06 October, 2016
Filed under CiviMail, CiviCon


We received quite a lot of interest and feedback on our initial release. We're happy to announce that most of the requests have been resolved and the extension is ready for production use.

Some of the quality improvements / fixes that been made are:

  1. Duplicate your mosaico templates in one click.
  2. CIVICRM_MAIL_SMARTY flag is now supported with templates i.e you could now use smarty codes in templates, just like with any message templates.
  3. All Civi tokens now work as they would with civi message templates, including href tokens like {action.unsubscribeUrl}.
  4. Mosaico library updated to latest v0.15 - CSS Inlining, iPhone rendering issues, Tinymce fixes .. and many.
  5. Experimental feature : Import message templates into mosaico when CIVICRM_MOSAICO_IMPORT setting is...
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15 April, 2016
Filed under CiviMail, Extensions, Tips

Note: this post was edited August 17, 2017, to include pricing changes on Mailjet and Sparkpost.

CiviMail is a great way to send targeted email to your supporters using CiviCRM to segment recipients and populate token values. Meanwhile, email marketing services such as Mailchimp and Constant Contact provide sending infrastructure so you don't have to worry much as much about deliverability. By using CiviMail with an SMTP or email API service, CiviCRM users get the benefits of both.

One popular service is Mandrill, which is offered by Mailchimp. Hundreds of organizations use the extension that integrates it with CiviCRM. However, in late February, Mandrill users received an email about “some significant changes that will affect your Mandrill account”.

To summarize, Mailchimp is looking to shed users who are not using their core Mailchimp product. Mandrill users will have to sign up for a paid monthly Mailchimp plan, and the allowance of...

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07 April, 2016
Filed under v4.7, v4.6, v4.4, CiviMail, Extensions

The Mandrill email sending service, which a lot of CiviCRM sites were using as a cheap and reliable way to send emails, recently announced major changes in their operations and pricing structure that will certainly make it a lot less attractive to CiviCRM site owners.

But Sparkpost, another major email sending platform, stepped up to the plate in order to attract Mandrill customers and announced plans that include up to 100,000 free emails per month, which will be in effect for the life of the account. Clearly a very attactive offer, specifically as SparkPost is an email delivery service created by Message Systems, one of the leaders in (MTA) platforms designed for sending and receiving large volumes of...

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06 April, 2016
Filed under CiviEvent, CiviMail

There has been some discussion in my organisation around possibly streamling the process and improvement process in regards to CiviEvents and Inviting people to come to the event. 

The senario is this, We have end users who create events such as come to our Phonebanking evening. Yet there is no way through the event create / configuration process to then create an invite email or similar that could go to a target group. Say there is a group already created of people who have expressed an interest in phone banking. 

What we think would be a possible imporvement is that there is an additional screen or such created in the CiviEvent configuration, that would allow for an email to be sent to a specific group. using from emails etc from CiviMail. The receipients of said invite email would then be recorded to the event as "Invited" and differentiate from those that are comming who are recorded as "registered"

If people can comment below on if this is a reasonable...

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24 February, 2016
By Parvez
Filed under CiviMail, CiviDay

Well, ok, not quite but I’m hoping that anyone who’s used CiviMail and message templates in anger will relate to the need for change and how CiviMail can become an asset rather than the elephant in the room.

So let’s start at the beginning, Beatrice donates time to ACME Incorporated Chairty Arm also known as “Cheese For All”. She’s a marketing person and would really like to start putting together some engaging email content for Cheese For All, who made the right decision with both Beatrice and CiviCRM. She’s used Mailchimp in the past and has an expectation of what a mailing tool should allow her to do, so she walks in on Monday morning, ready to make a difference to Cheese for All, armed with her hot breakfast and a chocolate bar for the tough times. She quickly gets to grips with groups, the concept of mailing and gets stuck in, encouraged by the word “template” that's thrown around in CiviCRM. After digging around for 30 minutes, she soon realises that a...

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15 February, 2016
By bgm
Filed under CiviMail, Tips

On 9 February 2016, Gmail announced it would warn users when they receive e-mail that was not encrypted by the sender. After all, e-mail often includes personnal information, but has historically never been encrypted. A webmail might use https, an IMAP account is usually using encryption as well, but users do not have an easy way to know if the communication between two e-mail servers is encrypted. Gmail therefore introduced a small red open padlock in the e-mail header to warn users if the communication was not encrypted.

If you are affected by this change, contact your server hosting provider to make sure that their outbound SMTP e-mail server supports encryption. You can also use a commercial bulk e-mail...

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01 February, 2016
Filed under CiviMail

I was fairly new to the world of email design when I began designing the content for the monthly CiviCRM newsletter in the fall of 2014. Marisa Porter had already done the difficult work of volunteering over 80 hours to create a completely responsive email newsletter template. Read about that process here.

The monthly CiviCRM newsletter BEFORE its responsive redesign: 

 

After: 

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08 July, 2015
Filed under CiviMail

Many organizations use MailChimp, SendGrid or SocketLabs email integrations to ensure their emails are delivered with whitelisting and lower load on their servers. Switching to Mandrill can dramatically reduce the cost of these services.

Mandrill is a service provided by MailChimp that uses the same email delivery infrastructure as their well-known service designed for delivery to newsletter subscriber lists. Mandrill's pricing is based entirely on number of emails sent, rather than a combination of subscribers and email volume. 

One of our clients experienced strong subscriber growth, going from just under 50,000 emails sent a month to a bit under 300,000 emails eight months later. Counting how many contacts were in their various Mailing groups yielded just under 100,000 'subscribers'. This would cost approximately $449 with SocketLabs, $475 with MailChimp, and...

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24 May, 2015

When preparing an email newsletter, one part of it that is time consuming is gathering together all the content that is needed. In my experience, virtually all the content already exists elsewhere, such as in the local CMS, in CiviCRM, or on a blog, or some other online source.    So I was thinking how can I make this process easier.  What I did: I created mail merge tokens for CiviCRM that autofill a list of recent blog posts, stories, or any other type or category of CMS content.  So the end-user sees a list of tokens, one for each content type, each term/category, each aggregator feed,  and for each date range. Such as "Content of type 'blog' created in the last 7 days" .  What is particulary powerful about this approach, is that if you are also using a CMS aggregator (such as the aggregator module in Drupal core) then virually any external RSS feed is turned into CMS content, which is now available as a CiviCRM token. (The original blog post about this extension is at:...

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09 January, 2015
By totten

If you've been following the CiviCRM blog, you probably noticed the reports from Google Summer of Code 2014: Siddhant Rajagopalan built a new CiviMail composition screen, and Aditya Nambiar built an A/B testing system. In late 2014, the core team extended this work (revising architecture, adding missing features, and fixing bugs), and 4.6.alpha1 is the first downloadable release to include the refreshed CiviMail. I want to give a quick tour of some of the UI's and changes.

Layouts

CiviMail is a powerful tool with a lot of options. Of course, options come at a cost -- they increase complexity and make an application harder to use. In designing the revised CiviMail UI, we want a...

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