If you're like most people with a Squarespace website, you've probably thought about marketing automation, but it's never really been a priority.
Honestly, I don't blame you.
Those tools are often made for big businesses, which isn't exactly the target Squarespace demographic (i.e., more DIY and small business).
More practically though, Squarespace doesn't really offer any integrations with a marketing automation platform. Their contact forms go to MailChimp or Google Sheets, so you're stuck with that if you're not accustomed to pasting and styling forms all day–which is probably one of the reasons you picked Squarespace in the first place.
But on the other hand, marketing automation with Squarespace is actually not all that complicated and–I joke you not–free if you know what tool to use.
First, Why Do Squarespace Folks Need Marketing Automation?
We live in a day where we work so hard to get someone to our website and then even harder still to get them to fill out a form or engage with us in any meaningful way.
And then what? Many of us do nothing. :(
More than 30% of entrepreneurs and small businesses either have a manual system or no system at all for managing the contacts and leads that they generated on their websites.
Another 30% are simply using their email inbox.
It's so, so sad.
We end up having no clue of what's happening with our customers and no sense of where the opportunities lie.
That's why you need marketing automation.
You can tag and track things your subscribers and customers do automatically and then trigger time-saving and money-making campaigns without ever having to get involved.
If you're doing any sort of promotion of your Squarespace website, you really can't afford to neglect the marketing automation opportunities to help you maximize the return on what happens after that first visit.
Especially if you can get started for free.
Next, What's This Free and Easy (and Free) Automation Tool You Speak Of?
Ok, enough with the suspense. Drip is the powerful and easy-to-use marketing automation platform we've been alluding to.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that you picked Squarespace because you wanted an easy way to quickly publish a beautiful website that didn't look like everyone else's and didn't cost and arm and a leg.
If you had unlimited budget and time, you would have hired a developer and a designer and built something custom.
But instead you decided to pick a platform that had a ton of web-publishing features crafted to be easy enough for you to use and designed to grow your business–or whatever goal is at the core of your online endeavor.
That's the same idea behind Drip, but only with marketing automation.
You get a full suite of the most powerful marketing automation tools on the market today, but they'e been designed so intuitively that you don't have to be an automation expert to use them.
With Drip, you get email marketing features just like you'd get with a tool like MailChimp (see our full review between Drip and MailChimp here).
But email is just one of many components of a marketing automation platform.
The most compelling feature of most automation tools, however, is the mechanism by which automation sequences/campaigns are built.
Workflows are where automation strategies are built in Drip, and they are a thing of wonder to play around with.
You start with a blank canvas or a template and then build out your marketing campaigns according to your business rules using their building-block like actions.
If you can logically break down the steps in your marketing process, you can build it in Drip.
Workflows give you unlimited flexibility for automation, personalization and control of your marketing efforts, which ultimately save you time and make you more money
One last thing...
Automation tools like Drip give you the ability to manage your entire subscriber list and customer base given their solid contact management tools.
You can apply tags, trigger events, set custom fields, and so much more.
Finally, you can get out of Gmail, or your Excel spreadsheet or who knows what you're trying to cobble together to get a sense for all the things you know and have done with a customer.
Behold, Drip's activity history for a subscriber:
The entire subscriber journey is tracked and available for you to view in an easy-to-interpret customer timeline.
Do you love Drip yet? It gets better.
Best of all, Drip is free up to 100 contacts (and starts at $41/month after that), which makes it the perfect platform for those that don't want to have to pay for a new tool while they're learning it and don't want to break the bank once they're off and running.
Ok enough with the introductions...
Let's show you ten super simple ways to start incorporating marketing automation with your Squarespace site using Drip.
At Last: The 10 Money-Making Marketing Automation Tactics You Can Put To Work On Your Squarespace Website
Now we're going to jump into some marketing automation strategies that you can put to work on your Squarespace website using the Drip platform.
While the opportunities are limitless, we've assembled these common use cases that many entrepreneurs and marketers tend to struggle with.
Keep in mind: any marketing tool you use should be able to do these things; we just happen to like Drip a lot.
1) Add An Email Opt-In Form To Your Website
In order to automate the marketing your subscribers receive, first you need subscribers. And the easiest way to get people to subscribe on your website is to use an email capture pop-up form.
Surely you've seen them across the web. Some pop-up forms take over the whole page. Those are annoying.
Other forms follow you everywhere as you scroll on the page . Also... annoying.
Drip's pop-up forms are super subtle and tasteful, which can help contribute to an surprisingly decent lead flow in the long run.
For example, I've generated close to 1,000 leads in the past year since installing a Drip pop-up form on my koi fish blog last November.
2) Send Any Squarespace Form Submission to Drip
The forms you put on your website typically kick off some sort of a process. Someone fills out the form and then you have to do something, right?
With Drip, the "something" can all be automated. Instead of you getting an email and then having to do something with it, Drip can handle that for you.
Instead of you having to reach out to the customer to schedule an appointment, Drip can do it.
Need to qualify a lead? Let Drip handle that for you.
Want to automatically send a newsletter each week based on your newest blog posts? Once again, Drip has got your back.
And while Squarespace doesn't integrate with Drip directly, we put together an easy work-around that lets you connect Squarespace and Drip like peanut butter and jelly between two pieces of bread.
3) Automate Email Delivery of Courses, Ebooks, and More
If you're doing any lead generation, then you're probably giving away a whitepaper, guide, e-book, or other type of lead magnet in exchange for the email address–among other things–of the people visiting your landing page.
Hooking up an automation platform like Drip to Squarespace will almost always be your preferred way to deliver digital goods/services.
Whether you want to simply send a link to a .pdf or put into motion an entire automation campaign, you have infinitely more options available to you with Drip than with a simple email marketing tool.
For example, we use the technique mentioned above to route new contacts into Drip where we then kick off a week-long automation campaign that sends them a new chapter in a course each day for seven days.
4) Handle Blog Subscriptions and Email Newsletters Too
Another super-handy Drip feature is the RSS-to-Email option, which bloggers tend to love.
With this feature, you supply the URL for your blog's RSS feed and specify the cadence for when blog updates go out and Drip will automatically send your blog's update/newsletter for you.
If you're like most people, you don't have unlimited time to spend each week on marketing, so removing one-off tasks like this from your plate can really start to free you up to focus on newer and bigger marketing opportunities.
Not only is this a cool marketing automation feature, but it's one that's not entirely that common. Drip makes a lot of smart choices like that about what features to include and which ones to exclude because they add clutter or needless customization when none is really needed to get the job done.
5) Create Cart Abandonment Campaigns
Most of the big e-commerce stories use a common tactic called a cart abandonment campaign when a potential customer adds an item to their shopping cart but never then doesn't purchase that item within a given time.
An email containing a coupon or other special offer is sent to the customer to entice them to complete their purchase. Depending on your online shopping habits, you may have one or more of these in your inbox right now.
It's a highly effective tactic that enterprise companies use every day to add another 5-15% of revenue on top of existing daily sales if done right.
And with Drip and Squarespace, you too can create cart abandonment emails campaigns, no matter what you sell.
6) Send New Subscriber Campaigns
A new subscriber campaign is an email or set of emails that you send to people who recently signed up or downloaded something from you.
Also called indoctrination campaigns, a new subscriber campaign often covers the basics of:
- Why your brand exists
- How to connect with you
- 1-3 ways to start engaging the best that your brand has to offer
Once again, Drip makes it easy to create this campaign once and then have it automatically trigger each time a new email/lead hits your list.
Here's a simple workflow that checks to see whether new customers and contacts are "indoctrinated" and sends them a campaign if they're new to your brand.
7) Handle the Webinar Registration Process
Webinars are probably the single most effective tactic for anyone selling things on the Internet because it combines the benefits of in-person sales with the convenience of purchasing something online.
Yet sadly, few marketers and entrepreneurs have ever hosted a webinar for one reason or another.
Sometimes, it's because we think we don't yet have an audience big enough to host a webinar.
In reality, the right topic presented at the right time of day to the right visitors can convert at a rate that's 3-5x higher than standard campaigns, which can make this channel a top-performer when it comes to ROI.
Other times though, it's because technology can be hard. But it doesn't have to be.
Plus, we can use a Squarespace web page for our webinar registration process and then route registrants automatically to BigMarker, which rocks.
8) Send Birthday and Special Event Emails
One of the best things about using a marketing automation platform is the personalization capabilities you have at your fingertips.
We already covered a lot of utility-based and behavior-based automation features, but nothing illustrates an automated personalized experience like a happy birthday email.
If you know a person's birthday, you can store it as a custom field in Drip and then automate the process of sending them an email, which can be completely personalized based on what else you know about that person.
This feature might not seem like it's all that important, and you're right.
Birthday emails are a little novel on their own, but they can have a huge impact over time when you combine this tactic with other personalized communications.
9) Automate Purchase Fulfillment & Up-Sell/Cross-Sell Campaigns
Let's say you're selling something on your Squarespace website that's fulfilled digitally like an ebook, audio file or .pdf, for instance.
Chances are, you're using Stripe and you're using it for one or more of two reasons:
- Stripe is a very reliable and easy-to-use payment processor
- Stripe integrates with everything, including Squarespace and Drip
What this means for you is that you can trigger automated processes and campaigns when people buy something from you.
By default, Squarespace allows you to send files when people to purchase, which is nice.
But Drip gives you full control to fulfill more complicated purchases while creating a memorable customer journey along the way. That's not just nice. It's awesome.
10) Create a Lead Qualification and Sales Process
Not everyone sells something directly on their website.
Some folks–especially if you're in a service-based business–are more likely to first generate leads and then convert those leads into customers through some sort of a sales process.
It's common to use a customer relationship management (CRM) tool to help manage this process.
Drip isn't a CRM per se, but it's night-and-day compared to what most entrepreneurs are doing right now and many will find that they'd rather just use Drip to manage their pipeline than adding a CRM, which can often be overkill.
For example, if you're a software startup looking to qualify potential beta candidates (hypothetically speaking, of course), you might have a workflow that looks like this:
Start Automating Your Marketing on Squarespace
So that's it... ten reasons why Squarespace & marketing automation make sense together and how Drip is the tool to make it happen.
If you've got general questions, comments or feedback, please do share your thoughts about Drip and/or MailChimp below.
Also, readers of this blog are always welcome to contact me with your specific questions around Drip, Squarespace or any of the other marketing tools you're using today.