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Posted: July 13, 2012 at 8:21 am


kegerer

July 13, 2012 at 8:21 am

Is there the ability to integrate the MailChimp mailing list into the registration directly? As I recall, adding the users needs to be opt-in, so just bulk adding all the users signed up to the list is not what needs to happen. Has anyone done this?


Seth Shoultes

  • Support Staff

July 13, 2012 at 8:29 am

Not sure what you are asking here:
“Is there the ability to integrate the MailChimp mailing list into the registration directly?”

However, you can import a list of users into Mailchimp without having them opt-in. I have done this several times in the past.


Andre Tomlin

July 27, 2012 at 1:41 am

I also have a similar question. Subscribing a user to mailing list without their explicit consent is deemed illegal in many areas. We would need a check box on the registration form to indicate whether a user wants to be subscribed or not. If ticked, it would auto subscribe them. Is this possible?

Thanks.


kegerer

July 27, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Seth – when I said it needs to be opt-in, I didn’t mean the EE implementation, I meant according to the TOS of Mailchimp. I know that it is a requirement of the TOS of Constant Contact, and I have told my client that they can NOT add people to their mailing list without the user’s consent.

I’m not sure why the EE integration allows people to be added to the mailing list (not only allows, but encourages) without their consent. This is NOT what I thought the integration would be.


Seth Shoultes

  • Support Staff

July 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Actually, EE does not allow people to be added to the mailing list without optin. Mailchimp handles the optin by sending out a confirmation email that requests the optin. Otherwise the person is not added to the mailing list. That is why EE (and other Mailchimp plugins) do not have to provide an optin checkbox.

When I was talking about importing a list of users into Mailchimp without having them opt-in. I did this manually from within Mailchimp to move subscribers from an older mailing list into Mailchimp.

I hope that all makes sense.

  • This reply was modified 8 years, 7 months ago by  Seth Shoultes.


Linda Rysenbry

September 1, 2012 at 12:11 am

In response to the original question… you could write the mailchimp signup form (using the free Mailchimp plugin) into your registration details, though I’m not sure that would be ideal as it would mean two signups and would confuse people. Why not just offer a sign up form in a sidebar as well?

Bridie


Chris Reynolds

  • Support Staff

September 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm

In response to the original question… you could write the mailchimp signup form (using the free Mailchimp plugin) into your registration details

Not sure why this would be necessary. This is essentially what is done with the MailChimp Integration add-on. We simply pass the name and email address over to MailChimp when they register for an event. It’s up to the attendee to confirm their subscription (or not) when they get the email from MailChimp. Even a signup form in the sidebar would still require the user to confirm their subscription.

We would need a check box on the registration form to indicate whether a user wants to be subscribed or not. If ticked, it would auto subscribe them. Is this possible?

No. The MailChimp API does not allow this kind of direct subscription (even a checkbox saying “yes I want to sign up”). Their own subscription forms don’t allow directly signing up because anyone can enter anyone else’s email address and subscribe them to something without their knowledge or consent. That’s why they enforce a double opt-in (enter your email address and hit Subscribe and confirm the subscription when you get the email).

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