In the past we announced that Atom mobile app users can now customize their mobile sign up form with their logo, background color, text and more. The possibilities are nearly endless, and customizing your sign up form is just plain fun. But did you know that a great-looking sign up form can do big things for growing your business too?
Why bother customizing your sign up form?
People love visuals – 90 percent of the information transmitted to our brains is visual. A great-looking, branded sign up form will do a better job communicating the value of your business and help you get more email subscribers. That’s why creating a sign up form is such an important first step in getting started with email marketing!
Whether you’re creating your first or your fiftieth form, there are a few best practices you should keep in mind if you want to attract more subscribers. Here are four tips for creating a brilliant- looking sign up form that gets real results.
Show off your brand.
It sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s worth saying: every business communication you make, from your website to your email signature to your sign up form, should reflect your brand.
Consistent branding looks professional and builds trust with people who don’t know very much about you. If you’re just getting started, choose elements in your form that best reflect who you are. If you have an established look and feel, stick with it.
Check out this pop-up form from Tiny Designer.
Sometimes, pop-up forms can be intrusive if they’re not done correctly, but this one doesn’t feel intrusive at all. So what is Tiny Designer doing right? For starters, all of the colors, styles and fonts you see on this form also appear on their website, so the form feels like a natural part of the user’s experience. They even include the cartoon characters that appear on the website, making the form feel fun and friendly.
Learn more about building your brand.
Give social proof.
In the wise words of Peep Laja at Conversion XL, “No one wants to be the only idiot filling [out] your stupid sign up form.” So if you have the social proof, use it! Social proof makes people feel good about signing up for your list. It gives them confidence that you’re not a spammer and that they’re making the right choice.
This sign up form from LeadPages sits on top of their blog and is visible no matter which blog post a visitor clicks.
They have plenty of social proof – 140,000 subscribers is a lot of people! If you don’t have an impressive subscriber list already, skip the social proof until you have it. In the meantime, you can include details about what subscribers can expect to see in their inbox from you.
Tell people what they’ll get.
… and how often they’ll get it! ContentVerve tested two forms – one with no description of what subscribers would receive and one that included a description. The form that told subscribers what they’d get saw 83.75 percent more sign ups than the form with no description.
Use your headline and description to tell people exactly what they can expect in their inbox. To really rake in those sign ups, include an incentive offer. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy – an exclusive discount like Gypsy Warrior offers will do just fine.
Want some extra credit? Create a dedicated subscribe page that goes into even more detail about why people should sign up for your list. You can share this page across social whenever you want to give your list a boost. Check out how The Expert Vagabonddoes it.
Seven reasons to subscribe, blatant flattery (“Subscribers are smart & hot”) and a free ebook? I’m sold!
Change your call-to-action text.
A call-to-action button that simply says “Sign Up” isn’t just boring; it can be a total lost opportunity for attracting more subscribers. First, the text on your CTA button should relate to the action your new subscriber is taking. For example, if you’re offering a free guide, your button could say, “Send me my free guide!”
In one case study, using possessive language on a CTA button increased clicks by 90 percent. Phrases like “Send me updates!” or “Start my free trial” or “Download my free templates” help your soon-to-be subscribers connect with you.
Here’s an example of how Nerd Fitness uses possessive language on their CTA button.
You can also use your button text to remind people of what they’re getting. Social Triggers uses the button on their sign up form to remind people what they’re signing up for and reinforces that it’s free.
When it comes to your CTA text, you have very few characters to work with – make them count!
Try out one of these tips in a sign up form split test – here’s how to run quick and easy tests. The outcome will depend entirely on you and your audience, so don’t get discouraged if you’re not seeing the results you were looking for. Keep testing until you find a sign up form that works for you. Then test some more!
This article was originally published on AWeber.com
I’ve been asked repeatedly by mailers why ip reputation suffers when they are running mainstream offers, they are removing complaints, they are ramping up slowly, etc. The bottom line is not going to change. Solid, engaged data is going to ensure good subscriber engagement which means traffic to your sites, email opens, click-through rates. Email engagement is a direct result of these factors and it’s non-negotiable.
One of the biggest issues I’ve heard from mailers is that their subscribers have opted in, even double opted-in, so WHY are their emails hitting spam when they are sending mainstream offers appealing to seniors, homeowners, and the average Joe just wanting to get by? Unfortunately most of us perceive that when we speak of spam it’s all about the unsolicited invitations for “dates”, a quick way to earn a buck, or other salacious opportunities which, while intriguing, are the epitome of spam. Spam is actually anything that is unsolicited regardless of the content.
You may have the most active, clean list, but if you’re sending unsolicited messages, ISPs will perceive it as spam. The key to avoiding this is to ensure that the potential subscriber knows what they are signing up for and that they receive only those emails. The more you send unsolicited content to your active lists, the less engaged your subscribers become and the higher the risk of them complaining or not clicking on your emails. When this occurs, ISPs are far more likely to route your mail to the junk folder, prohibiting even those interested in your emails from ever seeing them. This can irreparably harm your ip reputation, resulting in temporary deferrals, 100% junking or hard blocks on your ips.
The bottom line is that if you want continued or increased delivery, don’t spam your subscribers. Send only relevant content.
There are no books, no strategies, no step-by-step manuals that can ensure that your emails will inbox. We are all reliant on the ISPs and their regulations, their filters, and their often unknown guidelines that determine whether or not we have met their qualifications for inboxing
. This is the bane of a mailer’s existence. It appears to be ever-changing with zero insight in to why or how we can accommodate these changes. With that being said, there is one thing that is set in stone…the demand of ISPs that mailers have email engagement. What exactly does that mean?
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Unless you are a high-volume mailer, learning about IPv4's successor, IPv6, can be as exhilarating as watching paint dry. Internet Protocol addresses (IPs), as a topic, lack pizazz. For people mailing more than a million messages a day though, IP talk can get borderline sexy.
Good IPs are vital for success. That's why it's time to have the talk about IPv6.
Internet land is fresh out of IPv4 (technically). But hardly anybody is using IPv6 (Why? see: time and money)! So, let's outline what's going on with the transition from IPv4 to IPv6.
Why the Switch from 4 to 6?
When the Internet was just a pup, 4.29 billion IPs seemed like enough. But the Internet has exploded. Now we have so many people, so many Internet-enabled devices and too little IPs.
The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) came to the rescue in 1998 by releasing IPv6. It has a dizzying number of hexadecimal addresses; 340,282,366,920, 938, 463, 374,607,431,768, 211,456 (340 undecillion for all you Jeopardy! Champions) to be exact. According to Steve Leibson, we could assign an IPv6 to every atom on the surface of the planet and still have plenty more to spare. Transitioning from 32 bit with IPv4 to 128 bit with IPv6 made all the difference.
Why Should a Mailer Care about the Transition
Serious mailers must posses above-average IP knowledge. The technical side of mailing demands it. If you are a computer dullard, just ground yourself in the basics.
How Will the Transition Impact High-Volume Mailing
Truth: nobody REALLY knows!
What We Do Know About the Transition
There Will Be Hick-Ups
IPv4 and IPv6 cannot directly connect. Currently there are short-term workarounds put in place by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) such as: CIDR (Class-less Inter Domain Routing), NAT (Network Address Translation) and Private Addressing. These methods have squeezed more life of IPv4 and are making the segue to IPv6 possible.
IT administrators have to learn a new bag of tricks. IPv6 cannot be deployed the same as IPv4. We are, collectively, in the midst of a learning curve for how to trouble-shoot, configure and security monitor IPv6.
Security and Reputation
IPv6 is but a baby. Nobody knows what the exact security issues will be. It's going to be tricky for awhile.
IPv6 has, baked into it, several nice security features, like end-to-end encryption. Which is great...but useless while we're still in the transition. IPv4, by contrast, has to be specially tricked out to be secure.
SPAM Fighting in the Age of IPv6 could get interesting. One thing most email experts agree on is that domain reputation will be the new “email credit rating” method. Exponential expansion of available IP addresses made possible by IPv6 means spammers will have an endless supply of fresh IPs. Therefore, IP reputation may become pointless.
It is hard to pin-point specific delivery issues on IPv6. Though latency, caused by service providers using dual stack IPv4/ IPv6 servers, could be a problem when it comes to managing IP throttle rates. Generally it's the case that IPv4 machines are retrofitted to communicate with IPv6 infrastructures. Some IT specialists prefer to stick to IPv4 just for mail servers, at least for now.
Pricing and Availability
There's an interesting problem/opportunity that will arise as more individuals and institutions switch over to IPv6 and release their IPv4 blocks. It could be that all the email administrators snatch up all the IPv4 blocks to use only for mail severs thereby spiking the asking price for IPv4. That could in turn help spur the use of IPv6 which in turn may cause the price of IPv4 blocks to then drop. Or maybe not.
It's Going to Take Time
In 2016 IPv6 reached 10% deployment. That's almost 20 years since its release. Slowly but surely we're working our way to full saturation. Buckle in and take a nap. It's going to be a while.
Meet the Author - VoloMP
As one of the earliest platforms to deliver high volume e-mail marketing, VoloMP is dedicated to providing the best solution for e-mail marketers that impact both top line and bottom line performance. VoloMP strives to optimize the time spent on sending e-mail campaigns, and increase the efficiency and performance of e-mail marketers.