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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, 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

iContact logo

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.