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Email Newsletter Software

Are there any recommendations for good software/web apps that cna handle email/online newsletters for a pretty large business?  I need most of these features:
- Ability to create several layout templates for marketing people to kind of create their own newsletters
- a WYSIWYG content editor (we can add this to a web-based form)
- readership tracking and reporting functionality
- ability to integrate with various contact lists (Exchange, CRM databases, spreadsheets, text files) for publishing

We are a Win/ASP environment.  If there are products out there that do all of that, that's great, but we are willing to take a web-based product that we can dig into and customize, too.  We cannot use a hosted service that would require us to transfer our contact lists to their servers.

I'm searching on Google for this kind of stuff, but its surprising that I am not finding much in the way of high-end corporate shrinkwrap solutions.

If anyone knows of some solid ones, let me know.

Trying to make my job easier
Tuesday, April 13, 2004

I, or many of the other people on this list, would be perfectly happy to create on for your company in exchange for money.  I suggest contacting a few people quietly off the boards and seeing what they can do for you.

Clay Dowling
Tuesday, April 13, 2004

[nod] this is a fairly straightforward application to create, and you're right - it's surprising one doesn't exist.

Since you have Exchange, one of the MS-platform devs here on the list would probably have a good time building it - hit up our regulars, there's some real talent on this board.

One word of warning - don't necessarily dive for the lowest bidder, and be wary of sticker shock. Custom applications are generally more expensive than the $75 boxes at BestBuy, but with a good developer who will work with your users to create a solid custom app, it should pay for itself within a year.

Best of luck!

Philo

Philo
Tuesday, April 13, 2004

I appreciate the idea, but what we are looking at is deciding between building it ourselves (we have talented people, too ;-) ) or buying a shrinkwrap.  It will just be a matter of cost-effectiveness.  How long will it take us to build it custom, and how much will that cost?  Does that cost justify the custom features?  Is there a shrinkwrap that already does what we want, and we don't need to reinvent that wheel?

Thats mainly why I'd like to find a package that was web-based, so we could leverage what was already built, and then mod it to our situation.

Trying to make my job easier
Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Look at SQL Reporting Services - that might be bent to your will - it can report against disparate sources, has a WYSIWYG designer (in Visual Studio 2003), and can mail out reports. And the report definitions are open-standard XML, so you can always alter them programatically.

Oh, and it's covered under SQL Server licenses, so if you have a SQL Server running, you already "own" it. :)

It's slightly oblique to what you were thinking of, but it might do the job.

[Disclaimer: I work for Microsoft]
Philo

Philo
Tuesday, April 13, 2004

There are lots of such programs. I have tested some about 1 year ago.

Unfortunately I don't remember the names. :-(

You may want to check out http://www.mailutilities.com/ - they have some programs which do that.

However, there are even better programs.

.
Wednesday, April 14, 2004

I use Group Mail

http://www.infacta.com/

Which is pretty good, not networkable though. I decided upon it after testing many offerings.

Jono
Wednesday, April 14, 2004

There are tons of web apps that do what you are trying to do to one degree or another.

hotscripts is your friend.

http://www.hotscripts.com/ASP/Scripts_and_Components/Mailing_List_Managers/index.html

http://www.hotscripts.com/PHP/Scripts_and_Programs/Mailing_List_Managers/index.html

http://www.hotscripts.com/PHP/Scripts_and_Programs/Email_Systems/Email_Utilities/index.html

etc etc

Not all free. Not all ASP, but tons to get you started.

Tapiwa
Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Thanks.

There are some decent ones in there, at least some that we could use as a foundation and customize for our needs.

Trying to make my job easier
Wednesday, April 14, 2004

If you want excellent reporting and a track record of satisfying a bunch of large, demanding clients check out IMN:

http://www.imninc.com

I believe they provide both an email newsletter ASP service as well as some type of corporate blogging tool, although I don't know the details on the latter offering.

Their newsletter service is great.

dir at badblue com
Wednesday, April 14, 2004

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