Today, I want to educate you about why you should build your own MLM Mailing List. As I see it, every SERIOUS distributor should BUILD UP their own mailing list over a period of months and years. You want a list of everyone you approach, everyone you work with, everyone on your team, and everyone you connect with in the network marketing industry.
Instead of just trying to recruit every person you meet into your business opportunity, you should focus on adding them to your mailing list. The major benefit of building up your mailing list is that once you get them on your list, you can communicate by mail, build a relationship with each person, let them know what you do, and possibly recruit them. You can even create multiple streams of income.
You should make it a point to add a name or two to your mailing list every single day AND to keep in touch with everyone on your mailing list every single month, no matter what. Send out a monthly newsletter like I do. Keep in touch frequently. Build a friendship and relationship with everyone on the list.
What Is a MLM Mailing List?
A MLM Mailing List is a list of names and mailing addresses of people who give you PERMISSION to stay in touch with them. It’s not a list of names that you buy or a list of strangers. Instead, it’s a list of people you meet, form a connection with, and get their permission to send them stuff in the mail from time-to-time. Think of it as a database of names and addresses that you build up over a period of a few years.
Why You Want a Mailing List
You want a mailing list because the money is in the list. Besides, network marketing companies come and go. Who knows what you will be doing, or what company you will be working with five years from now! The same holds true for the people on your mailing list. They might be happy in their current company today, but who knows, maybe their company will go defunct in a few years and they will be looking for a new company to join.
The major benefit of having a list is you position yourself as a LEADER. You send out a monthly newsletter each month and provide value to your list. They see you as an expert and trusted friend. They look forward to getting your newsletter every month and they begin to know you, like you and trust you. Many of the folks on your mailing list will eventually become a customer or distributor in your team, in the months and years ahead.
Direct Mail vs. The Internet
The internet is WAY overrated. Yes, the internet is a great way to get leads, connect with long lost friends, and work with your team. But the internet is NOTHING compared to direct mail. I do both the internet and direct mail and I honestly believe that direct mail is at least 10x better than the internet.
Just think about how many emails you get a day. How many emails go to your spam folder and never get read? How many emails get deleted before they are ever read? Most people get so much email that it absolutely annoys them. I get several hundred emails a day and I don’t read most of my emails.
Direct mail is completely different. Everyone, and I mean everyone I know checks their mail every day. And they are excited to check their mail! They typically look through everything before they decide what to throw away and what to keep. Most people will at least open your mail and read it before they decide to keep it or trash it. Getting people to read your message is more than 90% of the battle!
I’ve also found that direct mail has a much longer shelf life than email. People will keep a piece of mail that they enjoy for a long period of time.
Making Money with Your MLM Mailing List
The real beauty of having a good MLM Mailing List is that you can sponsor and recruit with ease. Many of the folks on your mailing list will eventually team up with you if you stay in touch often, provide value, and act like a leader.
You can promote different things in your mailing list which provides you multiple streams of income. You can sell advertising in your newsletter that you mail out. You can even rent out your mailing list for a profit. The options really are endless. Do it right and your MLM Mailing List can be a business all by itself.
Does It Cost Money?
Yes. Everything costs money. I would tell you to stop being so cheap. It costs me less than $10 per year per person to send direct mail to everyone on my mailing list once each month. I make much more than that per person from the stuff that I sell and recommend.
I understand that email is free and much faster. I just don’t think it’s as effective as the mail. Also, I’d tell someone that if you aren’t willing to invest $10 per person per year for your mailing list, you probably shouldn’t be in business to begin with! Don’t focus on cost. Focus on Return on Investment.
The bottom line is that direct mail is here to stay. It’s a proven marketing method. It’s also a competition free zone, especially compared to email marketing.
As a network marketer, you should build up your own MLM Mailing List. Even if takes you a few years to build up a mailing list of 500 names, it’s well worth it. I believe that a rolodex of 500 people that you have a good relationship with is worth a lot of money to you over the course of your lifetime.
Assuming you stay in touch often, provide value, and promote different products and services, I don’t see why you couldn’t turn your mailing list into a profitable business venture.
What are your thoughts? What is your experience with direct mail and MLM Mailing Lists? Leave a comment below to let me know what you think.