Mail Chimp Setup


MailChimp is an online email marketing solution to manage contacts, send emails and track results.

To use MailChimp, you will need to set up a new mailing list (from the admin panel, Marketing > Mailing Lists). Set the List Type to “MailChimp” and provide your API key and the List ID of the subscription list used.


Find this in the MailChimp admin interface. An API key can be generated under Account Settings > Extras > API Keys:


The list ID can be found under the list details by navigating to the top and select List.


Then, select the name of your list and click "Settings" and you will find this at the bottom of the page.

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    Kathy Sechrist
    I just switched to MailChimp because my list is about to cross the 10k subscriber mark, and ConstantContact will more than double my monthly bill (which is ridiculous!!) BUT - I cannot use SparkPay's automation on my cart because I actually had 2 separate lists at CC, but MC will double charge me for people who are on both lists. Their solution is to have one list, then segment the list into two groups, which I have done. I want my shopping cart customers who subscribe to be added to one of those groups, but cannot find a way to do this. To be fair, this is a shortcoming of MC, not SP, and I am addressing it with MC in hopes that they will come up with a better solution. Meanwhile, I'm stuck with having to remove the subcribe option from the checkout page and using a custom page to subscribe, which I am sure will get me less subscribers. I'm hoping MC will step up, but meanwhile, does anyone at SP, or other users, have any suggestions?
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    Marvin Hankins
    Does anybody at Spark Pay read these comments?!?!?!?!? I never see responses here - It's like a ghost town! Geez!!!
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    Andrew Brown

    BEWARE -

    As it is currently configured, customers who do not check "subscribe" upon checkout are treated at an UNSUBSCRIBE.

    This means that a repeat customer who has been on your mailing list for years will be unsubscribed from your mailing list if they overlook the subscribe checkbox on their next order. We noticed a dramatic spike in unsubscribes when we moved to Mail Chimp. Upon further investigation we realized they were not true unsubscribes, rather they were established account holders placing new orders.

    SparkPay has acknowledged this in a support ticket for a few months now, but has yet make it a priority to fix it.

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    Kathy Sechrist

    Wow - sorry to hear that Andrew. I was underwhelmed with the mailchimp integration, but now glad I didn't use it!! That's a HUGE bug.

    Others might do what I did, altho admittedly I don't get as many new subs this way as when I had it on the checkout page, at least it's working....

    I added a custom page with a subscribe form. Then on checkout page, I added a link to this subscribe form.

    I don't remember why, but I actually took it a step further and had this custom subscribe form submit to a text file on my server instead of directly to mailchimp, then I upload this text file to mailchimp about once a week.

    I'd love to put this back on the checkout page - does anyone have experience with one of the other supported lists - Bronto or CampaignMonitor perhaps? ConstantContact was pretty well integrated but just got way too expensive when my list reached 10k subscribers ($220/mo!!!)