Creating an HTML email you don't send through MailChimp

I am creating an email to promote Upswing’s Campus Ambassador Program. This post is about how I was able to create and design an HTML email in MailChimp, but still distribute it myself, via gmail.

We want two students at every school to encourage their classmates to try the online tutoring and coaching platform we created for their school. Spreading awareness among students is probablyourbiggest challenge once we’ve signed up a school.Our campus ambassadors are incentivized to get their classmates using Upswing at least once, after which we aimto provide an experience that is easy, engaging, and efficient enough that our users, of course, want to return again and again.

So, my email is to direct potential candidates to a webpage where they can apply to the program. I want it to be an HTML email that will catch the eye. However, Ialso want it to come directly from the school’s own administrators, such as the person running the work study program or the person who supports the student government.

Step 1: MailChimp is an easy way to design an email.

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Designing an email with MailChimp
Step 2: Export the template to an HTML file

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Step 3: Open the html file with a text editor.

Step 4: Use a google spreadsheet, with a clever macro (-ish) script to send the html in an email to yourself.

From a simple google search for “how to send html in an email” I found this link (to give credit where it’s due)http://www.labnol.org/internet/send-html-email/19672/. That pointed me to a google spreadsheet that you copy, and through google’s own version of an MS excel macro, you can put the html in an email to send to yourself.

Screen Shot 2014-08-01 at 12.19.34 AMAnd voila. Look for your html email in your inbox. Piece of cake.