It's our 18th community newsletter – and it’s a juicy one! If you’re new around here, welcome – we’ll pop into your inbox every few weeks with a mix of product updates, announcements, tips and tricks, helpful resources, and interesting articles.
Introducing our newest flagship feature: newsletters! While we've always supported building email lists using Drops and sending email campaigns, we're introducing newsletters as a proper headline feature with all the bells and whistles: hosted pages, customizable emails, new block types, scheduling, and more.
To try it out, just click "Write a newsletter" on your dashboard or tap the Newsletters tab in the lefthand side menu. You can publish newsletters to their own hosted page as well as send an email version to all of your subscribers – and you can even tweak the email version and introduce personalized elements, like addressing subscribers by name or prompting them to share their referral link.
We've also incorporated support for newsletters into events and Drops. When creating an event or Drop, you can now choose to show a newsletter opt-in checkbox as part of the flow. If you're using Zapier to pair Norby with an external email provider like Mailchimp, that opt-in will be exposed in your Zaps so you can appropriately manage followers there as well.
We've got lots more planned for newsletters, including paid subscriptions and unlockable content, but let us know if there are specific features you'd like to see by replying to this email!
We've been continually adding new block types to our page editor, which you'll notice got a bit of a redesign this week. You can now also insert blocks at arbitrary positions instead of creating them and then dragging them into place.
Check out our recently-released YouTube and Vimeo blocks and try adding a video to your link in bio!
When one of your followers texts you or receives a text campaign from you for the first time, they'll now receive a contact card they can easily save on their phone. The contact card will automatically be populated with your avatar and name from the profile section in your dashboard.
You can now send test emails and text messages for any of your draft or scheduled campaigns. To try it out, just tap the "..." on the right side of any draft or scheduled campaign and tap "Send test message."
We've done a bit of redecorating this week to make things more clear. In particular, we've made two important changes:
Say hi to a few of the newest members of our community!
‘Til next time,
Sam, Nick, and Steve