Whether you've created an E-blast Template and are ready to send it or you'd like to build a brand new once-off E-blast from scratch, you've come to the right place!
Create an E-blast
Click on E-blasts in the Sidebar > Click New E-blast
Name your E-blast
Update your E-blast's Name, the Assignee and the Campaign (if applicable) > Click Save.
This is the internal name that your E-blast will have in the Keela system. This is not what your Contacts will see when they receive the E-blast
This is the team member who will receive replies to the E-blast in their Keela inbox. You can add more team members to receive these replies in the Reply-To option later on.
Note: The Assignee of the E-blast cannot be changed once the E-blast has been sent.
Is this E-blast connected to a specific fundraiser? Perhaps it's part of a special event? You can connect the E-blast to a Campaign here.
Change the Name of your E-blast
If you'd like to change the Name, Assignee or the Campaign of your E-blast before you send it, click on the Overview Tab > Click Actions > Click Edit Information
Adding Content to your new E-blast
It's time for the best part - making your E-blast look beautiful! There are several options that you can adjust in the Content Tab of your recently created E-blast.
Tip: The tickboxes will turn green as you complete each step!
(1) Add Recipients
Choose the list of Contacts that you would like to send your E-blast to. You can select All Contacts or choose a previously created Contact Segment.
Tip: The Segment drop-down list only appear if you choose Send to a Contact Segment
A tick box allows you to automatically remove those Contacts with an unknown subscription status.
(2) Sender Email
Choose an email address from your organization that you would like the E-blast to be sent from. The email address must belong to an existing Team Member in Keela. You can also choose the name that you would like the E-blast to be sent from - this doesn't need to match the Sender Email you've used.
Tip: Does your organization have its own set of email addresses with a personalized domain (ie. firstname.lastname@example.org)? Learn about how to connect this domain to your Keela account by integrating with SendGrid.
(3) Reply To
Choose team members from the drop-down list that you would like to add as "Followers" to the E-blast. These team members will also receive any replies to the E-blast in their Keela inbox, similar to the Assignee.
Add the Subject line that you would like to appear as the name of the email in your recipients' inboxes. The Preview Text is a short summary that immediately follows the subject line when viewed in an inbox and is an optional addition.
Want to attach a PDF document or image to your E-blast? Add and edit attachments here. Important Note: the max file size limit is 25 MB in total - otherwise the attachments will not send.
This is where the real magic happens! There are a couple of different options to choose from when selecting the Content for your E-blast:
1. Click on the Saved Templates tab to view your own previously created Personal E-blast Templates
2. Choose one of Keela's pre-existing templates
3. Build your own from scratch!
Hover over the template that you'd like to choose and click Select.
Note: If you would like to build your own once-off E-blast from scratch, choose the Basic option. You can find detailed information on how to format your E-blast and add content to it in our E-blast design articles How to Design Your E-blast - Background and Layout and How to Design Your E-blast - Rows and Content Blocks.
Want to see this in action?
Head over to our E-blast Training video here.
Head over to our Sending an E-blast article to learn about the different ways that you can send your E-blast.