Creating an email marketing campaign is key to your brick-and-mortar business. Just because your business is not online, does not mean that your customers are not online. Being able to communicate specials, events, and information to your customers is an important channel for your business.
When you have a website, there are many methods to collect email addresses, however, collecting email addresses from customers, in store, can seem like a daunting task. In this article, we will discuss 5 easy ways to collect emails in your brick-and-mortar store. Prior to collecting emails for your ever growing email list we need to make sure customers have an incentive to do so.
Create a Valuable Incentive
With everyone already doing email marketing, nobody wants to flood their inbox with more emails from another store. To collect someone’s email, you need to provide some sort of incentive to encourage your customers to provide an email.
Discounts and Special Offers
Everyone loves to save money and to get a special offer by just handing over an email seems like a great way to get it. This can be a discount on the current purchase or on a future purchase. The offer does not have to always be monetary, but can be a special menu item, such as a dessert.
Giveaway and Contests
Asking for an email on an entry form for a giveaway or contest can be a great incentive. Your giveaway can be a cash prize, gift card, or even 1 year of free product. Be sure to check with local & state laws before running any contest.
Setting up a loyalty program will help build your email list as well as provide your customers a reason to keep walking through the door. Be sure to offer rewards for repeat business as well as for holidays like birthdays and anniversaries.
Make Signing Up Quick and Easy
Customers don’t want to spend a lot of time giving your their email. Above, we talked about creating the incentive, however, the effort must match the incentive level. Also, you will want to offer more than one way for someone to signup for your email marketing list.
5 Ways To Grow Your Brick-and-Mortar Email List
1. Business Card Fish Bowl
This is one of the easiest methods to collect email addresses. This does not require your customer to fill out any information, just simply drop their business card into the bowl. Remember, not everyone has business cards, so adding a pin and a scrap piece of paper near the bowl will allow you to collect from them as well.
2. Sign Up Sheet
Yep, you heard that right. A simple sign up sheet can work wonders, even today. To make it easier for your customers, add the sheet to a clipboard so that they can hold it where they are comfortable signing it.
One of the easiest way to ask for an email address is to find a time they are already writing information down. A great time is when your customer is signing their credit card receipt. Simply add a line under their signature that asks for their email address with information about the incentive that they will receive.
4. At Point of Sale
If your point of sale system supports the collection of email addresses, you can plug their email into at the time of purchase. Then you can email them receipts, and most systems will allow you to track how often they frequent your business.
5. Comment Cards
Comment cards are a great way to get feedback on your services and collect an email address at the same time. On your comment cards, offer an easy way for the customer to sign up for your email list program, offering them one of the above incentives. Be sure to also reply back to their feedback as well.