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This week I got this interesting email from the Croc’s email list I’ve been on.

Check it out below and tell me what stands out to you in the messaging?

Email List Marketing Appreciation Tactic


What stands out for you that you don’t get with your usual mailing list messages?

I bet you it was the celebration of the 1-year of loyalty for staying on the email list.  At least that is what it was for me.

I felt appreciated.  And giving me a 20% off code to anything in their store was a nice incentive for me to click through and see if I could find anything that might be worth it to use it.

The great part of this is that you don’t have to offer all of your subscribers the same discount.  This is all done through an autoresponder.  In your email list marketing service (Aweber, Mail Chimp, etc), you can easily set-up the feature where a specific email is triggered based on the number of days from the day of sign-up.

Imagine if you reward your email list subscribers in incremental fashion?  Give them something at 90 days, 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, and more!   For a retail operation, discounts or bonus goods are obvious.

But what could a nonprofit or church organization do to reward the subscriber?  How about some of the following to get your brainstorming started:

  • “Certificate” for a free coffee or meal with a staff member or leader
  • Create some downloadable eBooks or recordings that are of value to your subscribers
  • Arrange for discounts to events or attractions.
  • iTunes or Amazon mp3 gift card for a song download? Redbox code for a rental?
  • Branded merchandise that your audience will actually use or wear (don’t be cheap!)

What else could a nonprofit or church organization give away as a reward that is affordable yet of high perceived value to the subscriber?  Please leave an idea or two in the comments.


Email is still the killer app in terms of marketing communications tools.

While everyone is going crazy about social media, email marketing is the good old standby that works well if you know how to work it well. But which email list building service should you be using?

Constant Contact, iContact, Aweber, MailChimp all are popular and widely used. But there’s one more option that I am highlighting that non-profits and ministries in particular might want to take notice of.

Why? Because this email vendor has released a non-profit version of their commercial email marketing services and a price that is non-profit friendly — $0.00.

That’s right! A full access account that’s priced at. . .  free.

There’s only one limitation with this offer, but for the majority of ministries and service organizations that qualify of this free email service account, it won’t be a factor at all.

Here’s a video where I walk through some parts of their website including the application page so you can see what I’m talking about:

Tools That Rule Links:

QUESTION: What email service is your organization using right now? How often do you send out emails to your list(s)? Would it be helpful to learn more about using email list building and marketing more efficiently and effectively?