MailChimp: Subscribe via email?

Is there a way to create a list in MailChimp and have subscribers subscribe to it by sending an email to a particular address? Similar to an old "listserve" list in which a person could subscribe by sending an email to

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Lev SeltzerAsked:
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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
The only way I can think of would be creating your own program that can read incoming email and then use mailchimps api to add to the list.

A listserv also read the subject line for subscribe or unsubscribe. That helped to prevent adding spam to your list.

Make sure to add a double opt in where a confirmation is sent with somthing to click on to confirm before adding to the list.
Serena HsiMarketing ConsultantCommented:
Why not just have a subscribe link in the body of the Mailchimp email? Otherwise, you could use something like GetSiteControl (to drive subscriber sign-ups on your website) and Zapier to a Mailchimp list via pop-up boxes).

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Lev SeltzerAuthor Commented:
I previously used a listserve and printed the subscribe link in newsletters and stationery. I can't do that any longer. Also, some of my potential subscribers do not use the internet, but do use email.
Serena HsiMarketing ConsultantCommented:
MailChimp has a Subscriber app for iOS 9.0+ and Android 4.0+ so you can get subscribers at events,

MailChimp's kb articles suggest to do this for offline subscribers:

Send an Opt-In Email

If you import offline subscribers to your list, you can send them an email with a link to your MailChimp signup form. The email should remind the person how they signed up to the list and offer them a chance to opt in electronically. After they submit the form, we'll add them to your list. This activity will be tracked behind the scenes with MailChimp to ensure you have permission.

To send an opt-in email, follow these steps.

Navigate to the Lists page.

Click the drop-down menu for the list, and select Signup forms.

Select General forms.

Copy the URL in the Signup form URL field.

Use your personal email address and provider to send an email to the potential contact.

As individuals begin to subscribe electronically, they'll be added to your list along with proof of opt-in, and you can begin sending MailChimp campaigns to them.
Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
> do not use the internet, but do use email

That does create a small challenge but I understand. I worked with a Mennonite group and it was similar situation.  

Serena brings up a good potential solution using Zapier and I think is similar.  Those solutions would also be similar to what I was suggestion but with the potential of not having to do any programming.  In short, Zapier/Iftt reads your incoming email and can detect the subscribe subject and then add to your mailchimp.   If you already have an email list, there is another option to import from a csv or excel file and that may be your easiest choice. The caveat there is your probability of unsubscribes / being marked as spam may be high and could adversely affect your reputation on MailChimp.  If your subs are loyal, then that may not be an issue.

It has been a while since I have used iftt and things may have changed. I always found it easier for me to just code what I need. If you are not a coder, that would require you to hire somebody.

I suggest looking at Serena's first idea. Look into and perhaps she can give you more detail on how to make that work for you.
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