I thought I was the only one who didn’t know.
For over two years I have been sending out email newsletters to individuals and churches who support our missionary work. But, I did it in the most inefficient way.
Here is my old procedure for sending large group emails:
- Hand out a piece of paper and have people write down their contact information.
- I would then enter it into my windows contacts program associated with Windows Mail.
- Next, I would break the list into groups of 25 (limit imposed by Windows Mail).
- Send out the newsletter to eight different mailing list groups.
- Go through all the change my email address requests and ‘mail undeliverable’ errors.
- Hope that I didn’t have to go through the process again.
I thought I was the only one who didn’t know about email services until just this week a friend said he had no idea. I decided that this information is worthy of a post.
Easy, Efficient Ways To Send Emails to Groups: MailChimp, Aweber, and Constant Contact
In my research, two mail services continued to surface as industry leaders – MailChimp and Aweber.
The Advantages of Aweber and MailChimp:
- Individuals help maintain the list by subscribing, unsubscribing, and updating email addresses.
- Easy to customize email templates.
- Simple, hassle free emailing to recipients.
- Easy to set up subscribe forms or links to email to current subscribers.
- Ability to upload current subscriber list (users may need to confirm their email address).
Both MailChimp and Aweber Are Recommended For …
- Church email communication lists
- Missionary report emails
- Non-profit emailing lists
- Frequent personal group emails
Pricing Comparison Between MailChimp and Aweber
* Limit of 3,000 emails per month with MailChimp.
** Both plans offer services beyond 10,000 subscribers, but I figured if you are emailing more than 10,000 people, you already know about all this stuff.
Because of the free service for under 500 subscribers, I am currently using MailChimp. However, if I were emailing over 500 people I would likely use the Aweber service as it has a much better affiliate program.
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There are also discounts for non-profits and charities.
If you are still maintaining your own mailing list and sending out mass emails to people or groups, I highly recommend you check out these mail services.
Are you receiving emails from a missionary or non-profit? Why not ask them if they are using a mail service? It will save them a lot of time and hassle so they can focus on more important things associated with their work.