Grow your mobile email list with Google Currents

Google Currents fits content to this iPad screen.

Want to grow your email marketing list and provide a stylish, modern mobile look to your website or blog? You’re literally just a few clicks away. Last year, Google pushed out a quiet product called Google Currents, a mobile reading app that takes blog RSS feeds and other content and places them inside your Android or iOS devices. What’s even better is that becoming a publisher is free, fast, and relatively easy.

Let’s showcase how you might get started. First, head to the Google Currents Producer site. If you aren’t signed in with your Google account, you will need to be. You will also need your website’s RSS feed address (blog feed). If you don’t have that, contact your IT department to get it.

Step 1: Set up the basics. Give your publication a name and fill in your blog feed.

Setting up Google Currents.

Step 2: Set up an appealing description in the Basic Information section.

Set up an appealing description.

Step 3: Add images and include your Google Analytics tag if you want to track mobile stats.

Adding tags and images to Google Currents.

Step 4. Now it’s time to move onto sections. Unlike a standard blog feed, you can include many more types of content in your mobile application. For example, you can include your Google+ page or updates from your Facebook page.

Creating sections in Google Currents.

You can do the same with Twitter feeds as well:

Google Currents and using Twitter feeds.

Step 5. You can get really advanced if you have some additional publishing channels, such as eBooks. Google Currents Publisher will let you import an entire eBook, so you could give away samples or full texts.

Publisher allows you to import books.

Step 6. Once you’ve got all your content and feeds imported and the previews look like how you want them to look, it’s time to Distribute. You’ll need to verify the ownership of any non-social media feeds you’ve put in (like your blog).

You need to verify ownership of your blog.

Step 7. Once you’re satisfied, hit Publish and release the app into the world. It becomes immediately available in the Currents search options.

The last step is to publish the app.

Step 8. Finally, the moment you’ve been waiting for. Once everything is operating, go back to Edition settings and you should see the Email Collection option. Turn on Opt-In and provide either your privacy policy or a link to it.

Turn on opt-in in Google Currents.

Then on a regular basis, check and collect for email addresses. If you’ve disclosed and told people you’ll be adding them to your email list, then import this file to your email service provider’s lists.

One note: there have been some reported bugs with Producer that may sometimes not offer the Email Collection option. If that happens to you, either start a new edition or report it with the Send Feedback link at the bottom of Google’s page.

Step 9. As with all things digital, it’s not a question of “build it and they will come”. That’s rarely the case. Instead, offer your Google Currents mobile edition prominently on your website, in your existing newsletters, and anywhere that your mobile readers might expect to search for mobile editions of your content.

Tell subscribers you have a Google Currents app.

Google even provides you with some handy graphics templates you can customize to promote on your website and other digital properties.

Currents is just one of the many ways you can grow your email marketing list, but it’s ideally targeted for mobile users. Try it out today and see if it works for you. Be sure to also sign up for our mobile email marketing strategy webinar on May 3 as well. And of course, we invite you to download and install our edition of Google Currents on your Android or iOS device as well.

Christopher S. Penn
Director of Inbound Marketing, WhatCounts

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2 Comments

  1. Thanks for the ‘heads-up’ Christopher. Love Google Currents! Unfortunately my edition didn’t provide the ‘email collection’ so I have sent feedback.

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  2. Wow, I hadn’t even heard of this yet. Gotta love being exposed to new stuff constantly! I’ll give it a whirl.

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