email list fast while ensuring each person on that list is a strong lead. [Read more…]

5 Contest Ideas to Grow Your Email List Fast

20140730-100936-36576685.jpgHolding an online contest is a fun, affordable way to grow your email list and engage your followers with your brand.

There are endless ways to create contests, ranging from huge, expensive giveaways (“Win an all-expenses paid trip to Maui!”) to contests that don’t involve money at all (“Submit a photo and we’ll feature you on our website!”)

The type of contest you choose will depend on your audience, your budget, and the level of complexity you’re willing to deal with.
The fastest, easiest way to use a contest to build your email list is to start small and simple, see what kind of response you get, and use that momentum to create an even bigger, better contest for your followers.

Here are 5 easy, low-cost contests that you can create to build your email list and increase fan engagement.

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5 Ways to Use Social Media to Build Your Email List

Building Social Media AudienceYou want to build your email list. You also want to grow your social media following.

While both marketing techniques can be effective in and of themselves, using them together gets you better results.

If you have a large following on Facebook or Twitter, just imagine being able to capture the email addresses of all those prospects – people who have already indicated interest in your brand!

Similarly, being able to leverage your email list to increase and engage social followers is also an incredibly beneficial marketing technique.

But how are you supposed to grab email addresses from Twitter followers, or get email subscribers to engage with you on Facebook?

Here are 5 proven methods for leveraging social media to build your email list (and vice versa!)

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Engagement Matters 15: Increase Your Social Media Activity by 120%

Engagement is the key to starting and building long lasting relationships both online and offline. We have been using an outstanding tool that can increase your engagement with your social media contacts by as much as 180%.

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The Biggest Mistake You’re Making With Your Social Media Marketing

Social media goals & mistakesThere are those small business owners who are die-hard social media fans and swear by its effectiveness. There are others who wouldn’t touch Facebook with a 10-foot pole. Most of us fall in between these two extremes.

The truth of the matter is that most (notice I didn’t say all) entrepreneurs can attract high-quality leads for their business by strategically using social media to connect with and engage their audience.

Did you catch that? I said by strategically using social media to connect with and engage their audience.”

Strategically means making smart decisions with how you manage and utilize your social media sites. It can be overwhelming and frustrating when you’re not seeing any positive results from your efforts. And how can you see results if you’re only spending 5 minutes a month on 7 different sites? Read More About The Biggest Mistake You’re Making With Your Social Media Marketing

Best Apps for Optimizing Your Facebook Fan Page

If you’re using Facebook Business Pages to drive traffic to your website (which should be the goal of the page), you’re likely quite interested in keeping up with the latest and greatest applications to help you get the most of out of this tool.

My friend Kristine Maveus-Evenson, President of Capture Hits, shared this great list of recommended apps that I want to pass along to you:     Read more about Best Apps for Optimizing Your Facebook Fan Page

5 Simple Tips for Better Results on Facebook

I literally just hung up with my coach and wanted to share some insights on how you can gain better results with your Facebook Fan Page.

As I’m sure you’ve noticed Facebook is constantly changing their landscape and how the features work. So, what worked 6 months ago to engage your audience probably isn’t working anymore.

Admittedly, I haven’t done the best job of engaging my audience on my Facebook page, but I’m excited that I’m taking steps to correct this. Thus, I want to pass forward the quick lessons I learned today so that if you have a Facebook Fan Page, you can make some simple tweaks to start creating better connections with your audience:    [Read more…]

Social Media Mistakes You Should Avoid

Social media is becoming more and more of an essential tool for businesses of all sizes. But unfortunately, due to the newness of the medium and a lot of accompanying misleading hype, many businesses are led astray. Either due to their own misguided social media attempts or using bad advice from inexperienced “social media experts”, businesses are making mistakes left and right. Read more about Social Media Mistakes You Should Avoid

Top 5 Reasons Why Social Media is an Essential Tool

Social media – it’s one of the most overhyped words in online marketing – so much so that many service professionals have thrown the baby out with the bath water and given up. However, when you learn to use social media consistently and correctly it can be a great boon to your business.

Here are five reasons why social media should be an essential part of your marketing toolbox: Read more about the Top 5 Reasons Why Social Media is an Essential Tool

Marketing a Service Business with No Marketing Budget

Marketing a service business will inquire an investment of your time and financial resources. What if you don’t have a lot of money to spend on marketing? Now what? Does that mean you simply cannot market your service business and your only hope is waiting on the sidelines for someone to hire you? Not at all! Today is the day you learn that marketing a service business with a minimal budget is not only possible, it’s easier than you think.

One of the first steps in marketing a service business is to get your branding in place. Make sure your business name, your tag line and your logo are all connected – that they send a consistent, positive and results focused message. Your brand is what prospective clients will remember you by. You’ve only got a few seconds to make a first impression, especially online, so make sure you have your ducks in a row — everything about your brand should be clear, concise and consistent. Read more about Marketing a Service Business with No Marketing Budget