Collecting emails manually one by one? Help!

by vidf 26 replies
I'm launching a new co. Our services start at $19k and go up to $75k. Looking to book first 3 clients in a week ( I'm a pro in that niche ).

Landing page is live ( features a 2min video ) but need traffic to get leads. I'm thinking if I get a targeted email list of 10k and use Aweber to blast them I'll get 6 meetings and will close 3.

There are a ton of ways of building a targeted 10K list. My budget to build it is $2500. The conventional way of SMM, giving away something for free, etc doesn't feel right for this project.

*What if I hired 6 minimum wage tier1 freelancers to manually collect emails one by one from a pool of targeted websites and have them add the emails to my list? Anyone try this? Could this backfire? Best software for this? I did the math and at 40-50 emails/ hour I'll have 10K emails in 4 days. Alternatively I can spend the money on FB and promote the video there with a link to landing page but I feel I'll reach way less people that way.

Thoughts?
Pros? Cons?
#email marketing #collecting #emails #manually
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  • Profile picture of the author vidf
    Forgot to mention: looked into Solo ads as well - way too many scammers out there.
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    • Profile picture of the author agmccall
      Originally Posted by vidf View Post

      Forgot to mention: looked into Solo ads as well - way too many scammers out there.
      If you do your due diligence there are many reputable sellers available to you. You are only talking around $50.00 to run a test campaign. It is all about risk-reward. You don't take a few risks you will not get any rewards

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      • Profile picture of the author vidf
        Yeah I might do 5 $100 tests: FB, Linkedin, Adworks, and 2 Solo ads. Then dump the remaining 2k into the best performer. Alternatively I might pay 25 small influencers in this niche $100 each to mention and link to me on SM ( twitter, etc ). That might be more effective actually. Anybody experimented with this?
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  • Profile picture of the author Lavek
    Collecting cold emails will get you in the trouble in the long run.

    Since they didn't give their consent to be emailed, you'll most likely end up with lots of SPAM reports and your sending reputation will drop hard. Which makes your 10k list worthless as emails won't get into the inbox.

    Also, most ESPs will quickly notice what's going on and may suspend your account.

    It may work as a one off email, but don't expect this to work for the long run.

    The other option you mentioned, FB ads to landing page may not build your list as fast, but it will build it the right way.

    Since those who opt-ed in will likely be more engaged with your content and receiving email from you is something they'll expect. It may be slower, but it is better in the long run.

    Have you thought about LinkedIn ads too? Might find more qualified prospects there.
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    • Profile picture of the author vidf
      Great info, thanks. Linkedin sounds like a good idea. It's the only SM I have no experience in. Not sure if the big fish I'm after would bother having an active account. I'm after owners of $10M+ internet businesses and/or their CMOs.
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  • Profile picture of the author NotARobot
    I had similar thoughts. But i was thinking about some email blast services on fiver or from some freelacers. Not sure it is reliable though...
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    • Profile picture of the author vidf
      99% of stuff on fiver is extremely low quality. At least that's been my experience. It has its uses but definitely not for this project.
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  • Profile picture of the author sendizo
    email scrapping is risky. you can invest the same budget in building a mailing lists or find a good source and buy the lists targeted to your niche. you will need a strategy to be able to deliver those lists with high inbox placement rates. also be carful when purchasing leads.
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  • Profile picture of the author ToddW
    Hi there,
    Sounds like you should check out Amazon's Mechanical Turk service.

    You could use that in conjunction with something like launchbit or leadfuze to do the job effectively.

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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
    Originally Posted by vidf View Post

    I'm launching a new co. Our services start at $19k and go up to $75k. Looking to book first 3 clients in a week ( I'm a pro in that niche ).

    Landing page is live ( features a 2min video ) but need traffic to get leads. I'm thinking if I get a targeted email list of 10k and use Aweber to blast them I'll get 6 meetings and will close 3.

    There are a ton of ways of building a targeted 10K list. My budget to build it is $2500. The conventional way of SMM, giving away something for free, etc doesn't feel right for this project.

    *What if I hired 6 minimum wage tier1 freelancers to manually collect emails one by one from a pool of targeted websites and have them add the emails to my list? Anyone try this? Could this backfire? Best software for this? I did the math and at 40-50 emails/ hour I'll have 10K emails in 4 days. Alternatively I can spend the money on FB and promote the video there with a link to landing page but I feel I'll reach way less people that way.

    Thoughts?
    Pros? Cons?



    I'm pretty sure this falls under the CAN-SPAM Act.
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  • Profile picture of the author DIABL0
    What is your service?

    Is it B2B or B2C?

    Without knowing this it's kind of hard to answer.
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    B2B, sorry I thought I made that clear.
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    • Profile picture of the author DIABL0
      Originally Posted by vidf View Post

      B2B, sorry I thought I made that clear.
      No, you just said the service was $19K-$75K

      What is the service?

      So a company has to commit to a minimum of $19K? There is no stair step to get to that level?
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      • Profile picture of the author vidf
        No. We do high-end video production. Our absolute minimum cost of producing any content ( even if it's 15 sec long ) is $10k-15k. So any client with less than 20K to spend would be wasting my time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Connann
    DONT collect cold emails and DONT' buy them

    there lot of methods, and you need more than one in your arsenal, cause with S you need to calibrate and see which method works better to your offer, niche etc.

    My advice is to start with Solo Ads.

    Start with Clickonomy and Udimi, so you can check reviews in real time hosted by third party site.
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    • Profile picture of the author vidf
      Thanks, I'll check those two out. Hopefully you don't own either one of them.
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  • Profile picture of the author rritz
    Honestly, with B2B and the people you are targeting I think solo ads from clickonomy or udimi will be a pure waste of money. These guys you are talking about why would they be on a solo email list? What value could being on such a list offer to them?
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    • Profile picture of the author vidf
      Thanks, I don't have to look up clickonimy and udimi now.
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    if you are involving Social Media, check out co-promote.. sign-up as my referral or "follow" me there so I may promote your posts for free..
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  • Profile picture of the author Robsn
    I would definitely give LinkenIn a go. You're looking for businesses and LinkenIn is perfect for B2B.

    Solos will be a waste of time as we already know.
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    • Profile picture of the author vidf
      Yeah I'm really considering Linkedin. Wish I was more familliar with it. Also planning on sending out 200-300 personal emails and reaching out to influencers in the niche to buy a little love on their blogs/SM.
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  • Profile picture of the author NotARobot
    How do you search for that influencers?

    There are many thoughts that cold email does not work, but i am pretty sure it does. It depends on how you handle it. I worked in a small company with 5 figures monthly income which used cold emails only.
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  • Profile picture of the author rossbarnard
    Hi,

    It's generally not advisable to purchase email lists, mainly because bad data can affect your sender reputation and deliverability, and subsequently lead to blacklisting. You would also rather reach out to contacts you know want to hear from you, rather than essentially 'cold calling'.

    The best way to grow your contacts is organically - for example, you could reach out to some freelance SEO content specialists and get them to create useful content based on people's challenges in your sector; this content could be behind a form and you ask for contact details in return for the download. You'd want to make sure that the landing pages with the content downloads rank well in the search engines through keyword targeting. A longer term tactic but one which will grow your business over time.

    There's also this free guide which has lots of ways to grow your contacts: https://resources.dotmailer.com/chea...t=list%20build

    Good luck.
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    • Profile picture of the author DIABL0
      I totally disagree with the naysayers.

      I have been monetizing purchased fresh / targeted 3rd party data(email) for over 16 years and have done extremely well. The upside potential far outweighs the downside risks! Plus there are ways to mitigate all risks that come with the business, so it's really not that bad.

      If doing B2B, you can purchase targeted data, but you can also do well scrapping. Where with B2C you would never want to scrape data.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Delapaz
    Hey there! That's a very exciting situation you're in!

    Here's a thought that comes to mind:

    Research and compile a list of all the newlestters and eZines
    that C-Level executives subscribe.

    When you have about 50 or so, contact all the newsletter owners
    asking if they would do a solo ad campaign for you.

    This way, you would at least know that your offer will be
    mostly seen by your type of client.

    Hope I gave you something different and valuable to chew on :-)

    Great luck to you and please keep us posted!
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