Identify where you acquire your most valuable, most engaged opt-ins, and brainstorm how you can get more of them.
Back in January, many email marketers said increasing their lists was their top goal for 2013. Well, spring is here. Is your mailing list growing as fast as your flowers and lawn? If not, it's time to execute a new plan.
Many marketers have email addresses only for 30 percent or less of their customer and prospect lists. They're tempted to revert to their direct-mail experience and reach for a quick fix like email append ("e-append") and list rental/purchase.
But in today's engagement-based inbox placement world, this "quick fix" approach can give you more headaches than new sales.
If you seek quantity over quality in list growth, you're practically inviting the ISPs either to block your entire opt-in mailing list or route everything to your recipients' bulk folders, where they'll languish in obscurity until the ISPs dump them automatically.
So, what should be in your email list growth plan? Below are five tried-and-true methods to ignite your email list growth, in a safe, permission-based way.
My Last Word
Too many marketers still think email list growth is a quantity game. Quality matters more. Identify where you acquire your most valuable, most engaged opt-ins, and brainstorm how you can get more of them.
Test your theories. Implement what works, and eliminate what doesn't.
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This column was originally published on April 17, 2013.
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Mike Hotz is a senior strategic consultant for Responsys, working with clients to design, develop, and execute cross-channel digital marketing strategies that contribute to their cross-channel digital marketing success. As an industry veteran, Mike has worked in e-mail marketing since 1998, designing, building, and executing e-mail and multichannel direct marketing strategies focusing on increasing customer engagement, nurturing leads, supporting sales organizations, and driving revenue for companies such as CDW, OfficeMax, Grant Thornton, and Digitalwork.com.
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