While pricing varies by provider, the cost structure is usually the same. Most email marketing providers charge a monthly fee based on contact list size, with a range of packages and plans. With this structure, most providers allow you to send out an unlimited number of emails each month and have enough different plans to fit into the budget of any business.
Put the signup form in your sidebar, above the fold. MailChimp and Mad Mimi both offer plugins to automate the process—check with your email service for recommended plugins. For Genesis themes in WordPress, use the plugin Genesis eNews Extended. (If you’re using Mad Mimi with Genesis eNews Extended, take note of the correct field names in this tutorial.)
Don’t use exclamation marks or spammy words in your subject lines: that’s a sure way to miss the inboxes and go straight to the spam folder. (How do I know? My own newsletter landed in my very own spam folder when I used the word “free” in the subject.) Use the Mail Tester and Email Subject Line Tester to double check your own subject lines and content before you hit send.
How do I export a contact list to Excel?
Hi Scott, yes that is correct. Most platforms will not let you upload large customer lists if you do not have specific opt-in dates. However if you can provide the data when the user opted in to receive email notifications from you, then you would be able to import the list. These rules may vary based on different providers, but this is exactly the process for switching email service providers (you have to import customer list in the new provider).