What is MailChimp?
MailChimp is a simple email marketing software (EMS) which allows you to create newsletters of varying types and then provides simple options for sharing them on social networks such as Twitter or Facebook, making it your own personal platform for publishing your newsletter. Build a list of the people whom you want to market your products to, and save the list for use later on, and create custom templates for your products so that you do not have to rewrite mails again and again.
Why should I use Email Marketing Software like MailChimp?
Email marketing is a surprisingly difficult task to do well, and also very hard to do legally. There are a lot of laws in place to prevent SPAM and also systems in place to trap junk email. Getting a high delivery rate and abiding by the law isn't as simple as it sounds. MailChimp includes an unsubscribe link on all of your emails and has a compliance team to help make sure your email campaigns are legal. They also have a very sophisticated delivery system to ensure your emails actually get to your recipients.
Also, how do you know if your email campaigns are worth the effort if you can't track the results? MailChimp has some great analytics available so you can measure the performance and improve your marketing campaigns. They also have some pretty nice templates too so you can have great looking emails even if you aren't a designer.
What does connecting SOAP Vault to MailChimp do?
Once you have integrated MailChimp, SOAP Vault will update your MailChimp account with all of your patients names and email addresses. SOAP Vault will also constantly update MailChimp every-time you add a new patient or make a change to an existing one. SOAP Vault will make sure your MailChimp account always has a complete and up to date list of your patients so that you can send newsletters or campaigns out at any time with minimal effort.
What will it cost?
At the time of writing this, MailChimp has a free account that allows you up to 2,000 patients, and up to 12,000 emails p/month (only patients with email addresses will count). If you go above these limits then you will need to go on a paid plan with MailChimp.
How to setup the SOAP Vault and MailChimp integration:
- Sign up for a MailChimp account if you don't already have one.
- Once you've logged into your MailChimp account, click Lists.
- Click Create List.
- Fill in the form.
- Click Save.
- From your new List page, under the Settings click List name and defaults.
- Obtain your List ID, you will need this later.
- In the top right corner, click your name, then Account.
- Click Extras then click API Keys
- Under API Keys click Create a Key
- Copy the API Key, it should look something like this fi34ufh430fin34g093jg304rgh3ws22. (Do not use this one, it is invalid.)
- Login to SOAP Vault as the Admin.
- Click Settings.
- Click MailChimp
- Put in your API key from step 11, and enter your List ID from step 7.
- Click Save.
- And that's it! It may take a few minutes for MailChimp to initially load your patients.
A few other things to know.
- If you would like to remove the integration, you can enter a blank MailChimp API key and blank MailChimp List Name, and click Save.
- Follow these steps to unsubscribe people.
MailChimp has a ton of great features, we're happy to provide you with this integration!