Import Groups from Google Contacts to MailChimp

This feature requires Manager user level or higher.

Export groups from Google Contacts, then import them into groups in your MailChimp list to target specific subscribers.
In this article, you'll learn how to import groups into your MailChimp list.

Before You Start

Here are some things to know before you begin this process.

Import to a Group in MailChimp

To import a group into MailChimp, follow the steps below. Google only allows you to export one group at a time, so you'll need to import each export file into MailChimp individually.

  1. Navigate to the Lists page.
  2. Click the drop-down menu for the list you want to work with, and choose Import.
    Cursor hovers over Import on list drop-down.
  3. Click CSV or tab-delimited text file.
    CSV or TXT file selected for import.
  4. Click Next.
  5. Click Browse and choose the file for your group from your computer.
  6. Click the I understand that my billing plan may be automatically upgraded checkbox. Your account will only be upgraded if your import causes your subscriber count to exceed your current billing plan.
    Group CSV file example loaded for import.
  7. Click Next to move on to the Import Subscribers step and match the columns in your import to the columns in your MailChimp list.
    Next button to move to next step of import.
  8. Click Save for the Email Address column. We automatically match the column in your import that contains email addresses to the required Email Address field in your list.
    Save button to save the email column while matching fields for import.
  9. On the second column, click Save, or click the drop-down menu to select a different field. To create a new column in your list, choose New Column Name.  
    Phone column example.
    The editing pane for each column includes the current column name, field type, and example data from your list, for reference. You can click Skip to move over a column and exclude it from the final import. This will not remove a column that already exists in your list.
  10. Repeat Step 9 for all unmatched columns. You must match or skip all columns to complete your import. We'll display a success message when you've either matched or skipped all your columns.
    Success message to show you've matched all your columns.
  11. Click Next.
  12. On the You're all set to import step, review the settings for your import, then scroll down to the Add imported subscribers to these groups section.
  13. Use the checkboxes to select the group you want to import your subscribers to.
    Example of groups selected showing ice cream flavors.
  14. Click Import.

After you finish your import, you'll be taken to the View subscribers page for your list. We'll display a status message to show you the progress of your import. Repeat these steps for each group you want to import to your MailChimp list. We'll email you when each import is complete.

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