Easily Collect Subscribers Anywhere With Your iPad

Half the battle of managing a successful email marketing campaign

Half the battle of managing a successful email marketing campaign is building a subscriber list. A lot of businesses do this online, but if you don’t have time to create a big online presence, you may not be able to get the same results. (And no, purchasing a list does not work.)

And if you’re having people sign up pen-and-paper style in your store or at an event, you might find yourself spending too much time deciphering handwriting and organizing spreadsheets.

You need a way for subscribers to sign up online, while they’re near you and while you have their attention.

Yes, There’s an App for That – And it Integrates with AWeber

OnSpot Social is your answer.

It’s an app for the iPad that provides an easy way to collect email subscribers and social media fans when they visit you at a trade show, your store or office… or anywhere you may be.

Here’s what it looks like:

You’ll be able to:

  • Customize the sign up form’s appearance for your brand.
  • Set a display message to attract the attention of passersby.
  • Invite customers to “like” your Facebook page or follow you on Twitter, on the spot!

See how this store has OnSpot set up for customers to subscribe in-store.

The Perfect Time To Kick It Off

Next Saturday, November 24 is officially Small Business Saturday. On this day, American Express is encouraging everyone to shop at small businesses. Small businesses help communities by providing jobs and invigorating the local economy, and Small Business Saturday gives everyone the chance to support these businesses.

American Express is also providing free resources for small businesses to promote the event.

Over 100 million people shopped at small businesses last year for the event, so you can capitalize on the higher crowds by encouraging visitors to sign up to your email list via OnSpot.

How To Set It Up

Step 1: Go to the App Store
Download the OnSpot Social App for free and take a look around.

Step 2: Create an Account
Visit OnSpot Social to create an account and redeem your AWeber discount offer. At checkout, enter the code aweber10 to receive a 10% discount on your purchase. We offer additional discounts when purchasing subscriptions for multiple iPads.

Step 3: Configure OnSpot Social Account to Export Email Addresses to AWeber
Simply login to OnSpot and click on the Integrations tab.

Then, click on the AWeber link.

Authorize OnSpot Social to access your AWeber account. Once authorized, select which AWeber list you wish to link to your OnSpot Social account. All contact information collected through the app will instantly upload to the AWeber list specified.

Step 4: Display iPad and Start Collecting Email Addresses!
Yes, this is the final step already. Display an iPad running OnSpot Social at your business and enjoy an effective, low maintenance method of collecting email addresses & contact info from visitors and passersby.

How To Display It

You can see in the video how a display could work – you just need a place to display your iPad. The ideal setup may include:

A case to hold it up
A stand or kiosk
Connection to a keyboard

You can view OnSpot’s full list of stand suggestions here.

How Would You Use It?

Using your iPad to grow your list opens up more opportunities. Where would you use it? And what other ways have you used portable devices to collect subscribers?


  1. Ryan Gerardi

    11/12/2012 10:24 am

    Really cool app. Easy to use and very handy for business owners. Curious to see where they take this. Lots of potential. Congrats to the OnSpot crew for being featured here. That’s a big deal.

  2. Randall Magwood

    11/12/2012 5:22 pm

    Real good advice. Didn’t know an App existed for Aweber integration. Will definitely check it out. Thanks for the heads up.

  3. Rob

    11/13/2012 2:37 pm

    Does this bypass the IP Check from Aweber ?
    I know that multiple signs up from one IP will trigger Aweber to not allow more entries. Or has that changed now?


  4. jarom

    11/13/2012 2:41 pm

    So what happens when enough people sign up from a single IP address that it trips Aweber’s signup limits and nobody else can sign up using that location?

    Yes, I’ve run into this problem.

  5. CCOkoji

    11/13/2012 3:45 pm

    What about the android version of it.

  6. Vern Rudolph

    11/13/2012 4:27 pm

    Is there an app for android? if not when can we expect to see it available?

  7. Lynn

    11/13/2012 10:44 pm

    How do you handle the double opt-in with this integration?

  8. Crystal Gouldey

    11/14/2012 8:15 am

    Rob and Jarom – If you have too many people sign up on a web form on your site from the same IP, that’s when you run into problems. This works differently, though. It’s an app that runs through the AWeber API so you won’t hit those IP issues.

    Vern and CCOkoji – OnSpot is currently only available for the Apple iPad, but you should contact them to find out if there are plans to expand that.

    Lynn – Double opt-in works the same as integrations with other services in that your confirmation message will be sent to the new subscriber after they submitted their information.

  9. jarom

    11/14/2012 4:26 pm

    Thanks for the reply Crystal.

    The question then becomes: what are our options if we don’t have an ipad, but instead we have a laptop set up at a fixed location and we want people passing through to join our email list?

    What’s a guy to do in that situation?


  10. Crystal Gouldey

    11/15/2012 8:21 am

    Jarom – You can set it up so their information gets stored in a spreadsheet and then you can later import that spreadsheet into your account. You might also want to try QR codes.

  11. Peter Netz Lassen

    11/22/2012 6:24 am

    @Jarom + @Crystal
    If the notebook is not connected to an Internet connection the spreadsheet would be good.

    If you actually have a connection… Then just use a normal Aweber form signup and use the same page as “success” page! (Reloading the same page and are ready for “Next” signup/customer 🙂 )

    If you are a programmer or java dude you could make some nice “Thank you – Go home and click the Opt-In link we just send you”…

  12. Crystal Gouldey

    11/23/2012 8:10 am

    Peter – The problem with that method is it wouldn’t work as a long-term solution. In an earlier comment, Jarom mentioned how using an AWeber sign-up form will eventually cause that IP to be blocked. This is a security measure we have in place; only several people can fill out the form from the same location, in a short time period (if it’s being used correctly).

  13. jarom

    11/23/2012 2:28 pm

    Just wanted to thank you for the reply Peter.

    I did exactly what you mentioned, and a dozen or so people later and my IP address was blocked from adding any more people to the email list that day. 3 days of that and my IP address was blocked permanently.

    I appreciate the idea about importing the spreadsheet into my account Crystal. I actually tried that and, though they willingly gave me their email address, only about 20% of them clicked on the confirmation link when I added them to the list a day or two later.

    Any other possibilities?

  14. Crystal Gouldey

    11/26/2012 8:22 am

    Jarom – The OnSpot app actually requires a confirmation message to be sent as well. Confirmation isn’t a bad thing; it’s the only real way to know you got legitimate email addresses and people who truly want to receive your emails. The only way to bypass confirmation is if the visitor signs up on your web form from their personal computer.

  15. Merve Civelek

    11/30/2012 11:53 am

    Oh that’s good news. I’m going to give a speech at Toastmasters for next week so I’ll be using these app for getting subscriber to my blog!

  16. wt

    11/9/2013 3:35 am

    How do you handle the double opt-in with this integration?

  17. celilcan

    3/7/2014 10:39 am

    Thank for posting very nice article.