Grow Your List! Email List Building with Facebook Promotions

 Why Email? It’s a Bucket of Gold! 

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Email marketing continues to be a strong method digital marketers can utilize as part of their marketing mix. It is a universally used tool that everyone sits down to check at work or home.

While tweets on Twitter and posts from a Facebook page may or may not be seen by a follower or fan, Email must be handled by the recipient.  Upon being received it forces action to be taken.  This key point makes email marketing a significant, though not new and shiny, digital marketing method.

From a business perspective, email marketing, can be a key asset in delivering timely and focused information to customers and potential customers.  At a minimum businesses should be collecting email addresses from existing customers as a means to be able to continue to stay in contact with them and keep them updated on new products and services.

When used in collaboration with other digital marketing tools, email is a key value because it is a tangible, ongoing asset that can be re-used.

The 3 Legged Marketing Stool

Online digital marketing has evolved and continues to change.  Gone are the days when having a static, non-changing web page suffices for reaching and marketing to consumers on the Internet. Today’s consumer is using multiple digital tools and so to effectively reach them means a company should be utilizing multiple channels in message delivery. Email serves as one leg of a three-legged marketing tool along with a blog and social media.
Within this three-pronged strategy,

email is the distribution mechanism, while a blog is the content center and social media is the conversation mechanism.

When new content is posted on a blog, email can be a method of distributing notice of the new article, while social media offers a conversation mechanism for users to talk about the content.

For many companies, their email list is really the foundational marketing piece. It’s a jewel of great value containing the names and direct contact method of customers and would-be customers that enables them to “get in front of” these people regularly.

 

Using the Facebook Advantage

Facebook, with over 1 billion users, including over 680 million daily active users, has the broadest age-range diversity of any social networking platform.

Because of the active user base and penetration across key purchasing power demographics, it’s a very important place for companies to have an active presence.

When Facebook Pages use app promotions on tabs, the tandem of Facebook and email can help marketers reach people where they are (Facebook) and engage with them.

This adds value to their social media efforts, while—when done with intent—also builds their email list.

 

List-Building Facebook Promotion Examples

Facebook promotions offer marketers a powerful way to boost engagement and extend the reach of their Facebook Page. There are numerous types of Facebook promotions that can be run on Pages. Below we’ll outline a number of examples of ways a Facebook promotion can be used to grow your email list.

All of the types of promotions mentioned below must use third-party apps displayed on a Facebook Page tab such as TabSite. This is necessary to comply with Facebook’s promotion policy.

#1: Sweepstakes Facebook Promotion that Builds Email List

A sweepstakes is a chance-based promotion that can be hosted on a Facebook Page tab and typically has users complete a simple form to enter. After a set date, winners are then drawn randomly from all entries.

With the form for entering the sweepstakes, those setting up the promotion can outline in the terms that submitting their email address also is their agreement to opt-in to the associated email list. Users must click the box to accept the terms to enter.

Below are two examples of sweepstakes apps that could be used as part of a Facebook engagement strategy and email list-builder.

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Facebook Page sweepstakes example as potential email list-builder.
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#2: Facebook Trivia App Promotion

Another chance-based Facebook promotion that can be used to engage Facebook fans and their friends as part of an email list-building strategy is a trivia promotion. With a trivia tab, users typically must complete basic entry information, including their email address, and submit their answers to the trivia questions.

Users are intrigued by the trivia itself or the prize offered and are willing to complete to enter.

The opt-in would either need to be outlined with a checkbox to agree in the terms or upon submission an opt-in email could be sent for the user to agree to. Best practice is always to make this clear up front to ensure the greatest opt-in percentage.

Below is an example of a trivia app by the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves that is being used as part of a Facebook engagement strategy.

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#3: Facebook Photo Contests for Email List Building

Contests come in all variations from photo, caption, essay or video submission contests. Each offers a great opportunity to draw entrants and voters to a Facebook Page.

contest can also be a great way to build your email list! The key is to make sure you know and focus on your primary goal. Since the primary goal of a Facebook contest typically will be engagement and expanding Page reach, the email opt-in should simply be a natural part of the entry process and not something that draws undue attention to itself.

A helpful way to incorporate email opt-in as part of a Facebook contest is toinclude information about the email list in the terms of the contest. Facebook fans then enter the contest and receive a follow-up opt-in email from your business inviting them to confirm being added to the email list.

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So there you have it!

It is possible to run a great Facebook promotion that boosts your social engagement and builds your email list at the same time.

By thinking through the possibilities of your promotion, you can make the email list-building flow seamlessly with it.

Make sure you don’t overlook the opportunities with Facebook promotions to build your list!

Consider a suite of app tools like those offered by TabSite to run approved Facebook promotions.

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About the Author

Mike Gingerich

Author: Mike Gingerich, TabSite Co-Founder. Helping Brands succeed on Facebook and the Social Web with powerful online software tools to heighten engagement, increase sales, and boost brand visibility. Driven social media and internet enthusiast with 10+ years experience building apps, brand marketing, and online business with winning integrated web and Social Media Strategies.

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  • http://twitter.com/GaryHyman Gary Hyman

    Great post Mike/Pam. So important weave list building efforts into Facebook, and you’ve highlighted some great ways to do this. I truly believe that every business needs to have different strategies to migrate their interested Facebook audiences’ onto a customer list that Facebook does not own. Thanks for sharing..

    • http://www.pammarketingnut.com PamMktgNut

      Amen @twitter-224701457:disqus ! too many biz’s are putting all their eggs in a basket they simply don’t know.

      @Mike_Gingerich points out some great tips here.

      • http://www.TabSite.com/ Mike Gingerich

        Thanks Gary!

  • Guest

    Excellent points. I understand the important of email marketing but it is an area that I need to give much more attention. I have started using Facebook apps for list building as one method to grow my email list.

  • Donna Gilliland

    Excellent points. I understand the important of email marketing but it is an area that I need to give much more attention. I have started using Facebook apps for list building as one method to grow my email list.

    Yes Pam, I agree that businesses are putting all their eggs in basket they don’t know. On top of that many put their eggs all into a single basket.

    • http://www.TabSite.com/ Mike Gingerich

      Thanks Donna!

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  • http://twitter.com/chrisb3201 Chris Bryan

    I thought I was going to read another ‘email marketing is great’ article but this was good! I like the 3 legged stool analogy… well put Mike!

    • http://www.TabSite.com/ Mike Gingerich

      Hey, thanks Chris! Glad I was able to bring a unique angle!

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  • http://www.weboutsourcing-gateway.com/ Web Outsourcing Gateway

    Nicely done. Like Donna here, I also understand the importance of email marketing. This idea that “While tweets on Twitter and posts from a Facebook page may or may not be
    seen by a follower or fan, Email must be handled by the recipient.” is something that must be taken more into consideration and what better way than to use the social networking sites where you are engaged more to people. Thanks for this.

    • http://www.TabSite.com/ Mike Gingerich

      Glad this was of value to you!

  • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

    Hey Mike, some great tips. If you have people on your e-mail list if Facebook every disappears you’re not starting from zero!

    • http://www.TabSite.com/ Mike Gingerich

      Thanks for stopping by Ian. A email list has long term great value for sure. (For my companies sake we sure hope the 1 billion+ Facebook users always use Facebook for years to come! ;) )

  • http://www.wisestep.com/ WiseStep

    I love this post. Internet is a great way to communicate with your followers. I really enjoyed this post. I will definitely use the things that I learned!!