The 7 Best Ways to Build your Email List

Your email list is one of the most important business assets you have.

There are currently 3.2 billion email accounts, and 91% of email users check their emails at least once a day. Emails get results.

But you need to be smart about your email list building.

The best email leads are people who are genuinely interested in you, your products, or your business. Once you’ve been able to get someone to voluntarily give you their email, let’s face it, they’re much more likely to want what you’ve got.

Here are 7 of the best ways to build your email list with genuine leads.

1. Use email-gated landing pages

Landing pages are one of the most effective methods of generating authentic leads for your business. A landing page on your website develops familiarity with your visitors.

The more your potential prospect knows who you are and what you do, the more likely they are to be genuinely interested in your business and products, and the more likely they’ll be to give you their contact information.

It’s a win-win. You get qualified leads, and your prospects get to know about a valuable business – yours.

Design landing pages to generate leads by email-gating your offer. That is, ask for an email in exchange for your content, exclusive membership or free demo. (Check out 21 Marketing Ideas to Generate Leads from your Landing Page for effective content and offer ideas for your lead-gen landing pages.)

Here is an example of an email-gated landing page template from Wishpond. Our templates are easy to create and customize.

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You can also integrate your landing pages onto your Facebook page to generate email leads from your awesome Fans.

2. Have multiple landing pages

Host a number of landing pages on your website. As a rule of thumb, most businesses have  at least one landing page for each product or service they offer. Companies with 51-100 pages on their site generate 48% more traffic than companies with 1-50 pages.

If you have a variety of customers in different demographic groups, optimize your landing pages by creating product specific pages to market to each segment.

For example, let’s say you have a pizza delivery business. Create two or three online ordering landing pages for specific audiences:

  • For your family segment, create a page to your market with words like “busy schedules” or “Pre-order your pizza at work.  We’ll hand deliver it when you get home.”
  • For your college-aged customers, create an email-gated landing page using words like “Cheap Pizza” or “Super large slices only .99c”

You can create even more landing pages to generate softer (but still qualified) leads. Email-gate your content (such as ebooks, newsletter signups, blog feed signups, webinars, how-to guides and more), free trials, free quotes, contests, coupons and more.

3. Offer business related incentives

To get leads that are genuinely interested in your business, offer incentives that are related to your products or services.

For example, let’s say you make a landing page for a sweepstakes you’re running. Make the prize of the sweepstakes related to what you do. If you’re in the business of making and selling candles online, create a sweepstakes with your candles as the prize. Don’t give away an iPad or other enticing prize that’s not relevant to your business as you might attract more entrants but those leads are unlikely to be your customer.

Here’s an example of a sweepstakes landing page, offering the business’ product as its prize.

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4. Be precise with your Call-to-Action (CTA)

Make it clear what single action you’re asking your visitor to take:

  • Your CTA should be the most prominent feature on your landing page
  • Use contrasting colours to design your CTA buttons
  • Keep your ask short with action-oriented words to invoke an immediate reaction
  • Show the obvious appeal or value exchange in your CTA
  • Make yours an offer they simply can’t refuse

Example of a clear CTA to “Try it Out” on Wishpond’s landing page builder product page.

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Enhance your CTA by including your competitive advantage. Show how and why your service is better than your competition. Use your unique selling points to convince your demographic to turn into your email lead.

Generate immediate action by creating a sense of urgency, too. Use limited time offers, quick expiry dates, limited numbers of an exclusive product offering and other scarcity tactics.

5. Keep your page simple and organized

The visual design of your landing page is important in beefing up your email leads. Increase your email lists by decreasing the clutter on your landing pages.

In other words, make it easy for your potential leads to see who you are, what you’re offering and what you’re offering in return.

Design an optimized landing page to keep your visitors focused on your CTA:

  • Make your landing page easy to navigate –  Avoid conversion drop offs by keeping your written and visual information to a minimum. In general, your CTA and form field should be located on the lower left side and above the fold. (To be sure, A/B test your landing pages to determine what placement gets you the most email leads.)
  • Use bullet points – Most people reading online are skimmers. Write about your benefits and selling points in short concise bullet points.
  • Keep your form fields to a minimum – Though there is debate about how much information you should ask for, I’d suggest that you keep your form fields to the basics. Ask for an email and first name as mandatory info. If you’re offer is really enticing or has a high perceived value, ask for much more contact and demographic data. The less you ask for, the more email leads you’ll get.

Keep your mandatory form fields to a minimum to increase email generation.

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  • Use white space – Again, don’t over clutter the visual appeal of your landing page. Leave empty space on your landing page to direct your prospect’s attention to your offer, benefits and Call to Action.
  • Include an image that shows your offer – A picture tells a thousand words. This is particularly true on a conversion landing page. The quicker and more relevant you can show your offer, the more email leads you’ll get.

6. Think like your customer

As a marketer, you always need to be able to think like your customer. What do your consumers want? How can you relate to your prospects on a deeper level? Connecting on a personal level breeds closer ties, trust and ultimately more leads and sales.

Make a list of demographics for your customer personas. Detail out their online behaviours so that you can design a website landing page that immediately bonds.

Here’s a few more tips to deepen your customer connection:

  • Show a face – Studies have shown that the image of a face increases trust – and conversions. In particular the smiling face of a woman tends to invoke a stronger connection. Show the face of you, your staff or your customers with your product or offer.
  • Speak to your customer – Write marketing copy that personalizes your page. I think of a landing page as a place where someone is visiting your store in-person. Use personal pronouns like ‘“you” to tone your relatable copy and increase email leads.
  • Use customer testimonials – There’s really nothing so endorsing as a customer testimonial. Use real customers who’ve had success with your product. Include a quote and the customers name and face. People trust people. Social endorsements go a long way to deepen trust and relationships with future customers.

Use customer testimonials to relate to the needs of your future customers.

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7. Ask people to share

This is an obvious one, but many marketers still don’t utilize it to its full potential.

Include share buttons prominently displayed on your landing page. The easier you make your page to share, the more it’s going to get shared.

Use social share buttons on your email generating landing pages.

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Additionally, once you’ve started to get emails,  set up an email automation campaign to continue to keep in  touch with your new leads. Add share buttons in your emails.

Insert a tweetable link that’s super easy to share, and drives more traffic to your email lead generation landing page.


Build your email list with genuinely interested customers. You’ll gain a lot more leads who want what you’ve got. That means more sales for you!

Always A/B test to optimize your email leads. Measure your results and keep improving.

Read more about email lead generation landing pages:

What tactics do you use to increase conversions and gain qualified leads from your landing pages? What’s been successful for you?

Written by Krista Bunskoek @ Wishpond


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