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How to Get Existing Leads to Do Your Email Marketing for You


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Get your leads to do your email marketing for you. If you do email marketing right, you can generate tons of new leads.

Simplest way is by encouraging them to share the offer they just signed up for with their friends and colleagues.

How to Encourage Leads to Share Your Content

First, you'll want to create a clear call-to-action encouraging your leads to share your content via email.

Once you add CTA buttons to your website or email, turn it into a customized mailto link. It's basically a hyperlink that uses mailto instead of http://, so when a lead clicks on this button, a new email compose window pops up instead of a link to a website.

Setting up this mailto link is quite easy -- you can even customize the link to include your pre-populated subject line and body content. Here's what the HTML code to the link will look like:

<a href="mailto:?subject=Your Subject Line Goes Here &body=Enter the content you want to appear in the body of the email. Remember to include a link to your offer."><img src=""></a>

Where to Put These Buttons

There are three key places where we encourage our leads to share our content.

The Thank-You Page

After a lead fills out your form to receive a marketing offer, that's a great place to encourage them to share the offer with their friends and colleagues. Here are a couple examples of how we've included these buttons on HubSpot's thank-you pages.

Your Follow-Up Email

Regardless of whether you provide leads with their offer on the thank-you page or not, you should think about sending them a follow-up email to refer to at any time in the future. This email should be very simple and include:

- A link to wherever they can get the offer
- The email share button
- A call-to-action for whatever the next stage in your buying cycle is, if appropriate

Your Marketing Emails

Hopefully, your email campaigns will be highly targeted to specific segments of your leads. But even if this is the case, there are some offers you may promote in which your recipients may think their friends or colleagues will enjoy the content, too. In that case, give them the opportunity to share your offer.

How to Measure Your Results

When creating the customized message in your mailto link, be sure to include a tracking URL so that you can track how much traffic and leads your "Email to a Friend" buttons generate from the leads who sent these emails. 

In HubSpot, you can easily create a tracking URL that automatically becomes a short link:

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Then, you can use HubSpot's Sources report to see exactly how much traffic, how many new contacts, and even how many customers resulted from your "Email to a Friend" button.


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If you do not use HubSpot, you can use a URL shortening service like to track how many times people click on the link within the email. However, you wouldn't be able to track the number of leads or customers generated.

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