Choosing and customizing the fields that are included in your web form is important! The info that you gather from your subscribers can help you encourage higher engagement and site traffic by personalizing your messages: win-win-win! And with Mad Mimi web forms, you have the ability to put in some pretty awesome, fancy fields. Read on, and we’ll explore.
Adding fields to your web form
When you want to add any field to your web form, simply click on the “Add a field” button, on the right side of your web form editing screen. You can always add a normal text field, from that list, or create a custom field, using the “Fancy fields” button.
What is a fancy field, you might ask? This can simply be any field that you want to gather, but don’t see already in that list. Or, you can create a special kind of input field, all by yourself, right on your own web form.
When you click that “Fancy fields” button, you’ll first see the choice for what type of field you want this to be. Your options are:
- Text Field
- Radio Buttons
No matter which field type you choose, the next step is to specify the “Field label” and the “Field reference”. The label is what will show to your subscribers on your web form, when you publish it. The reference, however, is what Mimi uses, to refer to this field, in your Audience. This field reference is very useful if you are customizing your message with personalization tags. This field reference is what you will use to tell Mimi to substitute in this field data, when you send your personalized message. You can read more about using personalization tags in your promotions, here.
Now, if you selected a “Text Field” at the beginning, that’s all you have to do! Your new fancy field is right there, already, on your web form. But the fun doesn’t stop there! Let’s check out the other options…
Adding list items to your web form field
If you’ve selected the dropdown, radio buttons or checkboxes options, you now have to tell Mimi which items you’d like to populate that list with. When you save your fancy field to your web form, you’ll see that Mimi is ready and waiting for you to fill in those list items. In this case, we’ve added the field “Favorite Color” to the web form.
Just type in each of the list items, and click the check button to save it. You can have as many items as you’d like, but be sure to consider the usability of your form, too. Let’s say you have 20 options in your list — a dropdown might be a cleaner way to go, for example, rather than a giant list of radio buttons.
Now, we’ve entered all the colors here, for our “Favorite Color” field — let’s see what it’ll look like! Just click on the “Preview” button at the top of the field, and you’ll see your fancy field, in all its glory:
And if you need to edit any of those items in your list, it’s super easy! Simply click on the “Edit” button at the top of the field, and then on the pencil icon next to the item you wish to edit. You can click on the trashcan icon, if you want to delete that item, entirely.
Adding a date field to your signup form
Let’s say you want to capture subscribers’ birthday, or wedding date, etc. You can do that easily using the “Date” option — just select it from the field type list, save your changes. There it is, ready to collect dates from your signups!
Now get out there and have some fun with your fancy web form fields!