Displaying the current time and/or a random number

Hi there. I want to beat Gmail's auto-trimming of my newsletters, so I've decided to try and have unique content forced on the newsletter by displaying either the current time or a randomly generated number. I would then wrap this around a colour style (white) to match the background so it can't be seen.

I guess a unique incremented number could work as well, but my question is, how could I do any of these things?

I'm familiar with the currentmonth currentday etc tags, but the current time would be unique whereas currentday etc is not, if I send myself a test several times a day.

Thank you.

roshodgekiss roshodgekiss, 1 year ago

Hi there Oliver, could you kindly provide a few more details on what you're seeing in regards to Gmail auto-trimming your newsletters? Do you mean that when similar messages are sent, Gmail adds them to the same thread? I'm pretty curious!

That said, if you do need a unique value, you can use our [CampaignID] tag. This, or <$Enc.CampaignID$>will be converted to a unique value (eg. p=ijkjjjk) if the template is imported with the link already added OR a link in the format above is added to an editable image in our email editor. 

At present, you can't add these to multiline field, ie. the <$Enc.CampaignID$> and [campaignid] will not convert in multiline text.

That's my bit - keen to find out more and find out what you do next!


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Oliver Fischer, 1 year ago

Hello Rosanne. Thank you for your response. At present, gmail hides some of the content of the newsletter or all of it if the content matches that of other newsletters in the same thread.

To display the hidden section(s), I have to click on its/their associated ellipse buttons.

If the suggested tags you mentioned will not convert in a multiline text, then I'm afraid I won't be able to make use of them.

I saw the <currentdayname> tag and others like that, but nothing for time, like <currenthour> <currentminute> or <currentsecond>

Basically I was going to embed those in each section of text but make them white (invisible against the background) so that each time one views the email, the newsletter will be unique for each test output, even if I've made no changes.

Thanks for your help thus far,
Oliver.

roshodgekiss :

Hi there Oliver, could you kindly provide a few more details on what you're seeing in regards to Gmail auto-trimming your newsletters? Do you mean that when similar messages are sent, Gmail adds them to the same thread? I'm pretty curious!

That said, if you do need a unique value, you can use our [CampaignID] tag. This, or <$Enc.CampaignID$>will be converted to a unique value (eg. p=ijkjjjk) if the template is imported with the link already added OR a link in the format above is added to an editable image in our email editor. 

At present, you can't add these to multiline field, ie. the <$Enc.CampaignID$> and [campaignid] will not convert in multiline text.

That's my bit - keen to find out more and find out what you do next!

roshodgekiss roshodgekiss, 1 year ago

Hi Oliver, this is certainly a unique situation - I'm sorry that my proposed solution won't be of use to you. That said, I'll add your vote for <currenthour> <currentminute> or <currentsecond> - it's not something that we've had a lot of support for, but we'll certainly let you know if it's something we implement. Thank you so much!


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