Last year one of my readers sent me a screenshot of someone teaching what to do after someone opts-in to a list.
It went something like this:
Day 1: Tell them what to expect + a free gift
Day 2: Share your story in a dramatic way
Day 3: Share the epiphany you had + free basic solution
Day 4: Share the hidden benefits of solution
Day 5: CTA to full solution i.e., your offer
All these supposed “clever” checklists of things to do to get a checks coming in that try to gameify & hack their way into the sale are simply a waste of effort & energy to anyone who knows how to actually market, sell, and close deals.
The reason for their clumsiness:
They are making it about the marketing instead of the market.
Once you realize it’s about them and not the marketing, the whole game changes.
When I wrote the 14-day sequence for Learnistic, I didn’t sit down and say, “on day 1 I’m gonna tell them what to expect over the next 14 days. On day 2 I’ll give them this other free gift to show what a swell guy I am. On day 3 I’ll tell them about that time I was sitting on the toilet and had an epiphany. On day 4 I’ll tell them about how Aunt Martha in the grove found the hidden benefit to…”
No, no, no.
What I did was ask:
“How can I build a relationship with these people?”
And then that dictated the content, the strategy, and the approach.
It ain’t about checklists, it’s about relationships with your list.
And on that note:
If you want some advice on list-building — both free & paid — that bring them in with an at least somewhat established relationship before they even hear from you… I go deep into both in the upcoming March “Email Players” issue. Including some ways I am experimenting with myself, and that I highly recommend you do too.
The deadline to subscribe in time is tomorrow 2/28/21 when I send it to the printer.
Here’s the link: