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Sending the First E-mail to Your iContact contacts April 28, 2009

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For those of you who expected to read a blog on writing, I am currently reviewing a service that helps one to keep track of all clients, send out newsletters, and update people on one’s writing life/new novels, etc. With that in mind . . .
Finally!! My first message has been sent. Here’s how I got from an F to an A in my efforts to master the iContact world.

I needed to talk to someone in support. iContact has three ways to get one-on-one help:
-chat window

I opted for the chat window, because it was easier to ask someone to hold on (while I tried what they recommended) than if they were on the phone. I got a guy called Michael, who wrote to me in good old English rather than with copied and pasted blocks of text. It made me feel like a human. 🙂

Basically, Michael told me that if I wanted people to sign something to say that they knew me, I should have done that when I added their names to my list. I did NOT want to go through that again, depsite the ease of the process.

He directed me back to my welcome message that I had already made (via the create tab), and I was able to add in a paragraph that asked readers to e-mail me back letting me know how I knew them. There are two sections on the create page—the first one for HTML and the second one for text. I hit copy on the first one, and it automatically copied the message into the text box.

I was then able to send myself a test message to make sure that I had not embarrassed myself and the Republic of Ireland (or Texas;)), before I hit the send button. All was well.

Within about two minutes, I got an e-mail from iContact to let me know that the e-mail had been sent, along with a link to information about the results. As I am, primarily, a visual reader and learner, the info. delighted me. For those who prefer text alone, it also had a text list of message statistics.

Results so far

Results so far

To top off the excellent service, iContact also e-mailed me my message again, along with a copy of my online help conversation.

I am bowled over—I never expected to feel this good about getting more organized, and I believe that the service I got from iContact has helped a lot with my attitude.

Aside from all of this, iContact is not paying me for the tryout of their service, so this is a guaranteed Irish/Texan unbiased review. I hope it helped.

Here’s the ad for iContact:

Easily Create, Send, and Track Email Newsletters, RSS Feeds, Autoresponders, and Surveys!

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Surveying provides you, the marketer a platform to collect data from your customers and
iContact provides you with the real-time results of your data.

RSS Feeds are the latest direct online communication tool. Your customers will immediately receive your most recent messages when they sign up for you RSS feed. iContact is a leading on-demand email marketing service. iContact allows organizations of all sizes to easily create, send, and track email newsletters, RSS feeds, blogs, surveys, and autoresponders.

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Standard Features
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Here are some example templates.

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