MailChimp is one of our favorite email marketing systems. When we need to send out emails, and don’t want them to get stuck in spam filters, we use MailChimp.
They also provide some pretty neat tools for discovering how your email marketing funnel works. For our Wistia users, we wanted to create a seamless experience where they could send tailored email campaigns that included Wistia videos, and then track how their contacts interacted with the video itself.
So let’s dive in to how to create an email campaign with Wistia and MailChimp!
The first step is choosing the video you’d like to show off in your campaign.
Start by embedding the video on the landing page you’ll be using. (If you’re having the email merge tag point to your Wistia Media Page, you can skip this step.) Follow the embedding steps if you have any trouble: Embedding Your Video.
There’s a few ways to use the magic of MailChimp and Wistia together. You can use the power of Turnstile to collect leads, and send them to different MailChimp lists. To begin, you’ll want to head to Account > Settings while logged in as the Account Owner. Then, navigate to the Integrations section under Advanced.
Select MailChimp from the list, and you’ll be prompted to connect via MailChimp.
Enter your login credentials and do a little dance. You’re almost to the sweet goods!
The first way to enjoy the magic is to set up a Turnstile on one or more of your videos. Navigate to the video that you want to collect leads with. Select Customize from the Video Actions drop-down menu. Then, under Timeline Actions, add a Turnstile. Customize it to your specifications (names too? can they skip?), and choose a list in MailChimp.
Save your changes, and you’re good to go! Bonus: we built Turnstile to be smart enough to know when to lay low. Turnstile can recognize where someone is watching the video from, so if you choose to share the same video in a MailChimp campaign, your viewers won’t get stuck with the Turnstile.
Want to know more? Check out the Turnstile page for all the details.
Another way you can gather and nurture leads is to share your video through a MailChimp campaign. First you’ll want to navigate to the video you’d like to share within Wistia.
Next, select Embed and Share from under the Video Actions menu.
In the Embed and Share modal, head to the Link in Email Campaign tab. If you’ve already integrated your Wistia account with your MailChimp account, the email merge tag will be automatically styled for MailChimp.
But just to be sure, double check that “MailChimp” is selected from the Email provider drop-down (it should be first, because we <3 them). Then tweak your settings for thumbnail size (how big it will appear in the email) and landing page (once they click on the thumbnail, where should they go? - hint: where the video is!).
After getting the thumbnail and link settings working the way you’d like, copy the Email Merge Tag code, and paste it into the body of your MailChimp email. You can add it as either an HTML element, or just as a text box.
The email merge tag won’t immediately show the thumbnail — check out the preview mode for that!
Tip: The best bet is to send yourself a test email, to make sure everything is working correctly. Careful, though, if you’re viewing the video when you’re logged in it won’t pass through the e-mail quite right (your login will override it).
Once your viewers receive their emails, they will start clicking your video!
The great part about MailChimp and Wistia together is that the merge tag has your recipient’s email address built in - so when tracking the stats you can see exactly which emails watched the video, and up to the second how much they watched. Now how cool is that? Just navigate to the media stats page by selecting “Stats” from the Video Actions button.
Something we want to do frequently, but isn’t always straight-forward, is centering our thumbnail in a MailChimp campaign. Here’s the skinny:
- Copy out your MailChimp merge tag - and take special note of the
width(you might have it set up as the default,
- Before I paste in the merge tag, I create a
<div>tag to wrap it in, like this:
<div style="width: 450px; margin: 0 auto;"> *|WISTIA:[$vid=w18s9azjov,$max_width=450,$watch_url=http://jeff.wistia.com/medias/w18s9azjov,$title=N,$border=N,$trim_border=N,$play_button_color=636155e0]|* </div>
Note, I set the following styles on the div:
widthis set to the width of your merge tag.
marginis set to
auto(horizontally). This will center the thumbnail.
Give this a shot with your next MailChimp merge tag embed!
Thumbnail and link aren’t changing
If you’ve updated your merge tag, but the Preview and Test emails are still the same, it might be a caching issue. This can impact thumbnails and links, so if you can’t get those to update, try adding the merge tag to a fresh campaign. If that works, then it was cached by MailChimp. Use a fresh campaign to make sure all the changes are in effect.
Emails not appearing in lists
In our experience, there are a few reasons why this may happen.
If you have previously had this email included in one of your lists in MailChimp but have since deleted it, MailChimp will not allow the email to be included in a list again. This is something that we often run into with test emails!
MailChimp will sometimes cache old thumbnails, if you’ve previously used a different video in the same template. You can create a new campaign to solve the problem.
MailChimp uses a double opt-in system. If the viewer that has checked out your video hasn’t yet had the opportunity to confirm their opt-in for your email list, MailChimp will not populate their email. You can read more about this here.