Today I’m sending an email to my entire mailing list, asking them if they’re receiving two emails from me — and suggesting that they unsubscribe from one (or both!) in order to help them deal with email and information overload.
Here’s how it happens: someone signs up for your mailing list by registering for a free class. Next month, you offer a free ebook, or a paid membership, and they sign up again, but this time with a different email address. Now they’re getting TWO emails from you each time you send your email newsletter.
So once in a while, it helps if you tell them how to unsubscribe from one of those email addresses (gasp!). If you’re using an automated email broadcast system, those sytems should be putting unsubscribe info at the bottom of all your emails automatically — but people don’t know to scroll to the very BOTTOM of an email to find that unsubscribe link.
Before you send out a “Are You Getting Two Emails From Me?” broadcast, pause and check your OWN feelings. Are you scared that people may unsubscribe and reduce the size of your list? Or are you feeling that you’re doing them a service by inviting them to unsub?
I know it can be scary. What if they didn’t like what you’ve been writing all along in your email newsletter? What if they don’t want to hear from you anymore? Does it mean they don’t like you? Does it mean the end of your business?
Take a deep breath.
Repeat after me.
“It’s GOOD when people get off my mailing list. They unsubscribe for many, many reasons, some which have nothing to do with me. Those who are interested in what I have to share WILL stay on my mailing list. I trust in the intelligence of people that they will do what’s right for them – an ultimately, what’s right for me, too.”