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Update: Keeping Your Subscribe Forms up to Date

We’ve been noticing a few customer subscribe forms haven’t been behaving as intended of late. On further investigation we realized that they had changed their subscriber list custom fields and not reflected that change in their subscribe form. It’s an easy mistake to make that’s for sure, and we’ve all got enough to remember as it is. From today, every time you make a change to your custom fields and it affects your subscribe form, we’ll let you know and provide the new subscribe code to drop straight into your page. Remembering sucks.

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Update: Recommended Width for Text Emails

Based on Mark Brownlow’s recommendations for formatting plain text emails, we have added a recommended width background to the textarea you guys use to enter the text content for each campaign. This makes it much easier to keep each line under the recommended 65 characters, ensuring your newsletter is easy to read in the majority of email environments. Unfortunately background images for form elements are not supported in Safari, but it has been tested successfully in Firefox, IE and Opera on the PC and Firefox on the Mac.

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Update: Importing an Email with Dynamic Images

We’ve just implemented a change that will allow you to include dynamic images in your email campaigns. Huh?? Glad you asked. Basically, some Content Management Systems (CMS’s) and Ad serving applications reference image sources to a dynamic web page as opposed to an image file. For example: <img src="http://www.adserver.com/display.php?ad_id=233"> One of our customers pointed out that this was breaking a few of their images when importing. At first we modified the code to grab the dynamic image and store it locally, but then we realized that if your dynamic images are being tracked through an Ad server or similar technology, it would be better if they stayed on the server. So in the end we decided that all dynamic images will be fully referenced to your server. Whad’ya think? Prefer it to act differently? Let us know in the comments. Oh yeah, we sneaked in a little bug fix as well. In some circumstances the bounce reports wouldn’t show the email address of the bounce recipient. That one’s been squashed!

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New Feature: Create an Unsubscribe Form

We’ve had quite a few requests for the ability to add an unsubscribe form to your own or a client’s site. We’re listening. As of today, just copy and paste the supplied HTML into your site and you’re done. When a subscriber completes this form, they will be instantly removed from that subscriber list. You can even specify a page they should be redirected to so you can display your own confirmation message. You can find the unsubscribe form HTML code in ‘Unsubscribe Settings’, when viewing a subscriber list in your account.

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New Feature: Forward to a Friend

Today we have launched the much requested ability to easily add forward to a friend links to your campaigns. These links encourage your recipients to pass your campaign along to other friends and colleagues. When a recipient clicks your forward to a friend link, they are taken to a simple page where they can specify the names and email addresses of up to 5 friends at a time to send your campaign to. This page is non-branded and located at our forwardtomyfriend.com domain. The best part is, you can track how many people are forwarding your campaign and who they’re forwarding it to from your campaign reports. How to do it? Adding a forward to a friend link is as simple as adding the following tag to the content of your campaign: HTML emails <forwardtoafriend>your link text or image here</forwardtoafriend> Text emails [forwardtoafriend] When your campaign is sent, these links will automatically be converted into a custom forward to a friend link when you import your campaign content. How do I measure these forwards? If you send a campaign with a forward to a friend link, a Forward to a Friend Activity Report is available in your campaign reports. This report, picture below, lists all the recipients that forwarded your email, as well as who they forwarded it to. Please note that this report will only be available after a recipient forwards your campaign.

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New Feature: Text-Only Support

You asked for it, so here it is. Campaign Monitor now allows you to send your campaigns in 3 different formats, including: HTML only (just like before)Allows you to use HTML formatting and images in your campaign. Any recipients using a text-only email client will receive a link to the HTML version on the web. Provides the most detailed reporting on open rates and link clicks. HTML and plain textBy providing both a HTML and plain text version, Campaign Monitor can automatically detect what your recipient’s email client supports and display the correct version. Only limited reporting on open rates and link clicks will be available. Plain text only Plain text ensures that your message will be viewable by all recipients and also reduces the chance of your campaign being accidentally identified as spam. No reporting on open rates or link clicks will be available. To coincide with the release of this much requested feature, we have also added an article on avoiding the common problems you can face when sending plain-text emails. If you’re sending in plain text, we recommend you check it out.

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New feature: Edit and Resend a Campaign

Turns out a lot of customers were resending very similar campaigns to different recipients. Our old approach meant you had to go through the create/send process each time. Not any more. With a single click you can make a copy of a sent campaign in your drafts, make any changes and resend it. This feature is particularly useful for those customers sending the same campaign over and over with different sender details and/or recipients.

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Keeping Our Mac Customers Happy – Tab Delimited Files

We made our Mac customers even happier today by extending the Export Subscribers feature to include the Mac friendly tab delimited format. When exporting any of your Campaign Monitor Subscriber Lists, you now have the option of either a CSV (Comma Separated Values) file or a tab delimited file. You can also select which fields in your subscriber list you’d like to include in the export. This update also included a whole range of behind the scenes improvements that should make it easier to browse your campaign reports and send test campaigns. There have also been a number of great features requested over the past few weeks. We’re listening, so stay tuned for some exciting new updates to Campaign Monitor.

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