MarkdownMail, a popular iPhone/iPad app, announced today that the newest release includes the option to send content directly into MailChimp, providing a true on-the-go platform for MailChimp subscribers to create and edit content. Created by Second Gear, a Mac and iOS development firm based out of Carmel IN, the updated MarkdownMail app is a new integration supported by MailChimp’s $1 million fund supporting the development of integrations with its platform.
“The idea behind launching the MailChimp Integration Fund this past November was simple: We basically want to help small startups with small, paying projects. Projects that involve integrating their apps with the MailChimp API,” explains says Ben Chesnut, Co-founder and CEO of MailChimp. “Third party integrations are an important part of who we are and we hope effective integrations like MarkdownMail will encourage other businesses to follow suit.”
Providing a new way to bring content in from an iOS device, MarkdownMail is integrated with MailChimp so users can compose HTML content on their iPhones, iPod touches and iPads and send it directly to their MailChimp accounts as a new campaign. Available for $3.99 through the iTunes App Store, MailChimp is offering a credit for MailChimp users who download and use the app and use it within thirty days.
MarkdownMail uses MailChimp’s Objective-C wrapper, ChimpKit, to interact email campaign data. This open source library allows iOS developers to connect their apps seamlessly to MailChimp’s API. Thousands of developers already use MailChimp to stay in touch with customers. Now, ChimpKit helps them build their list right inside of the app.
The MailChimp Integration Fund is now accepting applications from anyone interested in building an integration on the MailChimp platform. Possible categories for development range from sign-up modules to more complex data sharing. Development can also focus on increasing the utility of an existing integration or plugin. Interested parties should complete a short form online at http://www.mailchimp.com/about/integration-fund to begin the application process. Funds will be applied on a per-project basis and the amount of funds allocated to any one project will be determined based on the requirements of each specific project.
MailChimp supports more than 3 million subscribers worldwide, sending 3 billion emails per month. The MailChimp platform improves the user experience by providing seamless, yet powerful email marketing and publishing features that are easy and affordable enough for a small business to get started, but powerful enough for a large company looking for an enterprise level solution. MailChimp’s platform provides an open API used by more than 250,000 subscribers. MailChimp integrates with many third party applications including Facebook, Twitter, Eventbrite, SurveyGizmo, Salesforce, WordPress, Magento, Joomla, Drupal and Google Analytics. And best of all, prices start at free.