Your email mailing list is one of your most valuable resources as a business owner. It is a fast, affordable way to stay connected to your audience.
But when you send a newsletter broadcast and see a number of unsubscribes it can be unsettling. You may find yourself asking, “What’s wrong? Don’t they love me anymore?”
Try not to take it personally. Wipe your tears away. Actually, unsubscribes are a reason to celebrate.
Everyone is not your customer.
Every time you send out an email blast and someone unsubscribes they are saying “this isn’t for me.” And that’s a good thing. After all, your goal is to get a tight list of raving fans who love, trust, and want to buy from you.
Plus, isn’t it good to get rid of the tire kickers?
Let’s face it, many people just sign up to get the freebie you offer. If they are just interested in seeing what they can get for free, they are not your ideal customer.
Sometimes, after people get an email or two from you, they find out they are just not in alignment with you. They don’t agree with your point of view. Or maybe your articles aren’t the type of information that they need.
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Finally, another reason it’s good to trim the fat on your email list is that extra subscribers can cost you money. Many list providers charge you based on the number of subscribers you have. So if someone isn’t that into you, it’s better they leave your list.
Unsubscribes can also give you valuable information about your marketing tactics. Here are some red flags to look for if you get a sudden surge of ‘unsubscribes’ all at once.
6 Messages Your Unsubscribers Are Telling You:
You are emailing too often
Most subscribers are expecting 1-2 emails from you a week. If you suddenly send 4 emails in one week, people find it offensive. Some many even mark you as spam. Others will just say “goodbye” and unsubscribe.
You are emailing too infrequently
Who are you? How did I get on this list? If you send emails sporadically or very infrequently, people forget who you are. Finding the right balance of emails to send will help.
They didn’t remember signing up
It’s important when you are offering a freebie that people know that they will also be added to your weekly newsletter. You don’t want them wondering “why am I getting this”. Adding an “opt in” confirmation can ensure that people wanted to be added to your list and will remember doing so.
You spammed them
Use proper etiquette when emailing your list. Send a nice balance of free valuable information with promotional materials. If people feel like all you do is send offers or if your sales style is too hard core – they may unsubscribe.
Your email newsletters are not relevant
It’s really important to understand the wants and needs of your audience. Then add wording to your ‘sign up’ that explains what you typically mail them: coupons, articles, interviews, advice etc.
Your newsletters don’t display properly
Today most of your audience is using smart phones and tablets to check their email. If your email newsletter doesn’t display properly on their phone, they may unsubscribe.
Let’s say you send out a newsletter for work-at-home moms and then you send them an article about potty training. That’s not relevant. They signed up for your newsletter to get tips on working from home, growing their business or boosting their income, not how to raise their children.
All too often I have seen a business owner sign up for someone’s affiliate program and then promote it on their list for something that is not relevant. Don’t send articles or offers that are off topic or you can expect unsubscribes.
Sending your newsletter in both pain text and HTML can help to combat this. Also send a test broadcast and check it on your phone to see how it displays. That way, adjustments can be made before it goes out to your entire list.
So as Taylor Swift says … “And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. Shake it off, I shake it off.”
So what’s an email marketer to do? Be yourself. Send valuable information. Set expectations of what you will email and how often to send it. Stay on topic. Love your list and make them feel special.
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Happy email marketing!
About the Author, Susan Friesen
Susan Friesen is the founder of eVision Media, a boutique web development and Digital Marketing firm of over 15 years that specializes in designing, building and marketing professional, unique websites for entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations.
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