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How to Attach a File to a Constant Contact Newsletter

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With Digioh and Constant Contact, you can make your email newsletters more dynamic and increase open-rates by featuring great downloadable content.  It’s simple to do- just follow these steps.

Step 1: Create a Digioh account and connect it to Constant Contact

Sign up to Digioh for free, and connect your Constant Contact account.

Link Digioh to ConstantContact

Step 2: Upload your file and set the security level

Use the red Select a File button to choose the file (up to 2 GB) you want to upload. Under Security Options you’ll be able to set the security level for the file.  The security level tells Digioh what to do when someone who is not on your list tries to access your file.

Upload file and set security level

With List Grower Security, if a person is not on your list, it will ask them to sign up in order to download the file.
With Membership Security, only those already subscribed to your list are allowed access.

Learn more about Expiration Options and Download Tracking.

Step 3: Customize your download page

Add your logo and customize your download page for a branded, professional look.

Customize your Digioh download page

Save your changes and move to the next page.  Here you’ll be given the download link to copy and paste into your Constant Contact newsletter. Notice the email merge field is included at the end of the link.  This allows Digioh to track which subscribers are most engaged and are downloading your files.

Digioh Download Link for Constant Contact

Step 4: Paste your Digioh download link in your Constant Contact newsletter

In Constant Contact, create an email for your newsletter.  Go to Email then Create.

Create an email in Constant Contact

Choose a template or start from scratch.  In the editor, compose your newsletter and insert your Digioh download link.  To create a hyperlink, just highlight the words you want to be linked, then click on the link icon.

Insert the Digioh download link in the  editor

Paste the link in the Link URL field

When you are finished composing your newsletter, save it and follow the steps to send it out to your subscribers.  Remember to preview, test, and save often!

Sending out downloadable content is a great way to reward your existing subscribers, but you can also use it to incentivize new sign ups, too. Check out our How To article on sending a file right after someone subscribes to your list using Constant Contact’s welcome email.

How To Send a Secure File after Someone Signs Up on your Constant Contact Form

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If you run a website and do much of your marketing through email, a popular way to gain more subscribers to your mailing list is to offer a special incentive for signing up, such as access to a free ebook or magazine. You can now easily send your subscribers a download link to your document immediately after they sign up with your Constant Contact form. Follow the steps below to learn how.

Step 1: Create an email list and sign-up form in Constant Contact

The first thing you’ll need to do before creating your sign-up form is to have an email list that the form will feed into. If you don’t already have an email list set up, you can easily create a new one.  Just login to Constant Contact, navigate to Contacts in the menu bar, then, on the left side of the page, clicking the + sign next to Email Lists.Create New Email List in ConstantContact After naming your new list, return to the Home page, then click on Sign-Up Tools on the right side of the screen.  Now, you can either click on the existing Sign-Up Form to edit it, or you can Create a Sign-Up Form. Edit or Create a New Constant Contact Sign-Up Form

Enter your form’s title and description, then select the list you want people to sign up for. Follow the remaining steps and save your form.  You’ll be returned to the Sign-Up Tools page. On the right side of the page there are two important icons: the magnifying glass allows you to Preview your form and the link icon will let you either copy the URL for your form page or create a sign-up button to embed on your website. Preview and Get Link for Constant Contact Sign-Up FormIf you want to embed the form itself to your website, you’ll need to add an extension to Constant Contact (see Formstack or WordPress Plugin for Constant Contact).

Step 2: Create a download link to your file with Digioh

Now that you’ve set up your form, you’ll need to set up your document.  First, sign up for Digioh, a service that allows you to send, track, and protect files for your Constant Contact subscribers. Once you have a Digioh account, connect it to your Constant Contact account and Add a File.

Link Digioh to Constant Contact Under Security Options, you’ll see a few choices: List Grower Security (a person can sign up to view the document), Membership Security (the person must already be on your list to view it), or No Security.  Since we want sign ups in this case, choose your list from List Grower Security.  This way, if anyone forwards the link to your document, they’ll be prompted to join your list. List Grower Security After setting your options, move on to the next page.  Your document will upload and you’ll receive the download link to copy/paste in your Constant Contact welcome email. Digioh Download Link for Constant Contact

Step 3: Paste your Digioh download link in your Constant Contact welcome email

With your download link in hand, go to Emails, then Autoresponders.  Before we move further, there are a few important things to know about the difference between the welcome email and autoresponders.

The welcome email is sent immediately after someone signs up, but it is not list-specific.  This isn’t an issue if you have only one list or can craft a welcome message that could apply to all of your lists, but if that’s not an option, you may consider using an autoresponder instead. The autoresponder is list-specific and much easier to compose (WYSIWYG editor) than the welcome email, but the downside is that the earliest it can be sent is one day after your subscriber signs up.

Since we want to send the download link to subscribers right away, go ahead and click on Welcome Email.

Edit the Constant Contact welcome email

Use the links on the left to edit the various sections of your welcome email.  In one of the paragraphs you’ll want to insert your Digioh download link.

Constant Contact Welcome Email editing screenNormally you can insert or hyperlink to your download using a WYSIWYG editor when composing emails within the site, but the welcome email editor operates a bit differently, so we’ll have to make one small adjustment to your link.  When you paste your download link, replace $SUBSCRIBER.EMAIL$ with <Property name=”SUBSCRIBER.EMAIL”/>.

Adjust the linkNow save the email and be sure to activate the changes.  You can get to the activation by going through each step (recommended) or by clicking on Exit, then Finish.

Now that you have your email completed, the last thing to do is to test everything by signing yourself up through your sign-up form.

How to Attach a File in a MailChimp Newsletter

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With the combined power of MailChimp and Digioh you can now create even more dynamic, must-read e-newsletters by featuring great downloadable content.  What’s even better is that it’s simple to do.  Just follow these steps below to learn how.

Step 1: Create a Digioh account and connect it to MailChimp

Sign up to Digioh for free, and connect your MailChimp account.

Connect MailChimp and Digioh

Step 2: Upload your file and set the security level

Use the red Select a File button to choose the file (up to 2 GB) you want to upload. Under Security Options you’ll be able to set the security level for the file.  The security level tells Digioh what to do when someone who is not on your list tries to access your file.

Upload file and set security level

With List Grower Security, if a person is not on your list, it will ask them to sign up in order to download the file.
With Membership Security, only those already subscribed to your list are allowed access.

Learn more about Expiration Options and Download Tracking.

Step 3: Customize your download page

Add your logo and customize your download page for a branded, professional look. Customize your Digioh download page

Save your changes and move to the next page.  Here you’ll be given the download link to copy and paste into your MailChimp newsletter. Notice the MailChimp email merge field is included at the end of the link.  This allows Digioh to track which subscribers are most engaged and are downloading your files.

Copy the Digioh download link for MailChimp

Step 4: Paste your Digioh download link in your MailChimp newsletter

In MailChimp, create a Regular Ol’ Campaign for your newsletter.

Create a MailChimp campaign     Create a Regular Ol' Campaign in MailChimp

In the editor, compose your newsletter and insert your Digioh download link.  To create a hyperlink, just highlight the words you want to be linked, then click on the link icon.  You can also upload and link an image, such as a download button.

Insert the Digioh download link in the MailChimp editor

Remember, you can use free downloads to reward your existing subscribers, but consider using them to incentivize new subscribers, too. Check out our How To article on sending a file right after someone subscribes to your list.

How To: Send a Secure File after Someone Signs Up on your iContact Form

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One way to grow your email marketing or newsletter list is to offer an incentive for people to sign up.  Some popular examples include giving new subscribers access to an exclusive download, such as a free song, magazine, or ebook.  If you use iContact, you can now easily and automatically send your subscribers a download link right after they sign up to your list.  Check out these steps below to learn how to set it up.

Step 1: Create an email list and welcome message in iContact

The first thing you’ll need to do is create a list that you want people to sign up for.  After you log in to iContact (www.digioh.com/icontact), click on Contacts, then Lists, then Create a List.

Create a new iContact list

Give your list a name and description and save it.  On the next page you should see two links with blue popups.  Click on Add Welcome Message.
Add a welcome message for your iContact list

On the next page choose MessageBuilder or MessageCoder.  I recommend that those with less HTML experience choose MessageBuilder and customize one of the many templates offered.  After choosing one of the options, you’ll be brought to the editing page.  We’ll pause here for a moment so we can create a download link for your file to place in your welcome message.

Step 2: Create a download link to your file with Digioh

Before we can edit your welcome message, we’ll need to create a link to your download file.  Sign up for Digioh, a service that allows you to send, track, and protect files for your iContact subscribers.

Once you have a Digioh account, connect it to your iContact account and Add a File.
Connect your Digioh and iContact Accounts

Under Security Options you’ll see a few choices: List Grower Security (a person can sign up to view the document), Membership Security (the person must already be on your list to view it), or No Security.  Since we want more sign ups for your list, choose your list from List Grower Security.  This way, if anyone forwards the link to your document, they’ll be prompted to subscribe.

List Grower Security

After setting your options, move on to the next page.  Your document will upload and you’ll receive the download link to copy/paste in your iContact welcome email.

Digioh download link for iContact

Step 3: Paste the Digioh download link in your welcome email

Let’s return to iContact to finish your welcome message.  If you accidentally lost your place, you can return to it by clicking on Contacts, then Lists.  In the editing screen, choose to send a Welcome Message when A contact joins via sign-up form. Don’t worry that we haven’t created the sign-up form yet- we’ll get to that in just a minute.

iContact welcome message settings

Below you’ll be able to customize your email and insert your Digioh download link where you feel it fits best in your message.  When you are done, click the save button on the bottom-right side of the page.
Insert Digioh link into iContact welcome message

Step 4: Create a sign up form

Now we are ready to create a sign-up form.  Click on Contacts, then Sign-Up Forms and Create HTML Form.

Create an iContact sign-up form

Pick a design for your form, then assign it a name and select your desired fields. iContact sign up form fields

On this page you also have the option to enter a link to custom thank you and error pages (recommended), or you can leave these blank to direct your subscribers to the iContact default pages.
iContact thank you page options

After saving, you’ll see two new popups.  The left one, Add Message, will let you set up a Confirmed Opt-In email for your subscribers.  The link on the right, View HTML, is where we’ll grab the code for your form to embed it in your website.Get the HTML code for the iContact sign up form

After clicking on View HTML, choose one of the two options and copy/paste the code into your website.Embed the iContact sign up form in your website

You’ve now created an iContact list, sign-up form, and automatic welcome email containing a download link to your file.  The last step is to test everything!  Using your sign-up form, subscribe yourself to your list and double-check the link in your welcome email.

If you run into any trouble, let us know in the comments below and we’ll try to help.  Best of luck!

How To Send a File in an iContact Email Newsletter

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Using iContact and Digioh, you can add more value and increase open rates to your newsletters or other messages by including secure download links to great content.  Follow these steps to learn how.

Step 1: Create a Digioh account and connect it to iContact

Sign up to Digioh for free, and connect your iContact account.

Connect your Digioh and iContact Accounts

Step 2: Upload your file and set the security level

Use the red Select a File button to choose the file you want to upload.  Under Security Options you’ll be able to set the security level for the file.  The security level tells Digioh what to do when someone who is not on your list tries to access your file.

Upload file and set security level

With List Grower Security, if a person is not already on your list, it will ask them to sign up in order to download the file.
With Membership Security, only those already subscribed to your list are allowed access.

Learn more about Expiration Options and Download Tracking.

Step 3: Customize your download page

Add your logo and customize your download page for a branded, professional look. Customize your Digioh download page

Save your changes and move to the next page.  Here you’ll be given the download link to copy and paste into your iContact newsletter. Notice the iContact email merge field is included at the end of the link.  This allows Digioh to track which subscribers are most engaged and are downloading your files.

Digioh download link for iContact

Step 4: Paste your Digioh download link in your iContact newsletter

In iContact, compose your email newsletter and create a hyperlink using your Digioh download link.  To do this, just highlight the words you want to be linked, then click on the link icon.  In the popup, you can paste your Digioh download link.Insert the Digioh download link

Creating a hyperlink

Remember, you can use free downloads to reward your existing subscribers, to incentivize new subscribers, or both. If you are interested in learning how to incentivize sign ups to your list, check out our How To article on sending a file right after someone subscribes to your list.

How To: Send a Secure File After Someone Joins Your GetResponse List

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If you use GetResponse for your email marketing system, you can grow your list by offering an incentive for signing up, such as a download for a free marketing guide or ebook.  It’s easy to set up so that right after someone subscribes, an email with a secure download link will be sent to them automatically.  Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Create a web form in GetResponse

After you log in to GetResponse, select the campaign you’d like people to sign up for (or create a new one) and then click on Create Web Form.
Create a GetResponse Web Form

You’ll be able to customize your web form using the WYSIWYG editor.  You can rearrange fields by dragging them and you can edit them by hovering over and clicking on the edit icon.

Customize your GetResponse web form

When you are done customizing your form, click on the Next Step button near the bottom of the page.  Now you’ll be asked to select the type of Thank-You Page that will appear after someone submits your form.  I recommend building a page in your own website and linking to it here, but you can choose from the default or staying on the current page.Choose the web form thank-you page

Now move on to the Publish step and copy the form’s code to embed in your website.  You can also link to a page that’s hosted by GetResponse, but again, I recommend embedding it on your website because it will look nicer and feel more consistent to your subscribers.

Publish your GetResponse web form

After placing the code or link in your website, click on Dashboard in the top-left corner.
Go to the GetResponse Dashboard

Step 2: Create a download link to your file with Digioh

Now that you’ve created your form, you’ll need to get a download link for your document. Sign up for Digioh, a service that allows you to send, track, and protect files for your GetResponse subscribers.

Once you have a Digioh account, connect it to your GetResponse account and Add a File.
Connect your Digioh and GetResponse Accounts

Under Security Options you’ll see a few choices: List Grower Security (a person can sign up to view the document), Membership Security (the person must already be on your list to view it), or No Security.  Since we want more sign ups for your list, choose your list from List Grower Security.  This way, if anyone forwards the link to your document, they’ll be prompted to subscribe.

List Grower Security

After setting your options, move on to the next page.  Your document will upload and you’ll receive the download link to copy/paste in your GetResponse autoresponder.

Digioh download link for GetResponse

Step 3: Paste the Digioh download link in your GetResponse autoresponder

With your document now ready, head back over to the GetResponse Dashboard.  From there, click on Messages and then Create Autoresponder.Create a GetReponse Autoresponder

Select Subscribed on the next page.Select Subscribed for the autoresponder type

In the settings, make sure your list is selected, that it will go out immediately, and that it will send any day of the week.  Then choose to create a new email.Create a new message for the GetResponse autoresponder

You can choose from a wide variety of templates or scroll down the page a bit to select Start from Scratch.
Create the GetResponse email from scratch

Use the editor to compose your email and insert the Digioh download link where it fits best in your message.Insert Digioh link into the GetResponse autoresponder

When you’ve completed customizing your email, you’ll be directed back to the Autoresponder page.  At the bottom, click Save and publish.
Save and publish your GetResponse autoresponder

And that’s it!!  All that’s left is to test your set up- use your form to subscribe yourself to verify that it’s all functioning properly.

If you have any questions or need some help, let us know in the comments below.

How To: Send a Secure File after Someone Signs Up on Your Infusionsoft Form

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One way to grow your email marketing list is to offer an incentive for signing up, such as access to a marketing guide or magazine.  If you use Infusionsoft, you can now easily and automatically send a secure download link to any file right after they sign up.  Learn how by following these steps:

Step 1: Create a campaign and subscription form in Infusionsoft

First, you’ll need to create a Campaign and subscription form.  To do this,  log in to Infusionsoft, click on the logo in the top-left corner, and then, under Marketing, select Campaign Builder.
Infusionsoft Campaign Builder

Then click on Add a Campaign on the right side of the screen.
Create a Campaign in InfusionsoftOn the next page, click on Goals in the right-side menu, then drag the Sign up for newsletter icon into your editing palette.  Double-click on the icon.
Create a signup form in Infusionsoft

You’ll now be able to customize your sign up form.  To add fields, simply drag and drop them into your form.  You can customize fields by hovering over them and clicking on the edit icon.
Customize your Infusionsoft signup form

When you are happy with your form, move over to the Thank-You Page tab and then customize it to your liking.  When you’ve completed this, switch your form from Draft to Ready in the top-right of your screen.
Thank you page for the Infusionsoft signup form

Now move on to the Code tab and copy the form’s code to embed in your website.  You can also link to a page that’s hosted by Infusionsoft if you don’t want to deal with the code, but I recommend embedding it on your website because it will look nicer and feel more consistent to your subscribers.Get the code to your Infusionsoft form

Place the code or link in your website, then click Back to Campaign in the top-left corner.
Back to your Infusionsoft Campaign

Step 2: Create a download link to your file with Digioh

Now that you’ve set up your form, you’ll need to set up your document.  Sign up for Digioh, a service that allows you to send, track, and protect files for your Infusionsoft subscribers.

Once you have a Digioh account, connect it to your Infusionsoft account and Add a File.
Connect your Digioh and Infusionsoft Accounts

After your file has uploaded, copy the link and go back to your Dashboard.Digioh download link for Infusionsoft

We’ll now update the Security for your document.
Add security to your document

After clicking on the Security button, you’ll see a few options in the drop-down list List Grower Security (a person can sign up to view the document), Membership Security (the person must already be on your list to view it), or No Security.  Since we want sign ups in this case, choose your list from List Grower Security.  This way, if anyone forwards the link to your document, they’ll be prompted to join your list.

Select List Grower Security

Save your settings and head back to Infusionsoft.

Step 3: Paste your Digioh download link in the Infusionsoft Response Email

You’re now ready to set up a response email and paste your document link in it. Back in your editing palette add a Sequence from the right-side menu.  Connect the newsletter to the sequence via the green arrow that appears when hovering over the newsletter icon.

Add a sequence in the Infusionsoft campaign builderDouble-click on the Sequence and then drag out the Email icon.  Double-click on the Email.Create a thank you email for your Infusionsoft signup formHere you can customize your response email and insert your Digioh download link where it fits best in your message.

Insert Digioh Link into Infusionsoft Response Email

When you’re finished customizing, switch your email from Draft to Ready in the top-right corner, then navigate back to the editing palette of your campaign.  In the top-right corner here, click Publish.

Publish you Infusionsoft CampaignAll that’s left to do now is to test your set up! Use your form to subscribe yourself and see if your response email and download links are working correctly.

How To: Send a Secure File after Someone Signs Up on your Campaign Monitor Form

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When someone signs up to your email list it’s important to welcome them into your community right away.  One way to show your appreciation is to send them a small gift such as a free ebook or magazine. You can now easily welcome your subscribers and automatically send them a download link to any document you’d like right after they sign up with your Campaign Monitor form. See the steps below to learn how.

Step 1: Create a list and subscription form in Campaign Monitor

If you don’t already have one set up, it’s very easy to create an email list and subscription form.  Just log in to Campaign Monitor, click on the Lists & Subscribers tab, then the Create a new list button.

Create a New Campaign Monitor ListGive your list a name and decide whether or not you’d like to have subscribers confirm their subscription (for more info on single vs. confirmed opt-in click here).  Now that you’ve created your list, you’ll need to create a sign up form.  First, ask what information you’d like your subscribers to provide.  If it’s anything beyond a name and an email, you’ll have to create some custom fields.

On the right side of the screen click on Custom fields, and add as many new fields as you want.
Custom Fields in Campaign MonitorCreate a Custom Field in Campaign Monitor

Now, go back to your List’s main page and from that same right-side menu, select Grow your audience.  You have a number of options on how you can present your subscription form.  If you’re savvy with code, you might copy and paste a form into your website.  For this article, we’ll Edit your subscribe button.  Click on the link under the code to customize your form and add in your newly created custom fields.  When finished, you can click on the button to see a preview of your form and then copy/paste the code where you want it to live on your website.Preview of Campaign Monitor Subscribe Button

Add Campaign Monitor Subscribe Button to Your Website

Step 2: Create a download link to your file with Digioh

Now that you’ve set up your form, you’ll need to set up your document.  Sign up for Digioh, a service that allows you to send, track, and protect files for your Campaign Monitor subscribers.

Once you have a Digioh account, connect it to your Campaign Monitor account and Add a File.

Link Campaign Monitor with Digioh

Under Security Options, you’ll see a few choices: List Grower Security (a person can sign up to view the document), Membership Security (the person must already be on your list to view it), or No Security.  Since we want sign ups in this case, choose your list from List Grower Security.  This way, if anyone forwards the link to your document, they’ll be prompted to join your list.
List Grower Security
After setting your options, move on to the next page.  Your document will upload and you’ll receive the download link to copy/paste in your Campaign Monitor welcome email.
Copy the Digioh Download Link for Campaign Monitor

Step 3: Paste your Digioh download link in the Campaign Monitor Autoresponder

With your download link in hand, head back over to Campaign Monitor List page and from the right-side menu select Autoresponders.  Fill out your preferences on the next few pages, then import or build your email template.
Create an Autoresponder in Campaign Monitor

Using the WYSIWYG editor you can customize the design and edit the content of your autoresponder. In the content editor, hyperlink your Digioh download URL where it fits best in your message.
Customize the Campaign Monitor Autoresponder
When you are finished, don’t forget to Start the Autoresponder.
Start Campaign Monitor Autoresponder

All that’s left is to test your set up! Use your subscription button to subscribe yourself and see if your autoresponder and download links are working correctly.

If you need any extra pointers, just ask in the comments below.