7 Tips for How to Create an Email Popup That Works (and Doesn't Annoy Users)

Posted by Colin Newcomer on March 14th, 2019

Building an email list is important, and when it comes to growing that list, your first thought is probably those email opt-in popups you see on what seems like every website on the Internet.

Love 'em or hate 'em, email newsletter popups can help you grow your list. In our case study, we found that email popups can convert at over 2%, even for an unobtrusive slide-in. And when you switch from a static opt-in form to a popup, the average increase in signups you may expect is around 100%.

In this post, we're going to help you achieve those results - or better - by sharing seven tips for how to create an effective, conversion-hungry email popup that, most importantly, won't annoy your visitors.

Then, we'll show you how you can start implementing these tips today with the GetSiteControl Subscribe widget.

18+ Website Survey Questions Examples, Plus How To Start Asking Them

Posted by Colin Newcomer on February 1st, 2019

Want to begin collecting user feedback from your website's visitors...but not sure how to actually start asking them for feedback?

It's a tough thing - you know that "asking" is important because it gives you valuable information about how people experience your website. But at the same time, it can be hard to know which questions will get you answers that are actually meaningful.

That pain point is why we decided to create this guide with 18+ website survey questions examples that you can use to start generating meaningful insights from your visitors.

Beyond that, we'll also share some tips for where and when to display your website feedback survey, as well as some tools that you can use to start putting these survey question ideas into action.

Let's dig in…

How To Build An Email List Fast: 18+ Tactics That Work In 2019

Posted by Colin Newcomer on January 15th, 2019

You know that having an email list is valuable, but how do you actually go from 0 subscribers to a thriving list? Unfortunately, when you're just getting started, learning how to build an email list from scratch can feel overwhelming...

It doesn't have to be though, and by following the tactics that we're about to share in this post, you can start growing your email list and turning it into that evergreen asset you know it can be.

Better yet, many of these tips will also show you how to build an email list for free, which means that you might not even need to crack open your wallet to start getting more subscribers.

Ready to start building? Let's dive right into the tips...

Top 7 Best WordPress Plugins for Blogs to Ignite Audience Growth

Posted by Brenda Barron on December 27th, 2018

Blogging isn’t always as easy as it’s pictured. And with over 30 million bloggers in the US alone, building your audience from scratch appears to be among the most challenging parts. But what does the process of building an audience consist of? Technically, your job is to drive traffic to your website, grab your visitors’ attention, and convert them into subscribers.

Today we’re sharing a roundup of 7 best WordPress plugins for blogs that will help you with each of these steps. We’ll speak about how to easily optimize a website for better search rankings, how to increase user engagement, and how to build your main asset – a list of email subscribers.

And since email list building has been such a trending topic in 2018, let’s start with this one.

GetSiteControl – best WordPress plugin for blogs to build an email list

9 Tactics for Collecting Email Addresses that Will Work in 2019

Posted by Megan Jones on December 5th, 2018

Collecting email addresses from your website visitors is key if you want to cultivate a community of regularly returning readers and life-long customers. But it is not always an easy task as you will find few people willing to share their data without good reason.

In this article, we will discuss 9 tactics for collecting email addresses that are tried and tested. These include displaying pop-ups and floating opt-in bars on your website, hosting webinars, running competitions, driving traffic from social media to landing pages, and more.

By the end of reading, you will be armed with 9 actionable strategies power up lead generation on your website in 2019.

1. Use Custom Email Opt-in Pop-ups

GetSiteControl modal popup to collect emailsEmail subscription popup by GetSiteControl

5 exit popups that will stop visitors from abandoning your website and convert them into customers [UPDATED]

Posted by Ksenia Borisova on November 15th, 2018

Exit popups are an incredibly popular marketing tool and that’s for one simple reason. They are very effective. In fact, given that 9 out of 10 website visitors leave to never come back, exit intent popups are your only way to keep them engaged. And if you’re smart about the incentive, you should be able to convert those who were about to leave your website into subscribers and customers.

As you have probably guessed, in this post, we’ll talk about using exit popups to optimize conversions and lower webpage abandonment. Moreover, we’ll show you 5 proven examples you can easily replicate on your website. And if you’re searching for an exit popup tool, all the examples below were created in GetSiteControl.

So, what's an exit popup?

It’s a modal window that's shown to website visitors right before they close the page. And if you’re wondering how it works, the technology behind exit intention recognition is quite simple. It tracks mouse movement and triggers the popup when the visitor's mouse is reaching the area where they close or change browser tabs. You've probably seen these popups many times. For instance, on ecommerce websites, they usually offer discounts or free shipping in exchange for an email address. They also may offer incentives like free downloads or ask you to leave feedback about your visit. There are so many possible ways to use exit intent popups, and today we are going to share 5 examples you can easily implement on your own website in a matter of minutes.

1. Offer an irresistible discount or free shipping

Exit popup - offer a discount

12 Super Useful WordPress Widgets To Extend Your Website In 2019

Posted by Colin Newcomer on November 9th, 2018

When you want an easy way to add functionality to your WordPress site, WordPress widgets are there to the rescue!

Without requiring any special knowledge, WordPress widgets let you add all kinds of cool functionality to various parts of your WordPress site. From a list of your most popular posts to a survey of your visitors, there’s a widget that can do it for you.

In this post, we’re going to cover all types of widgets that you can use with your WordPress site, including:

  • Dedicated WordPress widgets that you can use via your theme’s widget areas (like your sidebar, and sometimes your footer)
  • Generic widgets that you can use to add content to other areas of your WordPress site, like a notification bar or a slide-in.

And as a bonus, you can also use many of these widgets with a page builder plugin like Elementor or SiteOrigin for even more flexibility.

Basically, widgets aren’t just for sidebars anymore! You’ll be able to put helpful widgets pretty much anywhere on your WordPress site.

Let’s dive into the 12 best WordPress widgets in 2019.

7 Ways Surveys Can Change the Game for Your Business

Posted by Meredith Wood on November 6th, 2018

Smart business owners know that customers and non-customers can be a source of vital feedback on their products, branding, customer service, and more. Though your business’s Yelp page or social media replies can be a helpful source of feedback, customers rarely use those platforms to offer focused feedback on specific aspects of your company’s operations. That’s where surveys come in handy.

Talking directly to your customers or target market can be invaluable for your business. When designed and disseminated effectively, even the simplest surveys can add a lot of value and used in a number of ways.

If you haven’t started using surveys to speak to your customers, here’s why you should start:

Example of a brand lift survey conducted on FacebookBrand lift survey conducted on Facebook

5 tricks to stop visitors from leaving your website [UPDATED]

Posted by Nina De la Cruz on October 20th, 2018

You are spending a lot of effort (and money) to get more traffic, but many people will just look around for less than a minute and leave your website to never come back. That's OK. Expecting to turn all these visits into conversions would be a bit unrealistic. And yet, there are proven ways to convert at least some of those people who were about to bounce off. In this post, we’ll show you how to do that with the help of GetSiteControl app. Not only will you be able to lower your website’s bounce rate, but you may also increase conversions.

So, what’s a bounce rate?

A bounce happens when a visitor arrives on your website, views the landing page only and leaves without any interaction with the page. The percentage of such visits is called bounce rate. There may be various reasons for a website to have a high bounce rate. Typically, it means that visitors do not find what they are looking for. In other words, your content or your offer haven’t met their expectations.

You’ll find many articles on the web describing dozens of tactics to reduce your website’s bounce rate. Thinking about the purpose of the page is the key, which means you should provide relevant content and make it easy for your visitors to find what they are looking for – be it organic or paid traffic. For the purpose of this article, let us assume that the design, the loading speed, and the copy of your landing pages are great, and you are constantly improving every aspect.

Still, a certain number of visitors will leave. Some of them are probably not even your target audience. But others can easily be your potential customers who just haven’t noticed the best part of your offer. These people might need a tiny nudge and one more convincing reason to stay and give your webpage a second look.

So why not make an attempt to convert them before they leave?

Here comes the bounce form

Or a bounce widget – that’s what we call it at GetSiteControl. Technically, it’s an exit-intent popup, and it’s displayed exactly at the moment when your website visitors are about to leave the website.

Example of bounce exit-intent pop-up

If you’re wondering how it works, there’s no mystery. An advanced app technology tracks every visitor’s mouse movements, and once they head over to the “Close” or “Back” buttons, a popup is triggered and displayed right before they leave a page.

How to add a cookie banner to your website: no code required (with examples!)

Posted by Colin Newcomer on October 2nd, 2018

You've probably noticed how it seems like every single website you visit nowadays includes some notification about using cookies. Now you might be wondering...does my site need one of those cookie consent notices? And if so, how can I actually create a cookie banner for my site?

The answer to the first question is "probably". And as for the second question, that's what this post is all about!

In the rest of this post, you'll get a quick primer on whether or not your site actually needs a cookie consent banner. Then, we'll share a step-by-step tutorial for how you can use a free tool to create a cookie consent banner for your site without needing to have any special knowledge.

If your website receives visitors from the European Union, you probably need a cookie consent banner if you want to stay on the good side of European Union regulations.

Originally adopted in 2011 and expanded with the GDPR in 2018, the European Union's rules on cookies essentially require that you get "clear, informed consent" from visitors in order to use cookies that track user data.

That's technically not every single website, but with the popularity of tools like Google Analytics, Facebook Pixel, social media share buttons, and others, there's a fairly good chance that your website uses at least some tracking cookies.

So in practice, most sites that receive visitors from the European Union need a cookie consent banner. And in this global world, that's most sites - period.

So...long story short...you probably need a cookie consent banner if you want to comply with the European Union's regulations!