Assigning attributes to your contacts in Mail Designer Campaigns

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A quick Introduction to attributes

Attributes in Mail Designer Campaigns are basically advanced tags on contacts, that allow you to filter your subscribers based on their profiles.

Attributes are completely flexible and you can assign an unlimited amount of attributes and values to a single contact.

Let's look at some examples for easier understanding.

Let's assume you have the following contacts in your subscriber list

Email Address
Language
Product
maildesigner@gmail.com
English
Men's T-Shirt
spammy@maildesigner365.com
English
Women's Sweater
mdesigner365@yahoo.com
German
Kids Sunglasses
maildesigner365@gmail.com
French
Baseball Cap

As you can see from this list you already have a bunch of information on these contacts based on their interests. How amazing would it be to be able to use this information for targeting your subscribers in your Newsletters? Now let's look into how you would do this in Mail Designer Campaigns.

What are Attributes?

You are probably familiar with Tags. Attributes are basically an advanced version of tags and they work like this. Based on the above list let's say we want to be able to filter the user group by Language. So we would create an attribute called language and attribute values for English, German and French.

Next we could create an attribute for clothing type containing the following example values: T-Shirts, Sweaters, Accessories

You could then add an additional attribute for Gender or Interest groups, etc. You get the idea.

Attributes and values are 100% customisable in Mail Designer 365 Campaigns, so you have full flexibility and you can target your subscribers leveraging all information you have about your users.

Adding attributes to your contacts

Once you have imported contacts into your Mail Designer Campaigns you can assign attributes to them. Let's walk through it step by step.

  1. Log into your my.maildesigner365.com account
  2. Navigate to the Delivery Hub Menu at the top
  3. In the sidebar on the left choose Contacts
  4. In the main window you will now see your existing contact list
  5. Now there are two ways to filter existing contacts to assign attributes to them
    1. You can filter your list based on the parameters of your import. To do this, press the Filter by attributes button
      System attributes are for example:

      • created_at
      • import_origin (set to MailChimp for contacts imported from MailChimp)
      • import_info (set to MailChimp list name for contacts imported from MailChimp)
    2. You can manually add contacts from your list to your clipboard and assign attributes to several contacts at the same time.
      • Use the Clipboard button next to the email address to add the contact to your clipboard
      • To view the list of contacts on your Clipboard, select the blue Clipboard text at the top
  6. Next you want to go to the bottom of your list and click on the dropdown menu next to Action
  7. Choose Add Attributes from the Action Dropdown Menu and press the Button Add attributes to contacts
  8. You will now see the Add attributes Window
  9. Click on the attribute Dropdown Menu
  10. If you already have attributes defined, you can select one from the dropdown. Otherwise select + Create New
  11. Now please create a name for your attribute and the value this attribute should have for your selects contacts. Based on the above example we are choosing Language as the attribute and English as the value. You can use the "+" Button to add multiple values for the same attribute. Press "Add" when you are finished creating the attribute.
  12. Add as many additional attributes as you like and once you are done press the yellow Add attributes button
  13. Repeat this process for other attributes you would like to assign to your contacts.

Once you have assigned attributes to your contacts, let's look into creating audiences for your campaigns

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