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Time out, on Sending Successful Newsletters in 4 Minutes or Less

Some of our most culturally-savvy customers share how they fit email into their busy publishing…

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Aquabumps, on Escaping to the Beach with Email

Surf photographer Eugene Tan shares with us how he’s used email to bring Bondi Beach…

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Spotlight on a Store: Hammerpress

Learn how Hammerpress have brought their vintage artworks to a wider online marketplace in this…

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Holler’s Loud and Clear Approach to Launching a Top-Notch Email Service

Have you considered becoming a Campaign Monitor reseller, but have had trouble putting the pieces…

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Jeffrey Zeldman Kicks off a New Podcast, the Pipeline

We have the honor of getting behind 5by5’s excellent new podcast, The Pipeline, as hosted…

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How Performative Web Uses Our API to Build and Send Dynamic Emails

As a great showcase for the power of our API, Performative Web recently integrated their…

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Campaign Monitor Helps Atlassian Raise over $100,000 for Charity

Find out how Atlassian recently used Campaign Monitor to kick of a ‘stimulus package’ that…

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Case Study: Launching a New Product with Campaign Monitor

Today we chat with Garrett Dimon, the super talented interface designer behind the just launched…

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A Work of Genius

I LOVE Campaign Monitor. I think your web site is top notch, the features are extraordinary, the pay-as-you-go pricing plan is a work of genius, and the free templates are incredibly useful. No kidding. Sam McMillan, Wordstrong

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“The Best, Most Intelligent Web Application I’ve Ever Used”

I’d like to say that Campaign Monitor is the best, most intelligent web application I’ve ever used. I’ve also just started using MailBuild and it looks just as impressive. Brian Qualls

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How 37signals Uses Campaign Monitor – an Interview with Jason Fried

For most of our readers, 37signals need no introduction. As long time Campaign Monitor customers (they were our 41st customer way back in 2004), I chatted with founder Jason Fried about how they use email to market their products, their recent switch from plain text to HTML emails and plenty more. 1. How do you see email as a marketing tool? Do you see it as a different audience than your blog readers, an extension, or something else? “An email can have such an impact. It’s like calling an old friend every few months to catch up.” There’s some crossover between our blog and newsletter, but there are a lot of people who subscribe to the newsletter that don’t read our blog. It’s easy to think everyone reads your blog, but most people are way too busy to be a regular reader. That’s why an email can have such an impact. It reaches interested people who aren’t paying attention all the time. It’s like calling an old friend every few months to catch up. 2. What motivated you to make the switch from plain text to HTML? A couple things. We wanted to track how many people were opening the email and clicking the links. Using simple design and color to call out more important parts of the newsletter. Even though we’re going HTML, it’s still mostly text. The color and simple styling really helps make the point without having to get too fancy. 3. Have you seen an improvement in the traffic to your site or received any feedback since the switch? We didn’t really track newsletter results before, but it definitely feels like we’re seeing great results. We usually include a coupon with the newsletters and we’re seeing a nice uptake. 4. You guys typically design for the browser, how did you find designing HTML emails? A pain in the ass, honestly. It’s like designing web sites that have to work on 10 different browsers. HTML email display in mail clients feels like the mid 90s. They have a long way to go to embrace modern standards. 5. How do you decide what to put in your newsletters? We usually go back through a month’s worth of blog posts and pick out the ones we thought were most interesting. The more comments the better. We also announce a couple recent new features in our products and often include a coupon for a few bucks off a product. We try not to make the newsletters too long, so brevity is considered. We also use a URL shortening tool (like TinyURL) to keep the URLs from wrapping. 6. Do you and your team subscribe to many email newsletters yourselves? I like Mark Hurst’s Good Experience newsletter (also sent with Campaign Monitor). I think that may be the only one I’m consciously subscribed to. Unfortunately I get a lot of other ones I don’t remember asking for ;) 7. Why did you choose to use an external service to send your newsletters? “We looked around and tried a few, but nothing held a candle to Campaign Monitor. It is truly elegant, useful, and valuable.” A long time ago we used to do this ourselves, but we didn’t really have a good way of managing the list. We could blast one out, but we didn’t really know who was on it, we couldn’t send multi-part emails, we couldn’t deal with bounces, etc. As our lists grew (we have over 100,000 on one product list) we needed something to manage this process. We looked around and tried a few, but nothing held a candle to Campaign Monitor. It is truly elegant, useful, and valuable. We’re proud to use it and thank you for creating it. Recent 37signals newsletters Not surprisingly, the 37signals newsletters are a great example of simple, effective HTML email design. Each issue is predominantly text and smart formatting through inline CSS make them a pleasure to read in every email client.

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