We’re About to Make Things Easier! Check Out Our Upcoming Product Updates

Here at Constant Contact we’ve been busy adding new and improved features to make our products easier to use. We’re rolling out a number of updates in the near future, and we wanted to give you a heads-up.

What can you expect?

Here’s a rundown of what we’ve got planned:

Updates for Email Marketing

  • Insert Menu Update

    NOW LIVE! A refreshed and easy-to-use insert menu: Adding items from the insert menu when editing your emails just got easier. Our previous menu was long and included both insert options, (such as image, document, and greeting) and social buttons, (such as “Like on Facebook” or “Follow on Twitter”) on the same menu screen. The improved menu is not only more attractive, but is also more practical because it is shorter and easier to navigate. Simply switch between the ‘insert’ tab, and the ‘social media’ tab to find what you need. You may also notice that we’ve added a Pinterest button!

  • A new image editing tool: You may have heard that Picnik, our image editing provider, will be closing in April. But fear not, we’re excited to launch a great, new image editing option for you before Picnik goes away. Stay tuned we’ll be keep you updated on the blog.

Updates for Social Campaigns

  • NOW LIVE! Add videos to your Social Campaigns templates: Soon, you’ll have two new options for including videos in Social Campaigns. The first update will allow you to customize any existing Social Campaign template by adding a video block. The second will be the addition of a new easy-to-use “video” template that can quickly be edited to your specifications. Find out more about how to add videos to Social Campaigns templates.

Updates for Event Marketing

  • NOW LIVE! Mobile friendly Event Marketing: Your customers can soon view, register, and buy tickets for your events on their mobile devices. We’ll be able to detect a mobile device, provide a mobile registration form, and present Express Checkout through PayPal for mobile payments. Find out more about the latest PayPal updates.

Updates in the Marketplace

We’ve also been spending time recently developing apps and integrations with a few partners. Check out these new additions to the Marketplace:

  • Free BringShare App: Track email results from delivery, to conversions, and revenue. With the free BringShare app you can easily track the end-to-end results of your Constant Contact email marketing campaigns from delivery to conversions and revenue without manual data manipulation. The BringShare Email Marketing Dashboard brings together your email stats and Google Analytics data and presents them in a single graphical dashboard so you can make faster, smarter decisions to improve your email marketing performance. You can compare the performance of up to five email campaigns and easily pinpoint which parts of your email campaign work well or fall short. Setting up your free BringShare membership takes less than two minutes. Find the app in our MarketPlace.
  • Free CRM integrations: Sync your contacts automatically and segment lists for more effective campaigns.Save time managing your contacts by integrating with your customer relationship management (CRM) tool. Constant Contact integrates with the most popular CRM tools using partner integrations:

    You can automatically sync all basic fields of your contacts such as email address, first and last name, company name, and address, as well as your opt-outs. Furthermore, with the CRM integration you can also segment your contacts based on product interest or purchase history and automatically sync this list with Constant Contact to create targeted – and more effective, email campaigns. “Free for Life” and paid plans are available for these integrations. Find the app in our MarketPlace.

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  1. What a great article! Thanks for giving us a heads up on all the exciting changes and additions. Constant Contact just keeps getting better and better.

    Peggy

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  2. Thanks for the shout out. We’re incredibly excited to be bringing Constant Contact users our Email Marketing Dashboard for free. Never before has it been easier to see your complete marketing picture from email open/click to conversions and revenue.

    Contact us with any questions you have. We’re incredibly excited to be working closely with Constant Contact users!

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    • Thanks for your updates. They are terrific and keep us on our toes! My query is the color yellow used in your posts – it is hard to read. Any comment?

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      • Dave Charest •

        Hi Carina, Thanks for the feedback. We agree. We’re working on updating the link colors so it doesn’t get lost.

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  3. I’ll double what BringShare just said. I’m the Community Manager at BringShare and I’m pumped to begin working with Constant Contact users to bring you all the email marketing analytics you need!

    Jessica, thanks for including our partnership in this post. Constant Contact definitely has an awesome variety of integrations that make email marketing as simple as possible. We’re proud to be added to that list.

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  4. Carissa Deutscher •

    I hope a FourSquare button is included! :)

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    • Jessica Ernhart •

      We don’t have a FourSquare button included in this release, but I will submit your request to our developers. Thank you!

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  5. Where did Bantam Live go?

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    • Jessica Ernhart •

      We’re continuing to integrate Bantam Live’s technology into our product platform. Stay tuned for updates later this year.

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  6. I’m excited about the new upcoming features. I’ve been a Constant Contact customer for years and love the look and ease of use, and all new improvements have always made things better.

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    • Jessica Ernhart •

      Thank you for being a long time customer. We’re glad you like all of the improvements we’ve been making recently! Please keep your feedback coming.

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  7. Splendid! And thank you for sharing/updating us all – it’s much appreciated :) LCA

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  8. Yay! a Pinterest button!!!

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  9. Excited about the new updates. Thanks for always keeping us up to date. I had a company contact me last week about test driving their product for keeping in touch with our clients and I simply said “Not interested, we’re with Constant Contact and I love it!”

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  10. I don’t know what a social campaign is, but we would like the ability to add video to our education and training email marketing. Will that be posible?

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    • Jessica Ernhart •

      Social Campaigns is a new product by Constant Contact that makes running a marketing campaign on Facebook easy and effective.

      Not too long ago we created a feature that makes it easy to add videos to your Email Marketing. This is how it works – http://bit.ly/HxF5JG

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  11. Rhonda •

    I’m still waiting for a folder feature to organize my email campaigns… I was told this feature would be worked on MONTHS ago.

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    • LIGrrl •

      AMEN! I’ve been asking for years for an easy way to organize e-mails. WISH they would let us put e-mail campaigns in folders, as they do for images.

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      • Jessica Ernhart •

        I’m glad you’re excited about our plans to add a folder structure which will allow for more easy management and organization of emails. We’re continuing work on developing the feature, and plan to share it with you within the next 6 months.

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  12. Shelia •

    I would like the ability to be able to insert a small Excel chart

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    • Jessica Ernhart •

      The Email Marketing product does currently allow copying and pasting of excel tables into email blocks. The best way to include excel charts and graphs in an email is to copy the image and paste it into a picture manager. The chart image can then uploaded into your Constant Contact image library. If you need assistance give our Support team a call, they would be happy to help!

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  14. Will you be adding pinterest and google+ to the ‘share on social networks’ tool when you schedule e-mails??

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  15. Lucia •

    & when I want to edit an existing document/email…. that huge new menue comes up and I can’t get back to my text to edit dates and type in new things…. Please help!!! I already sent a query in, but they did not know what I was talking about… Please help

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