Email List Building – Irresistible Free Offer

In this video, you will discover the following:

  • The most important element of your website homepage to build your email list
  • How to create an offer that has your prospects “Yes, that’s exactly what I need, how can I get it?!”
  • The “secret sauce” to to crazy optin conversion – “content, relationship, value.”
  • What NOT to provide your prospects that drives them away
  • How to create an ethical bribe to get more leads
  • How to get visitors to stay on your website for more than 2.9 seconds
  • Dozens of examples of free offers that convert more leads
  • The most compelling free offer that converts more than anything else
  • How to get your leads to actually consume your content without giving it away for free
  • The #1 secret to increase conversion by 15% that literally takes seconds to implement
  • 14 places to position your IFO so you increase your email list 24/7
  • A secret to increase conversion by another 20% (and you can do it on your phone)
  • My exact video script for your homepage optin video

This video is a sneak-peek into thirteen cutting-edge email list building strategies I will share as part of my 3-day live event happening this August – the Internet Marketing Intensive.

Registration is close to 70% full – register here ->http://internetmarketingintensiveevent.com/.

Email List Building – Website & Blog

In this video, you will discover the following:

  • The new ClientAttraction.com website and the most critical elements in your web design
  • The best blog based web platform for generating a ton of content your visitors will love
  • The 4 most important elements of your website design and how you can do it too
  • The secret of what Google loves and how can jump on the “Google love” bandwagon
  • How many people convert on your website right now? Here’s how to dramatically increase your conversion
  • Did you know your website visitor spends less than 3 seconds on your site before deciding to “stay” or “click away?”
  • The distinction between lead generation (driving people to your website) and lead capture (getting them on your list)
  • How to get a “big asked list” to get a “big ass list”
  • The framework for generating 10,000 optins to 80,000 optins
  • The formula for massive lead conversion to attract more optins from your website visitors

This video is a sneak-peek into thirteen cutting-edge email list building strategies I will share as part of my 3-day live event happening this August – the Internet Marketing Intensive.

Registration is close to 65% full – register here ->http://internetmarketingintensiveevent.com/.

The wrong way to let subscribers opt-out from your email list

This got me going… and I had to share.

I follow a friend of mine on Twitter named Scott Stratten. You can follow him on Twitter at @unmarketing or on his website at UnMarketing.com.

If you don’t know Scott, he tweets about social media and marketing with a very unorthodox mindset – which I appreciate and respect. His Twitter handle of “unmarketing” says it all. Similar to my authentic Internet marketing approach, Scott looks for the real, genuine and authentic way to market a business online using email marketing, Internet marketing and social media.

Scott recently tweeted something about the process of unsubscribing from someone’s email list (see below). Ironically, the timing couldn’t have been better (I’ll share more on that in the p.s. at the end.)

Can you relate? I sure can… And, I had to share by retweeting it on Twitter. As did 40+ other people that supported his tweet about the occasional and unfortunate process of unsubscribing from someone’s email list when it’s done in a non-ethical, non-intuitive and non-authentic way.

It got me fired up to share some of the reasons why this is just so wrong. Interestingly, I just looked at the other @replies to Scott’s original tweet to see other examples (including mine) as to why this not the right way to go about having people opt-out from your list.

Listen, someone at some point may decide to leave your list. And, as I shared in an earlier post about why that’s a good thing – you don’t want to make them feel bad or irritate them by making the process more difficult or cumbersome than it really is. A simple one-click unsubscribe will do.

So, in the interest of showing “how to do it right.” Here are some  examples of what NOT to do when people choose to unsubscribe from your list.

Forcing subscribers to login into their “profile” to access “subscriber options.”

I mean give me a break. I optin to your list for a free report or to join your newsletter – I don’t need a profile where I have to login to opt-out if I choose to do so. Simply point me to an unsubscribe page where I can remove myself easily and let’s move on. Chances are if I am wanting to unsubscribe, I’m not getting value – so why would I even know or remember my profile information to login in the first place?! I am in favor to login if I actually have multiple subscriptions or options – but most people don’t when they join a simple email newsletter.

Sending a confirmation email after I unsubscribe.

I mean is it just me or does this seem 100% counterintuitive? I just opted out of your list because I don’t want to receive anymore emails and you send me ANOTHER email? When does No actually mean No to you people? When I hit unsubscribe that means “don’t email me again, please.” Else, I’m reporting email spam on you.

Forcing the subscriber to re-enter my email address. For real? Of course you have my email address because I am receiving emails from you – so why do I have to re-enter it? Seriously.

Actually “unsubscribing” and still getting emails. Yes, this does happen. I happen to be on an email list where I have opted out several times (and they use all these sneaky tactics above) and I STILL receive their frickin emails. I’m at the point now I had to setup a rule in my email program to auto-delete their emails when they get delivered. I’m sure subscribers like me don’t skew their email metrics at all… right…

Designing your unsubscribe page like a website from hell. I’ve visited a web page to opt-out and it literally looked like a scrabble board – letters and forms and buttons and images all over the place. I don’t mean to toot my own horn – but I get websites – and am pretty crafty about working my way through some pretty horribly designed pages to figure out what to do. But some of these opt- out pages – totally stumped me. Kudos to them for making it hard for me – and keeping a pissed off subscriber. Big win, huh?

These are all measly attempts to keep subscribers – which is pathetic and pitiful. I feel sorry for people that do any of these – or shame if you do all of them. If you’re actually successful on keeping subscribers because the opt-out process is so darn difficult – do you actually think these people will want to receive (let alone open and read) your emails? No!

If anything, you’re setting yourself up for failure – because they most likely will report spam on you for not being able to opt-out.

Here’s the deal – if you’re doing any of these – please stop. Perhaps you don’t even know what your opt-out process is about. Well, test it!

If your email marketing platform doesn’t allow you to customize any of these options or remove them entirely – think about moving to a different provider that makes it easy for people to opt-out. Not only are you hurting your business by pissing off subscribers – you’re rubbing people the wrong way and that’s just morally wrong. They may come back later – but not if you piss them off while they’re leaving now.

Until next time… Learn It, Love It, Live It!

p.s. Why was the timing of this perfect as I mentioned earlier? As this tweet conversation was going on – I was having my own “opt out from hell” experience trying to unsubscribe from a list as they pitched me some offer repeatedly for days. Their weapon of choice to keep me subscribed? The famed “login to your profile to access your subscriber options.” Buggers…

Are Your Emails Worth Reading?

There is a kid’s television show called Blues Clues. It’s about a guy and his pet dog “Blue” that have adventures where they use “clues” to figure out what the dog wants. It’s quite cute.

Ever seen it?

In each episode there is a point at which the main character receives mail from the mailbox. I love it. When it’s “mailtime” – there is an upbeat song and the guy excitedly exclaims “Mailtime!” Then he sings:

“Here’s the mail, it never fails it makes me wanna wag my tail, when it comes I wanna wail MAIL!!!!”

You can check out the actual video here. But, read on for the real juice…

Now, I don’t know about you – but I’ve not been that excited about mail in a LONG time. Not since the day of pen pal letters as a kid.

What about you?

And what about being excited in something so commonplace in today’s world – like email?!

Do your emails generate that type of behavior? Are they exciting? Engaging? Interesting? Do they make people sing and jump up and down?

Probably not.

But, you should be writing emails with that goal in mind.

If not, you’re emails will be like everything else that is out there. BORING!

How do you it?

Here are 6 secrets to writing exciting and interesting emails:

Keep it casual. Write emails like you’re writing to your friends. Not a list of random subscribers who you have no relationship with. Pretend you’re writing an email to your best friend.

Keep it real. No fluff and don’t lie. Tell it like it is and in your own voice. Don’t try to be like anyone else.

Keep it conversational. I don’t know about you, but I respond well on email when the person writing keeps it simple and to the point without a lot of formalities. Try writing the email like you were texting someone – it keeps it open and encourages a response or reply.

Keep it interesting. Write about them – not you. Whether you inject your personality or humor or a certain edge – when you make it interesting for the reader – they’ll obviously read more and be more engaged in what you’re telling them.

Give them a call-to-action. Have a point with your emails – not just ramble on. Have an end goal in mind and write so that the user takes that action. 95% of the people who do email marketing miss and forget the fact that it’s almost ALWAYS about getting the readers to click through to something (a website, video, sales page, etc.)

Give them value. Make it worth their time and effort when reading your emails. You would only expect the same when reading their emails. Make sure they actually want to read your emails and they’ll feel they’re getting value.

Keep these 6 simple tips in mind when writing your emails and your readers will soon react to your emails just like they do on Blues Clues: Mailtime!

Until next time… Learn It, Love It, Live It!

How to Crush It with Facebook Ads

It seems there are a lot of people out there that have a negative view of using pay-per-click advertising to build their list. As I shared in one of my earliest posts – paid advertising is in fact one of the BEST ways to authentically and rapidly build your list with highly qualified and motivated leads. But, you have to be willing to pay.

So, as an Internet marketer, I strongly feel that online ads are an integral part of any marketing campaign.

It’s our duty (and sometimes a challenge) to design ads that catch the user’s attention and get them to click on it. It’s as simple as that.

One of the more popular places where online ads have been growing in popularity is on Facebook. The social networking site has over 750 million users – which demonstrates a massive reach when it comes to offering your services into new markets. Thus, it makes sense that Internet marketers have been using Facebook as another platform (along with Google AdWords) to extend their marketing campaign.

But, there is a catch. What is the success formula for creating an effective Facebook ad? While there is no “magic bullet” that addresses how to design the best converting ad, I provide here a list of guidelines that you can follow when designing your own Facebook ad.

Targeting
This can actually be broken down into two sub-categories: demographics and keyword targeting. It’s always important to consider your market in terms of age and location, so you can focus on delivering your campaign to the right people. Facebook offers so many more targeting options beyond those such as language, education, relationship status, likes and interests.

You can also choose to filter your ads through keywords or interests that can be linked to your ad. With any ad campaign, you can do a little research to find out what keywords best fit you. But, being able to target to specific interests and likes (i.e. other fanpages on Facebook) to target users is very powerful.

Facebook even gives you suggestions on the different type of topics or interest and how large an audience it has based on an interest keyword that you type in. This could be a new way to choose your audience if you want to target them based on their specific interests.

Design
The problem with Google AdWords (although I love them) is they are just plain text. You can’t get really creative with your ads and use compelling and interesting images along with your copy to make your ads really pop. This is where Facebook Ads are killer. You can choose an image for your ad that are going to grab the attention of your target users and use interesting images that are going to make people want to click it! It’s been proven that people will be more inclined to click on ads with a cool picture rather than a plain block of text.

Simplicity
Keep your ads simple. Since you only have so much space to play around with it’s important to come up with a short, yet compelling copy that will catch people’s attention. If you can combine your copy along with your call to action in the ad – then go for it.

Numbers
The statistics for your ads are critical to see how effective the ad you’re running is doing. Information such as impressions (how often your ad is viewed) or conversion (how many times your ad has been clicked) are super important. Not too mention how much money you’ve spent on the ad so you can tweak different elements to make it more effective.

Now that you know – it’s time to start cranking out some Facebook ads! Just make sure you use this list of guidelines.

Until next time… Learn It, Love It, Live It!

Why Unsubscribers Are Good For You

You are probably thinking… “What?!”

Wondering why I would say people who opt out of your list is a good thing? Read on…

People lose interest. When someone joined your list they were excited and motivated to find out more about you and what you had to offer. It’s very difficult to sustain that level of engagement over time. Even if you’re cranking out excellent content and value consistently – some people just lose interest and move on. Nothing you can do about it. The longer the time, the more likely they will lose interest and eventually decide to opt out.

Be OK with that…

People opt out after a period of time with consistent non-activity. We all do it. We scan our email inbox or folders and decide to ourselves if we want to stay on that list… or not. It’s like spring cleaning or going through your closet and tossing what you don’t need and keeping what you do. The longer the stuff lingers in the closet or attic – the more likely it will get tossed. People view your list in the same way. We all have to try and rise above the clutter and remain front and center. Over time if we don’t meet our end of the bargain – they’re likely to opt out like last years jeans.

Be OK with that…

It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee. People opt out for a reason. It’s our job reason to have the awareness as to why they do opt out and figure out what can be done differently to avoid more people leaving in the future. Been through an extensive launch with a lot of “sales” and “pitch” emails? – you’re opt out rate will for sure increase to an extent. Starting to slack and not churn out the solid content that your subscribers are traditionally used to? Get back on it and whip it into shape. People who opt out should be seen like a red flag that something is not right – and you need to address it the best you can.

Be OK with that…

Focus on gaining the new people. The rate of people who unsubscribe is all relative to the number of new people who join your list. Focus on that and it will make the reality of people unsubscribing easy to deal with. Don’t look at your unsubscribe numbers -focus on the overall list size. People will leave your list at some point.

Be OK with that…

I’m happy when people opt out because then it cleans up my list and I can rely on more realistic and truthful statistics and analytics like open rates and click-through-rates. Dormant subscribers who never opt out (and never read your emails) are just skewing your numbers. I say “you know where the door is, leave whenever you want to…”

Be OK with that…

As a result of this – try not to focus on the numbers of your list. Focus on the conversation with your list. Write to one person (not the full list) and you’re more likely to not only keep them around longer – but open and read your emails (which is the idea here, right?)

Listen – the moral of the lesson is this: If people on your list are not opening your emails – why would you want them on your list? Chances are if these people are not opening or reading your emails – they’re not going to buy anyway.

And, with the new social media platforms out there like Facebook and Twitter (and many more) people can easily get your content and value in other places – not just email. My thought is if they move away from email – perhaps they’re moving onto an alternative platform to get my content like my Twitter updates or Facebook status.

Perhaps they’re no longer your ideal client – so be happy they moved on. Say to yourself… “I’m not their teacher. That’s totally cool.”

Until next time… Learn It, Love It, Live It!

Marketing Is Not Marketing

I see it too often and it breaks my heart. Aspiring and passionate entrepreneurs and business owners who try to “get” marketing. Unfortunately, they have it all wrong. Well, most of them (99% in my opinion) out there think marketing is just marketing.

Marketing is not marketing.

Marketing is not branding.

Neither is advertising.

Marketing is about response.

I’ll say it again… Marketing is all about response.

Without expecting (and feeling confident you’ll get) a response from your marketing efforts… you’re wasting your time and effort.

Don’t get me wrong – there is a place for branding and in some cases advertising (if the goal of advertising like PPC ads is to get a response) – but it comes nowhere near the importance of direct response marketing. Direct response marketing is the only type of marketing that will actually yield sales and results in your business.

In other words… Direct response marketing is what drives the success (or failure) of your business.

Let me explain why this is so important.

Your marketing efforts MUST (I repeat, MUST) focus on getting a response – an action from the prospect – because it’s the pre-cursor to getting a sale or getting an optin or anything else that drives the results of your business upward.

That’s when everything else (sales, customer service, etc.) is easy because your marketing has done most of the hard work – finding, educating, and nurturing your people so they take the desired action you want them to take.

It’s about action… And every marketing effort you deliver (an email, video, sales letter, direct mail piece, social media update, etc.) should be 100% focused on having the prospect take action. And I don’t mean an action like they get this warm fuzzy feeling of “oh, that was pretty cool” and do nothing about it. I’m talking action here in the form of an optin to your list; they call you; they click the Add to Cart button and buy from you; they share your message or product with friends, etc.

Too many get it wrong. They focus on their product or their service and pay so little attention to the marketing effort needed to get that product or service to the people who need it most. Don’t get me wrong – you have to have a kick-ass product or service. It’s a given in my book because if that’s not the case and your stuff can’t 100% genuinely help someone and add a ton of value – you shouldn’t be out there in the first place.

Target a specific niche or market when your marketing message can get a response. To the point where you feel confident enough where you can almost feel like you’re guaranteed to get a response.

Think of it like this: Don’t fish in the entire ocean using generic bait. Fish for mackerel in the area of the ocean where mackerel hang out and use mackerel bait they want. You should think about your marketing in the same way. Identify and define the peeps in your niche, find where they are and where they hang out, and then develop the marketing that will get you the response from them that you want.

One last word of advice: Never delegate marketing. It’s like the rule of never delegate the checkbook in your business. You can delegate certain aspects of your marketing (like the technology, implementation, etc.) but never, ever delegate your marketing efforts. It’s the lifeline of your business.

Until next time… Learn It, Love It, Live It!

12 Best Online Marketing Strategies For 2012

At this time of each year we think about what we accomplished over the last year – and what we want to improve on for the upcoming new year.

From a marketing perspective, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all new ideas and bright shiny objects out there to pull our attention away from the marketing strategies that matter most – those that will actually improve your business and expand your marketing reach.

So, in honor of the new year – I present to you the 12 best online marketing strategies to focus on for 2012. There could be more – but these are in my opinion the best strategies to bring you quicker to your business goals using online marketing strategies that work.

Don’t choose them all! Focus on the 2 or 3 that you feel could impact your marketing effort the most – and carve out the time and plan for implementing them next year!

  1. Improve your irresistible free offer. Perhaps it’s time to replace that outdated “free report” or “eBook” with an even higher value freebie to offer site visitors. As I referred to in my post about the best freebie out there (read it here) – my favorite is still the Audio CD – which has huge intrinsic value because it’s a physical “thing” and you can capture mailing addresses in addition to just email address.
  2. Launch a new product or program. There is always something you can “launch” whether it’s a new product or program. You can also “re-launch” something you did this year that performed really well. My post shares some great methods for launching a new product or program (read it here.) Think about what you can do differently this time around to make it even more engaging and worthwhile for your audience. Add more bonuses and juicier incentives to help increase sales.
  3. Do a new webinar or teleseminar. Each new year is a great time to host a new topic using either a webinar or teleseminar. It can also be a perfect time to switch up the format and see what works best. Been doing a bunch of teleseminars lately? Try a webinar? Doing just webinars? Try a teleseminar. And, choose a topic that is new to your audience and see what kind of response you receive.
  4. Connect with a new joint venture partner. Have this year be the year you establish a great partnership with a new strategic alliance or joint venture partner. I explained how to do this in my post about joint venture as a great list building strategy (read it here.) Someone that you feel can really pull you and help you in a big way – while you can do the same for them. I always like to think outside the box about who to connect with – and expect something great as a result.
  5. Create an affiliate program. Perhaps this is the year you launch an affiliate program. Affiliates are a great way to spread your message and build your list – while also supporting your sales of products or programs. Pretty much most shopping cart programs (1ShoppingCart, Infusion, etc.) support affiliate programs and are easy to establish.
  6. Update your website / blog. Website looking a bit outdated? Perhaps it’s time to hire a graphic designer for that new logo you’ve been craving or hire a website developer to update your entire site. I shared how important design is when it comes to marketing online in an earlier post (read it here) so don’t skimp on the important details when updating your website. First impressions matter most when designing your website.
  7. Be more active on social media. Are you one of the folks who has a Twitter account but hardly ever uses it? Perhaps you’re wondering exactly what to post on that new Facebook fanpage you created? Have this year be the year you be more “social” on social media. Remember, you can’t be active on these social media sites unless you show up and do the work. My post about being active on social media can help you (read it here.)
  8. Start a pay-per-click advertising campaign. I’m a huge fan of pay-per-click advertising. One of my earlier posts about PPC explains that it’s one of the best and most effective ways to quickly and authentically build your list with highly qualified leads. Whether it’s Google AdWords or Facebook ads – they convert brand new prospects onto your list and you can target very specific groups of people searching what you have to offer. Yes, you gotta pay for the traffic – but – it’s definitely worth it on the long run (I show you how here.)
  9. Add video to your marketing. It’s 2012 and you’re still not using video in your online marketing? It’s time to jump onboard with the most powerful and effective way to connect and build trust online with visitors to your site. With the advances of technology and video equipment costs plummeting – you really have no excuse to do more video and start reaping the benefits immediately. Stuck with where to start and how to do it? My blog post about using YouTube can help you get started (read it here.)
  10. Generate more content. Only posting to your blog once every other week or once a month? This is the year you need to generate a ton more content – way more than you’re even doing now (unless you blog every single day.) Putting out high-content and high-value articles and blog posts is how you get new traffic as well as nurture the existing audience you have on your list. As I referred to in my post about how to get to page one of Google – content is king (read it here.)
  11. Be smart about SEO. Still don’t have a clue about search engine optimization or how it relates to your blog or website? SEO is critical for having massive success online – and can’t be ignored or overlooked anymore. Develop a comprehensive SEO strategy about how to improve your search engine rankings for your best keywords and let’s get to work. Need help on where to start? My blog post about the ABC’s of SEO will help (read it here.)
  12. Email your list more often. Only sending the email newsletter out when you have the time for it? This is the year we get you on a consistent and frequent schedule of emailing your list all this great content you’re now generating. If you’re doing monthly now – consider bi-weekly. Sending the newsletter every other week? Let’s make it happen by sending it weekly. As my earlier post about emailing your list more frequently explains – the more you email your list – the higher your open rates and consumption of your content – which is all good (read it here.)

There you have it! The official 12 best marketing strategies to grow your business with online marketing for 2012.

Please comment below which of these strategies (or others if you have them) you’ll put into place for the near year and let’s make 2012 the best year yet!

Happy New Year!

Until next time… Learn It, Love It, Live It!

The Most Important Page On Your Website

There is no denying that having a solid website is critical for success in building your online business. Not only does it represent you and your message for so many to see – it allows you to attract new visitors and gives you a tremendous opportunity to convert those visitors into leads.

Having a “client attractive” website that pulls people in with your compelling message is critical in building your list with highly motivated and qualified leads.

But, do you know WHICH page on your website is the most important for converting the most highly qualified leads onto your list?

Homepage? Nope.

Contact page? Nope.

Squeeze page or Landing page? Maybe – but not the most qualified.

In my opinion, the most important page on your website for attracting and converting highly qualified and motivated people onto your list is the About page.

Yep – the “About” page. The page where you “tell your story” and allow visitors to find out who you really are and why you do what you do.

Why? It’s the ONE page on your website where you have the best opportunity to truly engage with your visitor with your story, your why and your message. When you do so effectively and in an authentic and compelling manner – you have the best ability to convert them onto your list – when they are the MOST interested, engaged and motivated by reading about you.

How? Easy… And, this is where most people miss it. I’ve seen countless of “About” pages on a website with no optin box. None. Big mistake. Yes, there is the basic optin box on the upper part of the page – but as the visitor is scrolling down and reading more about you – they’re super interested and engaged.

So, why not include an optin field throughout the page as the visitor is reading? Perhaps as you’re telling your story about how you got started or why you do what you do – including a very transparent optin box for the visitor to optin at that moment to find out more will massively increase your conversion to your list.

And, because these people are actively reading your story and everything about you on the About page – you know they are interested and engaged more so than anywhere else on your site. It’s the most transparent and conversational way you can connect with a visitor on your site.

They are learning about you – and wanting to find out more. Including an optin field sprinkled throughout your About page will increase the likelihood of them joining your list.

It’s not a hard call to action like you may have on a squeeze page or landing page referring to your IFO. It could be more subtle and simply refer to whatever the topic is you’ve written as part of that section from your About page.

For example, mine might look like this:

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Best of all – I am very practical and easy to work with. I’m known for over-delivering with my clients and giving them EVERYTHING that I have and much more. I show you step-by-step how to do something so it’s easy to put into place and doesn’t require a technical background or “techy” skill set to implement what we cover and quickly put it into action so you can see immediate results.

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Doing this small change will not only increase your conversion and build your list, but build your list with truly engaged and interested subscribers – which will pay off in a very BIG way over time…

Until next time… Learn It, Love It, Live It!

How Often Should I Email My List?

I get asked all the time – how often should I email my list? I often answer “as many times as you can get away with.” Listen – the more they digest and consume your stuff and you educate them with your content – the better.

But, I usually 100% of the time answer with “it depends.” I know – it’s not the answer you want to hear. However, it really depends on a number of factors. Here’s what you need to consider before you decide how often you should email your list.

You have to know what your subscriber appetite is for your content. Are they hungry enough where if you gave them more high value / high content stuff (articles, videos, blog posts, etc.) each day – would they want it? Can you actually generate (and sustain generating) that much content? If the answer is yes – than I see keep sending until they say stop.

How will you know when they say stop? When the open rates start to go down and the opt-out starts to go up. That’s the easiest and quickest way to track your efforts.

Here are other factors to consider when deciding on email frequency to your list:

1. Determine what is your existing schedule for emailing your list? Is it random – meaning you email them whenever you feel like it? Or, do you have a pre-existing schedule like once a month or once a week? Once you set a schedule – it’s important to stick to it. They are conditioned to expect that schedule from you and you don’t want to decrease from it. Focus on trying to increase the frequency. Don’t go from more to less – always try to go from less to more. The end goal is to email your list more often but have it not significantly impact unsubscribes or open rates.

2. What is your market and subscriber conditioned to expect? What is their expected appetite when they subscribe? Are they the type who often spend their entire day in email (can email them more) or rarely check more than a few times a week (email them less.) Knowing that is a good indicator about how many times you can email them without doing too much and not giving them enough.

3. Content matters most. The more frequently you can send really good content (and it has to rock) – the better. There are some lists I subscribe to (like the Internet Marketing updates from HubSpot) that send maybe 1-2 emails every day. I don’t mind and pretty much open each email since the content is that good. If your stuff rocks – you should have no hesitation to send more of it.

4. Where are you in your email plans? Meaning – are you just sending out content or are you in a launch or campaign mode? During a launch or campaign often times subscribers are receiving more emails (and generally OK with it). As long as the increase in the volume of emails is complimented with good content and not banging them over the head every day for weeks on end.

5. Track it. In any change with regard to your emailing your list – always check your metrics to ensure it’s having the right impact and effect (and expected result) for your efforts.

I recommend at least once a week. I know for some people that sounds like a lot. And it is for someone just starting out. If that intimidates you – than perhaps try once every other week. But, think of this: Anything less than every other week is almost counterproductive. Waiting 14 days between sending a valuable piece of content to your list doesn’t do enough in terms of building a long lasting relationship with positive goodwill and nurturing the subscribers on your list.

The balance is finding the right schedule where your subscribers never think “I want more and I’m not getting enough” or “this is too much.”

Remember: “consistency breeds trust.” You have to commit and stick to the schedule that works best for you and your subscribers. Your peeps depend on it (more than you’ll ever know.)

Until next time… Learn It, Love It, Live It!