Keeping your contact list well-organized will save you time and make it easier for you to leverage all of eduConverse's features to create the best enrollment marketing and university advancement processes possible.
Putting some thought into how you want to organize your contacts will help you create the best structure from the beginning, so you don't have to invest time into re-organizing your list later when it becomes a problem.
This article will cover some of your options and give you some things to think about as you decide on how you'll manage your contacts.
Organizing your contacts into separate lists is a logical way to organize them. However, some institutions find that they end up creating so many lists for different reasons that list-based organization becomes confusing and unmanageable.
But, if you're confident that you can organize all your contacts into a handful of lists, this is a good, straightforward option.
You won't be penalized for having a contact on more than one list (one email address counts as one contact no matter how many lists that contact is on).
Tags are a fast, flexible way to indicate the status of a contact or indicate they are part of a group. You can think of tagging like placing a contact into multiple folders.
Some people prefer to have only one list of contacts and then use tags to create groups of contacts.
We make it easy to filter your contacts by tag, and it is easy to create segments of contacts with tags, so tags are a good alternative to "list-based" organization.
Note that to send to subgroups of contacts when you are using tag-based organization, you'll always have to send to a segment so you'll probably create a variety of segments.
In that case, you'll want to carefully name your segments so it's always clear what group of contacts is included in that segment.
"List & tag hybrid" organization
Some companies find it useful to use lists to give a high-level structure to their contacts and then use tags to subdivide their lists into more specific groups.
For instance, you could have a “Prospects,” “Parents,” and “Alumni” list and then use tags to break each list into smaller chunks. You might tag your prospects with their academic major interest, your prospective parents with the enrollment stage of their student, and tag your alumni with the degree or credential they earned, for example.
You can also use custom fields to organize your contacts by gathering important data and then using that data to create segments. For instance, you may have a custom field that indicates which student activities they are interested in.
You could put that custom field on a form so that prospective students send you that information when they opt-in. You could create a segment out of each of the three choices and then send targeted campaigns to each segment.
Creating list segments
No matter how you choose to organize your contacts, you'll want to create segments so that you can send email campaigns to subgroups of your lists. This way you can send to only the contacts who would be interested in that particular message. Sending very targeted email campaigns has a variety of benefits.
When your contacts only receive messages that are very relevant to them, they'll be more likely to pay attention to your campaigns. This will create a positive feedback loop where your campaigns are opened more, receive more clicks, this may help your deliverability, will certainly strengthen your relationship with your contacts, and will likely result in achieving your goals.
To learn how to create a segment of your list, see this help article.