While we have a number of default templates you can use, we also offer you tools to create your own. The process used in creating them is much the same for all merge templates, but we'll make note of any major differences.
Using Templates allow you to use merge tags that will pull in information from attached records. Example - if you're building a Letter Template, the Contact you'll send to will constantly change. We can use a merge tag for the Contacts name, and it would change for each person you send the letter to.
- From the left side menu, go to Settings > Tracks, Merges & Brochures
- Click on Email/Letter/SMS Merges on the left-hand side
- Click the black '+' Button at the top
- Enter a name for the template
- Click Save
You'll now be presented with a Template Editor. The differences between the three merge types are:
- Email - Has all the options mentioned in the below instructions. It also has an Email Subject field where the others don't.
- Letter - At this stage, you can't add a Image, but there is a workaround. See Merge: Adding images to a Letter Merge
- SMS - There is no formatting tools, you only have an option to + Insert Merge Tag
Module and Description
When creating Email/SMS/Letter templates, depending on the module you're using, you'll have access to different merge tags in the Templates:
- Contacts Module - This gives you merge tags for the Contact. Send from here if you don't need to merge info from a Property record.
- Property Module - This gives you merge tags for the Property. Send from here if you need to send info about the Property record or contact Related Contacts to the Property i.e. Tenants, Past Owners.
- Listings Module - Similar to the Property, but you have merge tags for Contract details. Use this for all correspondence about the listing and selling of a Property.
The 'Description' field is where you enter more info about what your template will be used for. Other users will see this when viewing the template list. You can leave this blank if you wish.
Entering text into the merge template
As the process to enter the text is a little bit complex, we recommend viewing the below video.