If your city does not currently have a website you can use your Beta URL: city_state abbreviation.proudcity.com
Industry: select government
We recommend using your city logo but if you don’t have it you can always update it later.
Subscribe to MailChimp Getting Started Emails
We recommend checking this box as their starter emails are helpful.
Save and get started!
Step 2: Prep list
Find or export your current newsletter list.
We recommend organizing your list in a spreadsheet so you can have organized columns for name, email and other contact details you may have. This will set you up for the easiest import option within MailChimp using .xls, .xlsx or .csv formats.
If your list is not in a spreadsheet, MailChimp has an option for importing .txt files, which .doc and .docx files can be converted to. However, that import feature is not as intuitive as importing a spreadsheet.
Save your organized list with an obvious title that includes the date.
Step 3: Import your list
Create a name that explains the group
Default “from” email
Default “from” name
Remind people how they signed up to your list
Write a short reminder about how the recipient joined your list. For example: “You are receiving this email from [your city] because you signed up for the newsletter at [yourcity.com].
Confirm or edit contact information is correct
Notifications (sent to email account on file)
We recommend at the least clicking the Daily summary option to receive a summary of subscribe/unsubscribe activity
Create List and go to import
CSV or tab-delimited text file:
Import contacts from .csv or .txt files
If you have your list saved as a .xls, .xlsx, .doc or .docx file you can convert to .csv or .txt by saving as and changing the file type.
Copy/paste from file:
Copy and paste contacts from .xls or .xlsx files.
Import contacts from services like Google Contacts, Salesforce, Highrise, Zendesk and more. Additional info.
If your columns are not properly labeled you will have the opportunity to fix them in the next step:
Review and confirm import meth and columns.
Import more lists by selecting “Lists” in the top navigation and then click “Create List” to start the process again.
Step 4: Connecting to ProudCity site
When logged in to MailChimp, select Account from the drop down menu under your name (top right).