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TOPIC: Using MailChimp Merge Tags with CMandrill

Using MailChimp Merge Tags with CMandrill 2 years 11 months ago #29414

  • marioio
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Hi all,
I read the docs (a bit short about editable content in Mandrill Template).

So I found how to easily place my own text in the template, thanks to the

<div mc:edit="main_content">

</div>

But it could be interesting to populate the template using merge tags ( for instance * | MA_VARIABLE|* )

How to achieve this please?

For example, when sending Templates using CMandrill

all these MergeTags (*|LIST:ADDRESS|* , *|LIST:DESCRIPTION|*, |LIST:COMPANY|*) are sent with their mergetag name but not their values..

Likewise, the fields "display in your browser", "show your preferences", "unsuscribe" don't link to webpages..

Any help would be very nice!

Thank you for this very usefull plugin!

Using MailChimp Merge Tags with CMandrill 2 years 11 months ago #29423

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Hey There,
The component doesn't have support for merge tags, because I'm failing to identify the uses of merge tags in the joomla context.

What we put in your main content is normally something similar to merge tags. Out of a php variable was generated a text. This article here:
help.mandrill.com/entries/21678522-How-d...add-dynamic-content- gives an example with first name, email -> but those for example are generated in joomla, there is no need for them.

In your case list:address, list:description? What kind of list? Mandrill is a transactional e-mail service - it sends 1:1 emails. I fail to identify the list in this example?

We don't offer unsubscribe as we can't make this 100% reliable. I can add a table with unsubscribed users, but I cannot garantee that all the e-mails from your site go through the api. If you have some extension that sends the mail using smtp, then the user is still going to get an e-mail. So, I've selected to unsubscribe, but I got a mail from your site...

If you give me reasonable explanation why merge tags can be usefull, I'll consider them in the next update.

Regards,
Daniel
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