I’ve been working in education as an innovation specialist while building my email list in the background.
I’ve been teaching for years and have had the urge to build an email list for showing teachers how to make writing enjoyable for their students.
Fast-forward 16 months and I’d built a list of 1,553 subscribers.
I’m excited to be working on my first product now.
How did you do it?
I got my first 100 subscribers by doing one thing. I shared my newsletter on Twitter to my audience.
I reached out to my Twitter followers and asked them to join my newsletter. I explained what I was going to be doing and asked for their support.
This got me my first 100.
Currently my list is at 1,553 subscribers.
I went from 100 to 1,553 subscribers by doing two things: 1) network outreach, and 2) offering giveaways.
After my first 100 subscribers, I immediately started asking everyone I knew to join my email list.
I asked my colleagues and groups I was part of and I also offered a free guide.
I also shared this on Twitter!
I found that it was a lot easier to ask people to join my list when I started giving them something up front.
This got me to 720 subscribers.
Next I teamed up with my publisher to offer a giveaway. The giveaway grew my list by 366 and put me over 1,000 subscribers.
In the giveaway, I gave people an extra entry if they answered one question:
“What’s your biggest struggle when it comes to teaching students to write?”
This has helped me understand my subscribers’ pain points and allows me to offer valuable content.
I committed to sending newsletters regularly, cross-posting them to my blog, and offering content upgrades.
Here’s a picture of my dashboard showing the bumps from my giveaway.
What has building an email list changed in your life and allowed you to do?
Having an email list full of teachers has helped me learn what’s useful for helping them develop their skills for teaching kids to write.
What’s next for you?
Moving forward means focusing on three things:
Married + 4 Kids + Exchange Student + Dog
Currently an Innovation Specialist
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Videofruit has helped me to stay faithful to building my email list. I've learned the importance of being myself and how to make building my email list about what I can offer rather than what I will get. Thanks for training that helps to grow my knowledge and makes building an email list possible and fun.