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MailChimp's email-marketing tools make it fun and easy to send email newsletters, manage your mailing lists and track your performance. Have a new song or video to share? You can do it with MailChimp. Want your fans to share your updates with their own social networks? MailChimp makes it dead simple. Curious about where your most loyal supporters are located? Find out with just a couple clicks. In this guide, we'll cover all those features and more, and we'll show you how to use them effectively.

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An introduction to MailChimp's features for musicians. Topics include:

Sign-up forms
RSS-to-email campaigns
Social share merge tag
Sharing your music
Finding your fans

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  • MailChimpFor Musicians©2001-2011 All rights reserved. MailChimp® is a registered trademark of The Rocket Science Group 1
  • Hello. Build Your Mailing ListChances are you’ve got a lot going on. You’re recording an album, booking With MailChimp, you can present your fans with lots of opportunities to Embed Code sign up and receive email updates so they know about your shows, releaseshows, playing shows, making videos, signing multi-million dollar record- dates and free songs.ing contracts…how do you keep track of it all? More importantly, how do If you’d rather keep your fans on your own site than direct them to anyour fans keep track of it all? MailChimp’s email-marketing tools make external landing page to sign up for your newsletter, use our embed codeit fun and easy to send email newsletters, manage your mailing lists and Signup Plugins to create a customized signup form on your website. The embed code pro-track your performance. Have a new song or video to share? You can do vides more customization options than the sign-up form. Creating the codeit with MailChimp. Want your fans to share your updates with their own You can easily add a signup form to your website or blog with plugins for is easy, and it;ll make signing up for your newsletter easier for your fans.social networks? MailChimp makes it easy. Curious about where your most WordPress, TypePad, Moveable Type, Expression Engine and Drupal. Goloyal supporters live? You can find out with just a couple clicks. In this to mailchimp.com/plugins for downloads, descriptions and installation Just follow the steps for building the subscribe form. Then click Createguide, we’ll cover all those features and more, and we’ll show you how to instructions. Embed Code for Small Form next to the link to subscribe form in the sign-use them effectively. up form builder.And did we mention that you can send to 2,000 subscribers per month Signup Formscompletely free? That’s right, free! No credit card, no expiring trial and no If you don’t use one of the services above or would like to customize yourhidden fees or commitments. You get access to our amazing features— signup form to put on your website or MySpace page, you can easily createincluding detailed reports, list management, awesome templates and a form in the MailChimp application. Here’s how:powerful integrations. And if you need to send more, we’ve got affordablemonthly plans and pay-as-you-go credits. 1. From the MailChimp dashboard, click the Lists tab.This is an introductory guide to MailChimp’s features for musicians.There’s a lot more we can do, and you may have questions about someof our other features. If that’s the case, contact our support staff atmailchimp.com/support. Copy and paste the code into the appropriate place on your site. If you’re a TypePad user, you can send the code directly to your blog with the Send to TypePad button. 2. Choose which list you want connected with the signup form, and click Forms in the list options. 3. Customize the details of your form. Use the Build It tab to determine what information you collect in the form and the Design It tab to change colors, header and more. 4. When the form is finalized, copy the Link to Subscribe Form located in the middle of the page, and link to it from the website you choose. 2 3
  • Create A Campaign Design Your CampaignNow that your list is set up, you’re ready to send your first newsletter. 7. MailChimp authenticates newsletters by default, which means that we The next step is to design your email. There are several ways to do it. In the next step, you’ll choose the basic color palette for your campaign.MailChimp’s Campaign Builder makes it easy to send beautiful emails insert a bit of code that acts like a license plate, letting spam filters know You’ll see your options in the Campaign Builder to the left. You can always go back and refine it later. And don’t worry about editingto your mailing list—we’ll do all the dirty work so you can focus on your that we’re playing by the rules. the text at this point, either—we’ll get to that soon.music. 8. If you use Twitter, MailChimp can automatically tweet your newsletterFrom the MailChimp dashboard, click the Create campaign button and for you. The first time you check the auto-tweet box, we’ll authenticatechoose Regular ol’ campaign. your Twitter account, and after that, you’re connected forever. When we automatically post to Twitter, we include the subject line from your news-The first step in creating your newsletter is deciding where you want to letter and a link to the web version of it.send it. You can either send it to your entire mailing list or to a segment ofthe list.If you choose Send To Entire List, you’ll go immediately to the next step,where you’ll set up the details of the newsletter. (We’ll get into segmentinga little later.)You’ll see the form below. The final step in Design Genius is to choose the layout for your newsletter. 1. Design Genius is an easy way to put together your own template. We’ll Depending on the content in the newsletter, you’ll choose a basic, post- go through Design Genius in the next step. card style, left column or right column layout to suit your campaign. 2. You can also choose one of our pre-designed or premium templates, but for general music newsletters, you’re more likely to find something that suits you with Design Genius. 3. If you or someone on your staff is a web designer, you can create your own templates and import them into MailChimp. 4. Similar to importing, you can code your own templates if you’re tech- savvy.There is a lot of information that goes here. Design Genius1. The name of your newsletter internal to MailChimp. Make sure it’s If you choose to use Design Genius, MailChimp will take you step-by-stepdescriptive. through the newsletter design process.2. Your email’s subject line The first step is to choose a category. Select Music and Bands, and you When you click Save & add content, we’ll ask you to name your template. can can choos can choose among several basic headers or upload your3. The name of the person or organization that sends the email. own image.4. The reply-to address where emails go when people respond to youremail.5. If you want to personalize your email with your subscribers’ first names,keep the “personalize the ‘To:’ field” box checked. *|FNAME|* is the basicmerge tag that dynamically inserts first names.6. You can track who opens your emails and what links they click bychecking the various “track” boxes. Tracking is helpful for analyzing howeffective your newsletters are. 4 5
  • Create An The next step is to create a text-only version of your campaign. This isThe next time you want to send an email with the same template, you’ll required for all campaigns because some people don’t have HTML-enabledfind this template in the My Templates section of the campaign builder. email clients, and others read email on phones that don’t support HTML email. Click Copy Text from HTML Email, and MailChimp will grab all the RSS-to-email CampaignAdding Content content from your HTML newsletter and reformat it as text.When you’re finished with Design Genius, the next step is to add contentto your newsletter. You can also change all the visual elements of yournewsletter in this step. If you have a tour diary or another blog connected to your website, you Use our handy merge tag cheat sheet if you want to customize how yourStyle Editor allows you to change all the visual elements of your campaign, might want to set up an RSS-to-Email campaign to automate the process. RSS feed is displayed in your campaign. Click Pop-up preview to pullincluding colors, borders and links. RSS stands for “really simple syndication,” and it’s an easy way for people in live content and see exactly how your campaign will look when it’s deliv- to follow your blog updates without having to check in routinely to see ered. After you’ve completed the template, click Next. if you’ve posted anything new. It’s a great tool, but many people prefer to read updates in their inboxes instead. We think email and RSS work We’ll prompt you to automatically create a text version of your campaign beautifully together, and we recommend that bloggers allow their readers for readers who use mobile devices or have HTML disabled. Click Next. to choose how they consume new content. MailChimp’s RSS-to-Email campaigns provide an easy solution for automatically sending your new Confirm the details of your campaign, send a test, and if everything looks The final step in the process is to confirm everything you’ve done. If there content via email. Here’s how to create one: good, click Start RSS Campaign. Your first campaign will be delivered are any issues with the newsletter, we’ll let you know here. If you want after your next blog post and at the frequency you determined in setup. to edit any part of the newsletter, just click on the relevant Edit button. There are more tools here to help you finalize the email on this page, too. From your MailChimp dashboard, click the Create campaign button and choose RSS-driven campaign. Enter the URL of You can give us the URL of your RSS feed, but it’s not necessary—we can usually find it for you.If you want a quick look at what your campaign will look like when yoursubscribers receive it, click Popup Preview. Decide how often you want the campaign to be delivered. You can choose when you want to send campaigns by hour for daily campaigns, and by day and hour for weekly and monthly campaigns. Click Next. Choose the list and/or segment that will receive the campaign. Click Next. 1. Delivery Doctor sends your newsletter through common spam filters and will let you know if there are any specific problems. If so, you’ll want to fix them to make sure the newsletter is delivered successfully to all your subscribers. (Delivery Doctor is only available for paid accounts.) 2. Inbox Inspector shows you what your newsletter will look like in more Name your campaign, give it a subject, and review additional options than 30 different email clients. Since different services will render your on the preferences screen. There’s also an option to auto-tweet your newsletter in different ways, it’s helpful to see ahead of time. campaign from this screen (more on auto-tweets in the Social Sharing 3. Preview the final version of your newsletter. section). Click Next.Each text section of the newsletter is editable. Just click on the section 4. Send a test to yourself or a friend to see how the newsletter will lookyou want to edit, and add your content. when it shows up in your inbox. Choose a template for your campaign. You can design the template your- 5. Schedule delivery if you don’t want the newsletter to go out right away. self, or let MailChimp help you. If you have custom HTML, you can upload 6. If everything looks good, send your newsletter and give yourself a nice that as well. big pat on the back. 6 7
  • Socialize Your CampaignFrequently Asked QuestionsWhy should I use MailChimp instead of FeedBurner for RSS-to-emailnewsletters?Feedburner is a great product, but we can do some things that it can’t. We Social networking sites give you excellent opportunities to promote your Social Share Merge Tagprovide powerful tools like fully customizable templates, open and click music and connect with your audience, but we don’t think they’ll replacetracking, bounce management, list cleaning and spam-filter check. You email marketing any time soon. In fact, our data suggests that social me- In addition to sharing your own campaign, MailChimp lets you offer yourcan auto-tweet your campaigns from MailChimp; you can tie your Google dia and email complement each other nicely. MailChimp recently analyzed fans a way to share your campaigns. When you place the *|MC:SHARE|*Analytics account to MailChimp and see how your site traffic is affected more than a billion emails sent since January 2009 to track the inclusion merge tag in your template, MailChimp will add links to more than 20by your email campaigns; you can even send email in a mobile-friendly of links to Twitter and Facebook. The data shows an 84% increase in social networks. If you want to limit the networks in the social share mergeformat for people who read on their phones. Need more convincing? email campaigns that include links to Twitter, and a 66% increase in cam- tag, you can use *|SHARE:SITE_NAME1,SITE_NAME2|* to specify whichFeedburner doesn’t allow you to choose when you send your RSS updates, paigns that feature Facebook. In 2008, neither site was linked often in sites are included. For example, *|SHARE:Facebook,Twitter,Digg|*.but you can choose when to send by hour with MailChimp. You can per- email-marketing campaigns—a mere 0.49% of users included any socialsonalize your newsletters with MailChimp’s merge tags; you can segment media links in their emails.your campaigns by frequency and interests—and it’s completely free forlists under 500 subscribers. Plus, if you just love the look of Feedburner Social media and email work so well together because they have differentemails, you can use MailChimp’s Feedburner template. strengths. Social media is great for networking, quick updates and linking to articles; while email campaigns are better for delivering content andYou may even want to use Feedburner with MailChimp—not just as an providing more in-depth updates. As a blogger, you want your audiencealternative. For example, you can use the two services together to add to be engaged, and a blend of social media and email marketing will giveadvertisements to your newsletter. We’ve got a step-by-step tutorial about your fans several ways of following your music. MailChimp offers severalhow to do that on our blog. You can also use Feedburner to fix a feed that ways to integrate social media with email marketing.doesn’t play nice with MailChimp (see the next question). We’ll even addyour MailChimp subscribers to your Feedburner count so you can monitor Social Share Buttonyour overall subscriber count. The simplest way to get social with your email marketing is sending out aMy RSS feed isn’t working. Am I doing something wrong? link to your campaign on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.Our application cooperates well with RSS feeds, but every once in a while, After sending a campaign you want to share, click the Share on socialcustomers have issues with feeds not working correctly. Make sure you’ve media sites button. Auto-Tweetadded the correct URL for your feed (especially if you’re having problemswhen you just add your blog’s URL). If it still doesn’t work, we recommend If you know you want to tweet an email campaign before you send it,running your feed through Feedburner and giving us that feed instead. MailChimp will do it for you as soon as you send the campaign.Go to feedburner.google.com and create a feed for your blog. Once you’vecompleted the simple steps there, copy and paste your new Feedburner In the Account tab from your MailChimp dashboard, click Integrations andfeed into the Feed URL field in the MailChimp campaign builder. open the Twitter integration. You’ll be redirected to Twitter, where they’ll ask if you allow or deny the integration. (If you haven’t set up a TwitterWill my old posts be emailed out in my first campaign? account in MailChimp, you’ll have the option to do that instead.) Authorize the connection. Once the account’s set up, you won’t have to re-authorize.No. We’ll start sending email when new content is added to your feed. You’ll see a screen where you can share your campaign on Twitter, Face- In step 2 of the Campaign Builder, check the Auto-tweet campaign box book, MySpace, StumbleUpon, Digg and Delicious. Choose your networksWill my campaign go out if I haven’t posted anything? (find it on the Tracking, Authentication and More form). and you’re all set.Nope. We only send campaigns when there’s new content in your feed. Soif you’ve set your campaign to go daily but didn’t post anything today, acampaign won’t go out tomorrow.How can I update, edit and pause my RSS-to-email campaigns?To update your campaign, go to Campaigns from the dashboard. In the leftcolumn beneath Create Campaign, you’ll see folders containing all yourcampaigns. Navigate to the RSS-to-email folder, and you’ll see a list of allyour campaigns. Click the one you want to update, and the parent—thetemplate for your all your emails—will be the top item in the folder. ClickEdit Email to make changes. MailChimp will automatically send a tweet with your subject line and a link to the online version of your email. And don’t worry about having your tweet cut short—we’ll shorten the link using our EepURL tool. 8 9
  • Share Your MusicAuto-post To Facebook The like stats are located under Facebook Activity and organized by sub- scriber. You can see how many times each subscriber liked your campaign, and how many other likes they generated. Good to know!MailChimp will share your campaigns with your Facebook fans too. Twitter stats are located in the same place as Facebook stats: Click theFirst you have to connect your MailChimp and Facebook accounts. Go to Reports tab in your MailChimp dashboard, and you’ll see a list of all yourAccount > Integrations > Facebook >Install Application, and enter your campaigns. Select a campaign and click Social Stats. With MailChimp, you can easily share your music with your fans. While weFacebook info. can’t let you attach huge files to your emails and send them to thousands Under Twitter Activity, you’ll see how many times your campaign has been of subscribers (that would be annoying for your subscribers, not to men-In step 2 of the Campaign Builder, check the Auto-post to Facebook box tweeted and retweeted, who did the tweeting and a timeline of all tweets. tion incredibly expensive), we have a fast and simple way to achieve the(find it on the Tracking, Authentication and More form). Only tweets that include the automatically generated EepURL for your same effect—we’ll host the files for you and link back to them in your campaign are included in this report, so you might have even more tweets emails, all from inside MailChimp. than you think. Want to send a new song to your newsletter subscribers? Here are three easy steps to including a file in your MailChimp campaign. iTunes Template 1. Highlight the relevant text in your email. For example, you might high- MailChimp’s AutoConnect templates automatically generate content from light a sentence like “Download the new song” or “Check out the video.” your Facebook Twitter, Yelp, Etsy, iTunes, Amazon and eBay accounts, We suggest indicating the size and file type as a courtesy. so you can promote your business on social networks—all from withinMailChimp will automatically share a link to the online version of your MailChimp. As a musician, you’re probably interested in the iTunes 2. With the text highlighted, click the link button.campaign with your subject line. It’ll show up in your Facebook news feed, template. You can use the template to update your fans when your latestso all your friends and fans can check out your campaign (and then pass it album gets listed on iTunes. The template pulls in your album cover,along to their friends). includes a Buy button, and lists all your songs. Write a custom note asking for a review, or just thanking your fans for making it possible. Here’s howFacebook Like Merge Tag to activate it. Choose Pre-designed from the template gallery in Step 3 of the cam-Our Facebook Like merge tag allows your fans to “Like” your campaign paign builder. Then choose AutoConnect. From there, select the iTunesand share it with all their Facebook friends. Place the *|FACEBOOK:LIKE|* template. We’ll ask for the artist and record name, and we’ll fill a templatemerge tag anywhere in your campaign and it’ll turn into a handly little with your iTunes info. It’s that simple.image that says “Like.” 3. Select the Upload tab and click Choose file to grab the file from your computer (it must be less than 10 megs). Once you’ve found the file, click Send it to the server.When a fan clicks the Like button, they’ll go to your campaign archivepage, which will then show up in their Facebook feed for all their friendsto see.Tracking Likes and TweetsMailChimp’s Social Stats allow you to watch your campaigns make theirway around Facebook. To find out how many people like your campaigns,click Reports in your MailChimp dashboard. Select a campaign and clickSocial Stats. That’s it. We’ll host the file for free on our CDN servers and track how many times it was clicked. And we’ll even let you know who clicked to download in your Subscriber Activity reports. All your uploaded attachments are accessible by clicking Insert link and then Browse Media from within the text editor. You’ll see your uploaded files in a folder called—you guessed it—Files. 10 11
  • Share Your Videos Target Your AudienceAs a musician, you might want to embed videos into your email cam-paigns. The truth is, embedding videos into HTML email is unreliable and MailChimp makes it easy to get the word out about shows to the fans 2. Select a radius of 50, 100, or 150 miles around that location.often dangerous, so MailChimp has a better way. who want to know. Say you’re playing a show in Atlanta—you can send a targeted campaign exclusively to people near Atlanta, rather than sending 3. Click the magnifying glass to verify the location on the map. Click UseThe safest option is to generate a screenshot of the video player, insert to your entire list. this location.that image into your email, and link it to the actual video landing page.Sounds complicated, but we automated the process with our YouTube, Segment By City and StateBlip.tv and Vimeo merge tags so you can do it in two quick steps: If you have city and state as fields in your signup form (you probably do),1. If it’s not already there, put the video you want to use on YouTube, Blip. then you can easily segment your list based on those interest groups. It’stv or Vimeo. perfect for concert announcements. Here’s how:2. Get the video ID from YouTube, Blip.tv or Vimeo. Can’t find it? A video 1. From the MailChimp dashboard, click Create Campaign.ID consists of letters and/or numbers, depending on the service provider.You’ll find it at the end of the video’s URL. Occasionally, the video ID will 2. Select which list you’d like to send to and select Send to segment.be presented within a long URL. 3. If you have City and State set up as fields in your signup form, you3. Copy the video ID into our handy video merge tag. can segment by those independently. From the drop-down menu, select City | is and type the name of the city you’re playing. You may also haveHere’s the YouTube merge tag before we included the video ID: address as one field in your signup form, in which case you can select Location | is within distance and enter a zip code.*|YOUTUBE:VIDEO_ID|*And after: You can segment by lots of other criteria, too—anything that you have set*|YOUTUBE:vSYadh2xmcl|* up in your signup form can be used to segment your list. For example, if you’re playing an all-ages show, you can segment by age to let yourAnd you’re all set. MailChimp will find the video, grab a still image and younger fans know that they’ll finally be able to see you live. You can alsooverlay some video-control elementsv to make it look playable. When segment by Date Added to send a thank-you note to everyone who signedsubscribers click on the image, it’ll take them to the hosted version of the up at your last show. There are tons of ways to target specific groupsvideo. within your audience.Here’s what it looks like in the Popup Preview: The list count will update to reflect the number of people in the segment you’re sending to. Now you’re ready to let your fans know when you’re playing near their town. Geolocation Looking for another great way to segment by location? With our Geoloca- tion tool, you can set up a campaign to send to anyone on your list within a 150-mile radius of any point on the globe. Here’s how: 1. Segment your list by specifying a location. 12 13
  • Engage Your Fans ExamplesAs a musician, your mailing list is a super valuable resource. The folks Lots of great musicians use MailChimp. Here are a couple examples of And here’s one from a Portland band called The Decemberists. They usedon your list care enough about what you’re doing that they want to be nicely designed MailChimp campaigns from musicians and musician- this campaign to announce summer tour dates.regularly updated, so it’s important to track your interaction with them. related folks we love.MailChimp has several features that give you better idea of where yourfans are coming from and how your campaigns are reaching them. This one’s from venerable indie-rock record label Sub Pop. They used this newsletter to announce some goodies they were giving to customers whoClick Mapping pre-ordered the new Fleet Foxes album:A great way to find out if your subscribers are engaged is to track whichlinks they’re clicking within your email. Our Click Mapping feature allowsyou to see which links are clicked the most in an individual campaign.Check it out:1. Go to the Reports section of a recently sent campaign.2. Select Click Map to view the stats for each link in your campaign.With click mapping, you can experiment with different types of links tosee which are more successful for your list. Do people respond better tolinks near the top? Do they like to click on images of products? Try differ-ent layouts to find out what works best for you.PayPal IntegrationIf you accept payments via PayPal, you can automatically add new fansto your MailChimp list when they purchase music or merch from you. Touse this feature, you’ll need to have either a Premier or Business PayPalaccount. Once that’s in place, here’s how to link it with your MailChimpaccount:1. Log in, go to the Account tab, click Integrations, then activate thePayPal 360 plugin: The more personality your campaigns have, the better. Superfans want to hear about new music and performances, but they’re also interested in the humans behind your music.2. Select the list you want to add PayPal purchasers to. MailChimp willgive you a custom URL. Copy & Paste that to your clipboard.3. Log in to your Premier or Business PayPal account.4. Click Profile, then Instant Payment Notification Preferences.5. Enter the custom URL MailChimp generated for you, and click Save.Now fans will be added to your subscriber list when they purchase yourmusic or merch through PayPal. 14 15