Today, we’re going to learn how to add a list to our MailChimp account. So I’m on the dashboard for MailChimp, go all the way up to the menu bar and click on List.
On the right-hand side click the gray button that says “create list”. A list creation screen will pop up and click on the gray bar about midway down the screen that says “create list”.
You will be taken to the list creation screen.
Add list name
I like to make this clear, to let me know where these email addresses are coming from and what they’re doing.
This sign-up form is on my blog. The list name will be blog subscription list. and my default email address. So I personally like to use a personal email address, like email@example.com rather than a position email address. Like firstname.lastname@example.org and the
Default email address
I like to use a personal email address, like email@example.com rather than a position email address like firstname.lastname@example.org. and the
The reason is people feel better replying to an email that goes to an actual person. They think somebody is monitoring the email address and they’ll get a reply. With position or generic email address like email@example.com may not have someone monitoring the email address, so they may not get a reply.
Default from name
Same thing with the default name. I like to use a personal name instead of a company name. There’s an easy way around both. I use my name at MailChimp Help. That way, I have the best of both worlds. They know it’s somebody personal but they also know it’s coming from a business.
Campaign URL settings
This wasn’t there a little while ago. It’s asking me how I want to generate the URL for the email campaign when it goes to Facebook or to Twitter or when you click on that link at the top that says view this in your browser. So it’s nice that they’re actually giving me a choice and 15 minutes ago, this was not here. So that’s kind of interesting.
Remind people how they got on your list
So I can use a reminder from another list because I have several lists in this account. My husband uses this account for his own business. I use this account for my business and then I have a club that I belong to that I use this account for.
I’m going to type in a reminder. The people on this list signed up for my blog or they are current clients of mine.
You have to have the contact information for the list. That’s the law. This complies with the CAN-SPAM law. I work at home so I use a PO Box. Part of the reason why I have a PO Box is that I would never put my home address there. I could use the street address of the post office as street address and the PO box number as the suite number. The post office does allow you to use their address for business now. So it’s kind of nice.
This is when somebody either subscribes or unsubscribes from your list. I don’t like to get them 1 by 1 because I may get 4 separate emails. I like to get a daily summary. Just one email a day and if I’ve had no subscriptions or no unsubscribes, I don’t get an email.
On the list page, we can add a contact. I am going to import subscribers. I have a spreadsheet with subscribers and I like to copy and paste.
Import a list
I’m going use the option “copy and paste from file”. To me, especially when I have a large list, this is the easiest way to put a list into MailChimp. I’ve done the CSV or tab-delimited text files and sometimes we have issues with the fields lining up correctly. With the copy-and-paste file, you map the fields yourselves. I use this no matter how many email addresses I’m putting in. Click on the bottom right-hand side “next” button.
Copy and paste
Go up into the editor area and paste the email addresses in. My spreadsheet had mostly email addresses with a few first names first names in two separate columns. Click “I understand that my billing plan will be automatically upgraded”.
Map your spreadsheet fields in MailChimp
We have to match up the email addresses and first names with the columns. MailChimp does sense the email addresses automatically, so you can just save that. Then you’re going to choose First Name and save. Go down to the right-hand bottom corner with this nice blue Next button and click it.
Checking that the list was added correctly
I’m importing to a two-column and that’s what I see here, perfect. I’m going to choose “subscribed”. Go down to that right-hand corner with that blue import button and click on it. Now 14 contacts were added to my list. Perfect.
Check your work
If I scroll down here, I have the first name. This is going to tell me where these came from and the date they were added. It’s going to tell me that they were subscribed and this is actually a rating. Because nobody has been contacted through MailChimp. Everybody has two stars. But that shows you how responsive and engaged people are with the emails you’re sending out. The more stars mean the more people open your emails and respond to your emails.