Create an online newsletter using Constant Contact

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Creating a newsletter is difficult for two important reasons. First of all, writing is a craft in itself and second, you need to be able to create a nice html thing. Oh and there’s actually a third: recipient management. If Mrs Saunders from the Dentist Office complaints that she doesn’t want to receive your e-mails anymore, you have to remove her from the list. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a system that did all that for you? Luckily there is, it’s called constant contact. Of course you still need to write the newsletter yourself, but that’s just about it.

  1. Go to www.constantcontact.com
  2. Click on Free Trial (yep, sadly this isn’t free)
  3. Fill in the details that are required
  4. Your account will be activated. Click on Build or Import your contact list.
  5. Create a contact list and import your recipients
  6. Now click on Create an Email
  7. Give your email a name.
  8. Choose the template that fits your needs the best (you c an design your own one, but id you could you wouldn’t need this service for that)
  9. Click Next
  10. Fill in the E-mail settings (subject, name, extra options etc.)
  11. Click Next
  12. Now you’re in your template. Just add text and upload pictures to format your newsletter the way you want it.
  13. Click save and Continue.
  14. Now decide if you want to send your e-mail now or if you want to schedule it for a delivery on another moment, and confirm.
  15. That’s it, you’ve designed your first newsletter, composed it, and sent it. Good job!

Of course you’re not supposed to enter all the contacts manually, there’s a system for that ( I just love to say system). Create a signup box for your website on the CC website, and place the code on your site. Now people can sign up through your site. It’s brilliant, apart from the fact that you’re going to pay when your recipient count surpasses 30. But the fact that this service takes a lot of work out of your hands, makes up for it all!

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