What is SumoMe?
Someone emailed me the other day, asking how she could grow her mailing list. My first question for her was, “do you have SumoMe?” SumoMe is a really great plugin, and since I installed it, my newsletter subscriber list has doubled.
All I had to do was install it, and follow their detailed instructions on how to connect it to MailChimp. So, let's dive in.
SumoMe has many components:
1. Scroll Box
Once you activate this, an unassuming slide-in comes up when a reader scrolls down, reading your entire article. Connect it to your mailing list… then, don't even think about it!
3. Heat Maps
Ever wonder what happens when people get to your site? Where do they look? What do they click on? How much time do they spend looking at the various section headers? Activate heat maps and find out.
Once you activate this, when people highlight a phrase on your website, a handy little box will appear, asking if they'd like to tweet it. Make sure to add your Twitter handle to the settings, though!
4. Smart Bar
Adds an easy way for people to sign up for your mailing list at the top of every page.
When you activate this, it'll incentivize your readers to subscribe by offering a PDF download in exchange for their email address.
6. Image Sharer
Adds an overlay (Twitter/Facebook/Pinterest) when a user hovers over your picture, making it even easier for them to share it! Sharing is caring, right?
7. Contact Form
Make it easy for your readers to get in touch! Install a contact form that appears at just the right time.
8. List Builder
List Builder is the piece I think has grown my mailing list so much. Connect it to your email service (I use ConvertKit).
This adds share buttons to your site, but a word of warning: make sure it works on your theme! On this theme, for example, there is ONLY ONE place I can put the share buttons without breaking everything. Test!
10. Content Analytics
This piece is similar to heat maps, but it goes a bit deeper. It'll tell you how many people start reading your posts, and of those, how many people are finishing them.
Best of all?
SumoMe is free. So, go install it, take the time to set everything up, then sit back, relax, and watch the email sign ups come rolling in.
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