More specifically, it’s going to give you twenty different ideas for opt-in-gifts or lead magnets to help you start to build your email list.
The online marketing world is a very busy one. For creative entrepreneurs, especially those working without a team, it can feel like a lot to keep up with. I definitely feel some of this overwhelm and pressure to be actively doing (and doing well!) all of the different marketing things:
…. Not to mention actually DOING my design work!
I’m certainly not an advocate for over-doing or over-extending yourself. I believe it’s much better to pick one or two marketing strategies and commit to doing them really well, rather than half-assing and half-doing all the different strategies.
In my opinion, if you’re going to pick a few strategies to focus on – make one of them your email list. Building and communicating with an email list is a seriously overlooked marketing strategy for photographers (and many creatives!). While Instagram is obviously an ideal world for photographers because typically they have an endless supply of beautiful visual content to share, it doesn’t always have the same stand-out impact as writing and sending emails.
Instagram is BUSY. A photographer on Instagram is one tiny little fish in an entire ocean filled with wonderful sea creatures. There are more than 800 MILLION posts with the hashtag #photooftheday.
It can feel really hard to stand apart from the crowd and make yourself seen when you’re working in such a competitive online industry.
This, my friend, is why email is GREAT. It’s a platform where you can reach your audience without having to fight to be seen amongst all the other photographers’ content. You can build connections with your ideal clients by writing directly to them in your own unique voice. Your content goes straight to their inbox and isn’t at the mercy of the algorithm!
Now of course, as with any marketing strategy, it’s not quite this simple. There are so many topics to cover and questions to answer, which I plan to do in a series of upcoming blog posts focusing on email marketing.
There’s a lot to cover. We’re going to start almost at the very beginning (a very good place to start) by focusing on how you can get people to sign up for your list.
Specifically, I’m going to share some ideas for strategies that photographers can use to build a list.
You want to re-frame your mindset around gathering people’s email addresses. Think of it as what you can GIVE that’s of value to your ideal client. Rather than simply putting a sign-up form into your site with a message of “subscribe for updates,” you want to be offering some sort of free and value-packed gift.
The truth is – most people don’t want to sign up for more emails. If you’re anything like me, your inbox is already overflowing with daily messages from every store you’ve ever shopped at. Ever. Chances are, most people won’t be interested in just “signing up for updates” without a little motivation.
The good news is – you can provide that motivation in the form of an opt-in gift. Aka, some sort of gift in exchange for their email address. This is also sometimes referred to as a ‘lead magnet’ or a ‘freebie.’
For example, on my own website, I offer access to a mini course – a free resource for creating an effective core message – which requires an email address to access. It’s a simple, but valuable gift for someone who needs refine their messaging, but doesn’t know where to begin!
So photographers, getting back to you, I’ve compiled a list of different opt-in ideas that you can structure as a free gift to your future mailing list subscribers, in exchange for their email addresses!
There’s some ideas to get you started. If none of these are jiving with you, I encourage you to think of your own. Start by putting yourself in your ideal client’s shoes. Ask yourself: what are they wanting to learn? What problems or struggles do they have with photography? Then, think about all the things you know about these topics and start answering their theoretical questions!
Now your challenge is to go create your opt-in gift.