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Some of the most popular tactics for acquiring email subscribers aren't viewed by marketers as especially effective, but they are widely used because they are easy to implement, according to a recent report by ExactTarget.

The report was based on data from a survey of 395 digital marketers predominantly from the United States. Respondents were asked to identify the tactics they use to grow their email lists and then rate how effective they consider these tactics are in producing quality subscribers.

Some of the tactics with with largest discrepancy between use and perceived effectiveness were:

  • General email sign-up forms on websites (74% use, 42% rate effective).
  • Sign-up requests specific to different sections of websites (52% use, 45% rate effective).
  • Email capture via Facebook (45% use, 31% rate effective).

Conversely, a number of tactics are not as commonly used, but were rated as highly effective. These include:

  • Paid search advertisements that drive to landing pages with email opt-ins (27% use, 50% rate effective).
  • The option to opt into email when viewing mobile app content (12% use, 59% rate effective).
  • Requiring an email address in order to register a mobile app (13% use, 55% rate effective).
  • Paid mobile ads (12% use, 41% rate effective).

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Ayaz Nanji is a digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Media, a marketing agency specializing in content and social media services for tech firms. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.

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