While we are still working on 1-2-All 5.0 – we would like to share a couple of the changes and improvements that will be delivered in this next version. This is our largest product update to date (across our entire product line) so there is a lot of information to cover. This post is just a preview of some of the exciting new features & changes that will soon be available…
Prior to 1-2-All 5.0 every action was typically specific to a list. With 5.0 we are dramatically switching the process so that all options can affect multiple lists (if you should choose to do so.) When you log in you will no longer be forced to select a list before starting to import, send, etc.. This sounds like a minor change, however after using the new version you will find a lot of time saved and an increase in general usability from this adjustment.
1-2-All has had decent subscriber filtering (allows you to segment your list into specific conditional groups) but with 5.0 you will be able to take filtering to an entirely new level. In addition to filtering based off subscriber data you will be able to filter off nearly any action the subscriber has taken. Thus you can filter your list down to users who unsubscribed from one list, subscribed to another, read a specific campaign, and clicked on a specific link on a specific day. Combine that with our advanced and/or grouping options along with being able to apply filters (as always) to any type of campaign and mailing that is being sent out – including auto responders.
An existing feature that you may have overlooked in the past are subscriber & list actions. Currently you can set specific things to happen based on certain actions the subscriber takes. For instance when a subscriber unsubscribes from one list you may want to automatically remove them from other lists as well. We are building this existing feature into something much more comprehensive. Currently actions are based on subscriptions/unsubscriptions. With 5.0 you will be able to set specific changes/actions based on any action the subscriber takes. This includes subscribe/unsubscribe, reads/link tracking, forwarding mailings to friends, and more!
Personalizing each mailing you send has always been an important feature. We are taking this to a new level by offering dynamic variables and conditional content.
Dynamic variables mean that you can take a current personalization tag (such as %TODAY%) and alter it dynamically (such as %TODAY+2%.)
Conditional content will allow you to show certain parts of the message depending on the subscribers details. Much like sending filters but for content. You can think of this as if you were able to add if/else statements throughout the content of your mailings.
I am quite excited about the new reporting options that will be available in version 5.0. We have an extensive list of new reports along with individual report options. These are significant enhancements in the way that you can analyze campaigns, past mailings, list reports, user reports, and more… This is a major section to discuss so we will be releasing more information about this soon.
In addition to the large number of new internal reports you will also find many options to export data (for external analysis) along with Google Analytics integration.
New user management options will simplify the way permissions are set along with making it much easier to resell 1-2-All as a hosted solution. The basic ideas of “accounts” and “users” remain the same but we will be introducing new user group options along with a number of new user/account limits/settings
Subscription forms are getting a make over with new style options along with new “completion” options. You will now be able to redirect to different URL’s, show a custom message, or let it go to the defaults. You will also have multiple integration options for each subscription form. Such as embedding it into your current site, popup, link to it, etc..
Database sync (for bringing in subscribers from external databases) now supports MySQL, MSSQL, and PostgreSQL. We have added a number of new options for each sync and you can even write custom SQL queries.
The public section of 1-2-All has always been an odd issue for many clients. While they would like the public section, many users want to restrict it down to a list or user account. We have solved this dilemma. There is now a general public section, list specific public section, and an account/user specific section. Each type of section can be enabled or disabled and everything is SEO friendly.
You will find new sending settings. We are doing away with some of the more complex settings and replacing them with easier to use options. Functionality will not be lost by doing this. You will now be able to set a specific number of emails to send per hour without having to specify how many messages to send before doing pauses.
1-2-All currently supports multiple sending methods – such as rotating through multiple SMTP servers when sending. 1-2-All 5.0 will also let you choose which sending methods/SMTP servers are used for each account. That allows you to have different sending methods for each account/user if needed.
We are including a large number of free email templates that will be pre-loaded into 1-2-All 5.0. New options will include highly requested features such as system wide templates, easier options to add purchased templates, and more.
Our new template system along with our new editing and message creation options will allow you to lock parts of the template. Ensuring that your client does not accidentally disrupt the general design and only changes what is needed to be changed.
As we extended and updated every other section of the software – we have done the same with the 1-2-All add-ons.
A/B Split has been revamped and will prove to be quite exciting compared to the current version. The update will allow truly advanced split testing and will be included for free as part of the 1-2-All product.
AutoRemind is more integrated then ever. EmailCheck has new integration areas and will soon have new reports shown when you run it. ActiveRSS will support easier custom templates. We also have a couple of new add-ons (that have been requested by numerous clients) that will be announced during the beta.
While we worked on planning and developing 5.0 we have kept extendability on our minds. We will be doing this with multiple methods. Firstly we will be releasing 1-2-All with 99% of the files unencoded. This will allow a great number of changes.
We are re-working how language files can be translated. The changes will allow you quickly be able to translate a section (such as the public section) without having to sift through the text for the admin section.
With the release of 1-2-All 5.0 beta we will begin to release API documentation as well.
As the product advances we are committed to making sure everything is user friendly and easy to use. There are always times where a little more assistance/help docs are required. You will find in-line help documentation (that is unbranded) throughout the software. We will also be releasing quick start guides (both branded and non-branded for the resellers) along with an extensive collection of articles and video walk-throughs.
This post is only scratching at the surface of what is to come with 1-2-All 5.0. We will be posting more specifics on each area along with new screen shots in the near future. There are a lot of new items and changes that we will be discussing in great detail.
Please note that while we are nearing a beta we do not have a set date at this time. We choose not to specify an exact release date as we would much rather prefer to ensure the product is complete and stable before releasing. We do however expect the beta to be released sometime in Quarter 1 of this year. Please subscribe to our blog or newsletter to be kept up to date with this.