iContact Community : Email Marketer’s Interactive Community

iContact is the leading email marketing company with over 100,000 users worldwide. Apart from this great service, they’ve recently launched an email marketer’s community called iContact Community that allows visitors to comment, rank, and discuss email newsletters just like Digg. The community is interactive and it enables each subscriber to discuss marketing email contents.

After reviewing the site, I can see that aside from being an interactive community, it is also an online social networking community that caters for email marketers. The new iContact Community is a lot like other social networks allowing people to rate and “digg” stories and content. Looking at the content of the site, I saw a lot of quality blogs and newsletters about email marketing that makes more interesting for email marketing professionals.

In a Digg-like model, the more interesting and relevant the content the iContact customers publish is, the more likely it will get votes from visitors leading to more exposure and more subscribers. The top ranked content in each category will show up on the community home page. All community content as well as the community profile will be indexed by Google and the major search engines, allowing publishers to get more visitors and subscribers.

Visitors to the iContact Community can vote on their favorite content, comment on content, view the top ranked content within each of the 18 categories like Entertainment, Politics, and Travel, create a public profile, discuss topics that interest them in the forums, and find new publishers who are creating email newsletters, RSS feeds, and blogs about topics they are interested in. It’s an exciting experience to be able to vote on a newsletter that you feel has great content and see it move up in its category.

The iContact Community at http://community.icontact.com  already has over 120,000 registered members and 212,000 pieces of content on it three days after launch.

If you want to publish your email newsletters to the iContact Community to help you grow your list and easily reach your subscribers with very good inbox deliverability, you can sign up for a free trial of iContact at http://www.icontact.com . iContact starts at just $9.95 per month. They provide service to both small businesses and large Fortune 500 companies like International Paper, Remax, Ford, CBS, Symantec, and AT&T.

If you want to find email newsletters and blogs you are interested in visit the iContact community now at http://community.icontact.com .

The design of the site is rather breathtaking. They mention UI designer Robb Hamilton in their blog post at http://www.icontact.com/blog/  describing the Community. They also have a nice video that explains it all at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkoNFA3nj6s .