Moving to MailChimp

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When we launched the redesigned site 2 months ago, we began with FeedBurner to handle the electronic newsletter. It worked well, but we’ve moved to MailChimp. With such a cute furry logo, can you blame us?

We’ll be sending out a ‘Week In Review’ newsletter every Friday, and it’ll contain the newest content from: the website, the community forum, and the Tumblr blog.

Are you as excited as we are? Then, click here to signup for the WEEK IN REVIEW.

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  • http://adrims.com Adrienne Szewczyk

    I use MailChimp for work and very much enjoy the premium templates and reporting features. Let me know if you have any questions or need any tips. I’d be happy to help!

  • http://catholicservant.com Craig

    Thanks for the offer of help Adrienne.

    I’ve been using Constant Contact for the past few years, but I’ve been looking for opportunities to use MailChimp – they have some of the best looking templates out there. 

    For this newsletter, I’m using the RSS to Email feature and combining 3 RSS feeds into it. I try to make things ‘set and forget’ as often as possible. 😉 I just used one of the standard templates with it – I’m not sure if premium templates exist for the RSS to Email campaign. If they do, I’d love to try it out.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jonathan.schroder Jonathan-David SCHRODER

    Hello,

    I’m pretty interested in hearing from Mailchimp usage.

    what plugin would you people recommend for using mailchimp and wordpress (or joomla) ?Each week, I’d basically want to pick articles from various categories of a wordpress (or joomla) website + add a hand-made introductory paragraph, and send that to a list of people.I’ve noted 2 potentially good plugins for wordpress (chimpexpress..), though I’d be glad to have some recommandations on those need to a) pick and assemble articles, b) add intro text.Thanks in advance !

    • http://www.catholicservant.com Craig

      @google-d0d3b8967000bbf92c15a73bda47c361:disqus 
      I’m not aware of any plugin that’ll do all of that.

      For this site, I’m using the ‘MailChimp Widget’ for signup. The email template is designed to automagically pull in an RSS feed and get sent. I can customize the general layout and way the feed is displayed, but I cannot put in custom content (like a custom intro) before it gets sent.

      If you find a plugin that does what you’re looking for, please let us know.

      Thanks!
      Craig

    • http://www.catholicservant.com Craig

      @google-d0d3b8967000bbf92c15a73bda47c361:disqus 
      I’m not aware of any plugin that’ll do all of that.

      For this site, I’m using the ‘MailChimp Widget’ for signup. The email template is designed to automagically pull in an RSS feed and get sent. I can customize the general layout and way the feed is displayed, but I cannot put in custom content (like a custom intro) before it gets sent.

      If you find a plugin that does what you’re looking for, please let us know.

      Thanks!
      Craig

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alex-Weber/100002354681054 Alex Weber

    I’ve been flirting with the idea of using Mail Chimp, but I’m having trouble seeing the advantage of using it over Feedburner.  Why did you switch?  The RSS e-mail looks like it would do the exact same thing except that generates 0 SEO.

    • http://www.catholicservant.com Craig

      Here’s a few reasons why I made the switch…
      1. Free (of course – so is, Feedburner)
      2. Ability to import email addresses. This was probably the biggest reason…along with…
      3. Ability to schedule emails.
      4. Ability to customize the design and layout. Feedburner is pretty sparse…not a big deal, but I want a little more flare. Plus, my emails now have links to our social media links.
      5. I may send out an email announcement from time to time, and don’t want to have to create an article to do it.

      Feedburner is a good option though…I won’t knock that.

    • http://www.catholicservant.com Craig

      Here’s a few reasons why I made the switch…
      1. Free (of course – so is, Feedburner)
      2. Ability to import email addresses. This was probably the biggest reason…along with…
      3. Ability to schedule emails.
      4. Ability to customize the design and layout. Feedburner is pretty sparse…not a big deal, but I want a little more flare. Plus, my emails now have links to our social media links.
      5. I may send out an email announcement from time to time, and don’t want to have to create an article to do it.

      Feedburner is a good option though…I won’t knock that.

  • Adrienne Szewczyk

    @97deca42d8dbc1b9d4e8e43ac382053e:disqus  – I haven’t seen any premium RSS templates, just those in the “pre-designed” section. I create most of my email campaigns manually due to the dynamic nature of my content, so I don’t have a lot of experience with RSS compatible templates.

    @google-d0d3b8967000bbf92c15a73bda47c361:disqus – Since you already intend to manually add intro text each time, you could set up a regular MailChimp campaign and then add the feed tag to your email to pull in the articles in specific categories.

    http://kb.mailchimp.com/article/how-can-i-add-any-blog-post-to-a-regular-campaign

    If you are open to the idea of static intro text, you could define a specific category on your blog under which you post the articles you want to send each week and let MailChimp send the email automagically. This gives you less freedom to add custom intro text each time, but is more of a “set it and forget it” method. I suppose you could set it up this way and then manually edit the intro text before each campaign goes out, too.

    http://mailchimp.com/features/rss-to-email/

  • http://lasolutionauxregimes.fr/ hamiseady

    When we released the remodeled site 2 months ago, we started with FeedBurner to deal with the electronic publication. It proved helpful well, but we’ve shifted to MailChimp. With such a lovely fuzzy logo, can you fault us?

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