How to Personalize & Automate your eCards

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By Sarah Miller    11/11/2022

In today's blog, I'll show you how to easily create and send a personalized birthday card using one of our new animated eCards. You can also use these techniques to personalize other types of eCards for Season's Greetings, anniversaries and more.

How to Personalize your eCard Message

Select an eCard

Selecting a Birthday eCard.

Select an Autofill Name Option

The 'Autofill Name' feature uses the information from contacts in your address book. You can also add alternate text  to be used for contacts that are not in your address book.

In the editor, select the tab:

  • 'Top Greeting' to insert the person's name above the eCard
  • 'Autofill Name' to insert the person's first name, first & last name or company name anywhere in the body of your email. This is the option I selected to use in the example below.
Using the autofill name option in a birthday eCard message.

This is what my final birthday eCard looks like with the animation. At the bottom the card, I added a signature with a logo and social media links to encourage interaction.

Animated birthday eCard with a sparkler on top of a cupcake.

I hope you have a wonderful birthday with lots of sweet treats! I sent you a little something to help celebrate the day. It should arrive today by UPS.

All the best,

100 Happiness Street, Happy Town, PA 19001 ~ 609-555-1212

How to Personalize your Subject Line and Preheader

To auto-insert a contact's name and company in your email's subject line & preheader, you can use the 'autofill name' option on the Send Email screen.

In the example below, I inserted the person's first name in the subject line and in the preheader.

Birthday eCard with autofill name for the subject line and preheader.

thumb_up Helpful Tips

  • Make sure to include spaces and punctuation before and after the "mail merge" text in your subject line and preheader. Here's what the mail merge code looks like.

    First Name: |*First_Name*|
    First & Last Name: |*First_and_Last_Name*|
    Company Name: |*Company_Name*|
  • Send the email to yourself to see how it looks and then send it to your contacts or create an email template to use in automated email campaigns.

thumb_up More Resources

For more eCard customization ideas, check out this blog: Customize a holiday eCard with your own images.

To learn more about automated email campaign options, refer to our Email Automation tutorial.

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