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 Post subject: Maintaining your mailing lists
PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 5:35 pm 

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Many railroad museums have postal mailing lists of past constituents and customers. I'm trying to find a database to keep them in. Just one rub: It needs to be online. It can't sit on the museum director's personal laptop, otherwise no one else can maintain it. It's on a Google Doc right now but I'm hoping for something that is a little more designed for this purpose.

What does your organization use?


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 Post subject: Re: Maintaining your mailing lists
PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 9:51 pm 

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Our mailing list is maintained on an Access database on the desktop in the treasurer's office at the Museum.

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 Post subject: Re: Maintaining your mailing lists
PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 1:24 am 

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We use Vertical Response for our emails, but it can also store physical mailing addresses. The list can be downloaded as a .csv file.

Vertical Response is free if your list isn't big (maybe 1,000 addresses?).

http://www.verticalresponse.com/

Paul Krueger
Seattle, WA


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 Post subject: Re: Maintaining your mailing lists
PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 7:40 am 

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robertmacdowell wrote:
Many railroad museums have postal mailing lists of past constituents and customers. I'm trying to find a database to keep them in. Just one rub: It needs to be online. It can't sit on the museum director's personal laptop, otherwise no one else can maintain it. It's on a Google Doc right now but I'm hoping for something that is a little more designed for this purpose.

What does your organization use?


have you looked at what's available through techsoup or recommended by them?

Bob H


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 Post subject: Re: Maintaining your mailing lists
PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 10:24 am 

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Though the 'home base' for our membership is still maintained in Access on one computer (with frequent backups, of course), I use Mailchimp for sending e-mails (free) and Click2Mail to send snail-mail (at non-profit postage rates). Both services let you up- and download CSV files.

A few years ago I experimented with Zoho.com as an online collection of business tools (includes database, CRM, spreadsheet, etc) when it was free but they now charge for these services. Google.com also has a suite of online business apps, but they aren't free either.

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 Post subject: Re: Maintaining your mailing lists
PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 6:13 pm 

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You could probably use a program like Dropbox.

If you're techsavvy you can get rid of Dropbox and use Owncloud - it just needs a dedicated linux server to sit on.

We have ours there and also on our ticketing software host - where we can send mass emails through.


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