Beyond the sign up form: 10 places driving new subscribers to Mypodnotes

Finding the right call to action for growing my newsletter took a couple of weeks to refine, but I’ve finally settled on the copy. Here’s what I decided to go with:

“Get weekly notes from the podcasts everyone is talking about”

It starts with “Get” because verbs put people in the mood to act. In this case, it encourages them to type in their email and click the subscribe button. The idea of receiving value is also more enticing than a statement about the newsletter’s content.

Then there’s the frequency to set their expectations. People who don’t have time to listen to podcasts are probably too busy for a daily email, so I wanted to eliminate their concern of being bombarded with emails. This is just an assumption, so let me know if you’d prefer to receive a daily email, an email for every new Mypodnotes post, or an email for specific podcasts. (Update: due to popular demand, daily emails are now available. Enjoy!)

The last part of my call to action appeals to people’s fear of missing out, as the final push to motivate them to subscribe. I bet while you were reading “podcasts everyone is talking about”, it immediately triggered a flashback to a podcast recommendation from your friend or a story your coworker heard in an episode you need to hear.

Your call to action might not follow the same formula, and that’s okay. Find what works for your audience by asking friends or an expert copy writer. After you’ve crafted your own call to action, here’s where to get your first email signups.

1. Website Header (Smart Bar or Welcome Mat)

mypodnotes welcome mat

2. Navigation Bar

mypodnotes subscribe navigation bar

3. Call to Action Button (Button or Widget)

mypodnotes website button

4. Article Footer

mypodnotes article footer

5. Popup

mypodnotes scroll box popup

6. Social Media Buttons

mypodnotes social media buttons

7. Social Media Bios

mypodnotes twitter bio

8. Forward to Friend (MailChimp and The Samuel L. Jackson Marketing Hack)
mypodnotes forward to a friend

9. The Newsletter

mypodnotes subscribe

10. Twitter Card

mypodnotes twitter card

If you’re targeting different segments on each channel, you might not want to use the same message. Be prepared to tweak your message for the audience, and when there’s limited space.

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