The Campaign tool: effortless custom email newsletters

The Campaign tool: introduction

If you would like to add the Campaign tool to your platform, please contact us for pricing and further information.

The Campaign tool

The Campaign tool is an email newsletter service that helps engage your audience and attract new customers by creating promotions or offers to share with your customers or subscriber lists. In just a few minutes you can create a professional-looking email with an offer to draw new clients. The tool also allows you to track the results of your campaigns with easy-to-read reports and stats.

Crucially, the Campaign tool leverages your Address book, filled with email addresses of your registered users as well as any further contact data you have entered, so there’s no need to handle a separate database of recipients – they will simply sync over from your MediaStore platform.

Once you’re set up, login to the Campaign tool using the credentials specific to the tool which will be supplied to you upon signing up for this service: https://campaign.mediapeers.com/

Creating an email template

There are a few ways to create an email template for the Campaign tool:

Build your own template using the Campaign tool’s WYSIWYG template builder: the template builder provided by Campaign Monitor is an easy way to build a template without prior knowledge of HTML or the necessary special newsletter HTML tags. Although it is a very effective tool, be aware that it’s not quite as flexible as direct HTML editing.

The template builder

The template builder is available via Templates > Gallery. Please select one of the available designs as a starting point; as you progress through the template builder, you’ll be able to customize many properties such as logo, colors, fonts, and structure.

It’s not possible to import an HTML template file and then modify it using the template builder.

Take one of the available free default templates and modify the code manually: Campaign Monitor, our technical service provider, offers many free HTML templates that can be downloaded and modified to your liking. They include all the necessary code, so all you need to do is change the visuals the way you wish.
Preview them here: http://www.campaignmonitor.com/templates/all/
Download them directly here: http://i3.campaignmonitor.com/assets/files/templates/complete_package-updated.zip
To import your template, open the Campaign tool, go to Templates > Import and follow the instructions. All images must be uploaded as a single ZIP file. The Campaign tool will alert you in case it detects any irregularities during the import.

At least basic HTML and/or image modifications skills will be required to change the templates in order to customize them. If you’re not comfortable making these modifications yourself, we would suggest commissioning the work from an experienced programmer/designer.

Importing a template

Create your own template from scratch (or from an existing HTML email template), incorporating the necessary Campaign Monitor-specific HTML tags, then import it into the Campaign tool. The Campaign tool will validate your template during upload and point out any deficiencies.
More information on the non-standard tags that can or need to be included in a template can be found here: http://www.campaignmonitor.com/create/editable-content/
To import your template, open the Campaign tool, go to Templates > Import and follow the instructions. All images must be uploaded as a single ZIP file. The Campaign tool will alert you in case it detects any irregularities during the import.

If you’ve got a finished design at hand or your designers can create one, but you need additional support in creating a usable HTML template customized for the Campaign tool, we would suggest commissioning the work from an experienced programmer/designer.

Try, for example, http://www.freelancer.com or http://www.upwork.com.

Using Lists to predefine groups of recipients

Lists on your MediaStore platform

The Lists tab within MediaStore is part of the Address book and helps you define your recipients. Go to Clients > Lists in order to view the Lists at your disposal or to create a new List (using the New List button).

You can add new people to existing Lists via Clients > Contacts: Just tick the checkbox on the left of a contact and press the Add to List button. If required, you can add new Contacts here as well (using the New Contact button).

If you add a whole company to a List from ClientsCompanies, each Contact from that company will be added to the List.

Lists in MediaStore are automatically synchronized with the Campaign Tool, meaning that the Address book can be used to maintain up-to-date recipient lists. In the Campaign tool, view the Lists & Subscribers tab for an overview of all currently synchronized contacts and lists.

If your updated data from the Clients section in MediaStore doesn’t immediately appear in the Campaign tool, please be patient as it may take a while for the data to be synchronized.

The Lists & Subscribers view

Synchronization is generally set up one way from MediaStore to the Campaign tool. Synchronization from the Campaign tool to MediaStore works only in some quite limited cases.

For example, you can not add or remove contacts or change the name of a List using the Campaign Tool, since the changes will be overwritten by the Lists data from the main website. However, any changes regarding subscription status (whether they are added automatically or manually by you) will be synchronized to MediaStore.

It is possible to revert an unsubscribed contact back to subscribed by only using the Campaign Tool. Go to the detail view of a List, tick a contact and use the Move selected to drop-down menu to modify the contact’s subscription status.

Setting up and sending campaigns

Within the Campaign tool, click Create a new campaign in the Overview tab (or use the Campaigns tab) to set up a new campaign. You can choose from any drafts you have previously created, or create a new campaign from scratch. A step-by-step wizard will take you through the process: you’ll merely have to define Campaign, Content, Recipients and Delivery. Along the way, you will be able to use the templates and recipient lists you have previously set up.

If your campaign template cannot be modified and filled with content to your exact liking, most likely the template is missing the necessary Campaign Monitor-specific HTML tags at that position. To remedy this, the template needs to be edited accordingly and and then updated (using Templates > settings icon > Update).

It is not possible to add content directly from MediaStore to a newsletter (in a similar way to Selections).

Viewing statistics for your campaign

In the Campaigns tab, open any previously sent campaign to view detailed reports. Here, open the individual links to determine e.g. opens by region or click-through rates by individual link.

2017-09-22T08:37:19+00:00