There are many different ways to start a newsletter. Sendfox even gives you the ability to create a landing page on their platform.
The issue with that is that you don't have the ability to give your landing page:
- a custom domain
- customize its design
- optimize its page speed
These are three important factors in raising the conversion rate of sign-ups.
Create accounts on both if you haven't already. Both services are free to get started.
Hit this button to deploy a minimal stater app to begin (no credit card required!) in 15 seconds:
A custom domain raises the trust factor of your brand which will drive signups. Give your newsletter a custom domain by using this article:
Now that you've signed up and created your app let's set up your landing page to collect emails. I believe the focus of this page should be:
- good marketing copy
- Mobile responsive
Here is an example of a quick and stylish landing page design that is also responsive.
You can copy this design by using the
Clone an app feature in Begin.
Here is the repo to clone:
Create a form in Sendfox and then paste the code into your app.
Now that your site is designed and the Sendfox form code is embedded, deploy your app to Begin's staging environment and then ship to production if everything works perfectly.
You may be tempted to test out your form by emailing yourself a few times. This will only work one time per email, basically. Sendfox's support had this to say about testing.
"We have a system in place that temporarily blocks the IP if there is more than one attempt to subscribe from the same IP in a short period of time.
Please use a new email address when testing forms/automation and change the IP for testing purposes or test it from another device that has different IP if you are doing more than one test in a short period of time.
This is basically to prevent bots from spamming customers' accounts."
This is a great way to get started building an audience while keeping your design aesthetic consistent. This way you also get more control over how your funnel is optimized.