At AssoConnect, we know how important your time is! We aim to help you save as much time as possible to help you focus on your nonprofit’s mission.
That is why we make it quick and simple to send emails to your contacts.
From your contact list you can create an email just by indicating a subject, some text, and an attachment or two if you need!
You can accomplish the whole process in two clicks. It looks like this:
It's handy for:
- Announce that an event has been postponed
- Send a payment reminder to a member
- Send a donation request to your contacts
- Send out quick information, etc.
However, we have found that many of the nonprofits we work with wanted to go a step further. They want to be able to do things like:
- Send more elaborate emails
- Analyze opening and click through rates to better understand the success of their email campaigns
- Refine their contacts to send more targeted communications
Luckily, AssoConnect's emailing functionality meets all of these needs!
Here are six advantages of our emailing feature:
- Total personalization of your emails
- Detailed email templates
- Ability to send more targeted emails
- Statistics of your email campaigns to help you further analyze their success
- Build up a reliable contact base
- Easily import your contacts
Advantage 1: Total Personalization of Your Emails
With AssoConnect’s emailing campaign feature, you can tailor your email to fit your exact needs by adapting the layout and design.
This feature and the website feature use the same layout. It is a simple drag-and-drop format, but it makes for beautiful website pages!
You can add images, text, link your social media with buttons, and more! This helps you to create the perfect template for your email campaign.
In case you get cold feet before sending, you can always send yourself a test email to make sure it looks perfect!
If you like the layout of your email, you can always save it as a template and reuse it in the future.
Advantage 2: Nonprofit-Focused Email Templates
Lucky you! You have a selection of templates that AssoConnect has created specifically for nonprofits.
Donation requests, renewing memberships, etc….
You have the ability to edit these templates as you choose! This is a particularly useful tool for newer nonprofits that are looking for inspiration.
Using a template is a great way to save time and avoid a headache!
Advantage 3: Targeted Emails
Targeting your emails is a useful technique for a successful email campaign.
To become a pro at targeting your emails, it is a good idea to break up your contact base into groups or by specific criteria. Stay refined!
On the AssoConnect platform, your contact base is totally synced to your emailing feature. This means you can create mailing lists according to your chosen set of criteria.
Let's take a look at why targeted emailing is so effective. For example:
Let’s say you are a California based nonprofit, and you serve the entire state. However, you are trying to collect donations for homeless shelters in Los Angeles.
A small issue: Your donors are from all over the state (and it’s a big state!), they may be more interested in donating to a more local cause.
By emailing all your donors, some of your donors may not feel inclined to participate. Or worse, they could flag your email as spam, which will harm your email campaigns in the future.
With AssoConnect, you can avoid this problem by only selecting donors from Los Angeles in your database and create a specific mailing list.
Now this list is saved in your software and can be used any time you have an LA related email to send out!
Again, it really all boils down to saving time.
Advantage 4: Analyze Your Email Statistics
For every email campaign you send out, AssoConnect provides you with the following stats:
- Opening rate: The number of recipients who opened your email compared to how many emails were sent
- Click through rate: The number of recipients who have clicked on a link that you have included in your email
- Bounce rate: The number of emails that were not delivered, either for a temporary reason or a permanent one. Example: Incorrect address
- Spam rate: The number of emails classified as spam
You also have access to these stats for each of your members. You know who opened your email, who clicked a link and who marked your message as spam.
This can be a great way to clean up your mailing lists! For example, if a recipient marks your email as spam, you can simply remove them from your mailing list and help keep your spam rate low.
By decreasing your spam rate, you will improve your reputation (info also provided by AssoConnect!).
The better your reputation, the fewer emails you send will be reported as spam.
You can also analyze the success of your sending time. Meaning, you can figure out what the best sending times are for your contact base. Early risers or night owls? Now you will know!
For more information on email statistics, check out this article.
Advantage 5: Build a Safe Contact Database
Do you want to find new contacts to build up your database and reach out to more people?
Of course you do! So, you buy 10 million email addresses for a small fee and send any kind of email campaign.
Yikes! This is not a good idea. Here’s why:
- The database you purchased is not accurate and many emails are incorrect or non-existent. This negatively affects your bounce rate.
- Recipients who don’t recognize you (plus spam filters!) can classify you as spam.
Immediate problem: Your email reputation significantly decreases and harms your future emailing campaigns.
Potential future issue: An email you sent to your contacts for an important event ends up directly in a spam folder. Ouch!
To avoid this unfortunate scenario, take note: buying email addresses in bulk is not a strategy that works in 2020.
Nowadays, you have to create content that interests people enough to sign up to receive your emails.
Worried about finding future contacts? Don’t worry! AssoConnect has you covered.
With the website feature, you can add a space on your website to collect contacts who are interested in receiving your awesome content! For example, a “subscribe to our newsletter” button.
You will be able to access all of the email addresses you have collected in the emailing section of your platform. A really simple and easy way to keep tabs on your database!
Advantage 6: Easily Import Your Contacts
Last but not least, you can bulk import all of the email addresses you have collected into your AssoConnect platform!
To do this, simply copy and paste from an Excel spreadsheet into AssoConnect.
You now know all of the tools you need to send out a successful email campaign for your nonprofit.
All of these tools are at your disposal on AssoConnect. Test them for free for 30 days!