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Threadloom Newsletter for vBulletin 4.x
by threadloom
06 Sep 2017 23:10

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Description

Threadloom Newsletter lets you easily send your communities best content direct to subscribers' inboxes.

It uses machine learning to select your best content. This produces newsletters with higher click rates, and saves you time. You can send newsletters automatically, or create a review panel to curate them with Curation Assistant.

You can get started in minutes with automated curation. Send up to 25,000 emails per month for free, which includes everything you need for a successful newsletter: SendGrid email delivery, Kickbox email address verification, Curation Assistant, XenForo list synchronization, Acid-tested templates, and reporting. After your first 25,000 emails per month, pricing for additional emails is $0.20 per 1,000 emails.

Threadloom Newsletter also now offers custom scheduling to find the perfect fit for your community's needs. FordRaptorForum.com grew daily traffic by more than 10% with this feature (you can read the case study here).

When you pair Threadloom Newsletter with List Builder (included with Newsletter), you create an opportunity to capture drive-by traffic.Be sure to check out Threadloom’s List Builder here.


Features
SendGrid mail delivery
Threadloom also manages IP addresses allocation for its customer pool.

Kickbox email address verification
Automatically verifies every contact before emailing.

List synchronization
Automatically updates contact lists with new members and member state changes.

Machine learning-based content selection

Curation Assistant

Reviewer panels
Designate reviewers to curate and review newsletters.

Acid-tested templates

Recipient and author blacklisting
Exclude recipients or content based on user id, user group, or email address.

Reporting dashboard

Google Analytics UTM tags

Installation

(If you've already installed the Threadloom search plug-in, you can skip the 1st 3 steps below. Threadloom Newsletter uses the same plug-in as Threadloom Search, but you do not need to use Threadloom Search in order to use Threadloom Newsletter.)
  • Register on the Threadloom website to get an access key.
  • Download and install the plug-in.
  • Wait for your forum to be indexed (~500K posts/hr).
  • Update your DNS records.
  • Upload your logo.


Questions and answers
Q: How effective is email?​
A: Email is the most cost-effective user acquisition channel, next to organic search. On average, our customers realize CPCs of ~$0.0025. For many top communities, email is the second biggest driver of traffic to the site behind organic search.​

Q: How is Threadloom Newsletter different from other email newsletter options?​
A: Threadloom uses machine learning to select the best content for your email newsletters. This produces higher click rates and more traffic to your forum. Threadloom is also fully integrated with XenForo, and automatically keeps your lists in sync. Finally, it includes everything you need to effectively send email newsletters, regardless of how big or small your forum is.​

Q: Do I have to enter a credit card to get started?​
A: No. However, if you have a large forum, we recommend entering a credit card to avoid interruptions in reaching your community. *New as of April 2019*

Q: Is there a limit on how many contacts / how large of a forum Threadloom Newsletter supports?​
A: No. Threadloom Newsletter has individual forums sending over 250,000 a day, and sends out millions of emails every week.

Q: Do I have to use Threadloom Search to participate in Threadloom Newsletter?​
A: No. But good news! Threadloom Search customers who also use Threadloom Newsletter will get the option of personalized email newsletters for their members.​

Q: Do you sell or share my data?​
A: No. We will never sell or share your data.​


djbaxter 08 Sep 2017 18:10

Quote:

Weekly email newsletters are free up to 500 contacts.
That's not helpful for most even small-medium size forums. Is there a try before you buy option?

threadloom 13 Sep 2017 23:07

You can shape your target segment around the 500 contacts, based on activity date range or usergroup. If you need a higher allowance for a short period of time, DM me. Otherwise, once we clear the waitlist, we'll explore increasing the # of contacts in the free tier.

rcull 29 Nov 2017 15:45

I followed the link to threadloom from above. It took me to a page where I entered the required info and it said it would send me a confirmation email. It didn't.

It did take me to a page which was a dead end. I go back now and it allows me to sign in and go to the same page without a password.

I went to the threadloom site and signed up. It accepted the same info I submitted in the link page which was issued by info.threadloom. It did send a confirmation email.

I go find my way to "My forums". I get down to "Select product and the "Newsletter" button does not check, nor do any of the others. So I cannot progress from there.

Thanks

threadloom 29 Nov 2017 17:42

Quote:

Originally Posted by rcull (Post 2591312)
I followed the link to threadloom from above. It took me to a page where I entered the required info and it said it would send me a confirmation email. It didn't.

It did take me to a page which was a dead end. I go back now and it allows me to sign in and go to the same page without a password.

I went to the threadloom site and signed up. It accepted the same info I submitted in the link page which was issued by info.threadloom. It did send a confirmation email.

I go find my way to "My forums". I get down to "Select product and the "Newsletter" button does not check, nor do any of the others. So I cannot progress from there.

Thanks

Hi @rcull - I'm sorry for the trouble you had signing up. I'm looking into the issues you mentioned. In the meantime, we did receive your interest form entry and your account signup. I just sent you an email to help you get Newsletter setup.

furnival 30 Nov 2017 14:46

Hello, I am very interested in this product. I have a forum with a VIP members' area. I would ideally want to send out two email newsletters: one newsletter to the basic usergroup which did not have access to the members' area, only linking to posts outside the VIP members' area. And secondly another newsletter, sent to the VIP members usergroup, which linked to threads both outside and inside the members' area. Is this possible please?

rcull 16 Dec 2017 14:57

My site has been indexed. I looking at the "Setup". I wanted to try some tests using only the admin user group, but it seems to want to charge $10.00 per month for 6 test emails to my admin address'. Maybe threadloom is a bit much for my site as the most newsletters I ever send is 7-800:(

I don't understand why the header image is supposed to be a minimum of 1200 x 150 pixels. May if I could test it I would understand better.

threadloom 19 Dec 2017 21:04

Quote:

Originally Posted by furnival (Post 2591326)
Hello, I am very interested in this product. I have a forum with a VIP members' area. I would ideally want to send out two email newsletters: one newsletter to the basic usergroup which did not have access to the members' area, only linking to posts outside the VIP members' area. And secondly another newsletter, sent to the VIP members usergroup, which linked to threads both outside and inside the members' area. Is this possible please?

Hi @furnival - thanks for your interest. Currently Newsletter is only configured to send out one set of posts with each iteration. But we're adding multi-edition support that could address your need. I'll reach out on PM to discuss.

Quote:

Originally Posted by rcull (Post 2591647)
My site has been indexed. I looking at the "Setup". I wanted to try some tests using only the admin user group, but it seems to want to charge $10.00 per month for 6 test emails to my admin address'. Maybe threadloom is a bit much for my site as the most newsletters I ever send is 7-800:(

I don't understand why the header image is supposed to be a minimum of 1200 x 150 pixels. May if I could test it I would understand better.

Hi @rcull - we can put your account in a preview state so you won't be charged right away. I'll follow up with you to discuss your needs.

iask 04 Apr 2018 05:45

For vbulletin 5 ?

threadloom 04 Apr 2018 23:46

Currently, we only support vB3 and vB4 (along with XenForo 1 and XenForo 2). If you want to get updates on new platforms we support over time, you can sign up for updates from our blog at http://blog.threadloom.com. Thanks.

furnival 27 Mar 2019 14:00

Quote:

Originally Posted by threadloom (Post 2591706)
Currently Newsletter is only configured to send out one set of posts with each iteration. But we're adding multi-edition support that could address your need. I'll reach out on PM to discuss.

Any updates on this, please? I see from your blog that this product has become a success and so I thought there was a chance you might have followed through with your plan to add this multi-edition support.

threadloom 01 Apr 2019 18:26

Quote:

Originally Posted by furnival (Post 2598890)
Any updates on this, please? I see from your blog that this product has become a success and so I thought there was a chance you might have followed through with your plan to add this multi-edition support.

We currently do not support two editions to different user groups.

We are happy to say that we do offer 25k free emails per month - and the ability for custom scheduling to meet the needs of your community. You can leverage this to offer a daily newsletter around your communities best content.

BGObsession 13 May 2019 18:53

This is really a beautiful product and deserves more attention. I do have a couple of questions. I set up my newsletter and the first one was sent out. I am a little confused as to who to expect to receive the emails though? I selected usergroups to receive it. But I also see you all have a 'list builder' feature. I formatted the list builder pop up and it has started showing up on the site. I am not sure whether the newsletter only goes out to those who have 'opted in' via that list builder pop-up, or if it goes out to all registered site members based on the usergroup selections I made? Or am I supposed to choose one option or the other? I would appreciate info to those areas of confusion. The newsletter really is clean, relevant, and beautifully formatted. Kudos! We are users of your Threadloom search tool and both products are the best we have seen.

threadloom 15 May 2019 14:42

Thank you for the kind words, we also think it's a beautiful product, being used on over 1000+ forums currently, and we'd love to connect with more. Our best referral is from admins like yourself.

When we first start a newsletter, we do what is called a ramp-up process. We gradually send to your most active users so that services like Gmail, Bing, and Yahoo will recognize that the sending is legitimate versus SPAM. This warming up process is beneficial to forums, especially those older than 10 years and so on.

Example, say you have a 25,000 member forum. We would send the first newsletter to 500 users. The next newsletter would go to 2,000 as long as no red flags are raised, and so on until we reach the full member list. You do have options to limit cost, to only send to members active in the last X number of days (this feature is set by the admin in the Threadloom dashboard). One of the biggest unseen features is we monitor bounces, and blocks so if you are blocked by a security system, we work behind the scenes to recognize the issue and get you unblocked.

List Builder compliments Threadloom's Newsletter as it adds fresh addresses to your forum list that are not already on your forum user list. You send to these as well as your forum users.

If you have any other questions, please let me know.

BGObsession 20 May 2019 01:40

Thanks for the informative reply. I've got a great understanding of the newsletter feature now. Again - one of the best products to come around for vB 4 forums in years. It deserves more attention and I'll also be sharing over at The Admin Zone, my preferred forum resource site.


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