Getting API List ID into campaign email


I'm trying to set up a situation where a link within a campaign email has both the recipient's email address and the API List ID they're a memeber of within it.

I know the content tag for their email is [emailaddress], but so far I've been unable to find any reference to their API List ID. Is there any way this can be dynamically added to the email when a campaign is sent out?

Stig Stig, 9 years ago

Hi adammoxley,
from what ypu write, I get the feeling you're dealing with severely large lists?

One way to solve this, is add a custom field to each list, where you set the API List ID for each subscriber in the list. This is obviously not an easily maintainable solution so here's another suggestion ;)

You could send the campaign once per list, and use a modified template for each. The main downside to this would be that the statistics would be split up.

So no, I don't think there's a good way to do this, right now.

I'm also not sure if there are any (security) reasons why you'd want to keep your List IDs secret, so I won't comment further on that :)


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adammoxley, 9 years ago

Cheers for the reply.

Maybe it'd be useful if I gave a bit more background. I'm trying to develop a surveying solution for a client using campaign monitor. I'll set up an external .net site that the campaign email links to.

This .net site will populate a couple of custom fields for each recipient which our client will then be able to export and review.

The problem is that they will want to repeat this process on a daily/weekly basis with differing clients, so will need to set up a new list each time they run the campaign so no duplicate emails are sent. So I was hoping this new list ID would be visible to the initial email so I can insert it into the web link to my application.


adammoxley, 9 years ago

Actually, another way around this - is it possible in the api to extract a subscriber's list ID if all you've got is their email address?

Stig Stig, 9 years ago

Hi Ad,
I'm not sure I understand entirely - but I don't think creating a new list every time will help you.

I'd probably look at segments to keep subscribers..well...segmented :) And maybe the suppression list to avoid sending to the same address repeatedly.

The API is still pretty limited, but there is a Client.GetLists method, if that helps you any?


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Jason Jason, 9 years ago

Hi Guys,

There is no way to include the ListID in the campaign in the way you set out, i.e. using the [] method.

However, we are shortly going to be releasing a GetSingleSubscriber method, which gets a subscribers details including name, email address and custom field data. We haven't spec'd it to return ListID, but do you and anyone else out there think it may be a good idea to return this as well?

bcollins, 9 years ago

Absolutely - returning a ListID would help us with our effort tremendously as well.

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