Mailchimp used to have automation series included in their free plan, but now they don’t.
If you’re looking for that feature but you signed up after xx/2019, then you’re in luck because I’m going to show you how you can still create an automation series with Mailchimp while on their free account.
When you are creating an automated campaign in Mailchimp, you will see that there is now a button that says “Upgrade to Add Emails” at the bottom of your email automation sequence builder.
When you click on that button, it takes you to the upgrade plan page (thumbs down)
Let’s get out of this pricing page and still create an email automation sequence, regardless of Mailchimp trying to make us pay!
Let’s go ahead and leave our first email automation in place.
Then let’s create a new automated email by clicking on Create Campaign:
Name your automation and click begin:
You’ll be taken to the automation builder where you’ll see the unnecessary Upgrade To Add Emails button again. Let’s ignore that…
Let’s edit the Trigger of the email:
Then change trigger:
As you’ll notice here, we can’t choose these options because they are for the automation sequences that free Mailchimp users used to have.
To get that same effect, click on Campaign Activity and Sent campaign:
Now you can select your previous automation as the campaign and enter in the number of days you’d like this current automated email to be sent after the automation you selected.
Hope this helps you keep your free Mailchimp account or keep serving new clients with free Mailchimp accounts!
Just FYI, since this change, I’ve switched all my new clients to Moosend, which is what Mailchimp used to be in terms of free accounts. The only difference is that they allow 1000 contacts for free instead of 2000 contacts which is what Mailchimp used to offer.
The automation features are great too. Try out Moosend!