Just because your drip campaign is automated doesn't mean you can let it run unsupervised. You spent a bunch of time researching user segments, and it's important to readjust those segments and your strategy based on the results. If you aren't getting as many clickthroughs as you want, try rewriting your calls to action; if you aren't meeting your conversion rate goals with your sale-closing email, try more educational communications before asking any user to pull the trigger. Evaluate, adjust, repeat.
Getting started shouldn't be daunting. Generally, you'll know right away whether you like a user interface (UI) or not, and most of the contenders we reviewed offer free trials so you can poke around before dropping any cash. Luckily, most of these services have modern-looking graphics and uncluttered layouts. These are not the complex business software UIs of yesterday. Be careful, though, as some free trials require a credit card. This means you need to be sure to cancel your trial before you're billed if you're not happy with the service.
Note for Affiliates: If you use affiliate links, you’ll want to pay close attention to MailChimp’s affiliate policy, though you’re probably okay unless you’re advertising get rich quick schemes. Mad Mimi, on the other hand, has no policy regarding use of other affiliate links, but bans use of Mad Mimi affiliate program links within Mad Mimi email campaigns! (MailChimp affiliate links are included in the footer of every MailChimp email.)
Congratulations, you have already created your distribution list. What makes it exceptional is the ease with which you can edit your contact list. How can you achieve that? Simply click Contacts in the Navigation Pane, and then double-click the name of the name of the person whose details needs to be edited. Outlook will take you the same screen you used to create the distribution list. While on this screen you can make all the changes you wanted to do on the contact list.
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Who wins? Between MailChimp and Mad Mimi, MailChimp wins in features, Mad Mimi wins in price. Analytics junkies will appreciate the way MailChimp’s stats are front and center, but from there they require a lot of clicks, whereas Mad Mimi’s stats, though more hidden, are easy to see and understand at a glance once you get to them. Mad Mimi provides less options overall, making it simple and easy for beginners; MailChimp provides endless customization, along with better options for giving a free download exclusively to your subscribers. MailChimp allows for multiple RSS to email campaigns per feed URL, but Mad Mimi requires a work-around (add ?1 to the end of your feed URL to use it again). Mad Mimi’s site has a casual, friendly feel, while MailChimp gives an impression of professionalism (despite the chimp). Everyone talks about Mad Mimi’s great customer service, and every word you hear is true; yet I’ve never even had occasion to contact MailChimp’s customer service because everything is well organized and their knowledge base is so complete. Ultimately, I chose MailChimp for my personal use (you can’t beat the control and flexibility), and Mad Mimi for ministry use (the price is right when you are dealing with large lists).
Focus on one call to action (CTA). It can be tempting to introduce your subscribers to all the wonderful features of your product all at once. But temper your enthusiasm. The paradox of choice argues that having too many choices is stressful and can hamper decision making. This means including multiple CTAs in a single email can result in your readers not taking any action.
Lists vs. Groups: In Mad Mimi, you’ll be creating multiple lists—one for each option—whereas in MailChimp you’ll only need one list because each list can have multiple “groups”, and you can choose to send emails to different groups or segments. (As mentioned above, you’ll find you need to trick Mad Mimi with a secondary feed address like FeedBurner or FeedBlitz to create more than one RSS to email campaign from the same site.)