By their own words, Mailchimp is:
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EducationLink integrates with Mailchimp by sending every student you have saved within EducationLink to your Mailchimp account, use this add-on if you want:
Every time you add or edit a student, EducationLink will sync this student to your Mailchimp account, to a specific list, we send the following data about the student to Mailchimp:
This info is sent via merge tags, to learn more about how merge tags work on Mailchimp, check this Mailchimp's support article: All the Merge Tags Cheat Sheet.
Log in to your EducationLink account (to learn how to login, access How to login into EducationLink?), and go to your "Organization settings": hover the mouse over your picture and then click in the first link "Organization settings", then click in "Add-ons", find the Mailchimp add-on and click in "Activate".
Mailchimp has a generous free tier, so you may not necessarily have to use it, to check Mailchimp pricing, click here. In case you can't use the free tier, you may have to pay to use it. EducationLink fees may also apply, as the load in our servers is increased.
API key is a special password (not your own password) two systems can use to communicate between themselves. EducationLink uses this mechanism to sync your students. You will have to generate an API key in your Mailchimp's account. The following Mailchimp's article to learn how to do that: About API Keys.
As soon as you have your API keys in hand, paste it on EducationLink, otherwise the syncing of students will not work.
As soon as you activate the Mailchimp add-on, EducationLink will start syncing all your students, and this may take some time. Check your Mailchimp account for a new list called "Students". This is the list EducationLink will create automatically to store all your students.
You can also follow the progress at any time by going to our "Mailchimp log" page. You can find it by clicking in the "Marketing" section in the main menu.