Do you love your new MailChimp signup form?
In our last lesson we talked about how to design your signup form. This is the form your subscribers will see when you send them to your unique email list URL (which we talked about in a previous lesson.)
Now it’s time to design your other forms. These are actually MailChimp confirmation emails that will get subscribers onto your list.
When a subscribers signs up for your email list, they will be sent several emails to confirm their subscription. One thanks them for signing up and let’s them know a confirmation email is coming. The next email asks them to confirm their subscription. The final email is the “thank you” email for joining your list. It’s also a special email that we’ll talk about a bit later.
Your job right now is to get signed in to your MailChimp account and over to your signup forms homepage. Here’s a short video if you don’t remember how to do that.
Congratulations! You made it.
After you have created your initial signup form, the styling you have used will carry over onto all of your other forms. You won’t need to recreate any of the color, header, or fonts. This is great news.
What you will need to create is some original text. Remember, you have access to the Build It, Design It & Translate It tabs for any form you edit. You can make all the changes you want BUT any changes you make to the background, header, or font will be applied to every form associated with your list.
First, let’s look at which forms you need to be concerned with as a beginner who is mastering MailChimp.
When you click the gray bar in the Create Forms section of your list you will see a dropdown menu with a lot of choices. Don’t worry. You don’t need to touch 75 percent of these forms. As a beginner, we are going to focus on the top six forms.
Yes, I know there are seven forms in the Subscribe section, but we only need to use six of them. We completed the first one in our last lesson. Now, we’ll move on to the final five forms.
1. Signup with alerts
Click on Signup form with alerts. Scroll down to see what your form will look like if a subscriber fails to enter data into required fields. You can change the color of the alert in DESIGN IT – FORMS – REQUIRED.
Changing the color should be all you need to do on this form.
2. Signup “thank you” page
This is a page you can personalize. Change the colors of the font, if you wish, add a personal message to thank subscribers for signing up. Just don’t touch the merge tags on this page. These are very important to get the right people to the right list.
Subscribers will get an email with this form after they have signed up, but before they have confirmed their subscription.
Feel free to leave this as is if you do not wish to mess with it.
3. Opt-in confirmation email
This is the email that seals the deal. When a subscriber clicks on the “Yes, subscribe me to the list” button they will be added to your list.
For beginners, I recommend leaving this page as-is. You may want to change the color or style of the font to match your branding, but leave the wording as it appears.
4. Opt-in confirmation CAPTCHA
This screen is optional. If you have chosen to require CAPTCHA for your subscribers, they will receive this email. If you have not chosen this option they will never see this.
You can select this option from the Signup Form (first option on the gray dropdown menu.)
5. Confirmation “thank you” page
This is where your MailChimp confirmation emails become useful to your readers. This is where you introduce them to all the great posts, products, services, and insights your blog has to offer.
There are two options for sending out the confirmation “thank you.”
Option 1: Customize the MailChimp form
Create a message for your new subscribers to welcome them to your blog. Give them access to your freebie (we’ll be talking about this soon), direct them to your start-here page, invite them to follow you on social media, and let them know you are glad to have them on your list.
The edit box is easy to use. You can change the color of your fonts, make fonts larger or smaller, add graphics, and create links to your blog and social media accounts.Use MailChimp confirmation emails to direct new subscribers to your best content. Show them exactly what you want them to do next.Click To Tweet
Your goal with this option is to make this email extremely helpful. Tell your subscribers exactly where you want them to go. Thisis your one chance to get more followers on social media and pageviews on your blog.
Option 2: Create a thank you page on your blog
For your main email list, this is the best option. You can create a welcome page on your blog to get new subscribers right to your site. Like the option above you should direct them to posts and information you want them to see, as well as to your social media accounts. Like before, you can offer them your freebie and direct them around your site.
This option is more beneficial than the MailChimp form because it gets you a pageview every time. By directing new subscribers to the URL for your welcome page they will count as a visitor to your site. Ding ding! This is a win for you.
When you create your welcome page you paste the URL of that page into the box right below the design tabs. Be sure to save it.
This URL will be private and only available to new subscribers as long as you do not add it to your menu. No one knows it exists except you. Pretty stealth, eh?
If you don’t have a welcome page designed on your blog yet, use the MailChimp form. It’s a perfect temporary fix until you get the page on your blog designed. As soon as you finish your blog welcome page, go back into MailChimp and enter the URL in the appropriate box. MailChimp will begin to direct subscribers to your blog.
There you have all the forms you need to get started building your list on MailChimp. Spend some time designing your forms so they reflect your style and your blog. Branded forms create a professional look and convey to readers you know what you are doing.