Create a Sample Newsletter for Potential Subscribers

This feature requires Manager user level or higher.

Often, people want to know what your newsletter will be like before they sign up to receive it. Create a sample newsletter in MailChimp so they can find out. Before you start, you'll need to create a list in your account and add your own email address to it.

Create Sample Campaign

If you've already been sending campaigns, you can share the campaign URL for your sample campaign.

A sample campaign can be made with any of our campaign types, but we suggest using the same type and method as you'll use for future sends, so people get an accurate sense of what they'll receive from you.

In this example, we'll create a Regular campaign with our Email Designer.

  1. Navigate to the Campaigns page, and click Create Campaign.
  2. In the pop-up modal, input your Campaign name
  3. Click the Campaign type drop-down menu, and choose Regular.
  4. Click Create.
  5. On the Recipients step, choose your list and select  Group or new segment.
  6. Set the conditions to Email  | is | your email address, and click the Update Recipient Count button.
    Segment your list
  7. Click the Setup button to move to the next step.
  8. On the Setup step, name your campaign and give it an Email Subject. Your campaign name is for internal use only, but the subject is publicly viewable. By default, we'll include your email subject in your campaign URL, but you can customize the URL on the Setup step if you want.
  9. Click the Next button on the Campaign Builder navigation bar to move to the Template step.
  10. Choose the template you want to use then click the Next button to proceed to the Design step.
  11. On the Design step, add your sample content.
    sample newsletter
  12. Once you've completed the design on the Design step, click the Next button to go to the  Confirm step.

Send Campaign to Yourself

Now that your sample content is set up, you're ready to send the sample newsletter to yourself.

  1. On the Confirm step, scan the Pre-Delivery Checklist and double check that everything is ready to go. Pay special attention to the List line to verify that the campaign is only sending to your email address and not an entire list.
  2. Click the Send button at the bottom of the page to send the sample newsletter to yourself.

Share the Campaign URL

After the campaign has sent successfully, you can share the campaign URL for your sample newsletter on your website, your signup form, or any time you send emails from your regular email program to invite people to join your list. You can also share a sent campaign on social media with the Social Share feature.

Find Your Sent Email Campaigns: Campaign Pages

Share a Sent Email Campaign with Social Share


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