MailChimp Newsletter Integration

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We’ve designed our websites to be seamlessly integrated with the powerful MailChimp tools.  More than 7 million people use MailChimp to design and send email marketing campaigns.  Although there are a number of email marketing tools available to optimize email campaigns, MailChimp is one of the most popular email marketing services, which makes it easy to design and share email campaigns, manage your subscribers lists, and track results. You won’t find this important and powerful integration on the free dōTERRA corporate website provided to Wellness Advocates

DescriptionHow to Setup MailChimpHow to Build Mailing ListHow to Setup AutoPostAdd Form to Page

Our MailChimp integration for our Pro Business subscribers provides multiple ways for you to capture mailing list subscribers to help build your mailing list.  You can add a MailChimp opt-in to your contact forms, Heads-Up Lead bar, blog comments, etc. You can also create a MailChimp RSS template to automatically create a newsletter with every blog post on your website.

The majority of our subscribers will be able to take advantage of a free MailChimp Account which includes many email marketing features.  If your mailing list is greater than 2,500 subscribers or if you want to create a more advanced automation campaign then you will need to get a paid account from MailChimp.  Note:  You will still be able to create autoposted Newsletters whenever you publish your posts with a free account.

Once you have created your account, the first thing you need to do is create a list. Here are step-by-step instructions on creating the framework for the list that you will be adding your newsletter subscribers to when they opt-in on your website. If you would rather us handle this set up for you, you can go to our Customization Shop and order MailChimp set up services for a small one time set up fee.

Once you have created your list, you can next go to “How to Build Your Mailing List”

 

Building your mailing list is one of the keys to success for email marketing.  Now that you have created your MailChimp Mail List, you can now setup any or all of the available  Lead Capture Opt-In features available on your website to build your list with prospects and customers.

Add Opt-In to Contact Forms
Add Opt-In to Heads-Up Lead Bar

In addition to the Opt-In options available on your website, to maximize the growth of your mailing list, we recommend that you include MailChimp newsletter list builders for EventBrite and your Facebook Fan Page.

 

Now that you have your list and lead capture setup, you can now stay connected to your subscribers by sending out newsletter campaigns.  Using MailChimp’s RSS to Email you can have your published blog posts automatically sent to your subscribers on a schedule that you determine.  There are just a few steps to set up your feed and once you have completed them your RSS feed will run automatically.

Step 1.  Create your template.

Your template provides the style and content elements of your newsletter.  There are many layout styles available such as single column or multi-column.

Use Our Basic Template
Create Your Own Template

Step 2.   Setup up your RSS campaign.

  1. Click on Templates on MailChimp main menu bar
  2. Click on Create Campaign on upper right side of page and select RSS Driven Campain in drop-down menu.Choose type of campaign
  3. Complete section RSS Feed and Send Timing.    Here you will enter your RSS Feed URL.  The basic feed for your blog will be your complete URL with /feed/ at the end, for example:  https://websites.ueo-test.com/feed/   On this page you will also select how often you want to send your newsletter, which days of the week and what time of the day.  MailChimp provides some FAQs on this page to provide you guidance. Feed and timing
  4. Click on Recipients on the bottom menu.  Here you will select which list and segment of your list (if you have any) that you want to receive your newsletter.Select recipients
  5. Click on Setup on the bottom menu.  Here you will name your campaign for you own identification, indicate the email subject, the From name and From email address.  Note:  for you Email subject, you can use a merge tag to pull from your blog post or basic text.  You can also include your tracking preferences on this page.  NOTE:  If you would like the title of your blog post to be the subject on your email put:  *|RSSITEM:TITLE|*Campaign info
  6. Click on Template on the bottom menu.  Then click on Saved Templates and then select the template that you saved in Step 1.  If you want to make any additional changes you can click on Design which will bring up the template editing program. Select Template - SavedSelect saved template
  7. Click on Confirm – here MailChimp provides a checklist of all of the steps.  If there is an item that is not completed or needs adjustments you can access the section to make any of the changes.
  8. Preview and Test before you start your RSS campaign you will want to preview and test.
    1. On the Upper right side, click on the Preview and Test menu and select “Enter Preview Mode” and MailChimp will show you what your newsletter will look like in an email and on an iphone. When finished reviewing, close out the preview by clicking the X on the upper right hand side.
    2. Now select “Send a Test Email”  a dialog box will appear for you to enter you email address for you to receive your test.
  9. Make any adjustments if needed and send another test Email until you are satisfied with the design and content.
  10. When satisfied, click on Start RSS on the bottom right and your campaign will start as you specified on the setup.
  11. You will be able to view all of your campaign statistics by going to Campaigns and click on View Report

It is very easy to add a form into your post or page.  When you are editing your post or page, you will find an “Add Form” button on the upper left side of your visual editor (near your “Add Media” button).

add form button

Place your cursor on the editing screen in the location that you want your form.  Then click on the “Add Form” button and you will see the list of forms available.  We have pre-made 3 forms for you: “Subscribe to Newsletter, “New to Essential Oils” and your general “Contact form”.   Although they have similarities, each of these forms are slightly different.  You can add whichever one fits for your specific page by just selecting your choice from the drop-down menu.

Insert Form

There are 3 options for you to choose for embedding your form.

  • Display form title
    Checking this option will display the form title.  Many times you may wish to create a special title for your page so you may not want to use the form title and in this case, make sure this option is unchecked.
  • Display form description
    Checking this option will display the form description.  If you want to create your own description on your post and page, then keep this option unchecked.
  • Disable AJAX
    Checking this option will enable your form to be submitted via AJAX. Submitting the form via AJAX allows the form to be submitted without requiring a page refresh, however, because we use Google reCaptcha on your forms, it cannot use the AJAX method.

After you have specified your desired options, click Insert Form to automatically insert the Gravity Forms “shortcode” into the body of the post/page content you are editing.  Depending on the options that you chose, a sample shortcode for your “New to Essential Oils” form when it is inserted in your page editor will look like the following between [ ]:

gravityform id=”2″ name=”Free Samples” title=”false” description=”false” ajax=”false”

When you publish your post or page, the “New to Essential Oils” form displays on your website as:

Sample form New to Essential Oils

 

 

 

 

 

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