Are you running an email marketing campaign and want to add some fresh contacts to your database? Or maybe you’re trying to grow your business and need some new clients to work with? In both cases, the answer is the same: you can use AWeber to do the adding for you.
While it would be great to get everyone who opens your emails to become a paying customer or work with your business directly, that isn’t always the case. You may also have someone on your email list who hasn’t opened your emails or even heard of you. If you want to keep in touch with them but don’t want to spam them with unwanted advertisements, how do you do it?
The answer is to use AWeber’s Unsolicited Contacts feature. With this feature, you can add contacts who have signed up for your mailing list but who haven’t opened any of your emails. So while it’d be awesome to get everyone to open your emails, the reality is sometimes you don’t have that kind of time. Instead, you can use the Unsolicited Contacts feature to add people who might be interested in what you have to offer.
To Add Unsolicited Contacts from AWeber, Follow These Steps
In order to use the Unsolicited Contacts feature of AWeber, you must first sign up for the service. Once you’ve done that, you can start adding contacts.
To add a contact who hasn’t opened any of your emails, click the orange button to the right of the contact’s email address. This will take you to the details page for that contact. From there, you can edit the information about the person or business.
On the contact’s details page, you’ll see a box with the heading “Unsolicited contacts.” You can’t add anyone here unless they’ve signed up for your mailing list without your consent.
In the space provided, you can enter a short bio about the person or business you’re trying to reach. For example, you can say, “Hi, I’m Jenny, the owner of MySweetShop.com. I love to bake and try out new recipes, so if you’re looking for a baker who can create innovative cakes and desserts for your special event, I’m your girl. You can sign up for my newsletter to get my latest recipes and news about upcoming events.”
Then, at the bottom of the page, you’ll see a green button that allows you to add the contact to your list of “unsolicited contacts.” (The phrase “unsolicited contacts” is what makes this feature different from AWeber’s regular “Add someone to my contact list” button, which you’ll see on the contact details page.)
Once you’ve added all of the contacts you want to add without their consent, you can take them off of the list by clicking the X in the upper right corner of the screen. You can also delete individual contacts by clicking on their name and selecting “delete.”
Why Should You Be Careful With Who You Add To Your List
Even though the Unsolicited Contacts feature of AWeber is a great way to expand your email marketing list, you must be careful about who you add here. First, you should add people you know and trust, as well as people who have a genuine interest in your product or service.
If you don’t know these people, it’s best to avoid adding them to your list. The last thing you want to do is spam people who aren’t interested in what you have to offer. Even though it’s tempting to want to add as many relevant people as you can to your list, keep in mind that everyone is different and some of them might hate your guts!
If you’re new to email marketing and want to create a list of influencers and celebrities to contact for partnerships and endorsements, this could be a great place to start. However, you should add people who are already familiar with and engaged in your industry. You can also add people whose emails are already in your database. If you’ve had previous success with these types of campaigns, then this could be a great way to gain more credibility and grow your business.
How Do You Find People To Add To Your List?
This is a common question and a major source of frustration for anyone running an email marketing campaign. You can’t just go out and magically find thousands of people to add to your list. You have to find them purposefully, one at a time. That’s the only way to be sure you’re not spamming anyone.
The best way to do this is to connect with people who are already familiar with and engaged in your industry. Start by looking at your email database. Do you have contacts from previous customers or other businesses who are already on your list? If so, then you should add them. Or, do you know anyone who might be interested in what you have to offer?
You might also want to consider looking at your social media accounts. Do you have a Facebook page or Instagram account where you can promote your business and showcase your products? If so, then you can find and add people who are already following you on social media.
If you have a website, then you can find and add people who are visiting you there. You can also use tools like Google Analytics to find people who are entering your website from outside sources, such as an email blast or a social media post, and then follow up with them to see if they’re interested in what you have to offer.
How Long Does It Take To Get Going?
This is very dependent on how large your email list is and how active the people are on your mailing list.
If you already have a fairly large list and you’re only just getting started, then it might take you a while to add hundreds, if not thousands, of people to your list. You’re going to have to take the time to find influential people in your industry, who haven’t already been added to your list, and add them. This is going to be a time-consuming process.
On the other hand, if you have a much smaller list and you’re just getting started, then it might take you a matter of hours to add a few dozen people. As you grow your list and gain more credibility in your industry, you can then add people who are more senior in the industry and have a higher social media following. This is going to speed up the process significantly.
Even once you have a fairly large list, however, it’s important not to underestimate the value of a quality email follow-up. People who sign up for your list are probably already interested in what you have to offer, but you can never be sure. So it’s important to follow up with them and keep the conversation going. This is going to make or break your relationship with these individuals. If you do this effectively, then you can rest assured that they’ll remain on your mailing list for the duration of your time together.
Do You Need To Have A List To Use This Feature?
Yes, you do. If you want to use the Unsolicited Contacts feature of AWeber, you need to sign up for the service and then add your email database. You can’t just go willy-nilly adding contacts to your list. You need to find people who are already on your list and who you know have signed up without your consent, otherwise you’ll just be adding spam.
From then on out, all of the contacts you add here won’t have your consent, so you might as well have been spamming all along!
To avoid this, you need to be selective about who you add and follow up with them appropriately.
It’s going to be a pain to find and then add people one by one, but it’s worth it in the end. Just remember: nobody likes to be spammed, and this is particularly hard to take if the spam is being sent by someone they know or trust. So, make sure you have a good reason for contacting them and that they’ve given you their consent to do so. If you want to be able to use this feature, then make sure you’re only adding people who haven’t objected to receiving emails from you.
If you want to be able to use this feature, then make sure you’re only adding people who haven’t objected to receiving emails from you.