Our Import Tool automatically imports leads or contacts from a spreadsheet and adds them to a marketing list – here’s the link to our Import Tool article. However, if you need to use CRM’s native import feature for some other reason and want to add the imported leads/contacts to a marketing list, here’s how.
Step 1: Import your Contacts and Create your Marketing Lists
Import your Contacts using CRM’s Import Data Wizard and create your Marketing Lists in CRM. Once your Contacts and Marketing Lists are in CRM, you will create connections between them to tell the CRM which Contacts go with which Marketing Lists.
Step 2: Set Up an Excel Spreadsheet
Set up an Excel spreadsheet with two columns, one being called “Connected From” and the other “Connected To.” Make sure that these are the only two columns in your Excel file to prevent uploading errors. Add your Contact’s first and last names under “Connected From” and your Marketing Lists under “Connected To.” If you have a contact that belongs in more than one list, the contact should appear on multiple rows. Save the file as a CSV file.
Step 3: Import the File
In CRM, navigate to Settings > Data Management > Imports, choose Import Data, and select the file you just created. Upload your CSV file using the Import Data Wizard. Click Next until you see the Map Record Types screen. Select Connection as the Microsoft Dynamics CRM record type.
Click Next until you reach the Review Settings and Import Data screen, then hit Submit. Your connections will be imported, and click Finish.
Step 4: Manage Marketing List Members
CRM now recognizes a connection between your Contacts and their Marketing Lists. You now need to add the Contacts to each of the Marketing Lists. In CRM, navigate to Marketing > Marketing Lists and open one of your Marketing Lists. Click Manage Members, select Add using Advanced Find, and click Continue.
When the Advanced Find opens, click Select and scroll down to the Related items at the bottom and choose Connections (Connected From). Another level will appear below. Click Select and choose Connected To. Change Equals Current User to Equals. Click the search icon that appears when you hover over Enter Value.
Step 5: Select the Marketing List
In the dropdown menu next to Look For, select Marketing List. Marketing List Lookup View will appear next to Look In. Search for the name of the current Marketing List and choose it from the list by clicking in the checkmark column. Click the Select button to move the Marketing List to Selected Records. Click Add. This populates the field in your Advanced Find with the correct Marketing List. Click Find.
Step 6: Add All Members to the Marketing List
The search returns all Contacts that are connected to this Marketing List. Select Add all the members returned by the search to the marketing list. Select Add to Marketing List.
The appropriate Contacts now appear in the Marketing List. Repeat Steps 4 through 6 with each of your Marketing Lists to add their members.
Written by Kellany Mathis, ClickDimensions Marketing Success Manager