Can anyone tell me how to use Constant Contact or some way for members to receive mail automatically

I run a journaling community. I used to use another software which had a way of delivering weekly topics to journal on and then a place on a person's page to journal and their friends or the whole community could see and comment on what they wrote. I am trying to figure out a way to duplicate that as closely as possible.I thought maybe there was some kind of integration with Constant Contact but I can't figure out how.

I'd also like their friends to be notified somehow that a response happened or something like that.

Can anyone help or direct me to where I can get such help?

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I am interested in hearing the answer to this as well.  I want to be able to send mail to all new members. 

You are a sweetheart. I shall get to this sometime next week and I shall holler if I need help. Thank you so much.

Is this what you do for your business? I have been unable to really get help. I have a call with a person from Constant Contact today and I'll see if he can help. I really tried to unravel your suggestions with little success. I think I don't speak "ning" very well and so what you say isn't clear to me. :(

I use broadcast messages too, but they don't automatically save themselves in an archive that newer members can go back & look at. So I copy my broadcast messages into a blog and tag them & then save them there. I know that I can then "share" that message with my members, but those don't include the whole message, just the beginning part (I think that's true, isn't it?). 

Having it in a blog also allows me to share it on Facebook - hopefully generating some interest from folks who are members of my network yet. 

So I have the messages available two ways - as a broadcast message sent directly to members and as a blog, which is available to anyone who comes to the site and which can be shared via FB.

great ideas, Anthony.  thanks!

I thank everyone. I put a signup form in ning and the members will receive their weekly topics in their home inbox with a link that takes them to the discussion in the community. It'll work fine and I'm happy

Maia,
If you are using Constant Contact, your members will not have to sign up again in a form on your site, they will automatically be added to your Constant Contact list.  You can then send to them as often as you wish through Constant Contact.

If your goal is "the members will receive their weekly topics in their home inbox with a link that takes them to the discussion in the community", then you can do that for free with the built in "Message Broadcast" tool.  A weekly "Best of..." message is a fantastic idea that all NC's should be doing with their members.  It drives activity and traffic from your members.

If you are using a different email service provider / autoresponder, you can import their email addresses from the .CSV member database backup.  (Find it at Manage Tab / Members / Manage and then click the link at the bottom right of the page below your list of members that says "Export All Member Data (.CSV)")

By importing your member list instead of having them sign up again, you will get all of your members rather than the much smaller number that sign up again on your web form.

Good luck!
/C

PS.  Depending on your number of members, Constant Contact can be really expensive.  The built in "Message Broadcast" is free and will get to all your members as well.  It's just not an automated solution.  I use a different autoresponder than Constant Contact for my members.  I do this so I can send an automated series of emails - something that can't be done with the built in tools.

Mailchimp autoresponders--best thing out there in my opinion...

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