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      The main method of communication with your supporters in Salsa Engage is via Email. In this section we will cover how to create and send an email.

      Step 1: Getting Started

      The main method of communication with your supporters in Salsa Engage is via Email. In this section we will cover how to create and send an email.

      1. Navigate to the Messaging section and select the Emails tab.
      2. Click the + Create an Email button.

      Step 2: Setup

      1. Give the mail an internal Email Reference Name. This will be used only internally by you and other campaign managers to distinguish between all of your emails so make sure it is unique.
      2. Enter an Email Description. While not required, the email description allows you to provide some further details on this specific email. This is used only internally by you and your team.
      3. Use the pull-down Message Topic control (Under What type of email is this?) to choose what type of email you are sending. By default your account will have a Newsletter and Fundraising message topic. You can also create additional message topics in your account settings. Selecting an email category will help you analyze how your different campaigns perform.
      4. Click the Next: Choose this Email’s Audience button to move onto the next step of sending an email: choosing who you are sending to.

      Step 3: Choose the Targets of Your Email

      Select the Audience: Who should receive this email?

      1. Choose from one of the options:

      • Click the Entire List button to send to your full list.
      • Click the Selected segments of your list, or specific supporters button to send the email to only certain people. If you choose this option, you'll be given two additional options:
        • Choose group(s) to receive this email - The first option will be to choose a segment of your list, these will have need to have been setup ahead of time in the Audience module.
        • Choose additional supporters to receive this email - You can also add specific supporters if they are not part of the segment you chose. Start typing in the search box and all supporters who match your search conditions will be shown. Hit the + symbol next to the supporters you want to add. You can add as many as you want.

      2. Define Who should NOT receive this email? - The last step of this section is to choose who shouldn’t receive this email. Depending on what type of email this is, you have the option to exclude subscribers who are not interested in those email types, or ignore preferences and send to subscribers who aren't necessarily interested in those types of emails. By default, we will automatically not send to supporters who have opt-ed out of the Email Campaign that you are sending to. You have the ability to override preferences and send to them anyway. However, this is not recommended because they specifically took the time to tell you they don’t want to receive this type of email. This could lead to a full unsubscribe or the message being marked as spam by the supporter. Either of these options would lead to poor email deliverability for your organization. 

      3. Similar to the above selection you can choose whole segments who won’t get the message or just individual supporters. Use Do not send to these groups and Do not send to these supporters to limit who gets the email.

      4. Click the Next: Compose Your Email >> button in the lower right-hand corner to draft up your message.

      Step 4: Compose Your Email

      Create the Email

      Choose the layout that the email will use OR click Code My Own at the bottom of the window.

      • Code My Own enables you to enter your own HTML to create your email from scratch. Code your email, and then click Next: Final Steps >> at the lower right-hand corner of the window.
      • If you choose a pre-made layout, click the Next: Composer button at the lower right-hand corner of the window.  You'll be taken to the Compose Your Email page. See The Visual Editor for Activities and Messaging for detailed directions.

      Compose Your Email

      The Compose page is where you'll do the bulk of your work. This is where you enter your content, select & edit images, add links, and adjust other custom elements.


      As you can see in the image above, all the basics of an email are present towards the top of this page: The From Name, From Email, Reply to Email, and the Subject Line. Your default system settings should populate these fields for you.

      You can manage your default outgoing email settings by...

      1. Clicking the tools icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen 00001900.png.
      2. Selecting Email Defaults from the "Switch To..." menu.
      3. Filling out the appropriate fields.

      Note: The button at the end of the Subject Line that looks like a silhouette is called the "Insert a Personalized Field" button.  This will be discussed in detail in the Visual Editor section below.

      A/B Split Testing: Create a split test (up to 5 versions)

      The tab with the "+" sign towards the top left of the "Compose Your Email" page allows you to create multiple iterations of your message for the purposes of deciding which version is more successful. 


      The basic steps to creating your test emails are as follows:

      1. Fill in your Subject Line.
      2. Create your email blast.
      3. Select the "+" sign to generate up to five different copies of your email.
      4. Make slight alterations to your various copies, which will be addressed in greater detail further down.
      5. Move on to the final steps, select your percentages that you'll send to, and send your blasts.

      To make an effective test, you may wish to follow a few of these guidelines:

      1. Isolate one variable per test - Subject, salutation, From name... keep the change confined to a simple, easily identifiable factor.
      2. Consider statistical significance - If you send your test to 100% of your list, you'll really only learn what works for some future email blast, and not really be able to do anything with the information for the current blast. Picking a smaller percentage of your list to send to means a bigger portion will get the optimized email. The trick here is to get enough responses to each version that you can gather useful enough information to determine which email "won". If your entire list is very small, your sample size my be statistically insignificant.  If you have a fairly large list of people (thousands or even tens of thousands) you can begin to get good data out of smaller subsets of your list. Salsa recommends sending the test to 25-30% of your total list.
      3. Re-test the things you know work - It's an ever-changing world out there, and what works for this year's gala can fall flat the next. If you're invested in testing for the purposes of optimizing your emailing effectiveness, then don't forget to revisit old tests you've run!

      The Visual Editor

      The Visual Editor is the primary tool used to build the body of your email blast. Scrolling down the page, you’ll reach a visual editor. Constructing the body of your message is very similar to how you create forms in Activities, as the Visual Editor contains many similar tools across Salsa Engage. See The Visual Editor for Activities and Messaging for detailed directions.

      For each type of design element you place into your page, there's a separate set of finer controls which allow you to further edit and design your form or email.

      Since most of the options revealed by clicking this icon are covered in The Visual Editor for Activities and Messaging, we'll only cover the tools and elements specific to email.

      Text.png The Text Box - When you click the Pencil icon in the Form field, you'll see the "Edit Text" window.

      Although you'll find the Text Box used extensively elsewhere, one key option that is available to your email composition that isn't seen anywhere else is the "Insert a Personalized Field" button. This is the same button available to you at the end of your Subject Line field above.  This button brings up a window that allows you to personalize your message with a merge field (or fields) of your choosing. For example, if you wanted to send someone a birthday message and really make it stand out in ALL CAPS, scroll down to find Date of Birth, or use the Search field to quickly locate it among the other choices. Select your ALL CAPS radio button, and then decide if you want any messaging to be placed in lieu of missing data on the supporter's record.

      Once you're done, click the Save Content button.

      00001899.png OrgInfo -  If you want to add one or two places where you can insert your organization's contact data.  You'll notice these are all merge fields. Remove any you don't want, or click and drag to reorder them to your liking.


      There's no need to overwrite your contact information; merge fields will pull your info automatically as the blast is being sent. 

      If you find you need to update your organization's contact info., you can do so by going to your Settings, which is the tools icon in the upper right-hand corner. 


      The first tab you'll see upon arriving on the Settings page is the "Set Org Details" tab.  Here's where you can edit your address, phone, and email.  You can click the "Save It!" button in the lower right-hand corner when you've made your edits.

      Spam Checker: What's Your Score? 

      Click the Request Your Score button evaluate your email's content: it's links, images, and verbiage.  Certain phrases, keywords, link types, and other components of your message may trigger spam traps on the receiving end, so we try and provide you with a little data to help clean that up if needed.  Salsa uses SpamAssassin for it's spam scoring.  We've tried to make the spam messages more friendly to actual humans, as the actual codes that SpamAssassin produces are decidedly cryptic. If you do have email content that's considered spam-ish, Salsa will try to give you some guidance on what needs to be changed.

      Note: A general rule of thumb is to note that a cumulative score of 5.0 or higher means you'll more than likely hit spam traps. A lower score doesn't mean you won't hit certain email clients' spam triggers, but the odds are less that they'll be routed into junk folders.  No score means you're sitting at a relatively comfortable 0.0.

      Once you're done making your choices, you can save, go back, or move forward in the process by clicking Next: Final Steps >>.

      Step 5: Schedule, Test, and Send

      1. First, you will review who the message is getting sent to. You will see the total amount of targeted supporters and what segments/individually added supporters it is based off of.


      If you've elected to send an A/B test, you'll see an additional field with options to help you select which percentages to use and how the "winner" is chosen.


      You will typically want to only send to around 20% of your list in order to get decent data. You can also tell Salsa Engage to automatically determine the winner after a period of time you set, or that you'll be the one to manually pick a winner.

      2. If the targeting count looks right, and if you've set up any needed A/B testing criteria (if that's not present, you don't have to worry about it), the next step is to send yourself a test message to confirm what it looks like when you actually get it in your inbox. Type in an email into the box and click the Add button to add that email to the test. If you leave the Save these addresses for future tests checkbox checked while adding emails, they will be saved so all future email blasts created will automatically have those test emails added.

      3. After you have all the emails added, click the Send the Test! button to send a test message to each of the emails you enter. After confirming the message looks good, you will decide when the email is going out. If you want to send it right away just leave Send Immediately checked and click the Send Now button.

      If you want schedule the email to send at a future date and time,  click the Schedule for a later date checkbox and two new boxes will appear. Click in the first one to set a date and then use the next drop-down box to choose a time. The timezone is based off the local timezone of the campaign manager saving the time. Click the Send Later button and your email will go out at the date and time you set.

      If you need to stop a scheduled blast the Cancel the blast option will be present on the Status tab. Canceling the blast removes it from the send queue so you can make modifications and reschedule it to send at whatever date and time you would like.

      Step 6: Analyze Published Emails

      After you have sent an email blast and given your supporters some time to open and read it, you can get some details on how the email performed. Navigate to the Email section of the Messaging module.


      Below the graph showing your last 30 email blasts you will see a list of all emails, click the Reference Name of the completed email you want to review.


      Information about charts and graphs accompany the charts and graphs themselves.

      You can export your results as a CSV file under the details tab with columns such as "Links Clicked", and "Open Date".

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