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Episode 299. Leveraging Email Marketing to Grow Your Business with Allison Hardy

Updated: Apr 17

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The Power of Consistency and Simplicity

Email marketing remains a powerhouse in the digital marketing landscape, offering unmatched return on investment and customer interaction. Despite the rise of social media and other communication channels, dismissing email marketing as an obsolete method can be a costly mistake for entrepreneurs and businesses. In this blog post, we'll explore the gems shared by email marketing guru Alison Hardy and dive into strategies and insights that can refine your email tactics, escalate your open rates, and drive your sales to new heights.

Consistency: The Foundation of Success

Building a robust email marketing strategy starts with consistency. Instead of chasing novel, complex tactics, establishing a regular communication routine keeps your business at the forefront of your subscribers' minds. Whether they read each email or not, this consistent showing ensures that when they're ready to engage, your brand is the first they recall. If you're struggling to find content, repurpose your strongest output from other channels, like a popular Instagram post or a podcast episode, into your email campaigns.

Simplicity: Don't Overcomplicate It

Alison Hardy stresses the worth of simplicity in your email strategies. As entrepreneurs, we often overcomplicate our marketing efforts, thinking we need to reinvent the wheel with every campaign. The truth is, repetition is what best etches your message in the customer's mind. Your consistency in messaging and calls to action across platforms will streamline your process and increase conversions.

Turning Emails into Conversions: The Art of Selling Via Email

Is it wise to sell in every email? According to Alison, it's all about how you define 'selling.' It doesn't have to be a direct product pitch. Directing your audience to consume more content, such as a podcast episode or a lead magnet, can also lead them down the sales funnel. Training your audience to click on something in every email builds a habit, which can lead to higher engagement and conversion rates when the time comes for them to purchase.

Boosting Open Rates: Tips from the Trenches

Engaging subject lines are key to higher open rates. Conducting split tests on subject lines and leveraging tools like the headline analyzer from the American Marketing Institute can provide insights into what resonates best with your audience. Sharing success stories with numbers can pique interest and promise value, prompting subscribers to open your emails.

List Growth and Lead Magnets: Adapting to Today’s Audience

The demand for value-laden, time-saving solutions is at an all-time high. Modern lead magnets should embody quick, actionable wins that demonstrate the immediate benefits of engaging with your brand. Providing just a snippet of your broader service or product not only generates that quick win but also leaves your audience craving more, neatly leading them onto your sales path.

The Journey Towards Six Figures with Email Marketing: Leverage Your Unique Selling Proposition

Alison Hardy not only espouses the principles of effective email marketing but practices them to monumental success. Her $80,000 email template is a testament to that. By employing her strategies and understanding the rationale behind each step, any business can replicate her success. Hardy's approach emphasizes that more than ever, simplicity, consistency, and smart selling are the cornerstones of email marketing success – proving that when done correctly, email marketing is anything but dead.


Email marketing remains a game-changer for businesses seeking to increase revenue and amplify their online presence. By following Alison Hardy's proven tactics, you too can revamp your email strategy, nurture your audience with hands-on tips, and witness a significant upswing in both engagement and sales. From maintaining consistency and simplicity in your approach to creating lead magnets that capture and hold your audience's dwindling attention span – implementing these strategies will set you on a path to unlocking email marketing's full potential.

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Transcript for Episode 299. Leveraging Email Marketing to Grow Your Business with Allison Hardy

Amy [00:00:02]:

Welcome back into the motivated CEO podcast. Today we are talking all things email marketing with Alison Hardy. She is truly a guru in this field. So make sure you get your notebooks out, get ready for some massive value and takeaways because this episode is going to be fire. But before we dive in, I would love to welcome in Alison. Welcome to the show.

Allison [00:00:29]:

Hey, Amy, thank you for having me.

Amy [00:00:30]:

Yes, it's so great to have you here today. Could you share more about yourself with our listeners, who you are, what you do, and who you serve? Sure.

Allison [00:00:39]:

Yeah. So my name is Alison Hardy. I live right outside of Washington, DC, in Arlington, Virginia. I have husbands, I have two kids. One's in fifth grade, one's in kindergarten, and we have a very, very life.

Amy [00:00:56]:

Yes, I totally can relate to that.

Allison [00:01:00]:

That's a good way of saying we're legit busy. And so, you know, one of the things that I really struggled with when I first started my business was seeing consistent sales. And when COVID hit and my kids were home for 18 months, I was like, what in the world am I going to do? My work days went from like 5 hours to 2 hours, and I was like, I don't know, like, what am I supposed to do? And my husband was a chaplain at a hospital and got stationed to the COVID wing during that time. So it was a lot. There's a lot going on.

Amy [00:01:34]:

There's a lot going on.

Allison [00:01:35]:

Yeah, we had a lot. And I was like, I need to figure out how to run this business in the 2 hours that I have every day. So that's where email marketing really came in. And I'd always leaned on email marketing, but I never really had to by that point. Um, so that was like my first, like, trial by fire. Like, we're just going to do email marketing. That's it. And while it was really hard and it was, um, a lot, it grew my business, and I was like, okay, we're onto something.

Allison [00:02:01]:

And so I started taking this methodology that I developed and doing it with my one on one clients, and I was like, okay, you work here. And then I was like, okay, let's do it with my mastermind clients. Okay, cool. Work here. And then I was like, let's start a membership and really, like, do this with more people. And so I started a membership called Funnel of the Month club. It's a year old, which is amazing, and I now help coaches and experts sell their course, their membership on autopilot through email marketing, which is amazing.

Amy [00:02:28]:

And for those of you listening, they're like, you know what? Email marketing's dead. Allison is here to prove that. No, that is just a myth because you made a boatload of money last year just off of your email list, off of those sequences that you've developed with your methodology, right?

Allison [00:02:48]:

Yeah, absolutely. We had one email. I have a proprietary, like, pitch sequence process and we had one email in that seven email sequence that brought in $80,000 in sales. Just that one email. So, like, while people may say email marketing is dead, I am proof that it's not. And my 400 clients last year in the membership are also proof that it's not. So email marketing is here to stay. It's not going anywhere is the most algorithm proof method of selling your thing you can actually find.

Allison [00:03:16]:

Um, and I think if you're not using it, you're leaving money on the table.

Amy [00:03:21]:

Oh, definitely. And you know, like we were talking before we hit record, you know, email marketing, it's a long game. It requires a lot of strategy. So can you walk us through. Okay, where do we even start? So say you're an established business owner, you're bringing in money, you have a list, but you're really not doing anything with that list, which is pretty common. Where do we even start? To get strategic.

Allison [00:03:48]:

Yeah, so I would start with just being consistent. I know, like everyone hates that word, like this dreaded c word, but like, consistency will create you as top of mind. It will help you to when someone's thinking, oh, I have this problem and I want to solve it. And you're consistently showing up in their inbox, whether or not they're reading the emails or not, you are still there, you're still top of mind, you're showing up on a regular basis. So what I find a lot of times, and I have a client in my mastermind, um, who, she started the mastermind and she's like, I have like 5000 people on my email list and I'm not emailing them. And I was like, okay, well, what can we do? What are you doing? Where's the content? Where are you hanging out in the online space? And she was like, I'm on Instagram. She's like, I have no problem creating content on Instagram. It's so easy for me and I get really great engagement.

Allison [00:04:34]:

People dm me, people comment. My Instagram account has been growing like gangbusters. And like, that is where I like to hang out. I was like, okay, can we just take what you're doing on Instagram and put it in email? And she was like, what do you mean, I was like, so we pulled up, like, her Instagram account, and there was, like, three things, like, a three things post, and she talked about, like, one thing a lot. And I was like, can you just take that one thing and turn it into an email and email that out to your list? Like, just pure value? I was like, and then maybe, like, call to action to visit the Instagram post to get the other two things? She's like, oh, that's so easy. I was like, yes. Like, there's no need for us to, like, reinvent the wheel. There's no need for us to, like, do a ton of extra work.

Allison [00:05:17]:

But you're probably already, if you're an established business owner, you're probably already creating content somewhere that you could probably just repurpose and use as an email. So, like, if you're not sending anything at all, I would start there, and the goal could just be email once a week. So take, like, your best Instagram post or your best podcast episode or whatever the thing is you're doing and just turn it into an email. And that's a really great jumping off point. Yeah.

Amy [00:05:42]:

I love how you said consistency is key because that's the non glamorous side of business. It's doing the boring, the mundane over and over and over. It's just repeating those basics. And also you said, you know, we're not reinventing the wheel. And as business owners, I feel like so often we're over complicating everything when the reality is no one's paying as much attention as we think they are. You know, we feel like we're a broken record. Yeah, that's normal. You have to be, because it's ridiculous the number of touch points it takes now for you to stand out before someone is ready to buy from you.

Amy [00:06:19]:

So that's why I love how you said that. Okay. Number one, consistency is key. Number two, stop making it so complicated. Stop reinventing the wheel. That's the one thing I love. Like, I'll even do this with the podcast content. I'll take that long form content and just break it down strategically.

Amy [00:06:34]:

Like, I'll wait like a week or two. But everything you see in my emails, if you track it back, you can track it back to my podcast, which is also going to funnel over to social media. Stop over complicating it because you need this, right?

Allison [00:06:52]:

Absolutely. And I think that, like, going back to what you said, like, nobody's paying attention to us that closely. So, like, part of being consistent is not only, like, reps, right? So one time a week, two times a week, whatever it is, it's that consistency in that messaging and that consistency in what you're saying and telling people and the invitation that you have to make over and over and over and over again. So that's another part of consistency. Is that consistent consistency in like, what it is that you're actually saying and what that call to action is? So just because you send out one email and you ask people to do one thing one time, that's not, that's not consistency. You have to continually ask them to do the thing over and over and over again. And that's just the belly of the beast. Like, that's just how it is in the online space now.

Amy [00:07:33]:

Yeah, absolutely. Now I want to hear your take on this. Are you selling in every single email or are you putting different calls to action and what does that process look like for you? Because people are very divided on this. I have some people that are like, I want to sell in every single email that I'm in front of those people. And there's others that are like, well, no, there's a place and a time for that. What is your take?

Allison [00:07:57]:

I think selling has different definitions. So one call to action in selling can be like, buy my thing. Another call to action in selling could be like, download my lead magnet, which puts them into your email funnel, which then sells your thing. Another one could be like, listen to my podcast. And on that podcast, maybe you talk about a digital product. So, like, selling, I think, has lots of different definitions, but I do think you should be selling in every email. And whether it's like straight up buy or it's download or listen or consume, you know, whatever the thing is, there's always a sell. They're always getting people to do something.

Allison [00:08:32]:

And I do think just for habits, there should be something for people to click on in every single email. So, like, you don't want the first time someone's clicking on something in an email to be like a buy. You want them to get into the habit of clicking. And when you create that habit of clicking early on in the relationship with maybe a podcast or an Instagram post or a lead magnet, they're going to continue to click because that's just how they've been told to interact with you. So the first time you're asking them to buy something is not the first time they're going to be clicking on something. You don't have to create a new habit and get them to buy something at the same time them to buy something.

Amy [00:09:10]:

Yeah, it's sales psychology 101. I love your take on that. I don't think I've ever heard it put in that way. And that's such a unique perspective and that's important to remember. We're selling ourselves. A lot of times we always think that we're selling the product, we're selling the service, but we're selling ourselves, we're providing value. We're moving people through that nurture sequence because it takes a while for people to build, know, like and trust. And now more than ever, a lot of people have been burned in the online space.

Amy [00:09:41]:

So I think there's a lot of skepticism, like, well, can this really work for me? Is this person really legit and is this the best investment for myself and my business right now at this point in time? So I love that you said that, like, just get in the habit of creating some sort of a clickable item, whether it be a opt in, a freebie, something else to further move them into your world to get to know you. Fabulous, fabulous perspective. Now I want to know what are some of your insider tips for, like improving our open rate? Because, yes, we're getting those emails delivered, but some people may notice. You know what, I have this email list, but nobody's actually opening my stuff. What advice can you give that woman?

Allison [00:10:34]:

Yeah, I think split testing your subject lines can be really, really helpful. So what that means is you send an email out on Monday with a certain subject line and then maybe you resend it unopens on Tuesday with another subject line and you track who like, the stats you get back from those. Now the problem with that is that theoretically, that second email, the unopens, the email to the unopens, those people are probably not as engaged as the first round of people. So like take that into consideration. Some email marketing software is like kind convertkit, for example. I know does this because I use convertkit. They actually send out like a split test. So like, let's say there's 3000 people on your email list.

Allison [00:11:17]:

You can say 1500 people are going to get this subject line. 1500 people are going to get this subject line and they will actually like split test it for you right there in the send. But not all email marketing software do that. So test track and record and some just like very tangible takeaways. Things with numbers generally tend to do really well from my experience. So like how Amy grew her email list by 1000 people in two days, like, that's like, sign me up. How do we do that? Right? Like, yes, that's a very tangible, very clear illustration of the results that you saw. Things like transformation from $0 a month to $5,000 a month in six months.

Allison [00:12:01]:

Again, more numbers. But again, that's a transformation. So showing, like, where people went, I find, like, how to works really well. So, like, how to grow your email list by a thousand people in two days, like, that works really well. Or how I, because then it helps you then to see, like, the work that you've done, things like that. Like things that really, like, oh, like, you want to create that curiosity, like, oh, tell me more. Oh, how can I do that? Or, um, do this if you want to. And then whatever that transformation is, it has to evoke curiosity.

Allison [00:12:37]:

And people are constantly, like, people are constantly getting emails, right? So it has to be, like, good enough to capture their attention. And so by showing, like, the transformation, by showing the numbers, how I, how to do this, it helps to make it seem not so hard, you know, and like a step by step kind of process. Like, I have the answer for you. I have the fast track for you, because that's why people invest in, you know, you, Amy, or in me, is because we give them the fast track. We help them to get to the transformation sooner. That's the pro of investing in something. So anytime you can help them to understand that process, the better. And there's also a really great tool put out by the American Marketing Institute called the headline analyzer.

Allison [00:13:25]:

It's headline, not an affiliate. It's totally free. And what it does is you can actually plug in your subject lines and it'll analyze it for you. So it'll score it, it'll give you like a percentage, and then it'll actually categorize it. So you might run your subject lines through that tool. And while maybe it scored really high in, like, the emotional category, for whatever reason, your people just didn't respond to it. Okay, so then you resend the email out and you get it to score like the same amount, but it's more of, like, the intellectual category. And your people respond to that.

Allison [00:14:02]:

So that just might tell you that your people respond more to that intellectual subject line than maybe the emotional one. So, like, also categorizing them and using that tool can be really helpful, too.

Amy [00:14:14]:

That's really good. And I love how you talk about split testing, because as business owners, so often we're forgetting to use the data to drive our decisions. And this is like my soapbox that I step up on all the time. Use the data at hand. Your email list. No matter what provider gives you analytics, leverage those, see what emails that you've sent have a high open rate. See what has a high click through rate. Really get curious and leverage that data for growth.

Amy [00:14:49]:

Now, speaking of growth, in order to grow our email lists, I feel as though over probably the past year or two, it's not as easy as it once was. It used to be, you know, I'll create just this short little checklist PDF and I'll grow my list or I'll hop into this summit and my list will grow. Now we have to deliver even more value. So what is your perspective on list building and growth of your list? What are people really opting into right now? What's actually working?

Allison [00:15:26]:

Yeah, anything that saves them time, I think.

Amy [00:15:29]:


Allison [00:15:29]:

So, I mean, and I think this has actually always been the case. I don't think this is anything new. So, like, my most popular, Internet famous lead magnet is the $80,000 template. So it's the singular email that was responsible for selling $80,000 worth of product last year. Okay, so the reason why it works and the reason why it converts really well is because it's a fast track, right? I give them the actual words and then I give them a template so they can plug in their information and send it out. Now, that email was so incredibly successful because of everything else that came before it and after it also. So, like, let's just call that out, right? But it gives them a snippet of my process, a very small snippet, and I think that's also really important. So when it comes to your lead magnet, if it can save someone time and it gives them a little taste of what it's like to work with you and it's not overwhelming, that's even better because I think years ago, like, pre 2020, we needed to give a bunch of information.

Allison [00:16:34]:

So, like, instead of that singular email, I probably wouldn't even. I probably would have needed to give, like, the whole pitch sequence process. But I think post 2020, people have no attention span anymore. It's just not there anymore. So we have to be really careful not to overwhelm them. So things kind of needed to get smaller. So I think, like, bite sized, time saving pieces of information.

Amy [00:16:58]:

Yeah, right there. That is gold. Again, it goes back to keep it simple. Don't over complicate it. Give them that quick win. That's what we're looking for right now. We want to collapse time because we're all busy and like you said, our attention spans are horrible. I think there was research last year or year before that came out that said, our attention span is now less than a goldfish.

Amy [00:17:22]:

Like, how crazy is that as a human, that a goldfish has a longer attention span than we do? But knowing this, we can use that to our advantage and leverage it for growth. Absolutely brilliant. Oh, my gosh, Alison, you dropped so many gems of wisdom. How can we get into your world? How can we download that amazing, amazing freebie that you have and get a taste of the transformation that you provide?

Allison [00:17:49]:

Yeah. So the $80,000 template can be found at Forward slash 80 zero email. Go ahead and grab that. You'll get a the word for it, email. You'll understand the strategy behind it. And then you also get a template so you can plug and play and use it in your next open cart sequence. I hang out mostly on Instagram, so it's Allison underscore, hardy underscore.

Allison [00:18:11]:

And then you can listen to my podcast, the Six Figure Secrets podcast. And that's on all the platforms.

Amy [00:18:17]:

Amazing. Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to share your secrets with us today.

Allison [00:18:23]:

Thanks for having me, Amy.

Amy [00:18:25]:

And until next time, cheers to making the money you want so you can create the impact you desire.


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