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Automating HTML email with FeedBlitz from an RSS feed

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Video: Automating HTML email with FeedBlitz from an RSS feed

This video shows how to use your web site or blog RSS feed with FeedBlitz to send your emails anytime your web site content is updated. Here is how it works. To automate email newsletter sending with FeedBlitz, we will follow these steps. First, we will call up an RSS feed URL and we will copy it. Then we will call it FeedBlitz, and we will create an automatic list newsletter. Then we will paste in the RSS feed URL to create an automatic mailing. Finally, we will pick their newsletter to get the email sign up form code and define other parts of the automated email.

Automating HTML email with FeedBlitz from an RSS feed

This video shows how to use your web site or blog RSS feed with FeedBlitz to send your emails anytime your web site content is updated. Here is how it works. To automate email newsletter sending with FeedBlitz, we will follow these steps. First, we will call up an RSS feed URL and we will copy it. Then we will call it FeedBlitz, and we will create an automatic list newsletter. Then we will paste in the RSS feed URL to create an automatic mailing. Finally, we will pick their newsletter to get the email sign up form code and define other parts of the automated email.

The first step is to click the Newsletter tab in FeedBlitz. Then click New Automated Mailing List on the Newsletter Mailings page. This opens a page that allows you to create a new automatic newsletter mailing. We click the Create Automatic Mailing button. Then we go to our blog. We have our RSS feed. We copy it. In this case, it's from WordPress. We paste it in here. Now, we set the time zone. Then click Create to create our new newsletter.

We're allowed to set our daily delivery schedule. You can set it nightly, on demand, or the fastest method possible. In addition, we can set it to for weekly and monthly. Click Next to save our delivery schedule options. Click Customize to begin the personalization process. The first personalization step in FeedBlitz is to set up the Email Template Builder. You can define whether not to have a logo, table of contents, and a page layout. Let's save the template. The next page allows you to set what they call an Email Envelope Settings.

These are the From Name and the Sending Address whenever someone wants to hit Reply to your email and wants to get in touch with you. In addition, we can set Advanced Subject Line Settings if you want to explore those. For now, we'll simply click Save Envelope to save these settings. The next page allows us to define the subscriber and lead data capture settings. We'll click Next and accept the default. You can always go back and change these settings.

The next page allows us to import subscribers. We'll check off, I don't have existing subscribers, and click Next. This page provides us with basic form code that we can use on our web site. You can copy/paste it into your web site and save it off as a text file. Click Continue to see the main page for our new newsletter feed. If we need to change settings, for example, click Settings and we can change Email Envelope Settings, the sender/reply-to addresses.

We can change our email design. We can change the confirmation email and a whole host of other settings. In addition, we can click Forms to customize our subscription form. These are the basic steps needed to send email automatically with FeedBlitz. Refer to their online help for more details.

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Effective HTML Email and Newsletters

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  1. 2m 25s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 24s
  2. 13m 12s
    1. Understanding differences between HTML email and web pages
      1m 21s
    2. Seeing how HTML email displays in different email programs
      3m 27s
    3. Finding Acid tests and compatibility checklists
      2m 35s
    4. Understanding MIME types: HTML vs plain text
      4m 3s
    5. Exploring the future of HTML email
      1m 46s
  3. 15m 12s
    1. Defining spam
      2m 6s
    2. Examining legal issues with permission-based email
      1m 33s
    3. Planning email campaigns
      1m 36s
    4. Creating content for email campaigns
      2m 34s
    5. Understanding design constraints of HTML email
      1m 53s
    6. Designing effective HTML email
      2m 5s
    7. Building email address lists
      3m 25s
  4. 7m 28s
    1. Choosing tools for coding HTML email
      1m 27s
    2. Coding email versus coding web pages
      1m 14s
    3. Preventing problems with email coding
      2m 49s
    4. Understanding the ideal coding process
      1m 58s
  5. 17m 27s
    1. Planning
      1m 8s
    2. Coding HTML tables
      4m 38s
    3. Adding content
      4m 49s
    4. Adding inline CSS
      6m 52s
  6. 10m 44s
    1. Planning
      43s
    2. Coding HTML tables
      2m 41s
    3. Adding content
      3m 39s
    4. Adding inline CSS
      3m 41s
  7. 13m 13s
    1. Planning
      1m 13s
    2. Coding HTML tables
      3m 4s
    3. Adding content
      2m 37s
    4. Adding images
      1m 9s
    5. Adding inline CSS
      5m 10s
  8. 7m 32s
    1. Designing a plain text email
      4m 49s
    2. Designing a plain text email from an HTML email
      2m 43s
  9. 20m 45s
    1. Automating HTML email creation
      2m 5s
    2. Automating HTML email by category
      1m 6s
    3. Automating HTML email with WordPress
      5m 32s
    4. Automating HTML email with ExpressionEngine
      4m 27s
    5. Automating HTML email with FeedBurner from an RSS feed
      4m 27s
    6. Automating HTML email with FeedBlitz from an RSS feed
      3m 8s
  10. 6m 42s
    1. Deciding when and how to test email
      3m 18s
    2. Using testing services
      3m 24s
  11. 13m 56s
    1. Outsourcing your email campaign
      56s
    2. Sending email with MailChimp
      2m 40s
    3. Sending email with Campaign Monitor
      1m 51s
    4. Sending email with Constant Contact
      2m 20s
    5. Sending email with iContact
      2m 9s
    6. Sending email with VerticalResponse
      1m 52s
    7. Sending email with canned templates
      2m 8s
  12. 14m 34s
    1. Solving layout and spacing problems
      2m 50s
    2. Solving image problems
      3m 12s
    3. Solving Gmail display problems
      2m 19s
    4. Solving Lotus Notes display problems
      1m 55s
    5. Solving Outlook 2007/2010 display problems
      2m 40s
    6. Adding video to email
      1m 38s
  13. 1m 36s
    1. Next steps
      1m 36s

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