The 5 Most Problematic Subscriber Acquisition Sources
Brands can attract new subscriber through a variety of sources that range from closely aligned with their operations to completely unassociated. Some of these subscriber acquisition sources are inherently much riskier and therefore less valuable than others.
In our 2017 State of Email Survey, we asked marketers about their use of 20 different subscriber acquisition sources, as well as whether their email program had been blocked or blacklisted in the past 12 months. We identified the most problematic subscriber acquisition sources by looking at which ones were used by email programs that were blocked or blacklisted and those that weren’t.
The subscriber acquisition sources that were at least 20% more likely to be used by email programs that were blocked or blacklisted include:
- Email list rental
- Purchased email list
- Promotion of signup via direct mail, catalog, etc.
- Lead generation form for ebooks, reports, etc.
Surprised by some of those? Us, too. So we examined what might be going wrong with some of those subscriber acquisition sources and whether they can be fixed.