How to build a newsletter referral program with Klaviyo

How to build a newsletter referral program with Klaviyo

Viral Loops’ main goal for 2021 is to help creators get the attention they deserve.

That goal spawned The Newsletter Referral—our referral marketing template designed specifically for newsletters.

Since then, we didn’t stop announcing new email platform integrations for the template; aiming to serve as many people as possible

So far, you could connect The Newsletter Referral with:

In case you’re not using any of the platforms above, you can always use Zapier to integrate the Newsletter Referral with the one you currently use.

Today, we announce the integration of Klaviyo with The Newsletter Referral.

There was already an integration with Klaviyo in place, which allowed our users to send automated emails about their referral campaigns instead of using our own email builder/sender.

This announcement/tutorial doesn’t refer to that.

By connecting your Klaviyo lists with The Newsletter Referral, you can:

  • Build referral programs that run entirely from inside your newsletter emails without any coding skills.
  • Create beautiful referral widgets for your emails.
  • Reward your most loyal subscribers automatically.
  • Provide unique referral links for your subscribers.
  • Create personalized email experiences using merge tags.
  • Keep your Klaviyo contacts in sync with your referral campaigns.

In this article, you’ll learn how to connect your Klaviyo lists with The Newsletter Referral template and build your newsletter referral programs.

Do you want your campaign to be successful?
Read our actionable guide on newsletter referral programs.

If you don’t have time to read the tutorial, you can always watch the video version:

How to build a newsletter referral program with Klaviyo

Building a newsletter referral program with Klaviyo and The Newsletter Referral.

Integrating Klaviyo account with Viral Loops couldn’t be easier; It takes only four steps to build a referral marketing program that works directly from inside your newsletter:

  1. Create a new campaign in Viral Loops using The Newsletter Referral template.
  2. Connect your Klaviyo account with Viral Loops.
  3. Add a referral widget inside your email campaign.
  4. Sync your existing Klaviyo list subscribers with your newsletter referral campaign.

Creating your newsletter referral program.

  1. Create a new Viral Loops campaign using The Newsletter Referral template.
  2. Select Klaviyo and then click on the “Continue” button.

  1. Name your campaign.
  2. Set up the number of milestones and the number of successful referrals for each milestone.

set milestones for a newsletter referral program

  1. Edit and customize your email widgets, referral dashboard, and Invitee page.

Here’s an example of how your “Email Widget” could look like.

email referral widget

Connecting your Klaviyo list with your referral program.

After editing and customizing your Viral Loops campaign, you’ll need to connect Viral Loops with a Klaviyo list of your choice.

  1. Go to the ‘API keys’ tab of your Klaviyo account.
  2. Click on ‘Create Private API key.’
  3. Copy the ‘Private API key.’
  4. Paste it in the corresponding field in the ‘Connect’ step of your Viral Loops campaign’s wizard.
  5. Click on ‘Select a list,’ and choose the list that you want to connect with your campaign.
  6. Click “Connect”

connect Klaviyo with The Newsletter Referral

Syncing your Klaviyo list’s existing subscribers with your referral program.

If you want your existing subscribers to get assigned a unique referral URL:

  1. Go to your Klaviyo account.
  2. Click on the ‘Lists & Segment’ menu item on the left sidebar.
  3. Choose the list that you connected with your Viral Loops campaign.
  4. Export your contacts.
  5. Go to your Viral Loops campaign’s dashboard.
  6. Import your Klaviyo contacts in your Viral Loops campaign.

Add a referral widget inside your Klaviyo email campaign.

To add a referral widget inside your email campaigns:

  1. Click the ‘Show me how’ button next to the ‘Add referrals in your emails’ option.
  2. Click ‘Copy to clipboard’ to copy the HTML code.
  3. Go to your Klaviyo account.
  4. Create a new campaign using the ‘Drag & Drop’ option.
  5. While editing your email in Klaviyo, drag a ‘Text’ block to your email editor.
  6. Click on the ‘Source’ button on the Text Block editor, and paste the HTML code you copied from Viral Loops.

embed referral widget in Klaviyo email

Before you go.

Starting today, you can have a referral program that runs directly from inside your email campaigns sent via Klaviyo and reward your most loyal subscribers for referring their friends.

Setting up your newsletter referral program takes only a few minutes!

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