Let’s talk about list building, or more specifically WHY you need to build a list in the first place. It doesn’t matter what form your online presence takes – be it blogging, creating video content, running an online store or growing a social media presence – any online business can benefit from having a list and focusing on growing your subscriber base.
What Makes An Email List So Special?
It gives you a chance to talk directly to your audience. You don’t have to wait for them to come to your blog or login in to Instagram to see your content, your message, and your offers. Instead you get to go to them … their email inbox to be more specific.
While blog posts, videos, and social media posts lend themselves to talking to your entire audience at once, with email… even when you’re writing an email to a larger list, it allows you to talk to each reader individually. While your blog posts for example are written to a whole segment of your audience, you can sound more personal and personable with your list.
Most importantly though, email marketing converts better than any other form of marketing and it’s the main reason why all your other marketing efforts should focus on growing and expanding your list. In other words, the list allows you to make a living from your online business.
And it’s also a safety net.
Let me explain.
Things happen. Facebook decides to close down your account, your website may get hacked and a lot of the content lost, search engines may one day decide they no longer love you and stop sending you free traffic. Murphy’s Law holds true, even on the web…. Anything that can go wrong will eventually go wrong.
But if you’ve focused on building a list, you always have a way to recover.
Plus you have a chance to get to know your readers better. You can build a relationship with them through the daily or weekly emails you send to them (as well as their replies). You start to build trust with your audience.
Why Is Relationship So Important?
Because once you have earned that trust, they will gladly take you up on the offers you sent them via email. And provided you treat your list well and share great stuff, it’s sustainable. You can make offers for things they want and need over and over again.
When To Start Your List?
As soon as possible! Even if your blog is brand new and barely getting traffic, you’re STILL getting traffic and each of those visitors is a potential email subscriber. Give them an opportunity to opt in to your email list and stick around to hear more from you in the future!
How’s YOUR List Doing?
Haven’t started? What’s holding you back?
Not sure what to do next? Stay tuned for tomorrow’s email…