How to Create an Email Discussion List

Gaggle Mail is all about making group email as easy to use as possible.  With that in mind we’ve just released an update which makes setting up your group even easier. Now when you create a new group with Gaggle Mail we show you a quick setup up wizard that walks you through the main customizations that are made to groups.  These few steps explain what each setting does and how it affects messages being sent across your group. Gaggle Mail -Simple group email discussion list This setup process is totally optional, you can quit it at any time and go back and change any of the settings later at any point. We have always been about making group email discussion lists as easy as possible to use and opening them up to an audience that would have previously been put off creating one.  With this new step-by-step approach to getting your list up and running we think we’ve made things even easier. As we’ve previously said “If you can use email, you can use Gaggle Mail” this is now truer than ever.

Alternative to Google Groups

Google Groups has been around for over 15 years (launched in 2001) and is very popular with small clubs and groups. Like most of Google services Google Groups is free with Google making it pay by showing ads and analyzing your groups data to better target more ads at you.

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Google Groups has not had a major update for years, it’s in maintenance mode, they’re keeping it running for existing users but it doesn’t get updated or improved.  Google does have a history of shutting down services that that it no longer considers strategic and Groups would appear to be in that category.

If this makes you worried and you need a modern, secure, reliable way to share news and messages with a group of people why not try an email group with Gaggle Mail.  All you need to participate in an email group is an email address and everyone has one of those.  With Gaggle Mail there’s no need to have a specific email account (I’m looking at you Google and Yahoo!) just use whatever email address you already have.

All groups on Gaggle Mail have a fully searchable message archive, customized subject lines and email footers, web group sign-up, incognito mode for enhanced member privacy and may more features.  Your members will love the simplicity and flexibility of using a modern dedicated group email solution.

If you use Google Groups to run a group discussion list and you’re worried about data privacy or it’s longer term future then give Gaggle Mail a try.

See why thousands of groups have moved to Gaggle Mail with a 30 day free trial.

Anonymous Group Email

Sometimes groups want to communicate via group email but keep their individual email addresses hidden.  To facilitate this we’ve added Privacy group setting which hides the email addresses of members from other members but allows them to communicate freely.

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With this feature enabled your group will continue to work as usual but the email addresses of other members will be hidden.  You can still reply directly to a member however this will use a proxy email address which will keep the original senders address hidden.

You can read more about this feature here.

Alternative to Wiggio

Wiggio is a popular all-singing, all-dancing group membership site.  You can hold virtual meetings, take polls, manage events, share files and create to-do lists.  But by far it’s most popular feature is group communication or put simply – group email. Wiggio logo Group email is something that Gaggle Mail focuses on exclusively, you won’t find all those other group features here but group email is something we do really rather well. By focusing on this one thing we can offer the simplest, most reliable, full featured and best value for money group email solution on the web.

Gaggle Mail archives all messages sent over it and makes them instantly searchable to the group administrators and optionally group members.  You can also enable moderation for groups which means only messages that have been approved by a group administrator gets sent on to the group. Gaggle Mail logoWith customized email footers, a choice of delivery options (reply to group, reply to sender) and full delivery reports, you can see why thousands of groups – large and small - appreciate what a dedicated group email platform can deliver.

However beyond features the thing that separates us from other offerings is the easy and simplicity with which anyone can get started and run a group on Gaggle Mail.

Our motto is “If you can use email, you can use Gaggle Mail” and it’s something we really stand by, creating a group, adding members, sending message and checking the health of the group are all thing’s we’ve put huge effort into making as simple as possible.

So if you want a dedicated group email provider which just works - is full featured but takes ease and simplicity really seriously then take a look at Gaggle Mail.  With a 30 day free trial (no credit card required) and groups from as little as $10 per year you have nothing to loose!

Replying To Daily Digest Messages

Our daily digest feature is very popular allowing people to receive one digest email a day. However if you’re not actually receiving the individual messages then you can’t reply to them and join the discussion. Until now.

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Now when you receive your daily digest and click the link to view the original email we show you a “Send to me” button on the message to get it straight to your inbox giving you the opportunity to reply.

Simply Elegant

Our mission has always been to build the simplest group email system available. Key to this is to make the most intuitive, easy to use and powerful user interface possible. This is something we consider with everything we do at Gaggle Mail. If there’s a new feature that we can’t find a elegant way to add it to the user interface then we won’t add it until we can.

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With this in mind we’ve made some subtle changes to both the group and member management pages which we believe deliver on or goal to create the simplest group email system available.

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Resending Group Emails

I’m delighted to let you know we’ve just introduced the ability to resend messages to any member of your group. This option is only available to administrators of your group and you can do this from the Message archive.

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Messages can be resent to any current member of your list even if they we’re not a member of your group when the message was originally sent. This can be really useful if you have a special welcome or introduction email you like to send to all new members to your.
we hope you find this feature useful and if you have any feedback then please let us know.

How Healthy Is Your Group Email?

When running a community group email list your main concern is that your members are getting the messages sent to them. Emails can failed to be delivered for lots of reasons but before you can fix the delivery problems you have to know which mails are not getting through.

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To make it super easy to see any delivery problems with your group email listsrv we’ve introduced a group Health Score. Your group’s Health Score is calculated be analyzing the last few messages sent to your group and rating, out of 100, how well those messages were delivered to your members.

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When there are delivery problems we list the members which are having problems along with the specific issue they are facing and most importantly a solution of how to fix the problem.

All this useful information can be accesses from the new Health section in your group management page.

Deleting Messages

As a result of feedback from our wonderful users we’ve added the ability to delete messages from the message archive.  This feature is quite self-explanatory and available immediately so give it a try and let us know what you think!

 

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Alternative to Yahoo Groups

Try Gaggle Mail free for 30-days then groups from only $10 per year!

Yahoo Groups has been around for many years with thousands of active groups, however Yahoo’s future has not seemed certain for a long time. With their latest acquisition by Verizon things are looking even less certain. Also with large internet companies having a history of closing down large popular sites you never know what’s around the corner.

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If all this makes you nervous and you’re looking for a dedicated alternative to Yahoo Groups then Gaggle Mail could be just right for you. Running a group email list has never been simpler, move your Yahoo Groups members over to Gaggle Mail with a few clicks then configure your group with easy through the slick management page.

All messages sent over Gaggle Mail are archived and instantly searchable making it the perfect platform for group email discussion for sports clubs, groups or professional associations.

With a selection of message delivery options; real-time, daily digest or paused, your members will really appreciate the flexibility they have over who they interact with your group.

So if you run a email group discussion list on Yahoo Groups and are looking for a modern reliable alternative take a look at Gaggle Mail.

Start a 30-day free trial now to see why thousands of groups trust Gaggle Mail with their group email.