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Has anybody used Mail Chimp?


#1
Hi,

I am in the process of starting up a part-time freelance company (evenings + weekends), I should have done it years ago :icon_blushing: I am stuck in a dead end job with no hopes of progression or any interesting work, so hoping the freelance can boost my income and get me some of my creative juices flowing again.

Anyway, planning ahead I have been thinking of emailing potential clients, etc when I came across Mail Chimp. As anybody used their free service? Would they recommend it?

Thanks in advance for your input.
 
#5
Although I have never used it, for e-shots and the like I have only ever heard good things about Mail Chimp and would be quick to try it out if I ever needed it.
 

Corrosive

Moderator
Staff member
#6
We use Mailchimp and don't really have a bad word to say about it. Well worth a try for e-shots and mailing list management.
 
#7
I agree with Corrosive. After trying Constant Contact and Aweber (Awful.. simply awful) and looking into a few others, Mailchimp has proved the best for us. I use it to produce email campaigns for work, here are my pros and cons...

Pros:
- You can easily import your contacts manually or import straight from Excel incredibly easily (proves very handy if you have a few hundred to import!)
- Unlike Aweber and a few others, contacts do not need to manually 'Opt In' to receive your emails/newsletters.
- Everything is extremely easy to understand, the website is easy to navigate round and it has some great video tutorials.
- They have excellent customer service and online help.
- Each campaign has a report which shows you how many times it's been opened, how many links and have been clicked on and by who etc which is great!
- And perhaps the best of all, if you stay within the maximum emails sent and contacts subscribed.. IT'S FREE!!

Cons:
- the customisation of campaigns is just slightly limiting where layouts and fonts are concerned.. but that's it!

so yes, I would definately recommend Mailchimp! Good luck with your new career path :thumb:
 
#8
I agree with Corrosive. After trying Constant Contact and Aweber (Awful.. simply awful) and looking into a few others, Mailchimp has proved the best for us. I use it to produce email campaigns for work, here are my pros and cons...

Pros:
- You can easily import your contacts manually or import straight from Excel incredibly easily (proves very handy if you have a few hundred to import!)
- Unlike Aweber and a few others, contacts do not need to manually 'Opt In' to receive your emails/newsletters.
- Everything is extremely easy to understand, the website is easy to navigate round and it has some great video tutorials.
- They have excellent customer service and online help.
- Each campaign has a report which shows you how many times it's been opened, how many links and have been clicked on and by who etc which is great!
- And perhaps the best of all, if you stay within the maximum emails sent and contacts subscribed.. IT'S FREE!!

Cons:
- the customisation of campaigns is just slightly limiting where layouts and fonts are concerned.. but that's it!

so yes, I would definately recommend Mailchimp! Good luck with your new career path :thumb:
Thanks for your reply. Looks like I will defo be using Mail Chimp. Thanks for your wishes also!
 

Edge

Active Member
#11
Yep - used Mailchimp a lot. However email marketing is hard to get right. Here's some tips:
- If you email too regularly the number of unsubscribes goes up. For my business I think quarterly is enough.
- Test
- Test
- and test again
- Don't send out rubbish - seems obvious but so many companies throw together a pile of crap for the sake of it. Send out something useful and interesting.
- Subject heading is pretty critical
- Send to a name
- Send sector specific stuff to groups in your database so email is relevant to them
- Avoid sending to hotmail etc as even if they are subscribed they can click on 'Junk' and it gets reported back to Mailchimp and they give you earache and can ultimately close account.
 

Katedesign

Well-Known Member
#12
I use MailChimp for a couple of clients. Had few problems (apart from one list they gave me that was utter rubbish and got us stopped for a while!) Otherwise, if your list is good, it is easy to use and gives good reports. Be specific what you send - not too much stuff in one shot.