Digital Evangelist: Free Email Clients

Last July when I was charged with training NAACP members in digital media, I thought—here is a great opportunity for me to share my love for digital media with the NAACP family.  With that challenge in mind, I aim to teach folks about mobile, social media and everything in between.  My weekly blog will update you on my trainings; and give you info about how to sign up and equip yourself with the tools you need to disseminate your message well for your NAACP branch or chapter.

During this week’s webinar we will discuss MailChimp 101. This is a follow-up to our webinar on Email For Organizing. This week we will cover how to use MailChimp, one of the many free and low cost email clients that branches can use to send out campaign emails or newsletters to their list. Register and join me for the webinar this Wednesday at 9:15pm Eastern Time (please note the date change).

This week will focus on MailChimp, but here are two other tools that you can use to manage and send messages to an email list:

AWeber is another low-cost option – It is $19 per month for 500 subscribers and the first month is only $1.
Constant Contact may be the client you are most familiar with - it costs $15 for lists up to 500 and $30 per month for lists with between 501-2,500 subscribers.

I recommend MailChimp out of all three tools because it is free for lists with up to 2,000 subscribers.

If you need help thinking of ways to more effectively use email, contact me at and I’ll be happy to assist you. And please make sure to join me on our future webinars! Topics and dates are below:

MailChimp 101 – September 11th (Please note the day change for this week only)

Mobile Messaging for Organizing – September 19th

Blogging 101 – September 26th 

Twitter 101 – October 3rd

Facebook 101 – October 10th

After you finish the webinar, please take a moment to fill out the Weekly Webinar Survey. Is there a topic you are interested in that is not being covered? Let me know! Our primary goal is to equip you with all the digital tools you need for your local NAACP branch. Look forward to seeing you on Thursday!

Lauren Wilson aka “NAACP Digital Evangelist” spreads the gospel of digital media throughout the NAACP.  Every week, she explores a different digital media topic teaching units how to use digital media tools to better organize and amplify their branches or chapters work. The weekly webinar occurs every Thursday evening at 9:15pm Eastern Standard Time (unless otherwise stated).