You spend a lot of time developing and maintaining relationships with new people. Whether you’re building a network for career opportunities or just want to make some new friends, getting to know potential contacts is a lot more difficult than it should be. You don’t need to be restricted to your network of friends and family to make new connections — you can do it with just a few clicks from your phone.
If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for all your email marketing needs, you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to show you how to seamlessly integrate Google Contacts with AWeber so you can grow your email list and make the most of your time offline.
Why Use Google Contacts?
If you’re not using Google Contacts, you’re losing out on a lot of opportunities to connect with people. According to HubSpot Blogs research, 73% of people say they contact friends and family through personal emails while 56% say they use social media to reach out to strangers.
If you need proof that Google Contacts is a massive networking tool, consider this: The software creates groups automatically based on your email address, so you don’t have to come up with a list of candidates yourself. If you don’t want to spend your time doing cold emails, Google Contacts is for you.
The Importance Of A Clean Email Database
Being able to send a well-crafted email is the key to effective marketing. This means that your email marketing software of choice needs to have a reliable emailing platform built right into it. Otherwise, you’re forced to find a third-party email service that you configure manually each time you want to send out an email.
AWeber has built an entire platform around sending well-crafted emails to their customers. The software was designed with email marketing in mind — it’s easy to use and has all the necessary features you need to get started.
Having a clean, well-built email database is also important for search engine optimization. If you have a lot of spam in your email contacts, search engines like Google and Bing will flag your contacts as’spam’ and your emails may end up in the spam folder without the sender even knowing.
How To Migrate Your Google Contacts To AWeber
There are two ways to migrate your Google Contacts to AWeber. You can either import the contacts one by one or you can do it in bulk. We’re going to show you how to do it in bulk, so you can save time and have a clean slate to start from.
To get started, visit this page on the AWeber website and click on the Get Started button. You’ll be prompted to log in to your account or create a new one if you don’t have one already.
Once you’re logged in, you’ll see a page that lists all the available import templates. Choose the one that best matches your needs and click on the Continue button.
The next step is to choose what data you want to import into your AWeber account. You have two options here: personal data and email data.
If you have a lot of personal data to transfer, you can use the Fill Out the Form button at the top of the page to get a detailed form that needs to be signed and submitted to create an account. You don’t need to fill out this form if you’re simply trying to transfer your Google Contacts to AWeber — the next step will be to guide you through the process of importing email data from your Google Contacts.
Importing Google Contacts Manually
If you don’t want to use the Import button, you can still import your Google Contacts one by one. Simply go to your Google Account settings and click on the Import Contacts button. Follow the prompts to enter the email addresses of your friends and contacts.
You’ll see a pop up window that asks you to confirm your friendship with the person or people you entered. Once you’ve confirmed your relationship, you can continue entering more contacts.
You can also mark the contacts you want to import as a follow-up contact so you don’t have to re-enter them manually later. To keep things organized, you can tag contacts with the same name and/or email so they can be easily found later. Once you’ve marked a few contacts, click on the Import button at the bottom of the screen. Your friends and contacts will now be imported into your Google Contacts and you’ll see a confirmation message from Google.
If you decide at a later date that you want to re-enter your Google Contacts, you can use the search function to find them. Alternatively, you can click on the link at the top of your Google Contacts to open them in a new tab and continue working on your email list building.
With this method, you need to make sure that all the emails you’re transferring are actually in good standing. If you get any errors, they can be a pain to fix manually. Make sure to update your contact information regularly so your emails don’t end up in spam.
Importing Email Data From Your Google Contacts
If you already have an established email list with contacts, you can use the Import button to quickly and easily transfer them to AWeber. Simply go to your Google Account settings and click on the Import Contacts button.
You’ll see a pop up window asking you to confirm your email list. If you’ve been using AWeber for some time and have a lot of contacts, this will be a quick and easy step to get started. If you’ve recently started using the software or want to take the opportunity to get your contacts organized, you can choose to create a new email list. We’d recommend creating a new list for this particular step since you can’t re-import existing contacts into the same email list.
Once you’ve confirmed your email list, choose which contacts you want to import from your Google Contacts.
You have two options here: either select Email Subscribers or choose Blogger/Twitter Followers. If you want to import subscribers, you’ll need to sign up for a free trial of AWeber and can then go into your account and choose this option. To do this, click on the Get Started button followed by the Edit button at the top of the page.
If you want to upload your Twitter followers to AWeber, you’ll need to first create a Twitter account. When you have 30+ followers, you can click on the Get Started button followed by the Import button to begin the process.
When selecting this option, make sure to choose the Twitter contact email you want to use for the import. This will be different from your main email address. Once you confirm the import, you’ll see a success message from AWeber.
You can also use the search function to find contacts quickly if you know their email address. Just enter their first name and email address into the search bar and you’ll see a list of matching contacts. If you want to limit the search to people you follow, you can add this as a filter at the top of the page.
Once you’ve transferred your Google contacts to AWeber, you need to take a few minutes to go through the confirmation email you got from the software and put in place the following steps:
- Create a mailing list (if you didn’t do this already)
- Configure your email marketing software to use your AWeber account
- Create a new group for your contacts (if you don’t already have one)
- Add your new AWeber contacts to the group
- Check your email marketing settings and make sure all the details are correct
- Send out a mass email to your contacts to let them know you’ve migrated and to invite them to join your AWeber account
Once you’ve taken these steps, you can sit back and relax — your email marketing will be taken care of. You can check your email and see all the new subscribers you’ve acquired.
This is one of the simplest and most convenient ways to have an entire email marketing campaign in place without having to enter all the details yourself. AWeber has built the entire platform around automating this process, getting you back into your inbox as soon as possible with the latest news and offers from your favorite brands.