New Feature: Contact Importing

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Hold the phone, Joan. This late breaking news is just in. Today SignUpGenius announced new scratch-and-sniff sign up technology! Creating a church snack sign up? Now you can scratch your monitor and you’ll actually smell the cookies! Yum.  

Wait – today’s not April first? In that case, we’ve been so busy creating a real jaw-dropping enhancement we must have missed it.  

New FeatureIntroducing…easy contact importing. Now in addition to adding emails manually to our system, you can also import your group members from a variety of sources including Yahoo mail, MSN, Hotmail, Outlook, AOL, and Gmail! That’s right – getting your contacts into our system has never been so easy. Choose the service that stores your contacts, authorize the import, and POOF – your names and emails are pulled right into our system, and you can immediately invite all your contacts to your sign up. It’s that simple! Um, well, except that our legal department says we need to disclose that your computer will not actually make the “POOF” sound… although it would be cool if it did. 

In addition to importing from these major programs, we’ve also added a CSV file import to handle other contact databases. You can now export your contacts from almost any kind of database that will create a standard CSV file. Once you upload the file, we’ll pull in the names as well as the emails so that your users can immediately receive personalized invites to your sign up. It’s easier than applying suntan lotion to your dog! Eww. Anyway – take our word for it. It’s easy.  

We understand that getting all your users properly invited to a sign up is a huge part of increasing your response rate and filling up those sign up slots. With easy contact importing, sending individual email invites to everyone is now quick and simple. So what are you waiting for? Quit scratching your monitor for crying out loud and go import some contacts!

Posted by Dan Rutledge

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Posted by Betsy Lytle on Sat Oct 15, 2016 5:20 PM EST
Hi Holly,
You'll need to change your browser security setting to allow pop ups from In most browsers you can find the security settings under 'Preferences.'

Posted by HOLLY NICOLAI on Thu Oct 13, 2016 4:44 PM EST
I am trying to import email addresses from gmail to sign up genius. It says my browser is blocxking the pop up for it how do I fix that

Posted by Betsy Lytle on Mon Nov 9, 2015 9:40 AM EST
Hi Eva,

I'm sorry that you are having difficulty importing your emails from Outlook. We are having some issues with Outlook imports, and we are trying to troubleshoot those.

The best option for you would be to export the emails to a CSV file. Then you can upload from that. When you click "Import from Address Book" you will see the CSV icon to the far right of the options. Make sure the column headings on the spreadsheet match our form fields. You can edit your spreadsheet or our form.

Also, it is not necessary to send invites from our site. You can copy the URL from your web browser address bar and then paste this link to give out in emails or however you wish to distribute it. If you need additional assistance with this, please contact our support team via the help tab. Thanks!

Posted by Eva Riley on Fri Nov 6, 2015 1:31 PM EST
I'm trying to import from Outlook, but it won't load. Is it possible that the organization is too large and that is what is crashing/timing it out? Not sure what else to try, but I don't really want to type out 40 email addresses :( Thanks!

Posted by Betsy Lytle on Fri Nov 6, 2015 9:40 AM EST

When using 'Import from Address Book,' all of your contacts will be uploaded. There is not a way to select a specific Gmail group. I would suggest first removing any old email addresses in Gmail before uploading your contacts to our site. You can also further edit your Group after it is uploaded by going to the Groups area. If you need additional assistance with this, please contact our support team via the help tab. Thanks!

Posted by Nene Weaver on Fri Nov 6, 2015 9:27 AM EST
Whenever I do the automatic upload of contacts from gmail, it adds old email addresses that are no longer in my contacts. My gmail states 248 all contacts, then sign up genius uploads 301. Maybe if I put all my contacts in a group, is there a way to select a group when uploading? Please advise.

Posted by Amy Tidwell on Mon Aug 31, 2015 3:32 PM EST
We don't have a direct import option through Shutterfly but if Shutterfly offers the ability to export your contacts to a CSV file, you can upload that file using our import tool. If you need additional assistance with that, please contact our support team via the help tab. Thanks!

Posted by Lisa DeGroff on Sat Aug 29, 2015 11:25 PM EST
is there a way to import contacts from a shutterfly share site??

Posted by Dan Rutledge on Tue Jul 22, 2014 7:53 AM EST
Hi Pam. thanks for writing. Drop us a line via the "help" tab at the top of this page and one of our staff can interact with you easily by email to help get the look you need! There is a 'sort' setting that makes the available slot the first column of the sign up. If you've got a sign up already built, our staff can help you with that when you write in. Thanks!

Posted by Pam Egolf on Mon Jul 21, 2014 5:02 PM EST
How do you create a sign up with the "available slot" column to be the first column in your array? I also need columns for times, location, and persons names.

Posted by Amy Tidwell on Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:56 PM EST
If you choose to manually enter email addresses, please separate them with a comma or line break. If you need further assistance, contact our support team directly using the "Help" tab so that we can accurately assist you. Thanks!

Posted by LaRissa Morse on Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:06 PM EST
Can you cut & paste email addresses into the space? It puts semi-colons... is that ok?

Posted by Amy Tidwell on Mon Apr 21, 2014 1:13 PM EST
Our support team will be happy to assist you directly with any issues. Can you please contact them directly via the "Help" tab so they can provide accurate information? Thanks!

Posted by Denise Ratliff on Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:19 PM EST
I can't seem to allow for line spaces when a GR code takes to via their mobile. It just looks like one garbled mess with the signup below. Any ideas?

Posted by Catherine Keogan on Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:18 PM EST
Love the new features, but it is really hard to find the actual information buried in the over-the-top witticisms that dominate Signup Genius' communications & faqs.

Posted by Amy Tidwell on Mon Apr 14, 2014 8:53 PM EST
Hi Diana,
On your account page under "Sign Ups I've Created" you should see the "Duplicate a sign up" button. If you need further assistance, please click the "Help" tab and contact our support team directly. Thanks!

Posted by Diana Donnan on Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:48 PM EST
Is there a way to copy an already established signup and share with someone else. Or duplicate it? For example, I have set something up for AM kindergarten and need one for PM as well. Can I do that without redoing the entire signup?

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