Add Church Content events into a MailChimp newsletter

Add Church Content events into a MailChimp newsletter


– [Brian Hogg] Hello, Brian Hogg here with Event Calendar Newsletter. I wanted to give you a quick demo of using the Event Calendar Newsletter
plugin for WordPress along with Church Content. Church Content is a plugin
that allows you to add sermons, events, and more. It requires one of their official themes or a couple of third-party themes that are made specifically for this plugin to make them look really nice. I’ve got kind of a test site set up here. There’s nothing on the Home page, but if we head over to Events, you can see it displays
the upcoming events that the church has in a really nice way. Now if I want to copy and paste this into a newsletter and make sure
I don’t mess anything up, I mean I’m gonna have to go select the title, select
the start-and-end time, paste that in, maybe go into the Event page to make sure I get everything like the venue correct, copy and paste this, maybe add and import this image. I mean it’s just gonna
be a pain to do this for every single event. There’s a pretty good
chance that I’m gonna miscopy-paste something along the way. So thanks to the Event Calendar
Newsletter plugin though, we can actually head over to
Event Calendar Newsletter. Once they have this installed, it’ll just automatically detect that you have the Church
Content plugin installed. You can pick how many days in the future you want to fetch events for. I’m going to say one month. You can then filter by categories. Maybe if you have multiple campuses, you could add categories for
events in those campuses, and then just grab those ones. You can do this more than once, and then even save a template, so it’s very easy to regenerate again. You can add a header or
footer text if you’d like. You can group events if
you have a lot of them by day or month. For now, I’m just gonna
pick the default design and hit Generate Newsletter Events. Now if you scroll down here, cool! We’ve got the event details that we can easily add into our newsletter without having to worry
about messing anything up. The easiest way to add
this into our newsletter is to first save it as a template. So I’m going to say All Events. Now if I flip over to
view saved templates, I can then copy and
paste this FeedBlock tag. If I’m creating a new email, all I need to do is drag in the text, paste that FeedBlock. You can see it just kinda
looks like gibberish but it’s got our website address in there. But then if I go over to Preview and Test, you can see that it’s
pulling in our events which is pretty sweet. I flip back over, there’s a few other
templates that we can use. There’s Minimal/Compact if you’ve got a bunch of events, and you don’t want to take up a ton of space in your newsletter. There’s also Single Row With Button which is kinda nice. It’s got a nice View button here, and the venue, and your date and time, along with the image if you have one. You can also pick Custom, and then actually put in the Start Date, End Time, Description, Link, however you want to do it. If you know a bit of HTML, you can even flip over to this view and put in the email that you would like. Again I could filter by one
or more specific categories, and then just save another template for those events, and do the same thing. Well this works great! One other feature of
MailChimp is what’s called RSS-to-Email which allows you to send a weekly email of upcoming events that are happening in the church. You can see here we can pick how often, every day, every week, what time of day, and other options. Let’s quickly go through
and see how we do that with Event Calendar Newsletter. I just need to go Create Campaign, actually search RSS. We’re picking Share blog updates, even though we’re doing it for our events. We’ll just say Weekly Events. You can pick whatever list
you’d like and hit Begin. Now if we flip back over to
Event Calendar Newsletter, and then saved templates, you can see this Feed URL, so just need to copy that in, paste it there. I’ll pick every week, say on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. If I hit Next, you can pick what recipients you want to have it. You can actually organize
your list by group and maybe just send the events that they’re most interested in such as events for a specific campus. We’ll change this to say Upcoming Events for our Test Church. I’ll just pick the Simple Text template. So now we can design
this however we’d like, but I can say Test Church, Upcoming Events. We can add some intro text maybe in here, but for now I’m just gonna remove this. If I flip back over, now instead of using that FeedBlock, which I actually could use, but it’s better to use
this RSSItems block. I’ll paste this in, Save and Close, and then if we go to Preview mode, you can see that it looks
just the same as before except now it’s part of a campaign that’ll send every week. If we hit Next and just confirm that, now every single week on Tuesday morning, it’s gonna fetch the upcoming events from our Church Content
on our WordPress site and send it to those who are interested. All you need to do is add new events under your WordPress site just like you would to
add it to the website, and you’re all set. That’s how you use Event
Calendar Newsletter to add the events into
your email campaigns. Check it out over on
eventcalendarnewsletter.com.

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