EmailCheck – New Email Marketing Add-On

EmailCheck, A new add-on to 1-2-All, has been released today. EmailCheck is the new add-on that interacts with the EmailCheck web service.

When you install the EmailCheck add-on you will see a new button labeled “check spam filters”

When you click on that button a report will display with your spam count and suggestions on what should be changed.

This will help you to ensure that you maintain a high level of email deliverability in your email campaigns.

Email Marketing 4.51 Released!

After positive feedback from our clients about version 4.50, we have started to add a lot of improvements and new features into this enhanced, four year old ActiveCampaign Email Marketing Software. Today we have finally incremented a minor version number, and we will start with revisions of this release from now on. A list of changed files can be found in our Support Forum. This release doesn’t have that many new features, but a few of them are going to be quite handy.

So, let’s inform you of what’s new:

The most important feature of Email Marketing was its quite extensive mail sending system. Unfortunately, when a procedure does so many things (like email personalization, custom headers and attachments, MIME messages, fetching content from external sources, SMTP sending), it is reasonable to understand that execution can be quite slow every now and then. We had a couple of problems in the past with stalling of the sending process, usually on some slower servers, which caused problems with email deliverability. That’s why we have revised our sending process, optimized a couple of things, and made it faster, as much as possible for the moment. But rest assured, we will continue to look into optimizing it further.

While we are talking about sending email process, it is good to know that from now on you will have ability to save a draft of a message on the second step too (Compose a Message step), and furthermore, you will have an option to “Save and Continue Editing”, which will increase your productivity, and save you a couple of clicks.

On the last page prior to sending emails, when you are previewing your creation, now you will have an option to check your email against SpamAssasin, which will tell you if your message will be marked as spam on servers that have SpamAssasin installed. That way you will be able to modify your message to reduce it’s Spam Count. This feature will be available as a Plugin that will help you to improve your email sender reputation and avoid email blacklists

For that reason we have added support for AJAX, thus making the new ActiveCampaign Email Marketing Software a Web2.0 application. Soon you will see a Message Queue page that won’t refresh itself every minute, but you will always see the current situation in your sending queue. But that’s just the tip of an iceberg.

On the Preview Message page, where you could send a test message to ensure that sending works properly and that your email looks as expected, now you will see another small improvement: if you chose to send a MIME message (with both text and html version), you will be able to select what format you wish to test. You will have an option to send only text, only html or both versions.

Also, on the Message Archive page, we have added one more piece of valuable information that was missing until now: who (what admin) sent that message. Now you will know.

Cron file has also suffered some small changes too. It came to our attention that sometimes your cron files start overlapping if the duration between executions is too small, and previous process is still running. Now your new cron will not execute if the previous one is running, thus preventing the system from sending the same message twice to a subscriber.

Now every admin will have his own setting on his “Your Account” page (link is located in the bottom right corner of the page) for displaying a number of lists/messages/subscribers per page.

One more big change, that we have left for the end is the completely changed and improved graphing system. Email Marketing won’t use PHP-generated graphs that do not look nice and require additional libraries installed on your server. From this version forward, Email Marketing (and soon our other products) will deliver users graphs generated in Flash! They look nicer, and every browser now supports Flash so displaying a graph will depend on the user entirely, not on your hosting provider and/or web server.

Of course, all known bugs that have been found by our dedicated clients have been fixed and implemented in this release.

I truly hope that you will feel the difference, and continue to use Email Marketing with ease.

ActiveCampaign Email Marketing Turns Four

In June 2002, around the same time an asteroid barely missed hitting the earth [ ? ], the first version of 1-2-All was released. In January 2003, 1-2-All became a part of ActiveCampaign, Inc and has prospered ever since as the company’s flagship product. Four years to the date of the first incarnation of 1-2-All we look back at the evolution of this product, to put the past into perspective, and celebrate the anniversary of our most popular software product to date. 1-2-All Broadcast E-Mail, as it was exclusively referred to back then, began with a simple, colorful, and easy to use interface. There was nothing terribly distinguishing about this version, just a good mailing list manager at a low price. A commitment to adding more features with enhanced usability allowed 1-2-All to evolve into a much more dynamic application with a friendlier interface.

In August of 2003, a new user interface was implemented along with a scheduled mailing feature that required the setup of cron jobs. In February of 2004, version 3.82 introduced time sensitive auto-responder features, allowing you the ability to set auto responders for each list. A new branding file allowed you to easily modify brand settings by opening a single file. Around the same time a US federal appeals court gave scientists the right to study the 9, 300 year old remains of Kennewick Man, denying the request of American Indian Tribes who sought immediate burial. Also, scientists found what is believed to be the fossilized head of a 400 million year old fly, making it the oldest known insect. [ ? ] Following the release of 1-2-All, development was ongoing and client feedback was expressly used in the product direction. Updates were frequent and the list of features for 1-2-All Email Marketing continued to grow.

1-2-All once again underwent a face lift with version 4.0 which was released in January of 2005. This new version featured an improved sending engine, enhanced subscriber viewing page, enhanced administrative control, and more error checking. As far as the file structure was concerned the admin files were now separated from the public file (you had to go 12all/admin to access the control panels whereas before you just had to go to 12all). The biggest improvement in this new version, in terms of usability, was the introduction of the advanced importer. In previous versions there were quite a few people who ran into problems when trying to import a .CSV file because their format was rejected. 1-2-All Email Marketing now had a user friendly import interface that made it easy for anyone to import .CSV files. Many people upgraded to 4.0 solely for the advanced importer.

In May 2006, ActiveCampaign Email Marketing as it is referred to these days, underwent its most dramatic stage of evolution. The new version’s extensive list of added features and improvements include: restructured code; central authentication format; new language file format; smarty template system; attachment, sending filter, send to a friend, web version, and multi format options for auto responders; unlimited options for sending filters; new reporting options; reason for unsubscribing option added; subscriber, forward to a friend, and auto responder statistical tracking; enhanced custom redirects; branding settings editable from browser; more message personalization options; subscriber notifications that include subscriber field data; better email design capability; and much more. Elsewhere in the world, a 1,500 year old tattooed mummy of a woman in her late 20s is found near Trujillo, Peru. [ ? ]

Its been an amazing four years. Email Marketing has prospered because of its commitment to enhanced functionality and usability. There is no telling what ActiveCampaign Email Marketing will look like in another four years. That’s pretty exciting.

EmailCheck – Improve Email Deliverability

EmailCheck is a new spam check service from ActiveCampaign.

Having legitimate emails blocked by spam filters is a common problem for many small businesses. Using EmailCheck you can check your email campaign against one of the most popular spam filtering packages (SpamAssassin).

EmailCheck will get a number based on your message contents. The greater the number, the greater the chance your message will be misidentified as spam. By using EmailCheck you can better understand how to compose your messages and your overall chance of being incorrectly flagged as spam. This will help you to improve your email deliverability.

EmailCheck is currently beta and there are plans for some exciting new features that will interact with the EmailCheck service.

Please let us know what you think in our EmailCheck forum.

Two New Email Marketing Add-Ons

With the release of ActiveCampaign Email Marketing Software 4.50 we now have two new email marketing add-ons:

  • Auto-Remind
    Birthdays, contract renewals, newsletter loyalty campaigns, and so much more. With the Auto-Remind add-on you can work with ANY date. Including your subscriber fields and subscription date of your subscriber. With these dates you can match the year, month, and day or just the month and day to send date sensitive mailings. Send birthday emails, anniversary emails, birthday reminders, and other date based emails.
  • Flash Forms
    Flash websites lack the ability to send form data straight into Email Marketing Software to collect subscriber information. Using the Flash Subscription Form Add-On, you can now generate your 12All subscription forms from within the application, and gather subscriber information from your Flash website.

In addition to the two new email marketing plugins we have updated the sync add-on with a number of new features & fixes. Including ability to run the sync via cron, import to unsubscribed list, import into global exclusion list, and more.

Email Marketing 4.5 Final Release is now available

We have now released the final version of ActiveCampaign Email Marketing Software 4.5. If you have been waiting until the beta period is over to upgrade, now would be the perfect time to take advantage of the new features.

Click here to order your copy of ActiveCampaign Email Marketing Software

Here is a list of highlighted features for this new version:

Restructured code. Central authentication system. New language file format. New email template system using Smarty. Enhanced forward to friend When subscribing to multiple lists only receiving one opt-in verification email. View and click through stats for autoresponders List clone now clones all settings / fields. New import process. Per list bounced management Unlimited options for sending filters. Improved subscribe by email. Updated remove duplicates feature. New reporting options. Reasons for unsubscribing option added. Enhanced branding footer. Subscriber stats. Enhanced custom redirects. Batch add/removal to unsubscribed list Firefox compatible editor. Send to a friend for auto responders. Web version for auto responders. Subscribe by pop or pipe. Sending filters for autoresponders HTML, Text, or Multi-Format Autoresponders Fetch contents of mailing at time of sending or time of message creation. Branding settings editable from browser. More message personalization options. Sending filters for auto-responders. Send last message when adding new subscriber. New interface (public and admin) Remove duplicates shows results. Forward to friend statistics HTML and Text branding footer options. Subscription notification includes subscriber fields data. Upgrade check for new versions Attachments for auto responders

Email Marketing Software 4.5 RC 1 is now released!

We are excited to announce that ActiveCampaign Email Marketing Software 4.5 Release candidate 1 has been released. We’ve been working hard the past few weeks correcting the bugs in the early Beta releases and polishing off the new version.

Many thanks to all the people on the forum who have taken the time to test the Beta releases and report bugs and other issues. This definitely speeds up our Beta period, and helps us to get a stable version out to everyone that much quicker.

If you haven’t upgraded yet, you should now consider it. There are tons of new features (too many to list here), and just an overall improved interface. If you haven’t yet purchased our online email marketing suite, now would be a great time to do so, since you can just download the new RC version and have all the great new features without having to think about upgrading from the old version later. Click here to order your copy of ActiveCampaign Email Marketing Software

Email Marketing Software 4.5 BETA is finally released!

We are excited to finally release the beta version of Email Marketing Software after months of hard work. There are many features and bug fixes that have been resolved from previous versions, and I know many have been anxiously awaiting the release. I just want to touch on a few of the new features and enhancements.

First of all, we rewrote the entire application using PHP and Smarty template engine. This keeps the logic of the program separate from the layout, and really helps to keep things organized. Plus, you can now customize any email templates you’d like, and should you decided to customize an email template design, you will be looking at mostly HTML code, instead of PHP code jumbled up with HTML. Here’s a guide to HTML email design that will help you.

We’ve also replaced the old built-in HTML editor with the popular FCKEditor. FCKEditor works in most browsers, so you can now edit your messages using Firefox or Opera. FCKEditor has tons of cool features, like easy uploading and storing of images and other files within your email templates.

Another great edition is the ability to subscribe by pipe as well as a POP email account. We’ve added pipe scripts for subscribing, unsubscribing and for processing bounced messages. Pipes have one distinct advantage over POP mail. You see, when you forward mail to a PHP script using a pipe, it processes the message automatically instead of having to wait for a cron script to run. This means that your subscribers get their confirmation messages immediately. In today’s world of instant gratification, this is very important…especially on the internet!

We’ve added a lot of new statistics and reports to the messages archive, so you’ll want to click around in that feature once you upgrade. Also added is new statistics and graphs for autoresponders. One nice thing about the new statistics is that you can see the activity for each individual subscriber…just look up the subscriber in the subscriber list and then click View.

Any time you do a complete rewrite of a system there are going to be some issues here and there. Thank you for your patience as we try to make the Beta period as short as possible. Just post any issues you have to the forum, and we’ll take a look and get things corrected ASAP.

We hope you like it!

Email Marketing Software Rewrite Begins

Hello, Kent here. I am the newest member of the ActiveCampaign development team, and I am excited to be on board. I recently moved to Chicago, and I am having fun trying to navigate my way around the L trains and such. Chicago really is a great city!

I just recently started converting the Email Marketing software codebase into a newer format that uses Smarty Templates (I’m a big fan), and a more modular structure. The framework for the new version will be just like the Help Desk Software. This will make the code easier to maintain and to add new features. You may notice a slight change in the overall layout and menus, but the features will work just the same. We’ll also be adding some new features, but more on those later.

Web software case studies

A very interesting thing we’re working on in the marketing department is writing case studies about our exceptionally successful clientele. I recently completed the newest case study, which explains how Backpacker Tours Australia uses ActiveCampaign Email Marketing to target niche markets, resulting in a loyal following of thrill-seekers and leisure-time travelers alike.

A lot of businesses, I come to find out, make their entire living essentially just by using our software (yeah, it’s that good.) Plenty more use our products to augment their existing business, to give them the decisive edge in the areas of marketing and support.

If yours is one of the many businesses that realize a unique benefit from using ActiveCampaign software, consider coming forward and helping us understand how and why our products have become an integral part of your business. What challenges do you face as a business, and how does our software fit in to your overcoming of those obstacles? How does our software assist you in meeting and exceeding your goals, in excelling within your market?

Helping us to author your success story can mean increased recognition of your company’s status and accomplishment, as well as having the ability to influence the direction we take our development strategy. After all, what’s important to our most successful clients is doubly important to us.

So go ahead and take 5 minutes to explain your relationship with Email Marketing, Survey Software, Knowledge Management, or any of our other products. Thanks, and enjoy.