How to create a Newsletter Landing Page using Squarespace and start building your list
With the increasing noise added online by social media each day, a mailing list is still a smart marketing channel to utilize in 2019.
To help improve your newsletter sign up conversions, it is recommended to have a great looking website Landing Page to send users to subscribe.
Why not just add the sign up block to your website home page? You can, but the sign up form often gets lost below your core product or service pitch.
In this tutorial I show you exactly how to create a dedicated website landing page for your newsletter. For better context, I’m creating a fictitious Coffee Industry newsletter called Weekly Roast:
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Please note: this article is based on the Squarespace 7.0 platform.
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How to create a newsletter landing page with sign up form
Step 1 – Start with any Squarespace template: Sign up at Squarespace (using the coupon OPL10) and choose the template closest to your needs. In this demo I’ve used the Sofia template because I love it’s minimal and spacious aesthetic.
Step 2 – Create your new Mailing List: Squarespace Menu > Marketing > Email Campaigns > Mailing Lists. Then click the Create a new Mailing List link. You will be prompted with a pop-up like this, name your list anything you want and hit save. I called mine "Weekly Roast":
You now have a very convenient option to import a "CSV file" of customer emails if you have an existing mailing list. CSV files are created when exporting your mailing lists from any popular email providers.
Step 3 – Create a dedicated new page for your newsletter: In the main navigation head to Pages > Primary Navigation > the Plus icon and select any style page you want. I normally start blank then add Content Blocks accordingly.
Step 4 – Add Content Blocks including your Newsletter Content Block: Hover over the website areas and click Edit when promoted. Now fill in your content accordingly and where you want your newsletter sign up form: hover over the area until the tear drop icon appears, insert the Newsletter Content Block like this:
Step 5 – Edit the Newsletter Content Block settings: The default newsletter placeholder text is great but I added a little bit more in the Disclaimer field regarding the unsubscribe policy. This helps build trust and should improve sign up conversions:
Step 6 – Connect the Newsletter Content Block with your list: Head over to the Storage tab and simply click the prompted campaign block to connect to the list we created in Step Two.
Now hit Apply at the bottom-right of the Newsletter settings and your Landing Page can actively collect emails into your new mailing list:
FAQ: What else does the Squarespace Email Marketing Tool offer?
Noteworthy highlights include:
- Comprehensive click tracking and reporting
- A range of customizable templates (preview below) to start designing emails
- Responsive layouts so emails look great on desktop or mobile
- Import content from your website or blog straight into emails
- Compose and edit emails from your mobile if needed
- Import email addresses using CSV files (as mentioned above)
My favorite feature is how the click tracking is part of a bigger analytics platform. We can track a click from an email button all the way to the purchase page, meaning we can see how much our Email Marketing Campaigns are converting into sales.
FAQ: What are the benefits of using Squarespace?
Squarespace is a leading online website builder. What sets them apart from the rest is their superior level of design and customer support. They have a huge support team and are available 24/7. Other main benefits are:
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- Beautifully Responsive - all templates work for all devices, so you only have to design your website once. Test and preview how your website will appear on a range of screen sizes.
- Blog Sections - can easily be added to start sharing your journey
- Commerce Solutions - are an upgrade away if you want to start selling products
- Email Marketing - gather email addresses, send marketing emails and analyze the reader email activity
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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to create a newsletter landing page using Squarespace and start building your list. Props to Squarespace for creating a platform where we can create beautiful Landing Pages, easily. If you missed it I also wrote a tutorial on how to how to start a subscription product or service using Squarespace.