add the forward to a friend feature

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Matt_B.
CTCT Employee

Hey all,

 

I wanted to chime in on this thread regarding the lack of Forward to a Friend in the third-generation editor. The simplest answer is that due to lack of usage in our previous editor (both our users inserting this link, and recipients using this link) we decided not to implement the feature. We also wanted to solve for cases where this feature was used as a workaround (such as getting around possible display issues), with other features or improvements to the editor. With our current editor being under active development, we want to focus on the latest and greatest features that will bring as much value as possible to our users. While I can understand that some users found this feature valuable, our plan is not to rebuild the second-generation editor, but rather to learn from its mistakes/successes to create a new, best-in-class editor.

 

To address some of the concerns around the lack of this feature:

  1. Display concerns: some folks like the peace of mind knowing that users can see a “clean-copy” of their email. As a work-around for this I would recommend including the recently released feature, “View as Webpage”. This will link to the web version of your email without any potential display issues, and it will not have any personal information of the original recipient.
  2. Referrals and new signups: we recommend including a link to a signup form within emails that you’re hoping will be referred along.
  3. Roadmap: we are currently developing a feature called “Social Share Bar” which will enable the ability for emails to be shared on social sites like Facebook and Twitter. This is on par with a feature in our second-generation editor; however we’ll be taking a slightly different approach to how this works and is placed within emails. The hope is that this feature will be another way to get emails shared on more channels and therefore attract more subscribers.

 

I love all the feedback I’ve been reading on the third-generation editor and the team is looking forward to continuing to deliver awesome new features into 2018. Stay tuned for some great new features coming out first thing in January!

 


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Forwarding a campaign

If I try to forward an email I've made from my yahoo account, it gets distorted. I was told before that we need to use the "forward" button that's in the constant contact email itself and not forward from a third party, but I don't see any forward button on the campaign. Am I missing it? Do I just need to use the short url?

 

Thanks for the help!

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CTCT Employee

Re: Forwarding a campaign

Hi @SkylerD22,

 

Thanks for coming to the Community with your questions. At this time, the 3rd generation editor does not have a "Forward to a Friend" option. The best workaround is to take the short link of the email and put it into the email. This way, it won't be distorted when people try to view it. Usually this is done by making a copy of the email and sending it out (usually to a test list with your email address in it). Once the email goes into sent status, it will generate a short URL that you can copy and paste into your other copy! I will be sure to pass along your request for the Forward to a Friend option as I can definitely understand how it is important your emails are previewing properly. But in the meantime, the short link will work. Let us know if you have any other questions.

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Community & Social Media Support

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"Forward to a Friend" Button

I am trying to put together an email and I need the "Forward to a Friend" button.  I cannot seem to find it the build tab.

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CTCT Employee

Re: "Forward to a Friend" Button

Hello @TMSManager,

 

That feature is currently only available in our Legacy templates.  I've added you to the feature request, to have that brought into our newer Third Generation editor as well!  If you do have access to Legacy templates, the option should appear when you have any block open, in the 'insert' section along the left side of the page.


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Re: "Forward to a Friend" Button

Yes, please add the Forward option back! I send our existing newsletter to potential subscribers to show them what it's like; I've just changed to a new email template and discovered today that I can't forward it. Very frustrating. :-(

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CTCT Employee

Re: "Forward to a Friend" Button

@Bio-Mechanics_Cycles,

 

We will be sure to submit that feedback for you. In the meantime, your recipients can still use the forward option with their email client, to send your emails to their contacts.

 

Please let us know if you have any additional questions! 


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Re: "Forward to a Friend" Button

Hi Amber,

 

Thanks for passing the feedback on. I know my recipients can forward it; it's just not much help to me when I want to send it to prospective subscribers.

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Established Member

Re: "Forward to a Friend" Button

When an email is forwarded without benefit of a button, the receiver of the forwarded message is able to unsubscribe the original email address -- so my account is down a user, and the person engaged enough to be forwarding messages is then unsubscribed from my list. 

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Re: "Forward to a Friend" Button

Very frustrating indeed.  Can't say I am happy with Constant Contact these days.  Waiting for a LONG time for them to revamp their survey feature.  Archaic and impossible and with free survey services out there you'd think it would be a priority for them!  Frustrated.

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Anonymous
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Re: "Forward to a Friend" Button

I mentioned this in another thread, so apologies if you're reading it twice. 
A help answer from a CTCT person just a few days ago said it is there; no mention of having to be on the third generation editor. 

https://community.constantcontact.com/t5/Need-help-with-something-else/quot-Forward-to-a-Friend-quot...