To be clear from the outset, my question is about distributing internally-targeted html newsletters, not newsletters for external audiences.
What push-type channels are folks using to communicate regularly with faculty, students and staff? We have a weekly newsletter that we currently send out through a slightly Rube Goldbergian process that involves Dreameaver, Word and Outlook/Exchange. But we already know that this process will stop working once certain software upgrades take place in the next few months. And did I mention that the process is clunky anyway?
We don't want to use our ConstantContact account because, one, we don't want to pay to send an internal newsletter, and two, all CC e-mails have to have an opt-out link to comply with CANSPAM, and with an internal-only newsletter that contains important administrative announcements, we don't want them opting out.
We've looked at the CiviMail component of the open source CiviCRM package, but it's even clunkier than our current process. But we need some means to send out an attractive piece that works on multiple e-mail clients (Outlook, Apple Mail, Entourage) similar to what CC does for our external audiences.
Any ideas or experiences that anyone cares to share would be gratefully appreciated.