Integrating MailChimp with BigCommerce


Creating a MailChimp Account

In order to integrate MailChimp with your BigCommerce store you must first create a MailChimp account. To get started, head over to the MailChimp sign up page and create a free account.

Creating Your MailChimp API Key

1. Sign in to your MailChimp account.

2. In the top right corner of the screen, click your name then Account.

The MailChimp account link.

3. Click ExtrasAPI Keys.

The Extras > API Key link.

4. Scroll to the Your API keys section and click Create A Key. Your API key will be generated.

The Create a Key button.

5. Click the API Key label, which will be “none set” by default, and rename it BigCommerce or anything else that would distinguish this key as being for your store, then copy your API Key.

The API Key label and API Key example.

Enabling MailChimp

1. Log into your BigCommerce store, then go to MarketingEmail Marketing.

2. Under General Settings, select MailChimp from the list of Email Integration Providers, then click Save.

MailChimp check box

3. Click the MailChimp tab at the top of the page.

MailChimp tab

4. Paste your API key into the field labelled MailChimp API key, then click Verify API Key. If successful, you will see the following message displayed at the top of your screen: Your MailChimp API key is valid. You can now setup your integration with MailChimp using the options below.

MailChimp settings

Subscription Rules and Settings

In order to configure the MailChimp integration subscription rules and settings, you must first create lists in MailChimp for your customers to be added to. For instructions on how to do this, see MailChimp's documentation.

Once you have set up mailing lists in MailChimp, you can use subscription rules in BigCommerce to determine which lists your customers are added to.


When someone subscribes on your storefront, you can choose to Add or Remove them from any of your MailChimp lists.

The Newsletter Subscription Rules settings.

Click the green plus (+) to add a new rule, the red minus (-) to delete a rule, and the paper icon to copy a rule.


When someone orders:

  • anything in your store
  • from this category (choose a category)
  • from this brand (choose a brand)
  • this specific product (choose the product)

You can either add or remove them from any of your lists in MailChimp.

The Add or Remove from list drop-down.

Click the green plus (+) to add a new rule, the red minus (-) to delete a rule, and the paper icon to copy a rule.

Syncing order fields will allow MailChimp to match certain information provided by the customer to particular contact fields in MailChimp.

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