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Use real content with ability to select different contacts in test emails and emails preview

I would like to see each event to include its own email templates and have it set up so that when you send yourself a test email it actually shows you what will go out to the email recipients. Recently we sent out an email that included a macro and we didn't realize that macro contained info that was already included in our email. Because the test email sent out dummy text for the macro section, we didn't know we had duped info until a member sent us a copy of the email.

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  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes! slightly off topic, but all macros in test emails should include CORRECT INFORMATION, not dummy information. How else can I review to make sure the information we are sending our contacts is accurate?

  • tlcorr03 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I too would like to see a PREVIEW button on announcements and reminders for an event. It does take a lot of time to send the test email.

  • Marsha J Binder commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would like to see a PREVIEW button to save the step of having to send a test email as with Constant Contact. This would allow anyone to preview immediately and save the steps of waiting for the test email. A real time saver with regard to any emails being sent.

    This is my first interaction with the community, so please let me know if this should be posted elsewhere and / or how to share to get more buy in moving this up on the wish list!

  • Brenda Rachuig commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Would it be possible to add the option of creating a "test registration" after building the registration form? It would be helpful in checking the macro information that shows up on the registration confirmation email. I have worked around this in the past by putting in someone and then deleting but this would make double checking the information so much simpler.

    Thank you,

    Brenda Rachuig

  • robedeew commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The test email is useless if it doesn't populate with live data.

    I send a test to myself and my organization macro doesn't show.


  • egbradley commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have also sent an e-blast with the incorrect macro - which did not show up in the test email. Now I don't trust the email and take twice as long to make sure everything is correct and then cross my fingers after it's scheduled.

    an immediate real-life version of the email sent as a test email would be perfect for me!

  • Paul at PEN commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It would be good if, from each event page, you could send a test email for that event.

    The biggest problem is the "event details" macro, as what looks good on the website doesn't necessarily look good in an email.

    For attendee details, you could just use the first attendee, or the admin if there are no attendees yet.

  • Dmitry Buterin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Since macros can correspond to various contacts/events/members/donors - what do you think should be included in test emails for those - just any random record?

    (This might be confusing in some situations - e.g. if email is sent to a filtered list of 1 record registered to only one event - but the test email would include another random member data and another event data)

    Would appreciate suggestions/comments on this.

  • skipat commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would also vote for this capability. It would make it a lot easier to know what you are sending out without real data instead of the macros, so you can fix it if you get it wrong before it goes out to the intended audience.

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