3 Reasons Brands Love A Blogger’s Email List

3 Reasons Brands Love A Blogger’s Email List

Email lists for bloggers are ALWAYS a hot topic in the blogging community. Everyone is always preaching…

  • Grow your list from the beginning !!
  • Create “irresistible” opt-in freebies
  • Your email list is your most valuable asset !

And all of that is pretty much true.

As an added bonus that a lot of bloggers don’t think about, your email list is ALSO valuable to brands.

And this is for a few reasons, which we’ll break down below.

1. Email lists for bloggers show depth in content

Showing that you have a bit more depth than the average hot bikini Instagram model is key.

You guys know this, but a lot of influencers market themselves as “Instagram influencers,” meaning they really only exist in the Instagram world.

Their business is stunning Instagram pics, followers, likes, comments, the whole shebang.

And a lot of times, “Instagram influencers” don’t really do much in terms of 10/10 content (YouTube videos, blog posts, basically anything with depth).

And this is where a lot of major brands run into problems with people who are solely “influencers” or “Instagram influencers.”

Most major brands need an influencer or blogger to have real CONTENT.

When I see an email list of at least a few hundred subscribers, it shows that the blogger isn’t just an “Instagram influencer.”

You know, email lists are not hot bikini butt models. They’re not sexy, but they’re hard work to build. 

disclaimer: girl, if you’re an Instagram model, and you can make $5k per Instagram post, keep doing YOU. 


2. Your stats can’t be faked or bought

On Instagram, it really feels like everyone, their mother, + their dog buys followers, likes, and comments.

These days, you can even do more than buying followers, you can buy the engagement numbers, too.

With email lists, it’s pretty freaking hard to buy subscribers.

Whether your email list is 50 subscribers or 50,000, it’s a high level of engagement is people actually sign up to hear from you.

It’s easy to double tap an Insta photo or follow someone but to give them permission to send you emails to your inbox is another deal.


3. Open rates are a pretty clear indicator of how true your relationship with your readers is

In the great balance of bringing value vs. selling something, open rates on email lists are a pretty good indicator of where you, as a blogger, fall on that spectrum.

How many email lists are you guys subscribed to that you immediately hit “delete” when you get the email?

Becuase you KNOW they are selling you their Facebook mastermind course or Pinterest e-book.

You KNOW there’s going to be little to no value to you in that email.

I personally feel this so hard, and it’s low key one of my biggest blogger pet peeves.

There’s some bloggers who I simply haven’t unsubscribed to because I’m too lazy to open the email. And every time their name appears in my inbox, the newsletter goes straight to the trash.

So…what now?

As you guys start preparing to reach out to brands + businesses for collaborations for the upcoming holidays, think about your email list stats.

  • Strong stats? Include them in your pitch email to a brand.
  • Cultivate your relationship with your email fam – send them exclusive, valuable content. Send them coupons you get no kickback from. Give them a heads up on an industry trend, something they should be aware of, etc.
  • Focus on your open rate by analyzing your past newsletters – which one got the most opens? Most clicks? Most unsubscribers. See if you can identify any trends, and figure out what your audience really enjoys. Then, double down on that.
  • Work on growing your base – Including a simple “btw, if you want to get my exclusive newsletter, sign up here” in almost every blog post will go a long way.

Email Lists for Bloggers 101

Anddd if you’re JUST starting out your email list, here are some of my fave resources that really helped me start my own letter, get it organized…basically figure out what the F I was doing.

How I Gained 101 Email Subscribers in 48 Hours // In Search of Sheila –> here

15 Opt in Freebie Ideas to Grow YourEmail List // Eden Fried –> here

How I Grew My Email List by 725 SUbscribers in 31 Days // Eden Fried –> here

I personally use ConvertKit for my newsletter and love how specific and targeted it is. There’s tonsss you can do with ConvertKit that you can’t with other platforms (get a free trial for 1 month, too, here)

Wrap Up

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  • Honestly I’ve been wanting to start an email list but thought it would be so much hard work, though I’m thinking now if I just do one that gets sent out once a month with that month’s blog posts, a couple of highlighted ethical brands of the month and maybe 1 or two extra little bits that would be a good start right? I don’t have the time to be sending out weekly newsletters but I’m sure I could manage an email a month, thanks for this it’s got me inspired

    The Quirky Queer

  • Louise Curtis

    Wow never knew this! Great tips and lovely photos x

  • Ooooh I LOVE all these points! You always bring such a fresh perspective on things. PR perspective perks 😉 You are so right in comparing engagement with an email list vs. Instagram, I never really thought of it that way, but it’s so true! Your email list really is an authentic reflection of you and your relationship with your audience.

    http://www.insearchofsheila.com

  • Great post! Going to check out some of those helpful posts on how to grow your subscriber list! Equally important is getting your subscribers to actually engage though, and that’s where I (as well as other bloggers I know) seem to struggle a bit.

  • Amazing tips! I love the one of adding a sign up form at the end of a post. I didn’t thought about that! And it’s so true that when a person allows you to send emails is another deal.

  • Ingrid Wall Snydal

    This is a great post and it has prompted me to want to work harder on my email list game. Great links to a few other sites for ideas and advice on how to grow my list. I am definitely going to check them out. Thanks!

  • Anna Voloshyna

    Very useful post! Thanks for sharing the insights 😉

  • Giulia Dugo

    I think this is so interesting! I’ve always thought about having an email list, but I haven’t been able to find the time to create even more content since I also have a full-time job already! But love this info!

  • the only thing I would caution, is that stats and subscribers actually can be faked/bought! I know it’s pretty skeezy and goes against CANN SPAM or whatever that act is called – but people do it!

  • Anna Hubbard

    Oooh bookmarking this post! I’m working on revamping my emails so this is a big help!

  • Really great tips! Creating an email list is something that’s been on my to-do forever. I need to get moving on it!

  • Taylor Laurels

    This is so awesome! I love how you point out that IG isn’t the be-all-end-all, and the focus on engagement really being key. People with bought followers and likes clearly show their colours in engagement numbers!! You CAN however buy email lists just as easy (or easier, really), but oyu are right again and open rates definitely speak volumes about your relationship.

  • This is such an amazing post! I’ve been trying to grow my email list and I’ll be making it my top goal next month!

  • SO smart! I’m so protective of my email list with brands because it just feels like the most personal, intimate connection, and I so value being in someone’s inbox like that. That’s sacred space!!

    Coming Up Roses