E-Mail Blast Tools - PTA Great Idea Bank 2009-10-27T12:44:56Z http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/forum/topics/email-blast-tools?feed=yes&xn_auth=no Re: enewsletters - I have h... tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2009-08-21:2919887:Comment:4958 2009-08-21T12:10:10.826Z Stacey Harris Re: enewsletters - I have had success with MyEmma, Constant Contact or Campaign Monitor. There is some cost involved, but it depends on how many emails you send out and how often. You are able to monitor who opens the emails, who forwards them and who goes onto your website - giving you an idea of who your more involved parents might be. Good Luck! Re: enewsletters - I have had success with MyEmma, Constant Contact or Campaign Monitor. There is some cost involved, but it depends on how many emails you send out and how often. You are able to monitor who opens the emails, who forwards them and who goes onto your website - giving you an idea of who your more involved parents might be. Good Luck! I work for a non-profit and... tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2009-08-18:2919887:Comment:4735 2009-08-18T20:44:59.267Z Wendy Coffman I work for a non-profit and use Vertical Response - they give non-profits (I'm sure a pta would be eligible) 10,000 free emails a month!<br /> <br /> It has several different email builders so the novice or advanced html person can use it.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.verticalresponse.com">www.verticalresponse.com</a> I work for a non-profit and use Vertical Response - they give non-profits (I'm sure a pta would be eligible) 10,000 free emails a month!<br /> <br /> It has several different email builders so the novice or advanced html person can use it.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.verticalresponse.com">www.verticalresponse.com</a> I like The Groupery at http... tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2009-08-14:2919887:Comment:4481 2009-08-14T06:31:34.669Z Lee Garverick I like The Groupery at <a href="http://www.thegroupery.com">http://www.thegroupery.com</a>. It's free. It has other features but you can start with it's email list manager and keep it that simple. You can also sell sponsorships that go at the bottom of your messages as a fundraiser. I like The Groupery at <a href="http://www.thegroupery.com">http://www.thegroupery.com</a>. It's free. It has other features but you can start with it's email list manager and keep it that simple. You can also sell sponsorships that go at the bottom of your messages as a fundraiser. One school tried offering n... tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2009-08-06:2919887:Comment:3888 2009-08-06T02:41:59.577Z Meryl Evans One school tried offering newsletter, email newsletter or both. Didn't work out well. Going back to paper because not everyone is able or wants to get the newsletter by email.<br /> <br /> Two other schools went 100% electronic and you must be a member to receive the newsletter. These succeeded and drove up membership. Other services to consider:<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.aweber.com/pricing.htm">http://www.aweber.com/pricing.htm</a><br /> <a href="http://www.icontact.com/">http://www.icontact.com/</a>&hellip; One school tried offering newsletter, email newsletter or both. Didn't work out well. Going back to paper because not everyone is able or wants to get the newsletter by email.<br /> <br /> Two other schools went 100% electronic and you must be a member to receive the newsletter. These succeeded and drove up membership. Other services to consider:<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.aweber.com/pricing.htm">http://www.aweber.com/pricing.htm</a><br /> <a href="http://www.icontact.com/">http://www.icontact.com/</a><br /> <a href="http://www.campaigner.com/">http://www.campaigner.com/</a><br /> <a href="http://www.mailermailer.com/">http://www.mailermailer.com/</a> I have also heard that Vert... tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2009-08-04:2919887:Comment:3721 2009-08-04T22:44:02.361Z Monica Pettigrew I have also heard that Vertical Response is good and will offer a free account for all 501c(3)s once proper documentation is sent. And I was also told there are no banner ads. I have not checked this out for myself, but definitely will. I have also heard that Vertical Response is good and will offer a free account for all 501c(3)s once proper documentation is sent. And I was also told there are no banner ads. I have not checked this out for myself, but definitely will. Patricia, Be careful, and ... tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2009-08-04:2919887:Comment:3583 2009-08-04T14:20:11.985Z Roger Devine Patricia,<br /> <br /> Be careful, and read the Constant Contact terms carefully. Most email service providers don't allow that type of program - what's called an "opt-out" program. If they get complaints, they can cancel your account.<br /> <br /> Two other good providers:<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.myemma.com/">http://www.myemma.com/</a><br /> <a href="http://www.mailchimp.com/">http://www.mailchimp.com/</a><br /> <br /> Roger Patricia,<br /> <br /> Be careful, and read the Constant Contact terms carefully. Most email service providers don't allow that type of program - what's called an "opt-out" program. If they get complaints, they can cancel your account.<br /> <br /> Two other good providers:<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.myemma.com/">http://www.myemma.com/</a><br /> <a href="http://www.mailchimp.com/">http://www.mailchimp.com/</a><br /> <br /> Roger We are going to be using pa... tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2009-08-04:2919887:Comment:3570 2009-08-04T02:55:26.566Z Tricia We are going to be using parent express e-mail, <a href="http://ptotodayad.constantcontact.com/index.jsp">http://ptotodayad.constantcontact.com/index.jsp</a>. We will start off the year by sending out an e-mail to ALL parents. They will then have the option of unsubscribing if they no longer wish to receive them. Last year I only sent e-mails out to those who signed up for them. I have heard a lot of people stating they didn't know about our e-mails at all. This way hopefully no one will be able&hellip; We are going to be using parent express e-mail, <a href="http://ptotodayad.constantcontact.com/index.jsp">http://ptotodayad.constantcontact.com/index.jsp</a>. We will start off the year by sending out an e-mail to ALL parents. They will then have the option of unsubscribing if they no longer wish to receive them. Last year I only sent e-mails out to those who signed up for them. I have heard a lot of people stating they didn't know about our e-mails at all. This way hopefully no one will be able to say that. If they aren't members, how... tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2009-08-02:2919887:Comment:3453 2009-08-02T13:35:05.040Z Carissa Dollar If they aren't members, how are you going to get their email addresses? If they aren't members, how are you going to get their email addresses? I haven't looked into this,... tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2009-08-02:2919887:Comment:3446 2009-08-02T00:47:50.717Z Monica Pettigrew I haven't looked into this, but we want to communicate with all parents, not just those who have already joined the PTA (not all spouses are members, not all parents have joined yet, etc.). I will research and hope someone else posts. Thanks! I haven't looked into this, but we want to communicate with all parents, not just those who have already joined the PTA (not all spouses are members, not all parents have joined yet, etc.). I will research and hope someone else posts. Thanks! Can't you do this with OMDR... tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2009-08-01:2919887:Comment:3443 2009-08-01T23:56:37.247Z Carissa Dollar Can't you do this with OMDR? We didn't use it much last year, but intend to do so this year. I'm pretty sure that this is one of the advantages. Can't you do this with OMDR? We didn't use it much last year, but intend to do so this year. I'm pretty sure that this is one of the advantages.