DISCO's Email Creator, combined with our Mailing List manager, lets you easily send great looking email newsletters to lists of any size, like you would on Mailchimp, Campaign Monitor or Constant Contact.
Why should I use DISCO to email people instead of Mailchimp etc?
The advantage of using DISCO's Email Creator to email people and share music is that DISCO offers an extra level of stats that other services don't. With DISCO, you can see exactly how each recipient interacted with the music and files you send, including which tracks they streamed and downloaded.
How do I create and send an email?
First, you'll probably want to import your mailing list. Once you've done that, follow the steps below.
Step 1: Creating an email
To view and create emails in the Email creator, open the top right menu above your name and click 'Email creator':
To create a new email, click the 'New email' button at the top right of the screen:
Next, give your email a name (this is just for internal reference; you'll set the subject and other details a little later on):
If you would like to duplicate an existing email you've sent, click Duplicate next to the email in your list of previously sent emails:
Step 2: Adding recipients
In the Choose Recipients step, add your recipients. You can add your recipients from a Mailing list you've set up, or by filtering by the name, email, company, location, or contact type of your recipients:
To send to a mailing list, open the Mailing list drop down at the top left of the recipients screen:
You can also filter by recipients in your contacts, like all people from a particular company, or with a particular email:
You can add multiple filters, like, for example, Contacts of the type 'Writer' in the UK.
When choosing recipients, you have two options that govern how these rules work:
If you select "Users who match all of these rules", your rules will work more strictly. If you add multiple rules, recipients will need to satisfy all of these rules to be selected.
In the above example, if your two rules were recipients with the type 'Writer' in the UK, only writers from the UK would be selected.
If you select "Users who match any of these rules", the rules work less strictly, which means, in our example, it'll pick up any contacts with the type 'Writer' and anyone from the UK.
Each rule has the following possibilities:
• is not
• does not contain
So you can select all emails containing 'gmail', or contacts whose name isn't 'Darren'. A common use for these rules is selecting a larger group, and then adding an additional rule to exclude certain users.
For example, selecting a mailing list, and then adding an additional rule to exclude a particular person from that list using their name or email:
Once you've selected your recipients, click 'Next' at the top right of the screen:
Step 3. Adding email details
In the Email details step, you'll add key details for your email:
Email name is your internal name for this email.
Email subject is the subject line of the email that will go out to everyone.
Sender from address is the email address the email will show as coming from, and which any replies will be sent to.
Sender display name is the name the email will show as coming from.
Business address is your physical business location. (This is required on all emails as part of anti-SPAM law.)
If you've selected a mailing list in the select recipients step, some of this information will be pre-filled from your mailing list settings, but it can be overwritten for your current email if you like.
When you've added your email details, click 'Next'.
Step 4. Selecting a template
In the next stage, you'll be asked to select your email template. There are two options: a one column template, and a two column template:
This is just a starting point – you can edit and customise the content of your email, including the columns, in the next step. (Note that if you're duplicating a previous email, you'll skip this step.)
Once you've selected your template, click Next to continue.
Step 5. Building your email in the editor
Creating your email is just a matter of selecting content blocks and adding content to them. You can see the different block types at the right of the screen:
To add a new block to your email, just drag and drop the block above or below the existing blocks in your email. You'll see a yellow 'Insert here' tab when it's ready to drop:
For text blocks, you can edit the content within the block by clicking on the pencil icon:
And then edit your content inside the block:
Add links, buttons, images, text styles and more from the text editor menu options:
Overall settings for blocks can be accessed and edited via the right hand settings column. To open settings for a block, click the pencil icon, and then Save and close when you're done:
For certain blocks, like image, playlist and button blocks, you'll enter the content in the Settings column as well:
Settings for the whole email (like the background colour) can be accessed from the Settings link next to Blocks at the top right of the screen:
If you'd like to test how your email looks in your email client, click the Send test email button to send yourself a test copy:
When your content is good to go, click Next.
Step 6. Confirming and sending
The final confirmation step checks if you have everything you need for your email (recipients, subject line, content, address), and has quick links next to the content if you need to make any final adjustments:
When you're all ready, click Send email and confirm your send in the pop up:
And you're done! 🙌
Step 7. Viewing campaign stats
Once your email is sent, you can view in-depth stats about how each of your recipients interacted with your email and its content. To view your email stats, click the title of your email in the email list, or the 'View stats' link:
On the email stats page you'll see stats on open rates, click rates, most engaged users, most streamed and downloaded tracks, and more: