You’ll agree that every time a visitor to your website subscribes, it’s a moment to celebrate.
But are you actually treating that conversion with the proper respect it deserves?
I mean, are you just lazily delivering your new fan with a one-and-done “Thanks for signing up, here’s your content upgrade” email? Or are you treating every new subscriber like a VIP and dropping automated value bombs in their inbox every few days after signup?
Look, if you’re not using automated emails to educate, nurture and build trust with your new subscribers, you’re shooting yourself in the foot! Not only are you missing out on longterm sales, but you're also doing your new followers a huge disservice by not providing with them the in-depth content they came to you looking for!
Want to start treating your subscribers like VIPs?
Email is a powerful marketing tool and a mailing list is easily an online business' most valuable asset.
It makes sense, then, to ask yourself which one of the many email marketing tools available is "the best". Unfortunately, this question is difficult to answer. Email marketing tools tend to be highly complex and packed with features. Testing even one of them is time consuming and it's impossible to cover all possible business cases.
In this post, we'll use an 80/20 approach to compare some of the most popular email marketing tools out there. We will look at Active Campaign, Autopilot, ConvertKit and Drip and we'll be evaluating them by asking the toughest questions...
“114,585 leads in less than 30 days!”
“We collected over 100,000 new subscribers in our first month!”
“We gathered 20,000 leads in 14 days!”
These are the kinds of claims used to advertise viral giveaway or contest apps. When you read such statements, it’s easy to think that launching a viral contest might be all you need to boost your mailing list to the next level.
Well, in true ActiveGrowth fashion, we hosted our own viral giveaway to find out how effective this list building method can be.
Read on to see how it turned out for us and what we learned along the way...
Every social network that gets popular inevitably declines. They all decline in the same way. And the decline happens for the exact same reason.
If you don't know about this, you'll fall into the "trending traffic" trap again and again. You'll be lured in by "social starlet" success stories, jump on a new platform when it's already too late and experience yet another disappointment.
Read on to discover what drives the inevitable decline of social platforms (and why you need to own your platform, instead).
Do you ever catch yourself staring out of your window, getting dragged away by thinking about your future life? You visualize the successful empire you're going to build, the fame and recognition, the infinity pool in your villa's backyard, the private jet you're going to fly your loved ones to the Bahamas every Christmas...
While having these pictures in your mind is highly satisfiying, getting carried away by these daydreams is actually hurting your progress big time.
If you're one of those who often end up daydreaming about the future, stay tuned: our newest podcast episode is the treatment.Continue reading
The most important thing you need to grow your online business is more traffic to your website, right?
Well, here at ActiveGrowth, we say...forget about traffic altogether! In our first full podcast episode – Forget Traffic! Part 1 – we're going to tell you why.
It turns out that web traffic is overrated when it comes to pulling success levers for your online business. In fact, traffic is such an over-emphasized performance indicator that it usually distracts you from much more important things that actually help to grow your business.
In Episode 1: Forget Traffic! – Part 1, Shane and Hanne introduce a business strategy they like to call the Customer First approach.
Download the podcast below to see why a customer first approach is so crucial to sidestepping the grind of audience building and moving you straight towards revenue generation instead.Continue reading
It turns out that marketing teams and online business owners don’t have superhuman hearing when it comes to detecting whispers about their products and services online.
So how do they manage to always respond to comments every time their company or products are mentioned in blog posts or forum discussions or social media blasts?
Well, it’s not by manually scrounging for data on a daily basis.
Instead, they have automated tools that listen to buzz on the internet for them.
Now, you might think a fancy automated monitoring system costs a monthly fortune to deploy and would be super complicated to setup...but you’d be wrong!
The leading keyword monitoring tools are FREE and only take a few moments to get up and running.
If you have an online business, this quick post will teach you how to start listening to the internet to help manage your brand and product perception in real-time to boost your online authority and make more sales!Continue reading
“I’ve always been shameless about stealing good ideas.”
Guess what iconic intellectual property thief said that?
The Mac Daddy of computing himself, Mr. Steve Jobs.
As much as you want to be intrinsically creativity on a daily basis, the truth is that your eureka moments are usually sparked by contact with external ideas.
If you’re an internet marketer or solo-preneur, "stealing" good ideas is just a crucial skill you must embrace to successfully promote your online business.Continue reading
Building a business can often feel quite overwhelming. One of your most important tasks is to make the business grow and it seems like there are unlimited possibilities and an endless list of tasks.
Well, I'm about to make this a lot easier for you. When you get right down to it, there are only 3 things you can do to make more money. In this post, you'll get the big-picture overview of these 3 things, so you know what to do next, no matter what your current situation is.Continue reading
If you search for "marketing automation", you might experience some heart palpitations when you start looking at prices. The big marketing automation players like Marketo, Pardot and Hubspot all have pricing plans that range from hundreds of dollars a month to the ominous "contact us". Clearly geared towards large enterprises, rather then scrappy startups.
But don't let that discourage you. Marketing automation is a cornerstone of any successful online business and in this post, you'll discover the tools that are suitable solopreneurs, digital nomads and small teams.Continue reading
What happens if you take 6 bright, creative marketers who are eager to learn, bring them together in an apartment in a vibrant European city... and make them work and learn with me for 3 months straight?
Even though that's a question no one in particular was asking, I wanted to find out. So I did this as a marketing and recruitment experiment.
In today's podcast, the guinea pigs from this experiment talk about what it was like and what the biggest marketing and business lessons were, that they took away from this experience.Continue reading
Like last year, Paul McCarthy and myself took some time to reflect on the year past and extract the most important and transformative lessons we learnt.
2015 was a year of fast growth for our company (Thrive Themes) and today's podcast episode is chock-full of tips you can apply to grow your own business, become a more focused and productive entrepreneur and much more...Continue reading