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Using Arigato PRO With Contact Forms

Many customers do not realize that having Arigato PRO is enough for handling newsletters, marketing campaigns AND contact forms. There might be reasons for you to want to use a contact form plugin. And because of this we have built-in integration for Contact Form 7 and JetPack Contact Form.

But in most cases you can use Arigato PRO signup forms as contact forms on your site. Here is how:

Designate a mailing list

You may or may not want to have users who contact you in your mailing lists. If you don’t want the data stored at all, you’d better use a regular contact form plugin. But if you do (and why not?), designate a mailing list for users who contacted you through your site, or use some of your existing Arigato PRO mailing lists.

Create The Contact Form

When using Arigato PRO your contact form will actually be the subscribe form for your mailing list. Create any custom fields that you may want to collect additional user details. Don’t forget probably the most important one: the message text box. Subscribe forms don’t have one by default.

Configure Email Notification

Here is the key point. What you expect from a contact form is to receive the inquiry on your email. So you need to go to the Edit Mailing List page and under “Registration settings” select “Notify me when a new subscriber registers”:

notify-adminArigato PRO will send you the full user’s data along with all custom fields. On top of this you’ll have the information in the mailing  list along with the date when the customer has contacted you. You can even add fields for admin notes to record important notes about this contact.

Optionally Configure Auto-response

In case you want to send automatic response to the users who contact you you can assign the mailing list to an autoresponder campaign. In the autoresponder create a “0 days” message. It will be sent as auto-reply.

Note that in this case the user will get the auto-reply only the first time they contact you. If the same email contacts you again, they won’t receive the auto-response.

Anti-Spam Configuration

You’ll usually need some kind of captcha protection on your contact form to protect from bots. Fortunately Arigato PRO has two: Google’s reCaptcha integrated and its own simple quesiton-based captcha. So you are all set.

Arigato PRO 2.5 and Intelligence Module 1.0.7

The WordPress drip marketing plugin Arigato PRO 2.5 has been released. It’s Intelligence module is also updated to version 1.0.7. In order to get the most of the new Performance Stats page, when updating Arigato PRO to 2.5 it’s recommended to also update the Intelligence module to the latest version.

Here is the changelog between versions 2.4 and 2.5:

  • You can restrict by user role the feature “Automatically subscribe in this list everyone who registers in my blog”.
  • The feature “When user subscribes to this mailing lists, register them as subscriber for my site too” also allows selecting user role.
  • New page “Advanced Stats” will show you excellent overview of your best performing newsletters, autoresponder campaigns, top subscribers, and more.
  • Unsubscribe stats will show you which newsletters, autoresponder campaigns and individual autoresponder emails lead to most unsubscribed users (note that these stats are recorded from a recent version so you won’t get meaningful results from before installing 2.5).
  • When users unsubscribe, we’ll record which email they clicked the “unsubscribe” link from. This info will be shown in the subscribers list page if you choose to not delete the unsubscribed users from the Arigato PRO Settings page.
  • The plugin will now track where the subscribers come from – web form (and on which page), added by admin, imported, subscribed by email, auto-subscribed, or subscribed by some custom method. This information will be visible in your list of users and can be filtered in the search form.
  • The number of active and unsubscribed users is now shown under each mailing list on the Mailing Lists page
  • Added num. sent & num. unsubscribed users under the list of emails in an autoresponder campaign. Same done for newsletters.
  • Custom fields will also be included in the search subscribers form. Note that the search is text-based and works the same way as searching in the default fields.
  • You can now easily setup your blog homepage or selected URL to work as “Squeeze page” and not show any of the WordPress header, footer, sidebar etc links.
  • Advanced role management lets you specify which pages and what access to them will be given to the different user roles. This lets you get your team members involved into the autoresponder management without giving them access to the whole functionality of the plugin. This configuration is available through a new link in the “Roles” section of the “Settings” page.
  • New setting lets you choose whether the unsubscribe page will display all lists or just the current list the user is unsubscribing from.
  • [Intelligence module] Post contents is also added as variable for the digests
  • [Intelligence module] New trigger: when user stays subscribed for X days do Y
  • [Inteligence module] Basic responsive template included

The update is sent by newsletter to eligible customers. If your free upgrades subscription has expired, you can renew for another full year for 40% of the regular price.

Squeeze Page in Arigato PRO Autoresponder

From version 2.4.2 the WordPress autoresponder plugin Arigato PRO supports a very easy method for creating squeeze / landing page. Everyone who have tried to do this with a WordPress blog knows how much pain usually this is and that it often requires installing more plugins or a special squeeze theme.

Well, no more, at least with Arigato PRO. Just go to the “Squeeze page” in the menu and you’ll see a form like this:

squeeze-settings

This form lets you select whether your blog homepage will be the “Squeeze” or a selected published post or page. Then all you need to do is to place the HTML code of a complete landing page in the box, and add the Arigato subscribe form code for the mailing list you want to use.

If you prefer to use the shortcode syntax you need also to add the script code that is displayed under the big box (not shown here).

The HTML code you enter should contain a complete HTML page with header and body tags. The WordPress header will not be added.

If you need samples, you can find many free landing page templates online. We are going to offer some Arigato-specific ones in the near future.

If you want to see a live demo of such page have a look at our demo blog.