Before you send a campaign that uses merge tags, be sure to test thoroughly to make sure everything works correctly.
In this article, you'll learn how to test merge tags in your campaigns and signup forms, as well as some troubleshooting steps to take if you run into any issues.
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Test Merge Tags on Signup Forms
To run a test of the *|MERGE|* tags in your signup forms or response emails, sign yourself or a test email address up to your list. As you fill out forms and receive emails, you should see your list field merge values appear where you added merge tags in the Form Builder. If the right information appears in those places, your merge tags are working.
Troubleshoot Merge Tags
Sometimes, merge tags are tricky. Consider these possibilities if you see behavior you don't expect.
Merge Tag Format
- Is the merge tag syntax correct?
Make sure your merge tag name is surrounded by the asterisk and pipe characters *| and |*.
Square brackets that surround merge tags, like [*|FNAME|*], can also cause the merge tags to break.
- Merge tags are case sensitive.
To be read and rendered correctly by the system, tags must match exactly what appears in our merge tag cheatsheets.
- Merge tags are style sensitive.
Check for extra bolding, italics, or other formatting around or inside your merge tags. To be safe, you may want to clear styles around every merge tag you use.
- I only see << Test First Name >> << Test Last Name >> in Preview Mode.
This is expected. Enable live merge Info to view how your merge tags will look in a subscriber's inbox.
- I can't find the Enable live merge tag info button.
Your list may be missing important list field data. Be sure your list and its subscribers have dynamic or default merge tag values for each merge tag you use in the campaign.
- You aren't pulling subscriber data into my campaign.
Different lists often have different merge tags, depending on whether they were customized or left default when the list was created. Make sure your merge tags correspond to the correct fields on the correct list on the List Fields & Merge Tags page.
Run Another Test
If it still seems like merge tags aren't working, try to send a test email to yourself or a small test list. Be sure your test email accounts have default values for each merge value in your campaign, and segment your list to send to only these test addresses.