Send Your First Broadcast Email


By Jitta Rao

updated 5 months ago

Broadcast emails are one-off email blasts that are sent out to a predetermined segment of users, at a time of your choosing. You can use broadcast emails to send email newsletters, or product announcements, to notify subscribers of a new post on your blog, etc. 

Using Gist, you can create a targeted rich message campaign in minutes, without having to worry about coding or designing templates.

Broadcast messages can be sent to specific users, as well as to a user segment.

To send your first Broadcast Email, log in to your Gist account, and take the following steps.

Step 1: Import Your Contacts.

To start sending emails with Gist, you can import your users from your previous email service provider or CRM, by simply uploading a CSV file.

This is a simple 2 step process:

 Import Step 1: Log into your Gist account and click the ‘Import’ tab on the Settings sidebar.

 Import Step 2: Choose your CSV file and configure the upload settings.

Gist will walk you through the "Upload", "Mapping", "Actions" and "Finish".

Step 2: Compose your Email.

1. Select who on your team the Email will be sent from, and who replys will be directed to.

2. Create a Subject Line and Pre Header Text for your email.

3. Write your email in the WYSIWYG editor. You have the ability to include images, buttons and links along with your message. 

4. On the right hand side your will be able to preview your email live. 

Once you finish writing your email, you can send a test email to an email address of your choice on the bottom of the page.

Step 3: Select who will receive your email.

Choose the audience segment that should receive your email.

If you do not have an existing segment of users that you want, you can create a new segment using the ‘Add Rule’ option. You can add multiple rules at the same time and can narrow down to desired segment of users.

Once your segment is finalized, you can see a sample list of users who will receive your email.

Step 4: Choose settings for your email.

In the "settings" tab, you have the ability to set and double check important settings. These include the Broadcast name of the email, the "From" and "Reply to" fields, Postal address and more.

Once these settings are finalized, click "next".

Step 5: Send or Schedule the email to be sent.

Once you are ready, click 'Save' if you decided to schedule your broadcast for later.

Also, it is recommended that you schedule your email to be sent when most of your target audience will be online so that your email stays on top of their inboxes.

Note that Gist follows UTC standard time, so make sure you check the difference in time zones before you finalize the campaign. 

If you want to send the broadcast right away, save it first, and then click the ‘Send it Now’ button. Do NOT click the 'Send it Now' button if you scheduled the email for later.

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