My company is in the process of evaluating Constant Contact as a replacement to our current email/listserv service provider. We currenty generate all of our emails using a custom C# program that we developed. We're taking this approach because the contents of our emails are all generated dynamically based on the various calendar events at my organization.
My question is whether or not this is something that is supported by the Constant Contact. From what I've seen so far, it looks like any email that is sent through Constant Contact should originate through the admin interface that you provide. Is this assumption correct?
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Yes, what you are looking to do is possible. You can create custom html email through the API by providing the encoded HTML you generate and posting it to your account. The XML generated looks like this (with your own content inside the EmailContents node):
<entry xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom"> <id>http://api.constantcontact.com/ws/customers/joesflowers/campaigns/0</id> <title type="text">My first Constant Contact email</title> <updated>2011-04-25T13:53:04.243Z</updated> <content type="application/vnd.ctct+xml"> <Campaign xmlns="http://ws.constantcontact.com/ns/1.0/"> <Name>Created via API</Name> <Subject>News from Joe's Flowers</Subject> <FromName>Joe's Flowers</FromName> <ViewAsWebpage>NO</ViewAsWebpage> <PermissionReminder>NO</PermissionReminder> <OrganizationName>Joe's Flowers</OrganizationName> <OrganizationAddress1>123 Main Streed</OrganizationAddress1> <OrganizationAddress2></OrganizationAddress2> <OrganizationAddress3></OrganizationAddress3> <OrganizationCity>Waltham</OrganizationCity> <OrganizationState>MA</OrganizationState> <OrganizationInternationalState></OrganizationInternationalState> <OrganizationCountry>US</OrganizationCountry> <OrganizationPostalCode>02452</OrganizationPostalCode> <IncludeForwardEmail>NO</IncludeForwardEmail> <IncludeSubscribeLink>NO</IncludeSubscribeLink> <EmailContentFormat>HTML</EmailContentFormat> <EmailContent> <html> <body>Hello! </body> </html> </EmailContent> <EmailTextContent>Hi There</EmailTextContent> <FromEmail> <Email id="http://api.constantcontact.com/ws/customers/joesflowers/settings/emailaddresses/1"> </Email> <EmailAddress>email@example.com</EmailAddress> </FromEmail> <ReplyToEmail> <Email id="http://api.constantcontact.com/ws/customers/joesflowers/settings/emailaddresses/1"> </Email> <EmailAddress>firstname.lastname@example.org</EmailAddress> </ReplyToEmail> </Campaign> </content> <source> <author> <name>joesflowers</name> </author> </source> </entry>
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Thanks for the speedy response Shannon. I understand the approach that you are describing, but what I was asking is an entirely different approach. I don't think that I explained it very well. My apologies!
I guess this isn't an option?
I see what you mean--sorry I misunderstood. You're correct, we don't currently have a way to provide our metrics on an email sent outside our system. I might recommend Google Analytics to provide some of that. They can't provide bounce/open information to my knowledge, but you could track traffic to your website generated from email campaigns.
Sorry about that!
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