Exporting Address Book Contacts for Express Email Marketing
Reviewing some feedback recently, I came across a question about how to import Address Book contacts from Mac® OS X into Express Email Marketing®. I haven’t tried importing anything other than a CSV with a Mac, so I thought I’d take a stab at it — here’s what I found:
Address Book exports in vCard format, and Express Email Marketing imports only delimited-field text formats, such as CSV files. The two formats are wildly different, so you need to convert one file type to the other. And trying to convert the files manually is more work than it’s worth.
However, a quick Google® search for “vCard to CSV” lists links to a few freeware tools that can convert Address Book vCards to a CSV file suitable for importing into your Express Email Marketing account.
Exporting contacts from Address Book is easy. Select the contacts you want to export, and then right-click on your selection. Click Export vCard…, choose where to save the file, and then click Save. You might want to note where you save the file so it’s easy to find when you’re ready to convert it.
After you convert the vCard to a CSV file, you’re ready to import your contacts into Express Email Marketing. In your account, click List Manager, and then click Import List. After you watch the video and agree to be a good Internet citizen, click Browse to find and upload your newly-created CSV file. Express Email Marketing automatically associates subscriber information fields in your CSV, such as email address, name, and location with the subscriber information fields in your account. Click Finish and you’ll see the results shortly.
For more information about importing, check out Importing Existing Customer Lists in Express Email Marketing.
I’m sure that CSV export will come to Address Book eventually, but this method will cover you until that happens.