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Everyone wants more email list subscribers and if you are reading this I assume that you do too.

Whether you are in business and want people to know about your products and services or you are simply writing for your own blog to make a world a better place by spreading some love with your posts, you need other people to help you out with your mission—more clients or customers, readers, sharers of your content, etc.

The challenge is that growing your customer or fan base isn’t as simple as adding a MailChimp popup on your website and hope that it miraculously converts, right?

Wait a minute… it IS.

There is more to it just like anything in the online marketing world and I go over quite a bit here on this article that ties in with the whole strategy.

It took me quite some time to learn what really makes people “tick” so they give you their email address—A.K.A. becoming subscribers of your MailChimp list!

For the purpose of this post I just want to show you that a dead simple MailChimp popup signup form strategy has now worked on all of the clients’ websites I have used it in generating them not only list subscribers but sales.

Puff Daddy Dollars Flying

In short, adding a popup form to your website could help your business gather subscribers who might turn into business as you communicate with them through email marketing campaigns.

Getting Started

I am assuming you have a MailChimp account. But if you don’t, click here to sign up for one—it is free!

The beauty of MailChimp’s free account is that you get up to 2,000 subscribers and up to 12,000 emails per month—and that is a sweet, sweet deal! MailChimp also has affordable, paid options if you are looking for a more robust solution for your email marketing needs.

MailChimp Form Builder

This MailChimp popup strategy is mainly aimed for eCommerce website or shop owners or those of you offering services, courses and products people can buy online.

The True Meaning Behind It

One important aspect of the whole strategy is that you understand the true meaning behind the MailChimp popup signup form structure. ANYONE can go to MailChimp to create, design and install a popup but that does not guarantee its success.

The key or secret sauce is to keep in mind that people are looking for to get something out of all this first.

Why should they give you their email address in the first place?Penny Big Bang Theory

When helping save the oceans, the poor children around the world, or making donations through your organization is an amazing initiative—and one everyone should adopt in this day an age, people visiting your site don’t really care at first.

They don’t know you or your initiative and it will take time for that to happen: you need to build trust first.

Would you just give any website your email address? Of course not, that would be silly—unless they have something you want, that is!

Trust is attained through a series of steps but the first and most important one is to provide some sort of value right off the bat via strategies like the MailChimp popup.

Your visitors can consider continuing learning about you and your company through further email communication once they decide to provide their precious email address to you.

Creating Your 1st Popup

Now you have logged in to your MailChimp account it is time to create your first popup!

The beauty of using MailChimp is that their popup forms can be done by anyone—you definitely do not need to be a web designer or developer to pull it off.

MailChimp has a pretty comprehensive tutorial on how to do just that so I advice you to follow their instructions before you proceed further.

There are certain steps that might get a bit tricky like adding the MailChimp popup form code or script to your website but then, if you are using WordPress for example, you can simply install and enable this plugin or a similar one and then add the code to the head section like so:

Insert Footers and Headers WordPress Plugin

Subscribers Example

03/02/19 Update: the “Website Specials” list has grown to 65 subscribers, the “Upcoming Website Special” to 85, and the “Seven Clothing Co” to 29.

Check out the screenshot below: by using almost the exact same structure this simple MailChimp popup has helped gather subscribers for these 3 sample clients’ lists (red rectangle).

MailChimp Signup Form Proof

On the same screenshot you can see that we have ran email marketing campaigns to those same subscribers and have amassed quite a high open rate on each one of them (blue rectangle).

Please note that even though we aren’t talking about hundreds of subscribers—yet, what matters is the quality of the subscriber and their conversion from just giving you their email to becoming and actual paying customer and this is something I will be digging a lot more on future posts.

So keep in mind that you must tie the MailChimp popup strategy with whatever you are going to be doing with it moving forward.

The Popup Structure

Unless you are as big and known as some retailers and personalities out there like Billabong or Leonardo DiCaprio, it is best to create a popup that simply offers one thing your new audience might be interested in.

Think about it: if you sell cool socks, and people come to your site because they know this, would you tell them to join some sock-related community or your organization’s donation initiative newsletter?

No, they don’t care (yet)—but if you build your email list right they will as they get to know you.

What you need to do is to give them something they want and that my fellow reader comes in the form of a coupon.

Yes, there are other ways to make people subscribe to your email list but remember that this strategy focuses on eCommerce website or shop owners or those of you offering services, courses and products people can buy online.

Following one of the actual client examples shown on the screenshot above, below is an example MailChimp popup signup form we used on our client Seven Clothing Co.’s website in case you want to check out the live version:

Seven Clothing Co Pop Up

The basic popup structure and what each section of the copy means is as follow:

  1. Title: this must be a short, strong-statement-focused line of text telling them what they are going to get. Using the word “you” really makes it strong and “them” focused—remember, it is about THEM getting something.
  2. Description: this is yet again a short but clear explanation of the deal you are offering and for how much it will be.
  3. Email Field: in this example you see the email field along the first name field. I encourage you to simply start with the email one yet you could add one more asking for their name if you feel it is extremely important—the less you ask for, the quicker they fill it out and the less they question if they should do it.
  4. Button: even though you can write anything here I would suggest using something like what you see in the example—see how the word “offer” is tied with the description above reinforcing what they are getting.
  5. Privacy Statement: make sure you do have a privacy policy and that you do abide to it by telling people. This will give them a sense of security and a higher chance for you to get a subscriber.

Go Get’em Subscribers!

Now you have this simple yet proven-to-work strategy I encourage you to give it a try!

Even though you might need to explore different popup formats until you hit the one that works for you, start this strategy today and see how it works out for you. Not doing it means that you are leaving possible clients or customers wanting to get to know about your brand and ultimately about you and your mission.

Questions? Write a comment below and I will be happy to help you!

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