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Last Post: April 8, 2014   (RSS)

Hey Jerry,

Just wondering how you made out on this.

Cheers,
Steve

Hi Jerry,

I've actually had good experiences with BlueHost over the years. We, as in my current employer, haven't done anything with BlueHost. However, I've personally worked with BlueHost in years past and also help/helped a couple family members with their business websites on BlueHost shared hosting.

For dealing with email limits RE mailing lists, Dave here at Interactive Tools alerted me to a free SMTP service called Mandrill (http://mandrill.com/) offered by MailChimp.

Best,
Steve

Steve,

Thanks for the vote of confidence, and for the tip about Mandrill.

Have you been able to integrate Mandrill with CMSB, or is it still a cut and paste email lists situation?

Thanks,

Jerry Kornbluth

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Jerry,

You can definitely integrate Mandrill's SMTP service with CMSB so it wouldn't be a cut/paste situation.

As of yet, I haven't been presented with a situation for mailing lists where outbound emails have been limited as such. So in terms of completing an integration with CMSB - no I have not. When Dave mentioned that service I created an account and performed some initial discovery, but had basically bookmarked it for future reference.

Steve

Thanks Steve,

Has any one else attempted (succeeded) in integrating the 2 programs who would be willing to share what they've learned?

Thanks,

Jerry Kornbluth

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Hi Guys,

I use CMSB, newsletter plugin and Mandril constantly, with many of my clients.  I have one client sending 5,000 emails at once, 4 or 5 times a week.  Works great.

Cheers,

Tim Forrest
Toledoh Enterprises
www.toledoh.com.au

By gkornbluth - April 8, 2014 - edited: April 8, 2014

Hi Tim,

Could you explain more of how you have the integration set up?

I've got a number of situations (pre-formatted press release or announcement viewers) that pull data from CMSB records.

I've been sending these out to CMSB record owners who meet specific criteria. I.E. a press release to all print media, or one just to internet based media, or an eblast to Cookbook Subscribers who are up for renewals, etc.

Up to now, I've been generating the filtered lists and sending the web pages either by using Internet Explorer to "send the web page as email" and pasting address groups from the filtered list into the BCC field, or more recently, pasting the entire list into a "campaign" list in PHPList, and letting PHPlist do all the heavy lifting (multiple scheduled preset campaigns from specific lists, throttling to meet the ISP's mailing criteria, progress and process reports, open and click reports, bounce handling, etc.).

It would be great to find a CMSB based solution that automated the sending of pre-formatted emails from the generated list without the cut and paste.

Newsletter Builder seems to be WYSIWYG based and I've never had much luck with WYSIWYG fields and find them pretty cumbersome and quirky.

Unless I'm missing something, It also doesn't seem to be able to handle multiple lists, sort a master list by specific criteria, or schedule mailings for a specific time in the future.

Any insights.

Thanks,

Jerry Kornbluth

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Hey Jerry.

Once the SMTP settings are configured with Mandril (just a free account will do - takes about 30 seconds) all emails sent via CMSB are then sent through Mandril.  You then get access to the Mandril dashboard, which gives you a huge range of stats and tools.  I find the tools are great for reducing my spam issues (setting up SPF records, verified domains etc) and the stats have a much more indepth view than the basic click and clickers.

Automated emails:

I have on various sites, emails templates (/cmsAdmin/admin.php?menu=_email_templates) set up for various things; password reminders, account expiry reminders etc.

I also have (set up by itools) what I refer to as "routed emails", where I can send a specific email whenever a specific criteria is met.  ie. 5 days after sign-up, 10 days after sign-up, 180 days after sign-up.

Manual Emails:

The newsletter plugin I use for manual bulk emails.  You can set up mailing groups; members with certain membership status, also more advanced SQL queries, and I'm currently setting up geolocating queries so we can email members with X km's of a postcode etc.

The WYSIWYG interface for the newsletter plugin is pretty basic, and for some clients I still recommend mailchimp or similar.

Hope that helps!

Cheers,

Tim Forrest
Toledoh Enterprises
www.toledoh.com.au