Whew! What an evening this one has been.
For months I've been going in circles trying to deal with auto responders. I try to faithfully send my real estate marketing ezine once a week, and ever since I quit Constant Contact (after they threw away 90% of my list in December,) it's been a struggle.
Entering the messages was awful! I kept getting no spaces between paragraphs - or two spaces! So I tried using the templates at Get Response and that was so bad it was almost funny. I was starting to feel like sending my ezine was like saying "Hey, look at me, I'm really stupid!"
This week I thought I'd found the solution. I got wind of a different auto responder and it looked like it was going to work well. I did a test message a few days ago and it looked good. I entered my names from Get Response and that seemed to work right too.
So tonight I didn't expect trouble.
The first thing I did was enter the entire messsage and then not save it correctly. The whole thing went away - gone, vanished, kaput!
So I took a deep breath and started over.
That was fine until I tried to figure out how to schedule it to go out. The darned thing kept taking me around in circles until I didn't know what in the world I was doing.
What I didn't realize was that when I had said "yes, I want to schedule a test message," that was all it was going to do.
And not right away. Because I thought I was scheduling the real message, I had the test message set for tomorrow!
I guess I won't say I want a test message next time. And now I've deleted all the duplicates - I think. So I won't be tripping over them or getting them mixed up with new messages. I hope.
Anyway, 4 hours and a headache later, I think the message is going to go out tomorrow morning. At least I hope so.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could take all the best parts of one system and add them to the best parts of the other systems - and get one really super autoresponder?
Now I think I'll join the cat for a nice little nap...
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