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How to send a freebie (lead magnet) to new subscribers

How to send a freebie (lead magnet) to new subscribers

A freebie (lead magnet) is a free gift (usually content or discounts) that you give away to subscribers as an incentive when they sign up to join your mailing list. Some examples of common freebies include; free eBooks, guides, PDF checklists, coupons/discounts, video content, and more.

Potential subscribers need to learn about your free content offer somehow, right? The best way to tell them about your freebie is to create a landing page that you can share on your social media pages.

View our landing page gallery to see examples of lead generation landing pages built by other MailerLite users.

You can also create embedded forms and install them directly on your website, or offer a freebie in a pop-up form.

You should include information about what the freebie is, as well as a form for subscribers to fill out in order to receive it.

When a subscriber signs up and confirms their subscription in the double opt-in email, they are redirected to the double opt-in thank you page. You can add a link to your freebie on that double opt-in thank you page.

To edit your double opt-in thank you page:

  1. Navigate to Forms or Sites page if you’re editing a landing page.

  2. Click on the title of your form.

  3. Click the Double opt-in thank you page tab.

  4. Click Edit.

Be creative! You can add as much or as little info as you like to your Double opt-in thank you page. Simply make sure you include a link to access your freebie.

If you’re creating multiple forms for the same freebie, you may want to consider creating an automation for your freebie.

Once you have created the forms that will offer your freebie, make sure they are all adding subscribers to the same Group, then you can create an automation that is triggered when a subscriber joins that group.

To set up the automation for your freebie:

  1. Navigate to Automations.

  2. Click Create workflow.

  3. In the sidebar, set your workflow trigger to When a subscriber joins a group and select the group attached to your freebie forms.

For a visual example of a freebie (lead magnet) workflow with instructions, check out our automations gallery.

Note: If an existing subscriber joins the group by completing the freebie offer form, they will also trigger the workflow.

There are many possibilities when it comes to sending content to your subscribers. While, adding an attachment directly to your newsletter is not a possibility, there are some super simple ways to send external files to your readers.

  1. Host the file on your website. Then you can include an external link in the body of your newsletter or a button block to download the file.

  2. Use outside file hosting services such as Dropbox or Google Drive to hose your file. Then you can also include an external link in the body of your newsletter or a button block to download the file from Dropbox or Google Drive.

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