Create a Sample Newsletter for Potential Subscribers

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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 a sent campaign's archive page 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 the Drag and Drop editor. 

  1. Click the Create Campaign drop-down menu and select Regular Campaign.
    Create Regular Campaign
  2. On the Recipients step, choose your list and select  Group or new segment.
  3. Set the conditions to Email  | is | your email address, and click the Refresh Count button.
    Segment your list
  4. Click the Setup button to move to the next step.
  5. 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.
  6. Click the Next button on the Campaign Builder navigation bar to move to the Template step.
  7. Choose the template you want to use then click the Next button to proceed to the Design step.
  8. On the Design step, add your sample content.
    sample newsletter
  9. 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 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 Campaign Archive Page

After the campaign has sent successfully, head back to the Campaigns page in your account to grab the campaign archive page link. Share this link to your sample newsletter campaign on your website, your signup form, or any time you send emails from your regular email program to invite people to join your list.

Below, you'll learn how to find the campaign archive page link.

  1. Navigate to the Campaigns page.
  2. Click the title of your sample campaign.
  3. Click the Details tab.
  4. Click the Campaign archive link.
    Campaign Archive link
  5. Copy the URL for the campaign archive page and use this link to share your sample campaign.

You also have the option to share your sample campaign directly on several social networking sites. On the Campaigns page, select the drop-down menu for a sent campaign, and click Social share. On the Share Your Campaign page, there are options to share your campaign on Twitter, Facebook and Delicious.

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