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iContact Introduction, Video Tutorials, & Features

One of the reasons we chose iContact was for it ease of use, robust features, and reasonable pricing. We will try to make things even easier on you by giving you step-by-step instructions on how to send your custom enewsletter template, customize some settings in your account, and/or use other features available to you. Below is all you need to know and more:

How to send a custom enewsletter/email that Evolv setup and installed for you:

  1. Login to iContact.com and go to Email > Messages.
  2. Scroll down page to your list of messages where you will find your template setup and labeled “Template:” by Evolv.
  3. Copy it to create your first message (always use copy, do not edit or delete)
    My Messages page screenshot
  4. View the video tutorial on how to send out your message (this video will start at 1:28 to skip the MessageBuilder portion): Watch the video
  5. We recommend doing the spam test to make sure you aren’t using “spammy” words in your email and sending yourself a test message before sending to your Lists.

How to setup Welcome Message and/or add contacts

  1. Go to Contacts > Lists.
  2. Next to your List name, click on Add Welcome Message link or Add link to add contacts/subscribers. My Lists screenshotThe Welcome Message will be sent automatically according to the settings you choose in the following screen when setting up the message: welcome message settings
    We recommend setting up an email address at your domain to use for your account i.e. newsletter@yourdomain.com (that forwards to your normal email address) and adding a note like the one below to this Welcome Message.
    Please add our email address ‘newsletter@domainname.com’ to your address book or whitelist to ensure receipt of our enewsletter.

How to setup Confirmation Messages for double opt-in forms

By default, forms are setup as single opt-in meaning they get added to your list automatically when submitting signup form. If you chose double opt-in then your subscribers must confirm their subscription via email before being signed up for the list and you will need to edit your Confirmation Message. Double opt-in is a double measure to ensure that your subscribers meant to signup for your communications but it can also get caught in their spam folder and they will never be subscribed. After someone confirms their subscription, the Welcome message will be sent (if you set one up). Just realize these are two separate emails with two different purposes.

  1. Login to iContact and go to Contacts > Sign-up Forms.
  2. You will see the name of the signup form that was set up for you down below on the page.
  3. Under the Confirmation Message column, click on the Add Message link. If there is a confirmation message already setup, then click on it to edit. iContact sign-up form screenshot
    We recommend setting up an email address at your domain to use for your account i.e. newsletter@yourdomain.com (that forwards to your normal email address) and adding a note like the one below to this Confirmation Message.
    Please add our email address ‘newsletter@domainname.com’ to your address book or whitelist to ensure receipt of our enewsletter.

More iContact features or options

  • Email marketing campaigns
  • Custom fields for your forms
  • List Segments
  • Contact lists
  • Email autoresponders to send out emails on a specific schedule
  • Surveys
  • Social Media functionality
  • Viewing your results/reports
  • Integrating iContact with SalesForce or iPhone

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