Do you want to let your subscribers tell you what they want to hear about? And automatically segment them based on their interests when opting in to your list?
Our Preferences feature on forms helps you personalize content or email frequency from the start of your subscriber relationship. You can customize the question you'd like to ask subscribers, their options, the associated segments—and even the look and feel.
With Preferences, you can ask whatever you want, but two of the most common questions that can help you customize your email marketing strategy are:
"What do you want to hear about?" This question helps you understand what content topics your subscribers are interested in.
"How often do you want to hear from me?" This question helps you understand how often your subscribers want to receive emails.
How to enable Preferences for your form
While editing a new form—or an existing one—you can access the Preferences toggle on the right sidebar under the 'Form' menu.
Once you've enabled Preferences for your form, click on the question or one of the options to start editing.
Each preference option is connected to segments. When subscribers opt-in to an option, they will be added to the segment(s) you choose here.
Note: you can add an unlimited number of segments to a Preference and your subscribers can opt-in to as many or as few Preferences as they like.
In our below example, if a subscriber marks the 'White wine' preference, they will be automatically added to the segment you've selected: 'Pouring white'. You can now send highly targeted, relevant emails about white wine to the subscribers who clicked the "White wine" preference and exclude them from a sale that only offers, say, red wine.
Note: Subscribers will still be added to the segment you initially selected when you created your form in addition to the Preference segments they select.
To double check which segment you set for your form:
Go back to your Forms dashboard
Hover over the form's card
Click the 3 dots (...)
Choose 'Change segments'
How many Preferences can I add to a form?
To ensure an optimized experience for your subscribers, you can add up to a total of 6 Preferences to a form by clicking the + Add button.
When you reach this limit, you will see an alert message as shown below.
You can remove a Preference by hovering over it, clicking the 3 dots (...) and selecting Delete.
How to match Preferences on a form to your brand
Just like when editing the main text of your form, you can set your choice of font, font size and font color for your Preferences.
Click on the Font tab to access all the usual customization options:
As an added bonus, we have 4 beautiful Preference checkbox designs to select from under the Style tab.
Important: Preferences on Forms are not connected to the Preferences Page that your subscribers see when they click on the 'Manage preferences' link in your email footer.
For example, you can ask about content type here—What do you want to hear about? And then ask about frequency on the Preferences Page—How often do you want to hear from me?
To learn how these work together to help you customize content from the start of—and throughout—your subscriber relationship read our article What is the difference between Preferences in Forms and the Preferences Page?
Let's sum it up!
Our Form Preferences feature helps you personalize content or email frequency from the start of your subscriber relationship when they opt-in via one of your forms.
You can enable Preferences for new or existing forms by enabling Preferences on the Forms menu.
When subscribers opt-in to a Preference option, they will be added to the segment(s) you specify.