Notes and tips for managing your LGL/MailChimp integration
Once you've set up an integration with MailChimp and connected to a MailChimp list, here are some notes to keep in mind and tips to follow that can help you manage the integration.
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Notes (things to keep in mind)
- LGL can sync to only one MailChimp list at a time
- You must set the MailChimp status for a constituent in order for that email record to be pulled in via the sync
- Only the preferred email address for a constituent will be sent to MailChimp
- How syncing works
- Data comes back from MailChimp to LGL nightly
- To avoid errors in syncing, minimize the number of required fields in your MailChimp list
- You can sub-segment contacts in your MailChimp list in two different ways: By using linked categories or static segments
- Review the status of your integration in Settings > Integration > MailChimp
IMPORTANT NOTE: MailChimp has made two key changes to its product terminology. "Lists" as used in this article now refers to "Audiences" in MailChimp. "Static segments" now refers to "Tags" in MailChimp.
Notes (things to keep in mind)
LGL can sync to only one MailChimp list at a time
This means that when you connect your LGL account to your MailChimp account, you can choose one MailChimp list. But you do have the ability to sync to multiple segments or groups in MailChimp. This article describes more about how those functions work.
You must set the MailChimp status for a constituent in order for that email record to be synced into MailChimp
- Setting a status of "Subscribed" will cause the preferred email address for the constituent to be added to MailChimp
- Setting a status of "Removed" will cause the email address for the constituent to be removed from MailChimp
- Deleting a constituent in LGL will not remove the constituent from your MailChimp list
- If you need to resubscribe a constituent whose email has bounced, first change the email address in LGL and then click the “Resubscribe” button on the constituent details page in LGL
- If you need to resubscribe an unsubscribed constituent, click the “Resubscribe” button on the constituent details page in LGL
Only the preferred email address for a constituent will be sent to MailChimp
If you have multiple email addresses for any given constituent, only the one that is marked “Preferred” will be added to MailChimp.
How syncing works
Syncing happens automatically each night, but you can initiate it manually by clicking the “Push list” button on your MailChimp Integration page. If you use this method to sync, the process can take 1 to 2 hours to complete.
You can see the overall status of the sync on the MailChimp Integration page. Pending records have not yet been synced, errors are not able to be synced, and so on.
Data comes back from MailChimp to LGL nightly
Updates from MailChimp land in your Integration Queue. For the most part, they just update the constituent’s MailChimp status, but new constituents might be added (if new subscribers were added to your list in MailChimp). Additions and updates can be accepted or rejected from within the Integration Queue.
To avoid errors in syncing, minimize the number of required fields in your MailChimp list
Within the list you create in MailChimp (which you can access in your MailChimp account), it’s possible to make fields required. First and last name are important to include. But we don’t recommend requiring much data beyond that because doing so will result in failed updates from LGL if the data is not available.
You can update the required fields in your MailChimp list by going into the list in your MailChimp account, clicking on "Settings", and then clicking on “List fields and *|merge}* tags”:
You can see here which fields are required. If any beyond first name and last name are marked as “Required”, you can unmark them here:
You can sub-segment contacts in your MailChimp list in two different ways: By using linked categories or static segments
- Linked categories work well in cases where you want to “assign” constituents to specific groups in LGL and MailChimp.
- Static segments are good for pushing a targeted, query-based list. For example, you can search for donors this year, add them to an LGL list, and then connect that list to a static segment in MailChimp.
- In both cases, only “subscribed” constituents will be sent to MailChimp.
Review the status of your integration in Settings > Integration > MailChimp
- “Record Progress” shows the status of the sync: Errored records could not be synced; “Processed” records have been pushed over to MailChimp; and “Pending” records are in the queue waiting to be synced.
- “Record Status” shows the result of the sync. Keep in mind that only “subscribed” records will be pushed to MailChimp.