Create and include personalized fields in your campaigns to more directly and effectively target your audience and keep their attention.
To get started, add a custom field to your contact list:
Access the list you wish to use and click on Manage List Structure on the left-hand menu. You will see default fields already available (Contact ID, Email, Sign Up Date) which are created automatically by taking the information entered when a contact is created.* These cannot be removed or edited, as they are used by the system to track subscriber information. To create a new field, click on Add A New Field
Depending on the field type, you will be able to name and select a field type – Text (Names and other text info) Number (Phone numbers, age, etc.) or Date (Birthday, anniversay, etc.)
Once your custom field is created, it can be used as personalized content in your campaign.
To add personalized fields to your campaign, you can either add them manually or by using the drop-down menu in the editor.
If you are adding the tag manually, keep in mind that the tag needs to match the field name exactly, replacing any spaces in the field name with underscores “_”. You can then use this in both your campaign’s subject line and the campaign content, customizing the content for each reader:
“Hi [Name]. Here is your weekly update!” would become “Hi John. Here is your weekly update!”
You can also use the [email] tag, which will take the recipient’s email address and insert it into the campaign :
“You are receiving this email to the address [email] as requested.” would become “You are receiving this email to the address firstname.lastname@example.org as requested.”
* In addition to creating custom fields, there are also default personalization fields available through the Item drop down menu in the editor. This default information comes from the client details.
The information for these tags comes from the campaign information you will put during the campaign wizard.
The following tags can be used:[SUBJECT] “Hello, This email is regarding [SUBJECT]”
The information for these tags come from the details filled out when the list was created. To modify the information, access your list and click on Manage Emails Set Sender Name and Email Address
The following tags can be used:[SENDER_NAME] “This email was sent by [SENDER_NAME]” [SENDER_EMAIL] “For more information, please email [SENDER_EMAIL]”
The information for these tags come from the details filled out when the client was created. To modify the information, hover over the client name in the Client tab and click on Company Info
The following tags can be used:[CLIENTS.COMPANY_NAME] [CLIENTS.ADDRESS1] [CLIENTS.ADDRESS2] [CLIENTS.CITY] [CLIENTS.PROVINCE] [CLIENTS.POSTAL_CODE] [CLIENTS.COUNTRY] [CLIENTS.WEBSITE] [CLIENTS.PHONE] [CLIENTS.FAX]
“This message has been sent from [CLIENTS.COMPANY_NAME], [CLIENTS.ADDRESS1], [CLIENTS.CITY] [CLIENTS.PROVINCE] [CLIENTS.COUNTRY]”
which will read as:
“This message has been sent from My Company, 123 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, USA”
Adds list information to the campaign. To modify, access your list and change the details.
The following tags can be used:[LISTNAME] “You are receiving this email as you are part of our[LISTNAME]list”
These tags allow readers to share your campaign with others, along with the subscribe and unsubscribe options. These tags can be added as part of your email header or footer.
The following tags can be used:[FORWARD] Allows your readers to forward the campaign to a friend [SUBSCRIBE] Allows a reader to subscribe to your list – useful on confirmation emails and forwards [UNSUBSCRIBE] Allows a subscriber to unsubscribe from your list [GLOBAL_UNSUBSCRIBE] Allows a subscriber to unsubscribe from all lists within the client’s account [SHOWEMAIL] Used in an email where you want to allow readers to view an HTML version of the email in a browser window. It’s often useful for situations where images might not be displayed, or people might receive a text email by default [SHARE] Allows the email to be shared by generating a URL – useful for sharing your campaign on websites, such as a blog, Facebook, or Twitter [CONFIRM_LINK] Used to confirm opt-in for lists using double opt-in (Cannot be used in regular campaigns)
These tags can be used to insert or share external content in your campaign.
The following tags can be used:[INCLUDE=…] Takes a webpage and inserts it directly in a campaign [RSS=…] Allows you share an RSS feed in your campaign
Be sure to check in next week for more Andrea Says merge tag info!