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Sending lots of emails

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by Motobaka, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. Motobaka

    Motobaka Active Member

    I was about to send approximately 2,500 emails to the people under registered and with the option to receive mails.

    What happens if I do that?

    I don’t have a mail company or something. Just made an html template and got the mail ready to send.

    Any suggestions on how to do it? Just send them through the regular XenForo mail?
  2. Dakis

    Dakis Well-Known Member

    You can use an email service, such as mailchimp or campaignmonitor. I'm using sendy.co
  3. Motobaka

    Motobaka Active Member

    Thanks I will try MailChimp.
  4. TheBigK

    TheBigK Well-Known Member

    I'm a big time Sendy Fan. Check out this review of Sendy that I wrote a few months ago. Sendy sends mails through amazon SES; which you can configure with your xenForo installation.
  5. Motobaka

    Motobaka Active Member

    I’m afraid I was too eager to send the campaign and just registered with ChimpMail. I guess I’ll stay with them for a while but will also check out Sendy.

    Thanks for the advice.
  6. Dakis

    Dakis Well-Known Member

    What do you mean you can configure it with xenforo? Have you found a quick way to update your sendy list with new member's emails?
  7. Marcus

    Marcus Well-Known Member

    Why don't you just use xenforo mail for sending out mails? It should work out fine.
  8. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Because if you don't manage bounce backs, allow people to easily unsubscribe and have a more robust way of tracking opt-ins then you can get blacklisted as a spammer.
  9. Dakis

    Dakis Well-Known Member

    What Chris said.

    Plus with all these other services you can track open rates, click through rates, and the lot.
    Chris D likes this.
  10. TheBigK

    TheBigK Well-Known Member

    Ah - I mean, configure Amazon SES with xenForo; so that the service handles all of xF's mail. I've voted for Sendy+XF integration plugin.
    Dakis likes this.
  11. Marcus

    Marcus Well-Known Member

    Yes it is important to handle bounces. I think with a few thousands there might be a dozen bounces which could be handled manually.

    Amazon SES punishes bounces, I would clean up my email list before using Amazon SES the first time.
  12. TheBigK

    TheBigK Well-Known Member

    I think a bounce rate of about 1%-2% is okay. I had to send a mailer to about 60k+ of our members and a few hundred mails bounced. Amazon didn't mind.
  13. Marcus

    Marcus Well-Known Member

    Without handling bounces for years, I had a much higher bounce rate, a few thousand of mails bounced. But that all depends on communities, their age, and how admins solved bounced (I didn't do much about them).

    I applied to Amazon SES, surprisingly they did not DKIM my messages. I am back on postfix now, it is very reliable and once it's setup (and automatic bounce management), there are not much reasons not to use it.
  14. The Dark Wizard

    The Dark Wizard Well-Known Member

    I use mandrill.com(run by mailchimp) with @xfrocks' mail addon to attack to their api and handle automatic bounceback management and various other things.

    So far? Best email experience I've had yet.
    Tracy Perry, xfrocks and Motobaka like this.

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