MailChimp for Free: Build Email Mailing Lists +Squeeze Pages
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MailChimp for Free: Build Email Mailing Lists +Squeeze Pages

Use the MailChimp free email list service to maintain mailing lists & mount email campaigns; includes squeeze pages.
4.2 (80 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
8,188 students enrolled
Created by Brian Jackson
Last updated 12/2015
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create a Mail Chimp account, build your first mailing list, and mount your first email campaign.
  • Learn simple ways to advertise your mailing list.
  • Recieve guidance on building a business around your mailing lists.
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Mailing Lists, Newsletters, and Users… Oh My

MailChimp is a free mailing list maintenance system that also provides a web based interface to creating professional looking emails to be sent to those lists. This course guides you through the use of Mailchimp from defining a simple mailing list to creating and sending your first email.

See How to Increase Your Business Through Targeted Email Campaigns

This course is primarily focused on teaching you how to use the Mailchimp web based interface to create, maintain, and analyze your mailing lists and email campaigns. However, it also provides important insight into what to include in your newsletters and how to establish personal relationships with your most important customers.

Let Me Be Your Guide…

Mailchimp is pretty easy to use, but you still might appreciate a guiding hand as you begin to use the tool to build your business in exciting new directions.

Note: If you're serious about email marketing, you might want to consider Get Response or some other mailing list service as MailChimp has a reputation to being unfriendly to internet marketers. One student mentioned difficulties that arise from including affiliate links in your emails. MailChimp is still appropriate for less aggressive business mail.

Who is the target audience?
  • People who need to produce a newsletter or are interested in using email for marketing.
  • People who would like to expand their online business presence to include email promotion.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 26 Lectures Collapse All 26 Lectures 02:28:43
Introduction to the Course
3 Lectures 12:07

An overview of the course which explains why to have a mailing list, why to use mail chimp, and the minimal course requirements which everyone should be able to meet (i.e. a browser and an email account).

Preview 05:27

In this quick introduction I provide a single slide overview of how Mail Chimp works so can better evaluate whether you'd like to use it or not and better understand the construction of the course.

Preview 03:27

Through trial and tribulation we're eventually able to show how to create a brand new Mail Chimp account. You must create an account on the Mail Chimp website before they will allow you to build and maintain mailing lists.

Preview 03:13
Building a Mailing List
5 Lectures 23:58

Together we create our first mailing list and go on to add a subscriber and configure the list.

Creating a List

A short aside on how to import an existing mailing list into Mail Chimp.

Importing a List

How to configure a web based subscription interface to Mail Chimp using the web based configuration tool. Simply embed the URL to begin gathering subscribers to your mailing list.

Subscription Web Interface

This is an addendum to the original course to address a change in Mailchimp's default form display. You now need to perform these steps to display required field information on your form.

Enabling Required Field Display

A short discussion of the simplest and easiest to implement promotion strategies to get people to subscribe to your mailing list.

Promoting Your Mailing List
Mounting an Email Campaign
6 Lectures 30:30

In this initial lecture we begin to create an email template that we will use to send all email to our list. An email template should contain common setting that you want to appear in all emails.

Creating a Template Pt. 1

In this lecture we finish, preview, and save our template.

Creating a Template Pt. 2

In this lecture we use the template we saved in the previous lecture to begin construction of an email campaign. An email campaign is simply an HTML formatted email sent to a mailing list.

Creating an Email Campaign Pt. 1

In this lecture we finish our email by adding social media links and previewing it in preparation for sending it to our email list.

Creating an Email Campaign Pt. 2

In this lecture we complete our first email campaign by sending the email we previously formatted to our mailing list.

Sending Your First Email

Although this section begins with lectures describing the creation and use of templates, the use of templates is actually optional. Instead, you may choose to simply replicate the previous month's newsletter to begin a new one as shown in this quick lecture.

Why Templates Are Optional
Managing Your Mailing Lists & Campaigns
4 Lectures 16:17

In this lecture we take our first look at the Mail Chimp open, click, and user reports to gauge the effectiveness of our email campaign.

Open, Click, and User Reports

In this lecture we learn how to focus our email campaigns toward particular members of our lists. We witness two applications of this feature in targeting the most active customers and targeting users who subscribed after the last email campaign for a resend.

Creating List Segments

What information to follow and what to do with it when it comes to refining your email campaigns to a fine pollish.

Fine Tuning Your Campaigns

An quick overview of what you get with a Mail Chimp paid subscription.

Mail Chimp Subscriptions
Continuing Education
1 Lecture 05:28

In this lecture I demonstrate how to add a MailChimp sign up form to a Wordpress website.

Adding a MailChimp Sign Up Form to a Wordpress Website
2 Lectures 07:24

Looking back I found at least two things that I failed to cover well: 1) I show you the newsletter signup form in action for my wife's newsletter, 2) I point out how much online help there is available for you to learn Mail Chimp.

Odds and Ends

Some final words of guidance and encouragement.

What now...
Bonus: Creating Mailing List Signup Squeeze Pages
5 Lectures 52:59

A demonstration of the double opt in mailing list process showing sign up, sign up thank you and confirmation thank you squeeze pages.

Sample Mailing List Sign Up Squeeze Pages

A demonstration of using a $19 Wordpress plugin named FunnelKit Go to create squeeze pages.

Using FunnelKit Go to Create a Squeeze Page

Add an Opt-in Form to Your Squeeze Page

In this lecture I demonstrate how to configure MailChimp to use your newly created squeeze pages.

Configuring MailChimp to Use Your Squeeze Pages

In this lecture I show how to market your mailing list using free stuff and the right balance of information and sales.

How to Sell Your Mailing List: Free Stuff and the 80/20 Rule
About the Instructor
Brian Jackson
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30 Courses
Author/Publisher 30 Courses, 2250+ Reviews, 48,000+ Students

Born in Los Angeles, California, in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.

Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I’ve published well over 100 books in paperback and eBook formats. Oddly enough this includes eBooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I’ve also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon and Audible. Finally, I spend a portion of my time maintaining both my website and my wife’s website, which was developed using WordPress.

My latest endeavor, begun in July of 2014, is to record training courses for distribution via Udemy. My goal is to provide low cost high quality screen cast based educational material focusing on my area of expertise; namely, self-publishing and book cover design using the GIMP. As time permits, I plan to expand my catalog to cover Web page development and Udemy course preparation.

I currently live in the beautiful California wine country with my wife, published author Melanie Jackson, and Butterscotch the cat.