Step 1: Log into your Mailchimp account
Step 2: Once logged in, click on the top-right account dropdown, then click on Account
Step 3: On your Account page, click on Extras > API keys
Step 4: Scroll to the API keys section and copy the contents in the API key field (or click the Create A Key button to create a new API key)
Step 1: In the GrowSurf Campaign Editor - Options step, paste the Mailchimp API key into the Mailchimp API key field, then click Submit
Step 2: Once submitted, choose the Mailchimp Audience that you want to automatically sync to. GrowSurf will then add/update your Mailchimp contacts every time a new participant is added or referred in your referral campaign.
NOTE: GrowSurf will automatically create these new
*|MERGE|* tags for your Mailchimp Audience.
Participant's Share URL
Referrer's First Name
Referrer's Last Name
Step 3: You can now use these
*|MERGE|* tags in your Mailchimp email templates. Whether you launch a new marketing campaign or have an automated drip campaign going on, make sure to always include
*|SHAREURL|* at the bottom of your emails in order to provoke your contacts to refer their friends!
If the new participant isn't being added to Mailchimp:
Activity logs will denote if a participant was added to Mailchimp or if they were failed to be added. (In the case of failure, GrowSurf will re-attempt to add them for 7 days).
Some failures are fatal to Mailchimp and cannot be re-attempted. One example is the 'Forgotten Email Not Subscribed' error, which means that the Mailchimp contact was permanently deleted from the Mailchimp Audience and so you must manually re-add them.
Make sure that your campaign Share URL is valid (e.g, the unique referral link that looks like
https://yoursite.com). An invalid URL such as
https://thiswontwork will result in the new participant not being saved to Mailchimp.
If the participant email contains a
+ symbol within the email, Mailchimp will only allow a certain number of these emails into a list before it errors with a message such as
firstname.lastname@example.org has signed up to a lot of lists very recently; we\'re not allowing more signups for now
If you are seeing a "Your merge fields were invalid...Please enter a value" error message (see image), this means that GrowSurf has tried to save a new participant to Mailchimp, but could not due to a missing merge field value. This could happen if you had initially connected GrowSurf to Mailchimp, but you later made one or more Mailchimp merge fields in your Audience required. To fix this, you must uncheck the required field(s).
For further help, see Mailchimp Help - Set Default Merge Values for an Audience
If you have Final Welcome Email enabled in Mailchimp, but you are not seeing the email sent to new Mailchimp contacts:
The Final Welcome Email will not be sent out because GrowSurf adds Mailchimp contacts with a status of
subscribed. This means that new contacts automatically double opt-in. To send Mailchimp welcome emails, you will need to Create an Automated Welcome Email.
Once a participant is added to Mailchimp, that is final. GrowSurf will never update participant information in Mailchimp nor delete them.