It doesn’t take long to learn that I’m a list person.

To-do lists, grocery lists, wish lists, bucket lists—believe me, the list goes on. But when working with small businesses, there’s one list that always comes out on top: the contact list.

We’ve all heard that business is about who you know. It’s also about keeping who you know in the know. By building strong contact lists, you ensure that your updates are heard by the right people.

It sounds simple, but creating healthy and targeted email lists is no small accomplishment. To help you make your best list ever, here are our top resources:

15 Ingredients to Cook Up a Delicious Email List From Scratch

You have all the ingredients. Now it’s time to bring them together. Check out our list building recipe for success.

One BIG Secret to Building Your Email List

Do you know the best kept secret of building an email list? Sometimes simplicity can go a long way; find out this one simple tactic you may be overlooking.

How to Build a Targeted Email List

Trying to boost your open rates? A targeted list is the fastest way there. Learn how to make the most out of your list.

7 Easy Ways to Build Your Email List on Social Media

Used correctly, social media can make it easier than ever to grow your contact list. Make sure you’re using it to your advantage.

7 More Ways to Build Your Email List on Social Media

When it comes to email lists, sometimes more is better. Read this post for even more advice on using social media to grow your list.

800 New Contacts with Sandwiches​, 10% Improved Sales with Ice Cream

Here’s the inside scoop on how Gail Patrick’s Café gained 850 new contacts and a 10% sales increase in just one year.

Sometimes building your contact list may feel like a never-ending struggle. But keep at it. It’ll be worth it. Keep our tips in mind as you work to make your improvements.

And don’t feel like you have to follow our recipe exactly. Contact lists come in many different flavors; you may be surprised how a little change will spice up your customers’ engagement!

What’s cooking for you? Let us know if you have any stories, secrets, or recipes of success you’d like to share on list building.