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I'd like to send an email once a month to a list of email addresses with personalised message. I cannot figure out how to do that.

Let me elaborate. I have a bunch of domains and most of them have some address like info@domain.com set up with forwarding to my main email address. Every now and then it turns out that somebody has been sending me email to one of those addresses but it didn't get through to me. So, I'd like a service to send me an email to every one of those addresses once a month so I can detect if an address does not work.

I tried zappier (send email once a month), but it sends a single email with all of the addresses in "To:" field and identical text, so I cannot figure out which email address died and which are alive. If I create a separate zap for each email, I will break the 5-zaps free account limit.

MailChimp would be perfect (I can personalize every message so I can tell which email address died), but I cannot figure out how to tell MailChimp to send a campaign once a month. (Zappier integration doesn't allow for sending campaigns)

I tried using nudgemail, but I have to be able to send email from the address to which I wish the email to be sent, and most of the email addresses in question are just forwarders to my main email address, so that's not possible.

I could, of course, write a simple python script and put it on a server with a cron job, but then I have to pay for a server just for that... aaaaand, I'm out of ideas.

If I do not figure this out soon, I'll go with the python script solution, but I'd really like to find a free service which would allow me to do this, so I can simply forget about it.

Any ideas?

  • Requests for product or service recommendations are off-topic. However, you don't indicate what email application you're using. It may have a feature or available add-on that does this. – fixer1234 Dec 1 '15 at 9:18
  • I'm using gmail. But I figured there could be an external servise for something like this. Which StackExchange site would this question be on-topic on? – dijxtra Dec 1 '15 at 15:49
  • If there's a way to do it with gmail, it would be on-topic at webapps. I'm not familiar with a SE site for service recommendations. – fixer1234 Dec 1 '15 at 17:53
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Your question asks for a service recommendation. However, you can do this without one. This may be a feature available in your email app.

I don't know if gmail includes it, but you could access your account through a POP3 email app, like Thunderbird (which is free). It has an available Send Later add-on that can send a recurring message.

Send Later screenshot

Ignore the background shadow image; looks like I grabbed the screenshot while the window was semi-transparent. :-)

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