Campaigns Options

screenshot2bAutoChimp allows you to automatically create MailChimp campaigns as you create blog posts on your site.  Use this tab to set up those options.

Read the table row by row.  Existing rows show mappings that you have already created.  Their are four select boxes that give you fine control over your mapping.

  1. The first select box allows you to select a category that you’d like to create campaigns from.  Choose “Any” if you’d live every post to be turned into a campaign.
  2. The second select box allows you to choose a mailing list to send the campaign to.
  3. The third select box allows you to choose an interest group, if any, within your selected mailing list.
  4. The fourth and final select box allows you to choose a user template, if any.  Note that Gallery Templates are not supported; these must be User Templates.  You can, however, copy a Gallery Template as a User Template and modify it to your liking. One very important point: Your main content section must be called “main”. This is where AutoChimp will substitute content.  Read more below:

To add a new row, just click “Add New Post Category Mapping”.

If you change your mind and don’t want to add the new mapping, just leave the page.  Mappings are only saved when you click the “Save Options” button.  To delete an existing mapping, create the “X” to the right of the mapping.  You’ll be given the chance to back out.  You can only delete rows one-by-one.  There is no multi-delete function.

If you have any AutoChimp plugins for publish-related posts, you will have additional options show up here as well.  For example, if you use the Events Manager plugin, you can create campaigns from your events.  These plugins work the same was as described above.

More on Templates:

The MailChimp template editor is very powerful and therefore sometimes confusing, especially if you’re not so technical.  In order to change the name of a section, you need to get access to the template’s source code (uh oh, it’ll get a little technical, but I’ll try to walk you through this).  MailChimp often changes how you access the source code, but once you have selected the template that you want to use, search for buttons that read “code” and “design”:

You’ll eventually want access to the source code by clicking on the “code” button.  But first, take a look at this sample image (below) of a template in “Design” mode.  See the various “Heading” text?  Let’s assume we want to substitute that text with our post’s content.

Now that we’ve identified where we want our post content to go, click on the “Code” button and look at the source:

In the image, you can see the “Heading” text.  Look above that at a section within a div tag.  In this example, I’ve already changed the text to “main”.  You should do the same.  Once you do this and select the template in AutoChimp, you should see your post content replacing the entire content of this section.

Good luck!