I hate email marketing but want to publish a free newsletter

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I feel your pain on this one. Although it’s become so much easier to create and send out email newsletters using tools like Mailchimp, Mailmunch, Convertkit and Drip, it’s still quite fiddly to look through all the specs, work out the pricing (do I pay per list or per subscriber?) and then look at the best way to integrate the email sign-up form into your site. Do you use a pop-up after 5 seconds, a static sign-up box, a pop-up that triggers when someone leaves the site or do you go all in and have custom chat pop-ups per pages (thanks Intercom)…

So many options and for those who are so overwhelmed with email marketing that they do nothing, take a minute to check out the free TinyLetter app. It’s lightweight, quick to set up and the design is lovely. I’d recommend that you add it as a link from your current WordPress blog (linking to the email newsletter sign up page) and write on a regular basis of once per month to get started. Once you hit 3 months, see if you’d like to go fortnightly then perhaps weekly. If you’ve got enough content to deliver weekly value to customers, you’ve come a long way towards sorting out your email marketing. Next step might be to power-up and change your email software but, for now, start slow, find your written voice and high-five yourself for getting going!

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Rich Peterson

I've spent the last 10 years planning, mapping & reimagining the processes of hundreds of SMBs. Whether the goal is more money, more time, more clarity or more customer smiles, my insightful process is worth every minute for my successful clients.
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  • Most common email marketing programs that my clients use:
    – Mailchimp for regular campaigns
    – Drip for educational newsletter campaigns
    – Convertkit for custom WordPress opt-in email boxes

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For the past 10 years, we’ve worked with hundreds of clients and tens of thousands of students to help them get a clear picture of how to systemise their business. We’re not fans of spam, cheap mass-marketing tactics or automating your business to within an inch of it’s life. We are fans of a customer experience where humans deal with humans, skills are appreciated, personality is maintained and where clients get more value than they expected. We’re also fans of automating any process that doesn’t deliver client-facing value in a simple, easy-to-maintain way.

In a nutshell, we provide advice, implementation support & training to small to medium, service-based businesses to help them deliver a better customer experience & a more automated workflow. Everyone on the same page, moving in the same direction with a clear picture of who does what.
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