You may feel like you’re just getting started, but you already have subscribers! That group you have in your Outlook Address Book that you treat as your “update list”? The list of email addresses from your last book signing? The people who have said, “Please let me know when you write a new blog post!”? They are the ones you want to add to your email list. But here’s the catch—you can’t just add them to your email list, you have to have their permission to do so. You can do this a couple ways:
How do you make an email list?
While I hear alot of good things about Sendinblue and Convertkit, I heartily recommend Mailchimp to small businesses, email marketing entrepeneurs just starting out or if you just don’t have a clue, are new to email marketing but want to find something affordable where you can start out. Then Mailchimp is for you. They miss some functions that other companies offer but the easiness and the “free up to 2 000 contacts” makes it e great starting point.
Note for Affiliates: If you use affiliate links, you’ll want to pay close attention to MailChimp’s affiliate policy, though you’re probably okay unless you’re advertising get rich quick schemes. Mad Mimi, on the other hand, has no policy regarding use of other affiliate links, but bans use of Mad Mimi affiliate program links within Mad Mimi email campaigns! (MailChimp affiliate links are included in the footer of every MailChimp email.)
How can I improve my email list?
If you are looking to send bulk emails in Gmail, then separately adding emails of the recipients in the compose window can be very cumbersome. Thankfully, Gmail lets you create custom email lists to send bulk emails whenever needed. Whether you want to create an email list of your family or your office project team, it can be easily created without any need of a third-party service.
Who wins? Between MailChimp and Mad Mimi, MailChimp wins in features, Mad Mimi wins in price. Analytics junkies will appreciate the way MailChimp’s stats are front and center, but from there they require a lot of clicks, whereas Mad Mimi’s stats, though more hidden, are easy to see and understand at a glance once you get to them. Mad Mimi provides less options overall, making it simple and easy for beginners; MailChimp provides endless customization, along with better options for giving a free download exclusively to your subscribers. MailChimp allows for multiple RSS to email campaigns per feed URL, but Mad Mimi requires a work-around (add ?1 to the end of your feed URL to use it again). Mad Mimi’s site has a casual, friendly feel, while MailChimp gives an impression of professionalism (despite the chimp). Everyone talks about Mad Mimi’s great customer service, and every word you hear is true; yet I’ve never even had occasion to contact MailChimp’s customer service because everything is well organized and their knowledge base is so complete. Ultimately, I chose MailChimp for my personal use (you can’t beat the control and flexibility), and Mad Mimi for ministry use (the price is right when you are dealing with large lists).
Using Mad Mimi, you have two options for supplying a freebie link once the subscriber has clicked “activate”. You can include the free download link in the custom activation message (Webform, Advanced, then “Edit activation message”). Or, you can include an “Activation Landing Page” link to a page on your website that includes the link to the free download. Does that make sense?
Design: Most survey software allows you to arrange your questions and tweak the layout. However, the best survey platforms offer additional tools to make your surveys visually appealing and are designed to promote your brand. Our best pick, SurveyGizmo, offers customizable templates in all its paid plans and individual URLs in the higher-priced plans.
Your email campaign is created. Your newsletter is designed and ready. You have even sent it to your list of subscribers. Now what? This is the moment when you are dying to know what your recipients think about it. Did they open it? How many read it through? Do they click on the links and visit your website? Have they watched the video you thoughtfully inserted? Finding the right tool for you means more than finding the best bulk email software. Pinpointe is one such email service that offers great insight and analytics, so you can track your email campaigns and see how they are performing.
Why do we use email?
In our email marketing software review roundup, we test the top email marketing tools available based on how easy it is to create emails, build subscriber lists, set autoresponders, and pull in other communication-based tools, such as social media management, and web analytics software. To that end, we selected Campaigner and Mailchimp as the best pure-play email marketing services. If you need a more complex tool that can build comprehensive workflows designed to automate the email marketing process, then we recommend HubSpot and Salesforce Pardot, which are better served as marketing automation tools.