Exporting to Mailchimp
This article applies to the Email builder in all BEE Pro plans.
Level up your email in Mailchimp
You can easily design your emails in the BEE builder, and then push them to Mailchimp for sending. With BEE Pro, you can use this connector that will let you export an email to Mailchimp with only one click.
Here are 2 ways that you can connect your Mailchimp account in BEE Pro:
- From the Workspace Settings section: connect your Mailchimp account before you start designing.
- From the Export options of your email.
Setting up a connector does not sync your BEE Pro designs with external services. If you update a design in BEE Pro after exporting it, you must re-export to see the updates. The export file will populate as a new design inside your ESP.
1. Connect from Workspace Settings
Go to Settings > Connectors.
Click the Connect button for Mailchimp.
And follow the steps to log in. Your credentials are not stored in BEE Pro. They are just used to connect your accounts.
2. Connect from Export
When your email is ready, click on the Export button on the Email Details page.
Then click on Push to your sending system.
A new window will be displayed with the connector list. Select Mailchimp and follow the steps to log in and connect it.
Your email will be exported to your Mailchimp account as a new template. It will appear in the list of templates within a few seconds.
Any doubts? Read our blog post!
Please note that Mailchimp has released a New Builder, which is currently in beta. If you are using their new builder, you will not be able to see custom templates when creating a campaign. Not to worry, though - your templates from BEE Pro are still there. Be sure to create your campaign from the Email Templates section so you can use your designs from BEE.
If you're using their Classic Builder, nothing has changed.
Update your design inside Mailchimp
Until recently, the only way to update your exported design was to make those changes in BEE Pro. Then you had to export your email again. We know that this can be time-consuming, and can make it difficult to keep track of your templates in Mailchimp. As a result, we’ve made it possible to edit your BEE emails directly from the Mailchimp builder!
After exporting via the Mailchimp connector, you can open the design in both Mailchimp's Design Editor and Code Editor. In the Design Editor, you are able to make changes to the following types of content:
However, this does include some limitations, such as:
- Images, GIFS, and stickers cannot be changed
- Structures, such as padding, borders, and background settings can not be changed
- Elements hidden on mobile devices from BEE Pro cannot be changed
- No drag-and-drop functionality
This feature is especially useful if you use the same design frequently, but you only need to make minor changes to the content. For example, if you just need to update one line of copy, you can now make this change in Mailchimp. This feature should save you some time during your creation workflow.
If you are expecting to make changes to the formatting of your design (including text size), we still recommend that you do so inside the BEE builder. This way we can ensure the responsiveness of your design.
We hope you enjoy this update to the Mailchimp connector! We’d love to hear your feedback on this feature.
Multiple Workspaces / Customers
Do you have different workspaces and need to easily manage all your emails and templates?
No problem! The Enterprise Version of BEE Pro allows you to set up different workspaces so you can better organize your email creation workflow. Enterprise allows you to specify different connectors for each workspace so you never need to switch accounts.
For example, say you are a digital marketing enterprise with 10 clients that use Mailchimp. With Enterprise, you will be able to create 10 workspaces in BEE Pro and connect each of them to their specific Mailchimp account.
Looking for a different sending platform? You can check our complete list of connectors for BEE Pro — or request a new one!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
Will I be able to do the opposite? Import HTML email template to BEE plugin?
Unfortunately that is not possible. The good thing is... it's really easy and fast to use the BEE editor, so you should be able to recreate whatever HTML message in BEE rather quickly.
Pushing a message to Mailchimp would be great in the plugin version
I am a novice at this so please forgive my ignorance. I am using Reachmail as an email service provider. Their editor isn't user friendly so I have created a test newsletter in Bee and want to import the HTML code into Reachmail. I downloaded the zip file with images but Reachmail only accept these file extensions: html, shtml, shtm. Is there any way to do this with Bee please?
Hi Lia, you can either upload the HTML that's included in the ZIP file, and then readd the images (if your application does not allow you to import a ZIP file) or you can move to BEE Pro, which allows you to download an HTML file and keep the images hosted with us. See: https://support.beefree.io/hc/en-us/articles/360004496012-Saving-testing-and-exporting-your-emails
Can you add more than one Mailchimp account to a Bee Pro account?
Hi Ryan, you can do so in the Agency plan as you can manage ESP connectors at the Brand level (e.g. one Client / Brand may be using one MailChimp account vs. another Client / Brand that is using another MailChimp account).
I am uploading a zip file to MailChimp but the images aren't going through, how can this be corrected? Thank you
Hi Rose: is there a reason why you are not using the free MailChimp connector? It's super easy to use. See: how to use the MailChimp connector: https://emaildesign.beefree.io/2017/12/tutorial-bee-mailchimp-connector/
Hi, great feature.
I understand that due to the responsive you can't edit the images but it would be useful if the beefree editor had an option to sections, texts, and image elements to add custom html attributes. In that way we could add our own editable elements or repeatable content area by our own risk. (By adding
mc:edit or mc:repeatable macros)
Hi Aris! Thanks so much for your feedback. Please know that I'm forwarding this to our Product team for review. We're happy to see what we can do moving forward.
How do I post it as a page??
Hi Meli. After you save a page, you can publish it and share it with social media like LinkedIn or Facebook. Or you can download the HTML and put it on your website. You can find all the information also in this Help Center article. Hope this can help.
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