Your email autoresponder is one of the most critical technologies that you’ll ever invest in outside of your website for your business because of the high ROI you can earn via email marketing, and it would be shameful to underestimate the importance of this one system for your entire business.
Avoiding these mistakes will ensure your success with email marketing so that you can earn that 38 to 42 dollars return on every dollar you invest.
- Not Knowing Your Goals – Yes, you want to build a list, but why do you want to build a list? Why do you want to get these people on your list? More than likely, it’s so that you can build a relationship with them that helps them choose to buy your products and services.
- Focusing Too Much on Price – If you focus only on the price, you will miss out on the right technology that you need. Surely some are above your ability to pay for right now, but there is going to be something you can afford that works excellent for you, so first focus on functionality. But after that, narrow it down based on what you can afford.
- Not Caring About Reputation – The services you choose need to have a top-notch reputation because it doesn’t take much to ruin the trust you have worked so hard to gain. If you choose a company that has a bad reputation, it’s going to rub off on you someday.
- Not Reading the TOS – Each service has its own terms of service and rules that you must pay close attention to. You don’t own this platform, and they can easily cut you off with barely an explanation. Therefore, pick the right choice that allows you to do what you need to do with the software. For example, if you want to do affiliate marketing, don’t pick one that makes it hard.
- Not Being Concerned with Deliverability – Some services have better records of deliverability than others. Read the fine print to find out. Test them out when you use their free version to find out if they’re telling the truth. Ask others who use the software if they have issues. Find out if they have a relationship with the email service providers that your audience uses.
- Forgetting to Focus on Credibility – Each niche and industry has its preferred autoresponder services, so its credibility depends on the people using it. If people you respect are using that service, it’s likely a good one.
- Not Testing the Interface – No matter how fantastic the service is, if you can’t figure it out, it’s not awesome. Choose the service that is easy for you to understand and learn or easy for your virtual assistant or service provider to use.
- Ignoring the Availability of Important Analytics – Inside your autoresponder platform is analytics. Some systems offer more than others. Ensure the choice you pick has the information available that you need or a way to integrate other software to get it.
- Not Understanding and Knowing the Terminology – There is a lot of new stuff to learn when you start using new technology. If you understand the terms, it’ll help. HubSpot has an excellent glossary of important email marketing terms to get to know.
- Not Paying for Your Choice – Many new business owners are fearful of spending money. But this is one case when you should not cheap out and use the free version, not even until you make money. Instead, give up something else so you can have the best software you can afford to buy and then get busy using it so you can get that return on investment fast.
When you choose your autoresponder and system that you want to use to build your email list so that you can get your first 1000 subscribers, you’re ready to get started, so don’t delay getting it started and set up.
Remember that you need to create a business email to use your autoresponder as well as an address that will be included automatically on each email. It’s the law. You can get a virtual business address and phone number. If you use self-hosted WordPress, you can create as many unique email addresses as you need via your website host.