"Mail Merge" email notices -- can I?

Discussion in 'Customization & add-ons' started by 123Marketing, Nov 10, 2005.

  1. 123Marketing

    123Marketing aMember Pro Customer

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    Is there a manual or reference for how I can add "Mail Merge" and logic to email.txt templates?

    For example, I've added a field in aMember called "comments" -- and I'd like to copy and paste these "comments" in a follow email...

    ... At the same time, if the new member did NOT leave a comment, I don't want to copy and paste it.

    Here's an example of a new member leaving the following "comments":

    Comments:
    I'd like to know more about SEO and email marketing

    Since the "comments" field is populated, the followup email might go something like:


    Subject:
    Welcome to our membership site, Pat

    Message:
    Thanks for joining Pat... I'd like to invite you to ask your question in our member's only forum. Here's what you asked:

    I'd like to know more about SEO and email marketing

    [Rest of autoresponder text goes here.]



    At the same time, if Pat didn't leave a comment, an if/else was display something like:


    Subject:
    Welcome to our membership site, Pat

    Message:
    Thanks for joining Pat... I'd like to invite you to ask questions to your most pressing marketing needs in our member's only forum.

    [Rest of autoresponder text goes here.]


    Extra credit: It would be great to know the if/else syntax to check the number of characters in the "comments" field -- for example, I wouldn't copy and paste a comment like:

    Comments:
    You're a jerk

    ... In the email -- so my if/else statement might only trigger if the comment field was at least 12 characters.

    Can you help me with this -- I would have asked this at aMember support, but I know this feature would be helpful to just about every aMember subscriber... when I used logic with my old membership software, the response was much higher than without.

    Tip:At the same time, don't believe the gurus out there who say adding someone's name increases response... that's not always true.
  2. alex

    alex Administrator Staff Member

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    You can try to use the following tags in the e-mail template :

    {$user.comments}
    or
    {$user.data.comments}
  3. 123Marketing

    123Marketing aMember Pro Customer

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    aMember mail merge

    Okay, I'll try that... but can you help me with the if/else to only display if the field has at least xx characters?
  4. alex

    alex Administrator Staff Member

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    Try

    PHP:
    {if strlen($user.comments) > 30 }
    {
    $user.comments} {* output user comments here *}
    {/if}

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