Effortlessly integrate Constant Contact with WordPress using your WordPress forms
Constant Contact is one of the leading newsletter and email marketing services in the world. There’s little reason why you wouldn’t want to connect your WordPress website with your Constant Contact service.
Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of options for Constant Contact integration on WordPress.org.
Of the few options that exist on WordPress.org, you’re limited in the types of forms you can use, and the data you can collect.
Coding your own integration is great if you have the know-how… but then you have to maintain it.
Good news: all of these problems can be eliminated with a single, simple plugin. Let’s look at how you can easily create a Constant Contact subscribe form in WordPress using your WordPress forms!
Not a Constant Contact user? Here’s what they offer!
Constant Contact is an email marketing/newsletter service that is specialized to make your email campaigns as quick, easy, successful, and fun as possible. It has customizable emails built to engage your readers, a bank of templates to choose from so you can fit your site’s style, create coupon codes, real time reporting and analytics so you can see what is working, and even more features on top of all this.
Even better, there is a 60 day free trial! There’s not really a reason not to implement the service to see how it will help you. Let’s take a first look into how to add a subscribe form to any WordPress site so you can begin compiling a list of subscriber emails.
How to create a Constant Contact subscription form in WordPress
Integrating Constant Contact with WordPress via your WordPress forms is super easy. We’ll be using Ninja Forms of course, and you can consult this documentation if you hit any snags. These steps walk through the process from scratch. If you have an account and lists set up already, it’s going to be even easier than it looks at first glance. Let’s get to it!
1. Create an account and link it to Ninja Forms
First, create an account. Next, head back to your WordPress dashboard and navigate to Ninja Forms > Settings. You’ll see an area for Constant Contact there with a link to acquire your access token, and a place to enter it.
Click the link and you’ll be prompted to allow Ninja Forms access to your account. Do so and you’ll receive your access token. Enter it here, save, and move on!
2. Prepare the List
Now I know your itching to get into your dashboard and start creating a new form, but we have a little leg work to do first. Before we start taking subscriptions we first need to have a list for those emails to go on. From your Constant Contact dashboard go to Contacts. If you have never done this before then the only email address you should see is your own.
Down the left column you will find a section titled Email List. This is where your user emails will eventually go. There is a General Interest list already made, but let’s make a new one. Click the + icon and create a list that will fit your needs. For the purposes of this tutorial, I simply named my new list Subscriptions.
3. Create the Form
Once your list has been made your ready to create a form. Add whatever fields you need information for, and note that there’s a Constant Contact optin field available for easy-to-collect consent to be signed up.
Now, click on the Emails and Actions tab, and add a Constant Contact action to your form.
Simply add the action and click into it to open its settings. From there choose the list you want, map the form fields to your Constant Contact data, and you’re ready to place the form live!
Followed these steps? Keeping your users in the loop will be easier than ever before!
There you have it! One of the easiest and best ways to build a subscription list using Constant Contact in WordPress.
Please share your experience in the comments below and let us know what has worked for you. What success have you had?