The first free tool is the new version of the Sumo plugin.
As you may know, this plugin has been around for a while as SumoMe.
But in case you don’t know, along with the name change, they have now included a lot of the Pro features for free.
Unfortunately, it still won’t let you integrate an autoresponder, although you can collect emails and export them as a CSV file.
I have just been experimenting with The Listbuilder tool, which now includes some very nice templates. Here’s just a few of them:
Although you can’t build your list directly with the free version, you can add an exit popup that will redirect to any page on the click of a button.
So in theory, you could send visitors to your squeeze page, but I have just added one to redirect to my FREE Facebook group.
If you hang around this page for a few seconds and then try to exit the site, the the popup should appear. It looks like this:
If the popup isn’t showing, try viewing the site from an incognito window.
I’m not too sure about the colours yet, so let me know what you think of it
There are lots of different animations to choose from when your popup appears – I currently have mine set to roll in.
The Sumo plugin offers plenty of other functionality too, such as welcome mats, heatmaps and content analytics, but I won’t go into those here. You can just have a play with it yourself.
Find the Sumo Plugin from “add new plugins” in your WordPress dashboard or download it from here.
The other free tool is Hellobar, which DOES let you integrate an Autoresponder.
Hello Bar has been around for a while so you might have heard of it.
It lets you create a message bar at the bottom or top of your site.
I like it because it is very unobtrusuive and doesn’t interfere with the content at all.
If you’ve been on this site for more than 5 seconds you can probably see it below… unless you’ve dimissed it. In which case, you will be able to see it if you load the site in an incognito window.
The one here includes an opt-in box and looks like this:
The only problem I have found is that although the contacts get added to my GetResponse list, they don’t get added to my autoresponder sequence, so I have to do that manually until I have time to figure out a solution… but I think the answer lies in the way GetResponse handles things.
Anyway, there you have it, 2 free tools that you can use to grow your email list today 🙂