Mass Mailings with Outlook

Yes it's this proverbial chestnut. Client has been educated about sending out mass e-mails that will upset the Spam Gods and blacklist then in wrathful vengeance.

Currently using MailChimp as our mass mailer solution. This works to a point but staff find it awkward to use. Is there a way of using Outlook as the front end and either sending out through a sanctioned portal or via MailChimp in some way?
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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
Yes!!  MailChimp's sister is mandrill  http://mandrill.com.  I have been using http://sendgrid.com/ and starting to switch some lower volume senders because of the free tier.  

Either service is an smtp service meant for sending out one off (or mass one off) transactional emails.  You can create a new account in outlook or mac mail or any mail program and have the outgoing smtp credentials for mandrill/sendgrid.  There are a good handful of other 3rd party smtp services. I think sendgrid is one of the largest and mandrill is new.  Originally, you could only send out via an api and I think using smtp is new.
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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
One note on Mandrill, the free tier uses the shared IP.  I do think it is a good idea to spend the $30 per month and get your own IP.
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edhastedAuthor Commented:
Many thanks - I'll check these out on Thursday so apologies for not resolving this thread immediately. EH
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