Was there anything specific that helped you kickstart the process?
Donna: As a member, I got an invite from Mailchimp to brightonSEO (a marketing event in Brighton, UK). I was like, “Oh my god, how exciting is that?”
So, I went, met other partners there, and just really had a good time. It was so interesting hearing about other people’s journeys and what they had learned through Mailchimp & Co. It spurred me on, because then I met someone there who advised me to join some local networking groups and meet more people who have paid accounts. So, that’s what I did.
Were there other benefits that got you excited to join the program?
Donna: I had previously been more of a marketing generalist, as opposed to a specialist. But I always enjoyed email marketing, and when I saw the benefits of Mailchimp & Co, I knew straight away that it had what I was looking for: A certification to give myself the confidence, knowledge, and ability to use the correct terminology when explaining the Mailchimp platform to clients.
Mailchimp Academy conveniently delivered the lessons in bite-sized chunks, too, so I could take on the certification process around my kids’ home-schooling.
Note: For more on the benefits of professional certification, read “Exceptionally Certified.”
Was the certification process challenging? How has it helped?
Donna: It’s challenging, but I was able to draw on my 10 years of using the platform to get through it. It gave me the confidence to explain to my clients the correct terminology, like the difference between tags and segments, or the benefit of a welcome series as opposed to a single welcome email.
The certification badges have also helped because people can see that I’m qualified. When you’ve got the badges in your email signature and on your website, it really gives you a sense of authority.
As a Mailchimp partner, you can access your partner and certification badges in your Mailchimp & Co account to help grow your credibility.
Note: All courses are free for Mailchimp & Co members. Sign up for Mailchimp Academy to get access to exclusive courses that can help you sharpen your Mailchimp knowledge, build your marketing skills, and earn certifications.
What other benefits are you enjoying as a partner?
Donna: I absolutely love the Slack community. You learn so much—it’s just brilliant. I learn something new every day because people are so generous in sharing their tips. There doesn’t appear to be any sort of judgment going on, either. The moderators are great, too.