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Only recently did I realize I was making a HUGE mistake with my 5,000 Member social group. I was constantly driving traffic to my website, but I failed to effectively capture the email addresses of those who were not ready to pay dues. Sure, I had a standard sign-up form (generated by Constant Contact) that appeared on every page, but I didn’t realize there is a FAR better way to capture emails.
BRIBES! Yup, EVERYONE who has a social group should be offering a bribe in exchange for an email address. A bribe (also known as an ethical bribe) is a freebie that has value. A user will give you their email in exchange for the freebie.
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Here are the STEPS YOU need to take so you do not make the same mistake I did:
- Create a “bribe”. Here are the bribes I created for my social group:
- Now connect the bribe to your email marketing service. Depending on your budget, you can use something like LeadPages.Net (I pay $197 a year) or you can use an auto-responder (assuming you are already paying for an email marketing service like Mailchimp or Constant Contact). Here are the directions on how to do this using MailChimp, http://eepurl.com/gYZQ
- Create an attractive image that users will click to get the bribe. Below are the images I used.
- Now that you have all the pieces, put them together.
I still cringe when I think about all of the people who came across my website, checked it out, but then left because they didn’t have time to join, or weren’t ready to join etc. Either way, they most likely forgot about my website and how they found it. Thus, creating a system with a bribe is one of the FIRST things you should do.
Want to see if your bribe is of value? Please comment with your group name and proposed bribe title.
Place at least one bribe ABOVE the fold on the home page.
Make sure EVERY page of your website has a bribe on it.
Test it out! Pretend you are a user and make sure it works from start to finish.
I, Laura Occhipinti, founded New Jersey Young Professionals in 2004. I have 5,000+ dues paying Members on my Ning website and 11,000 Young Professionals on my mailing list. You can download a copy of My Favorite Tools (Hint: The BEST ones are FREE).