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Pampered Chef: So who wants to test out the new "build-your-own" newsletter?

  1. PampChefJoy

    PampChefJoy Veteran Member Gold Member

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    It's not super secret, but I would like to run it through a shakedown before we go "live"... and you guys are my best testers and critics :)

    So... if you are a Sous Chef or Head Chef subscriber, you should be able to access this after you log into TTConnect (it's not linked up as a tab yet, so you have to paste in this link):

    www.tastytidbits.net/connect/index.php?s=articles

    I've placed a few articles there. I haven't even written a tutorial or put any instructions there - it's very raw - just what my developer put together... but I wanted to see if it was somewhat intuitive and if there are any other tweaks you think it should have.

    The whole idea of this is that I'll be able to add additional articles, ie "fluff", for you to choose from in case you want to send something other than what I put together. Plus you have a built-in HTML editor so you can add your own wording, articles, etc, and then have the entire thing emailed to your inbox, ready for you to forward to your list.

    Please let me know what difficulty you run into.
     
    Mar 26, 2009
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  2. kcjodih

    kcjodih Legacy Member Gold Member

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    I'll give it a try Joy :)
     
    Mar 26, 2009
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  3. sk8rgrrl99

    sk8rgrrl99 Member

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    I'll try it tonight when I get home. :)
     
    Mar 26, 2009
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  4. abaker1

    abaker1 Member Gold Member

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    Hi Joy! I just tried out the "Build your own Newsletter"!!! Wow! How cool is that!!!! Thanks so much for all you do!!!:)
     
    Mar 26, 2009
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  5. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    I just tried it but only 2 of the options were working. One of them was labeled Host of the Month, but when I clicked "view" it displayed the mini kit offer and April Hosts stuff w/ the Bamboo.

    I think it was pretty intuitive as to how to do it, but since the "articles" weren't working, I couldn't play around with it. The concept is great though. :)
     
    Mar 26, 2009
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  6. PampChefJoy

    PampChefJoy Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Yep, there's something weird going on. Okay, I will report it back to my developer and see if he can fix it.
     
    Mar 26, 2009
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  7. kaseydee

    kaseydee Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I tried it & I like the whole idea but not all of the items worked.
     
    Mar 26, 2009
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  8. BlessedWifeMommy

    BlessedWifeMommy Veteran Member

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    It worked for me, maybe I only picked the ones that worked??? I like being able to build my own newsletter.
     
  9. pcchefjane

    pcchefjane Senior Member Gold Member

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    I'll try it tomorrow... I have a yucky stomach virus and my brain is working VERRRRRRY SLOOOOOOWLY...
     
    Mar 26, 2009
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  10. PampChefJoy

    PampChefJoy Veteran Member Gold Member

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    The first half are pulling up combinations of articles and the 2nd half are bringing up errors, so I'm sure there's something wonky with the coding. I will let you know when it's updated. Thank you all for being so willing to help!
     
    Mar 26, 2009
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  11. chefjeanine

    chefjeanine Senior Member Gold Member

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    Joy,

    I'm glad it wasn't just me (I'm not always the most savy). I'm looking forward to the finished product! Good luck and thank you.
     
    Mar 26, 2009
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  12. pamperedpals

    pamperedpals Senior Member Gold Member

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    I just tried and was having issues also. Can't wait to see how it all works. :)
     
    Mar 26, 2009
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  13. PampChefJoy

    PampChefJoy Veteran Member Gold Member

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    So sorry! He is working on it.

    I think it works when you put the articles together... just the individual articles aren't showing up correctly in "view" mode.
     
    Mar 26, 2009
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  14. PampChefJoy

    PampChefJoy Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I think this is working now...

    I will eventually load more articles in there for everyone to choose from (more recipes, more fun facts, etc), but for now, it's just the articles from the April newsletter.
     
    Mar 27, 2009
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  15. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    I entered in all my selections and then clicked "Build New Newsletter". Now what? How do I get to view it?
     
    Mar 27, 2009
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  16. crystalscookingnow

    crystalscookingnow Senior Member Gold Member

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    At the bottom of the page, it shows the newsletter you just created. You can click on view or send as e-mail to see it. If you choose view, it pops up in a window. Otherwise, it comes as an e-mail.

    Joy - I just did one with multiple articles & it worked great! Love it!
     
  17. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    Hmm, there wasn't anything on the bottom of my page. Maybe it'll come in an e-mail? Nothing's arrived so far. Maybe I'll try it again in case I missed something.
     
    Mar 27, 2009
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  18. jbdowd0798

    jbdowd0798 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    where is the build your own?? I can't find the option! :-( I wanted to try it out. :)
     
    Mar 27, 2009
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  19. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    Ahh, I'm just a nit-wit. I clicked on "build new newsletter" instead of just clicking Submit. This time clicking Submit made it appear at the bottom of the screen for me to open.
     
    Mar 27, 2009
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  20. crystalscookingnow

    crystalscookingnow Senior Member Gold Member

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    It won't come as an e-mail unless you selected that option. Maybe try it again? I was able to select all of the pieces that I wanted & have it display a great newsletter. At the end I think it says Submit New Newsletter. Click that, then scroll down a bit further & you should see the newsletter with different options to the right (view, download, etc). Did you put a header & footer on the newsletter?
     
  21. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    Log in first, then scroll up to Joy's first post in this thread and click on her link.
     
    Mar 27, 2009
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  22. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    I love it, Joy!
     
    Mar 27, 2009
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  23. jbdowd0798

    jbdowd0798 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
    Mar 27, 2009
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  24. PampChefJoy

    PampChefJoy Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Thanks - I was feeling confident enough that the bugs were mostly worked out, so my programmer released it and it should be visible in the tabs at the top, along with the message board.

    I will be working on loading more articles this weekend.
     
    Mar 27, 2009
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  25. Intrepid_Chef

    Intrepid_Chef Legend Member Silver Member

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    BUMMER ... I just sent my news ... but I might play with it tomorrow when my brain is less fried.

    So far, I have had two people ask to be removed ... which is a good thing ... at least the instructions are so much easier.
     
  26. candiejayne

    candiejayne Veteran Member

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    I just signed up! I love the free trial you offer. I have been debating it for quite some time, but didn't want to pay for something I might not want, kwim? Anyways! I'm loving it so far. I just need to get my contacts all straightened out! Thanks for all you do!
     
    Mar 28, 2009
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