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How do I create an optin form to place on my website and have it connect to Constant Contact?

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UPDATED: October 2019

 

Hi,

 

You have several options to create a sign-up form in your Constant Contact account.

 

You can:

Create an Inline Sign-Up Form

Create a Pop-Up Sign-Up Form

Create a Lead Generation Landing Page

Create a Constant Contact Forms for your WordPress

Use Third-Party apps and plug-ins that integrate

 

These sign-up tools can be found under the Sign Up Forms tab of your account.

 

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I hope this helps,

Jarrad

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Open your control panel then go to Contacts > Site Visitor Signup >Add a Signup Box to Your Website. Done deal.

Has this changed? I cannot find a place to just create a simple opt-in form. All I see are these more complicated sign-up forms, which I don't want -- I just want the HTML for simple form with name, email, and submit button that will direct people to a thank-you page. Am I crazy? Where the heck is this located in my dashboard?

UPDATED: October 2019

 

Hi,

 

You have several options to create a sign-up form in your Constant Contact account.

 

You can:

Create an Inline Sign-Up Form

Create a Pop-Up Sign-Up Form

Create a Lead Generation Landing Page

Create a Constant Contact Forms for your WordPress

Use Third-Party apps and plug-ins that integrate

 

These sign-up tools can be found under the Sign Up Forms tab of your account.

 

5298-sign-up-forms-step-1 (1).png

 

I hope this helps,

Jarrad

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To access the form, Click the Contacts tab:

 

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On the Contact's page, Click Grow My List

 

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On the Grow My List page, click Customize My Form to edit your Join My Mailing List form and add information such as First Name, Last Name, etc. Click the Create a Link button to select a Join My Mailing List box which you must use for contact's to access the form:

 

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I hope this helps,

 

Jarrad

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Hi Guys,

 

I'm not trying to be rude, but you know very well that you haven't answered this users question directly. Because the answer is that there isn't an easy way to put a form on your website that submits directly to Constant Contact.

 

The actual answer is: You have to use the developer API and PHP (or C#/ASP or ColdFusion) to write a custom script that will update your contact or add one to a list. When the user submits the form you would execute this script... Then when successful, forward the user to your thank you page.

 

In the end, it's simpler to just use the link and then forms generated by Constant Contact. Unless you are good with a web scripting language like PHP, or are willing to pay a developer a few hundred dollars to make it for you.

 

As an Internet marketer, who unfortunately is dealing with this very issue, I can say that this is not ideal for your customers Constant Contact. And it needs to change. You are behind your competitors in this area. It's absolutely terrible to get people to go through 3 steps to signup for a newsletter or mailing list (Step 1, click the link on website; Step 2, enter email and click continue; Step 3, Enter the rest of the required information). It should be just enter information and submit right from the web page. Just as the original poster asked.

 

Again, I'm NOT trying to be rude or sound angry. These are the facts though. I hope Constant Contact will make strides to improve here, because the rest of your platform is nice and very useful for businesses!

Regular Participant

This is a HUGE issue. Why is this so difficult? CC needs to get with the program and make this an easy process. If this was an easy process I would be much happier and i know we aren't the only ones saying that this is an awful way to do things.

 

Why do we need ouath2??? This is not an APP! Get with it Constant Contact! Yes, I am mad about this because it seems stupid to have such a difficult process!

 

FIX IT NOW!!!

Hi all,

 

I am sorry that we don't currently provide a simple way to have a contact added to your account in one step through the main login within Constant Contact, but we understand that this is a major desire of our customers, and I will pass your feedback on to our development team.

 

In the meantime, we actually do have a signup form generator that you can implement on your website that does exactly what you are asking for--you simply determine which lists someone has the option to join, and you provide the url at the end that you want people to be directed to after they add themselves on your website.  All they need to see is the page with the area to sign up on your website, and the Thank You page of your choosing.  They skip the "registration form" altogether.  You can download the zip file that takes you through that setup process for your website here.

 

I hope that helps!

 

Regards,

Shannon W.

Technical Support

That form generator is already two years old and still... nothing better to offer?

Hi,

We have partnered with Optinmonster to offer embedable forms for you to put on your website if that is what you are looking for. From your Constant Contact account, you can create up to three forms for free and have the contacts saved in your account.

 

The form generator is still another option for you. I am happy to pass along your feedback directly, can you tell me a little bit more about what you are looking for?

 

Thanks,

Hannah M.
Community and Social Media Support

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Formstack is a PAID service when you need many forms (I need 15!) and won't really let you a highly customizable form unless digging in the code, which marketers just want to market their stuff, not having to code. The form generator is a very complex tool for non-coders

 

We all are PAYING ConstantContacts for a service, it should be done all the way, from start to finish and having to code shouldn't be left on the customer's side, nor should he be forced to pay more than what the service is already paid for in order to have a simple tool working.

 

You should develop an online API triggering tool we could easily configure with options (CSS, no-CSS, etc.) or at least offer YOUR OFFICIAL versions of extremely useful CMS' plugins, such as WordPress, Joomla, etc. I swear you'd be WAY ahead of the pack for offering tools everyone is expecting when paying such an amount monthly.

Thank you for your feedback.  Would you be interested in hearing from one of our Solution Providers who can assist you with the services/tools that you're looking for?  I'd be happy to have someone contact you.

If the said third party can come with a FREE and DURABLE solution, sure, but I doubt one would, checking the listing of said third parties, nothing is up to date or even maintained concerning WordPress and the likes.

I will pass your feedback regarding our Marketplace over to the team that manages it.  Thanks for letting us know that it was not up to date.

Occasional Participant

I have this very issue to deal with right now.

 

My webteam WILL NOT insert the opt-in code into our website. Period. End of discussion.  It is a huge website with many parts and partners.

 

What other options can you offer me, so I can get a number of people, who have unsubscribed (not realizing the dire consequences of doing so, that they would NEVER receive another email from us, again, EVER) to be able to opt back in themselves. (I know I have no way of adding them back in, by design of CC, of course and web protocols).

 

I hear this all the time from our members that they want to opt back in -- and it is a serious issue for us.

 

What can you offer me to fix this?

Hi Mary,

Since adding a link to your website is not an option you could forward the users the link outside of Constant Contact. Just create a simple email in your regular email client and add the 'Join My Mailing List' link from within your account.

 

Another option would be to share the link on your social media sites and request that they re-subscribe there. Lastly, if these people still have the older email they can click the update profile link at the very bottom to sign back up!

 

Hope this helps,

Hannah M.
Community and Social Media Support

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Am trying the text optin right now. Thanks for the other ideas. We'll see how this goes first. 

thanks for the feedback CC community.  I am reviewing email marketing programs to push my clients onto and have the information from your own clients telling me how crap your webform subscribe process is.    thanks for the quick trial but no thanks.  maybe if you get up to speed with all other email marketing programs will i considder using you.

 

let me know when you fix your **bleep** and ill be back.

 

brendon

I looked at CC a few years ago and ran screaming when I saw the API for opt-ins.  This should be such a simple thing. Mail Chip makes it a snap as do other 3rd party products I've used.   Still barely a user friendly platflorm for non-coders..

 

 

Sarah,

 

Here is a link that will give you more info on our API's and how they work.
Also, the links below will show you some of the signup form options that you can use on your website, Facebook and cell phones. 

 

Website - http://knowledgebase.constantcontact.com/articles/KnowledgeBase/5516-sign-up-form-links-and-buttons

Facebook - https://knowledgebase.constantcontact.com/articles/KnowledgeBase/5294-add-the-join-my-mailing-list-f...

Text-To-Join - https://knowledgebase.constantcontact.com/articles/KnowledgeBase/6043-use-text-to-join

Scan to Join - https://knowledgebase.constantcontact.com/articles/KnowledgeBase/6281-create-a-qr-code-from-a-url

 

Have a great day!

Thank you,
Marty K
Social Media Support
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What about simply adding your sign up form in an iframe? I tested it out on my site and it seemed to work pretty good.

Anyone have any thought to this option? PRO's or CON's?

Here is the code I used.

<iframe src="web address of your sign in form" width="500" height="750" scrolling="no"></iframe>

Thanks.