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Integrating Trail with Mailchimp

Trail integrates with the worlds leading email sending platform to allow you to keep your clients up to date with targeted correspondence

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Written by Angel Chessum
Updated over a week ago

What is Mailchimp?

Mailchimp is a marketing platform used all around the world to easily create beautiful email campaigns and for marketing, re-engagement and newsletters, which can be personalized to your specific client.

Trail is able to pass a wide variety of information to Mailchimp allowing you to rely on it to keep your subscriber information up to date and ensure that your clients are receiving relevant, powerful emails designed by you.

Note: Mailchimp, and other email platforms are very conscious of having spam or scams sent through their systems, be careful about the content of your emails, especially when talking about loans or mortgages, read their acceptable use policy for more.

How it Works

A contact in Mailchimp is identified by their email address, so if you have more than one person in Trail with the same email they will be grouped together as one. 

In addition to these default fields and their corresponding merge tags in Mailchimp:

  • Client First Name - FNAME

  • Client Last Name - LNAME

  • Phone Number - PHONE

  • Email Address - EMAIL

How to Set Up your Integration

Step 1: Set up your Custom Fields

Trail supports the following custom fields - for more details, jump here:

The first step is to ADD the custom fields to Mailchimp that you would like to be part of the integration with Trail. This is important to set up so that when we do your initial import, you can match the custom fields to be picked up e.g. that we include a client's DOB as part of the integration.

Go to your Audience dropdown - All Contacts - Settings - Audience Fields and *|MERGE|* tags:

From this page, you can then add in your chosen fields to be used as merge tags, by clicking "Add a Field" button at the bottom of the page:

For "Birthday" type field:

Please add the following as a "Birthday" type fields in MailChimp (not any other types):

After this, you can name the fields as per below:

  • Client's Birthday - CBDAY
    which would look like this, and you can change the date format that it shows:

  • Partner's Birthday - PBDAY
    same sort of thing as above, just labelled differently.

For "Text" type field:

Please add the following (bulk of the list) as a "Text" type fields in MailChimp (not any other types):

After this, you can name the fields as per below

  • Client Id - CID
    which would look like:

  • Partner Id - PID

  • Partner First Name - PFAME

  • Partner Last Name - PLNAME

  • Joint Greeting - GREETING

  • Client Category - CATEGORY

  • Mobile Phone - MOBILE

  • Annual Review Month - REVIEWM

  • Annual Review Date - REVIEWD

  • Contact Type - TYPE

  • Client DOB - CDOB

  • Partner DOB - PDOB

  • Gender - CGENDER

  • Adviser Name - ADVISER

  • Insurance Provider - INSPROV

  • Insurance Renewal Date - INSRENEW

  • Insurance Policy Number - INSNUM

  • Mortgage Provider - MORPROV

  • Mortgage Interest Rate Type - MORRATETYP

  • Mortgage Interest Rate - MORRATE

  • Fixed Rate Term - MORTERM

  • Fixed Rate Expiry Date - MORFRR

  • Mortgage Advice Pipeline Stage - STAGEMA

  • Mortgage Servicing Advice Pipeline Stage - STAGEMS

  • Mortgage Prospecting Pipeline Stage - STAGEMP

  • Insurance Advice Pipeline Stage - STAGEIA

  • Insurance Servicing Pipeline Stage - STAGEIS

  • Insurance Prospecting Pipeline Stage - STAGEIP

  • Insurance Claims Pipeline Stage - STAGEIC

  • Investment Advice Pipeline Stage - STAGEVA

  • Investment Servicing Pipeline Stage - STAGEVS

Note: The integration does not support the Address field in MailChimp.

Two more important things:

  • Remember to click the "Save Changes" after adding these fields.

  • Ensure that these fields are not ticked off as "required" or the API may fail.

Trail will try to pass information to all the available fields in each contact, so before using the integration these should be added to the Mailchimp account, that is why this step is important to make sure the name of the field matches the ones specified in Trail.

Step 2: Getting your Audience ID

Mailchimp groups subscribers into 'audiences'. When you set up your integration you will have at least one audience in Mailchimp.

In Mailchimp, go to your Audience - All Contacts - Settings - Audience Name & Defaults.

From here, you'll be able to rename the audience so that it's clear that it's linked with Trail. You can will also need to COPY the Audience ID here:

Then paste this in Trail in your Settings - Integrations - Mailchimp:

Step 3: Get your API Key

Your API key can be found under Account & Billing - Extras - API Keys:

This will then lead you to a page where you can see "Your API keys". If you don't have one, then "Create a Key". Once you have one, copy the string of text here:

To bring this over to Trail, just copy this and paste here:

And then click - CONNECT!

Step 4: Complete an Initial Contact Export

Once you've clicked connect, you will need to do an initial export of your current contacts in Trail over to Mailchimp.

To export your contacts, use the below button located on the MailChimp integration page "Export Clients to Mailchimp".

This will trigger the initial export file, to be downloaded.

Next, in Mailchimp, go to your Audience - Audience dashboard - Manage Audience - View audiences:

Then go into the Audience you created earlier > then 'Add contacts' > 'Import Contacts'.

After this, select the 'Upload a file' option, and 'Continue':

Click on 'Browse' and select from your computer the export file you received from us > then 'Continue to Organize' > Select status as "Subscribed"

You can then continue to create any "Tags" you wish to. And proceed to match the column labels to any earlier "Fields" you've added!

And you're done!

After this initial upload, all your contacts will be automatically synced

every 30 minutes as they are modified in Trail.

Note: The rest of this article is more technical, read it if you are going to make use of Trail's custom fields, feel free to always get in touch with Trail's support team if you have questions.

All Trail Mailchimp Help Guides:

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