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Prepare a CSV for import
Before we can import a CSV we need to prepare a CSV.
The Serious Email CSV importer is flexible. The only requirement is that the CSV includes at least an email address.
Though not required, we recommend you include columns for 'first_name' and 'last_name' as they will help you sort and search through your lists and more importantly send personalized emails to your subscribers.
You are free to include any other columns you like - such as address, points, urls etc... Any column you include can be used to personalize your emails.
A simple CSV should look something like this:
first_name,last_name,email John,Smith,email@example.com Sue,Struthers,firstname.lastname@example.org
A CSV with custom content might look something like this:
first_name, last_name,email, points, balance John,Smith, email@example.com, 100, $450 Sue,Struthers, firstname.lastname@example.org, 222, $610
The first row represents your columns and the remaining rows are your subscribers.
Download an example of a CSV below.DOWNLOAD CSV EXAMPLE
Get thereTo access the CSV importer click the button at the top right of the subscriber manager. The Import manager is here: https://serious.email/subscribers-manager/add-subscribers
ChooseYou can choose to either add to an existing list or create a new one. The process is the similar for either.
Name itIf this is a new list - give it a name.
Option: Add manuallyThough we are importing a list, you can manually enter email address if you'd like. This is handy for quick adds, but won't allow you to add anything besides the email address.
Option: ShareYou can share your email lists across groups. This is extremely useful if your account has multiple groups.
Locate your CSVClick Select CSV to locate your CSV on your hard drive.
Confirm/ApproveOnce the Upload button appears, click it to see a preview of your list and to confirm it's what you intended. If you feel that Serious Email has interpreted your CSV correctly, click Approve. If not, click Cancel and edit your CSV. Repeat the steps above.
Next?Once you have clicked approve it won't take long to process it. As you navigate around Serious Email, you'll see a notification in the top bar indicating that the import is complete. Once it's there, you can send to it.