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All the Options to Build Your Email List

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All the options to grow your email list

Ever wanted to see the big picture? All the options laid out so you can make an informed decision?

As I was coaching an author the other day, I realized that I haven’t written a blog post that covers my full email list building strategy.

So today, we’re going to remedy that!

In any marketing efforts, you want to make sure you’re doing things to reach both your Existing Readers and New Readers. The good news is that if you’re growing your email list effectively, it will be a powerful tool to reach your existing readers, as well as introducing new readers to you and converting them to fans eager to purchase your next book.

Sound too good to be true? I won’t promise it’s easy or completely painless, but once you have your sign-up forms and your automated welcome sequence in place, most of the hard work is done.

Existing Readers:Existing Readers

People who sign up for your email list after reading a piece of your writing tend to be a high “quality” subscriber. Meaning they are likely to open the emails you send and click the links in the email. They are likely your target reader.

The two best methods to capture these readers on your email list are: Read the rest of this entry »

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A Few of My Favorite Tools…

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A Few of My Favorite Tools

For authors today, we have so many fantastic tools to connect with readers – tools not available even a half-century ago. Things like websites, email lists, social media, giveaways, and more!

I thought it might be fun to take a moment to look at some of these helpful tools, and I’ll share what I use and why.  Read the rest of this entry »

A Year of Email List Growth: 2017 in Review

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As 2018 begins with a fresh dose of hope and a year full of possibilities, I’ve been working through my goals for the new year, and looking back on what worked last year and what didn’t. (I’ve also been reading an early copy of Michael Hyatt’s new book, Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals. I highly recommend it!)

One of my favorite studies each new year is a look back at my email list growth for the previous year. I did this in Jan., 2017 and shared the results on this blog post. It was insightful to see which ways of growing my list yielded the highest open and click rates!

For 2017, my goal was to grow my list by 6,000 reader emails. I’ll be honest, this was a less-than-ambitious goal considering I’d added 7,178 emails to my list in 2016. Perhaps I was feeling like I wouldn’t have the same list-building opportunities for 2017, but boy was I wrong!  Read the rest of this entry »

Turn Freebie Subscribers into Buying Readers

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Turn Freebie subscribersWith so many great opportunities for authors to grow their reader email list through giveaways, a new problem arises. (Or as we’re taught in project management, it’s not a problem, it’s an opportunity!)

When we gain subscribers by giving them a free book (or other giveaway), are we teaching readers to expect books for free?

Maybe. If we’re not using a series of onboarding emails.

But with an effective email automation sequence, you can teach those freebie readers to value your books and turn those new subscribers into fans! Read the rest of this entry »

Why I Love Facebook Lead Generation Ads

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I’ve been running a new Lead Generation ad campaign through Facebook, and I’m reminded of why I like this type of ad so much!

What is a Facebook Lead Generation ad? 

Basically, it’s an ad that creates an easy experience for the user to receive a free gift (ebook) from you in exchange for signing up for your email list. FB uses the email address on file for that user, so the opt-in process is very easy for the user – especially from a mobile device.

So why do I find value in Lead Gen ads?

  1. Grow Email List. They introduce me to new readers who opt-in to my mailing list. Over the course of about a year and a half, I’ve added over 5,000 new emails to my list through this resource. The targeting for FB Lead Gen ads is excellent, and I’ve seen good newsletter open and click rates from the readers I’ve acquired.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Most Effective Way to Grow Your Reader Email List

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With any book, especially a new release, the author/publisher/marketing team is striving to sell books to:

  1. Existing Readership
  2. New Readers

We’ll talk about finding new readers later, but in this post, let’s focus on selling new books to people who have already read your work.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Scoop on Advertising: Part 2 – Giveaways!

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We’re talking through other options for unpaid advertising this week, specifically…giveaways!

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Offering free books as a prize can have several different benefits. Let’s talk through several different options:

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