AWeber lets you manually add up to 10 contacts—subscribers—via a form. Each record collects the name of the person, email address, ad-tracking value, and the name of the initial email message the person will receive. This can turn into a long and tedious exercise for a long list of names. The import tool is a better choice, as it has a textbox to cut and paste an entire comma-delimited list of email addresses. You can also upload a spreadsheet (XLS and XLSX), text file (CSV, TSV, and TXT). Unlike Campaigner, MailChimp, and GetResponse, AWeber doesn't have Gmail or third-party integration for pulling contacts, which is disappointing. You can, however, export the Gmail contacts to a CSV file and use the import tool.
George: Now Tom, on this next question … And, by the way, folks, I just want you to realize the word legacy, like some of you have email service providers that started like, almost yesterday, which is probably not a good idea. Having somebody that knows what they’re doing is a good piece on this but, let’s dive a little deeper than the 50,000 foot view, and Tom, if I’m a consumer, and I know I should be doing this email marketing, there’s some people who watch us that are already doing like mass email marketing, but talk me through – How does AWeber work?
Importing or in any way using purchased leads with an AWeber account is strictly prohibited. If you paid money or in any way purchased a group of pre-existing leads these may not be used with AWeber. This includes co-registration services, "safe lists" or any type of free leads given to you. Only people that have specifically requested information directly from you may be emailed through AWeber.
By default, each AWeber follow up email is configured to go out one day after the previous one. You can tweak these setting to something more reasonable, such as a weekly email blast. In addition, you can also configure a specific ‘send window’ for your messages by clicking the Edit button. Using these settings, you can disable specific days so they don’t count – Sundays, for example – and you can indicate a window of time for your messages to go out. Some windows of time are better than others to maximize your open rates, so do a bit of research and set yours accordingly:
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AWeber treats emails a little differently from other services. There are different processes for creating Follow-up Series, which are essentially the auto-responders mentioned above, Broadcast messages, and Blog Broadcasts. Follow-up emails are sent automatically every time a new user is added, and Broadcast messages are one-time messages, such as newsletters. Blog Broadcast grabs posts from a blog and compiles them into a newsletter form. You can also create your own mail templates using the Email Template Manager, where you can customize existing templates or write your own using AWeber's API.
By now, you already have a working autoresponder set up using AWeber. The final step is add more entries to your follow up series. Return to Messages > Legacy Follow Up Series on your dashboard, and click the Create a Message button again. Now, repeat the process from step number two until your email is ready to go. When adding it to your existing series, you’ll get the option to schedule when it should be delivered:
Now obviously you want more than one e-mail and your autoresponder sequence and in my experience, the easiest way to add them as not to click create another follow-up, it’s just a copy the one that you already have. Okay, so just click copy and this will copy this template that you already set up for your next e-mail. Okay and this actually obviously copies the exact e-mail so you want to change the subject line. So three mistakes cake bakers make. Something like that, whatever your autoresponder happens to be about and then he added your content just like you would.
Tom: Yeah, totally. So, I host our podcast so, I’m so used to giving this pitch, over and over again. But, I like to basically start by saying, “AWeber is an email service provider, first and foremost. We were founded in 1998, so I think that’s kind of important, the legacy behind it. In addition to providing the best in class email automation email marketing toolset, we also really pride ourselves in delivering award-winning customer service, some of the best educational resources to help you be a better email marketer.”
Autoresponders are e-newsletters that are sent to your mailing list subscribers at pre-defined intervals – for example, you can set them up so that straight after somebody signs up to your list, they receive a welcome or ‘onboarding’ message from your business; a week later they could receive a promo code for specific products; two weeks later they could receive an encouragement to follow you on social media. And so on!
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