Some years ago, internet marketers decided it would be very clever start pushing large forms in people’s faces that ask them to sign up for an email newsletter. These are called “popovers”, and can be programmed to appear at different moments when someone is visiting your site. The obvious core idea is: You have this…

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Dear designer-marketer: You think you are being cute by just making the thing you want me to pay attention to… jiggle a little. I am not stupid. I find it very annoying, and am very tempted to close your page right away. —User Unless you want to be annoying (I can’t figure out why you…

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This one is very simple, and you’ll see that the type is small and hard to read, but the point is that they are highlighting a promise of what you will get. And: In fact, notice that they are not highlighting the format, they are highlighting the outcome. “Weekly progress updates” is what you get…

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I like the way Tim Ferris puts his newsletter as a menu item on his website. This is part of an integrated strategy—I like what he says about the newsletter too: Every Friday, I send out an exclusive email with the five coolest things I’ve found (or explored) that week. It could include exclusive giveaways…

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What I love about this is that the design itself says, “we are not afraid to ask first before we send you emails.” People actually get to decide. This was literally on their lead magnet page! Now, this is on the website for a design company, and so the design elements are very well executed,…

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