When you create a campaign using MailChimp's Campaign Builder, you can select a campaign type, add recipients, choose a template design, and add your own content! In this article, we'll show you how to create an email campaign using our Campaign Builder.
Create a campaign
- Navigate to the Campaigns page in your account.
- Click the Create Campaign button in the top right corner to create a Regular Ol' Campaign.
- On the Recipients step, select the list that you'd like to send your campaign to.
- To send to your entire list and proceed to the next step, click the Setup step in the progress bar or the Next button in the bottom right-hand corner. To send to a segment of your list, click the name of the list and select either Send to a saved segment or Send to a new segment. Choose your segmenting conditions, then click the Setup step in the progress bar or the Next button in the bottom right-hand corner.
- On the Setup step, add your Email subject, From name, and From email address. Use the options below to select tracking, connect Social Media options, and set advanced options. When you're finished, click the Design step in the progress bar or the Next button in the bottom right-hand corner.
- On the Template step, select one of the following options to create and add your content:
- Choose Basic to access our drag and drop templates or select from our predesigned Themes to get started.
- Saved Templates allows you to select from any templates you've previously saved or imported.
- Recently Sent lets you choose from up to the last 500 campaigns sent to your list to reuse for your current campaign.
- The Code Your Own option gives three ways to import a campaign layout from outside of MailChimp: Paste in code, Import from Zip, and Import from URL.
- Once you've created your design on the Design step, use the Preview and Test drop-down menu at the top of the page to Enter Preview Mode, Send a Test Email, Push to MailChimp Mobile, or Run Inbox Inspection
- Once you're satisfied with your design, click the Confirm link in the progress bar or the Next button in the bottom right-hand corner to continue.
- Review the Pre-delivery Checklist presented on the Confirm step. Any errors or missing info will be noted on this screen, click Resolve to navigate directly to the step to fix the error. If you'd like to make any additional changes, click the Edit button to return to a step. You can also view and edit the automatically generated plain-text version of your campaign by clicking the Edit button in the Plain-Text Email section of the checklist.
- Use the Preview and Test drop-down menu at the top of the page to Open Popup Preview, Send a Test Email, Run Inbox Inspection, or Test with Delivery Doctor. For additional campaign testing tips, click here.
- When you've finished testing your campaign, use the Schedule or Send buttons at the bottom of the page to send to your list.
If you're ready to send the campaign to your subscribers, click the Send button. The Prepare for launchmodal will appear. Click the Send Now button to send the campaign to your subscribers.
If you select the Schedule option you'll be able to select the delivery date and time using a calendar picker and drop-down menus. The timezone set for your account will also be displayed here and you can edit it if it's incorrect.
Tips for creating your HTML Campaign
When sending a campaign through MailChimp, there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind while creating your content.
- MailChimp does not use a BCC field as each recipient on your list is hidden from all other recipients on your list. We deliver a completely separate copy of your email to each recipient on your list, allowing you to personalize your content for each recipient, track clicks and opens, and address each email to the recipient's name.
- Before you send your email campaign to your entire list, you'll definitely want to do some testing. To ensure the best possible result, we recommend sending tests to all the popular web based email services, like Yahoo!, Hotmail, and Gmail. Depending on your audience you might consider setting up AOL and Comcast accounts if possible, or set up accounts with major ISP's in your area. You can also use the Inbox Inspector tool to preview how your email will appear in multiple clients. Take a look at this article for more email testing tips.
- When using MailChimp, we include both an HTML version as well as a plain-text alternative version of your campaign. Having both of these versions available will ensure the best possible delivery of your emails, as well as make sure that your subscribers can view your content as expected, regardless of the email client or program they're using.
- MailChimp is designed to send email campaigns that contain only HTML code and plain text content. While what you put in the code is completely up to you, we do advise against using Flash in your emails. Only handful of email apps support Flash, so we don't recommend doing this. The best way to send Flash content would be use an image in your campaign, and link the image to the Flash content hosted on an external server or website.
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