Sending emails in bulk is an important requirement for most businesses. You often have situations, where you need to send the same email with a few customizations to tons if not hundreds of recipients. I will be covering the following topic:
- We need to send out bulk emails to residents of the society regarding the payment of the maintenance bill
- The task of writing individual emails is a cumbersome process, so we will be using YAMM.
What is YAMM?
YAMM(Yet Another Mail Merge) is an easy to use Mail merge where you select a draft created in Gmail and replace all the variables from a Google Sheet. It will send automatic personalized emails to the contacts specified in the spreadsheet.
In this blog, I am going to show you how to send Bulk Emails using YAMM. You can even do this using Google Apps Script, to know more check out the blog below.
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Sending emails in bulk is an important requirement for most businesses. You often have situations, where you need to…
Step1: Sample Google Sheet
The sheet that we will be using in this blog contains the following details:
- Name of the resident
- Flat Number of the resident
- Tower of the resident
- Email address of the resident
- Maintenance bill created using Form Publisher. To know more about Form Publisher click here.
- Body for the Email
Step2: Install the Yet Another Mail Merge Add-on
Before we get into creating the draft for the email, we have to install the YAMM add-on to our Google Sheet. To install the Add-on follow these steps:
- Click on Add-ons and click on Get Add-ons.
2. The Google Workspace Marketplace will come upon clicking Get add-ons.
3. Search YAMM and click on the first option and then click on install
4. On clicking install, accept all the requirements and the Add-on will get added to your Google Sheet
Step3: Create your Email Draft
To create the draft, you have to follow the same steps that you follow to write an email. To create your draft, follow these steps:
- Go to gmail.com
- Click on Compose and start writing your email draft.
- We have to replace the variables in the draft with the data in the Google Sheet. To do that you need to specify the column names that you want to replace in the draft like this.
4. Here I have done the following:
- Here I wanted to put the name of the recipient in the beginning of the email, so I put in the column name where the names are stored.
- The same is for all the other variables that I have called in the email draft.
5. After you are done creating the draft, save and close the draft.
Step4: Send the Emails
Now that we have installed the YAMM Add-on, created the email draft, its time to send out the emails. To send out the emails, follow these steps:
- Go to Add-ons and click on Yet Another Mail Merge and start the mail merge.
2. On clicking Start Mail Merge, it will bring up a box where you need to put in some details.
Here you need to specify the sender name, followed by the email template that you want to use.
We also want to add attachments to our Email. To do that follow these steps:
- Click on Alias,filters,personalised attachments….
- This will bring up the following:
3. To add attachments to your email, all you need to do is tick the checkbox that say Attach files in Column E.
Now that we have added all the features that we need lets send out the emails. You can do that following:
- Send all the emails
- Schedule the emails
- Send a test email to check whether everything works fine.
For now we are going to go ahead and send the emails by clicking on Send 10 Emails.
Step5: Check the Emails
Here you can see on successful execution the email has been sent successfully and all the details have come in properly.
In this blog we saw how to send out bulk emails using the YAMM. We started out by taking a look at Google sheet, installing YAMM Add-on, creating the Email draft and in the end adding some settings and then send the emails. I hope you have understood how to send bulk emails using YAMM. You can send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.