Should my names be in one or two columns for importing?

We offer a default Name field for you to import to. If you have both first and last names in one column of your import data, you can use the "Name", "First Name", and "Last Name" fields in your messages.

Just match up the "Name" column in your import data with the Name field we have when you import.

What if I Have My Names in Two Columns?

If you have your first and last name in two different columns in your import data, you have a few options.

Combine Name Fields Into One Column

You can use your spreadsheet software to merge the two fields into one. If you are unsure on how to do this, consult the software's documentation searching for keywords like concatenate, merge, combine and columns.

Create A Custom Field For Last Names

You can create a custom field in your account to hold the last names of your subscribers.

To do this, choose "Custom Fields" under the "List Options" tab.

Custom Fields tab

Here, simply add a new field by naming it ("Last" is a good choice for a this field), and clicking the "Add" button on the right.

Add a new field

Note: You cannot have any other custom fields with the word "Name" in them. This is why only "Last" was used in the example above as opposed to "Last Name."

Only Store Subscribers' First Names

You can also simply discard the last names of your subscribers. Many users never actually use the full names of their subscribers in the course of their email campaign, so don't feel like you have to store this information, especially if you do not plan on using it.

Simply select "Skip" in the drop-down menu when assigning the last name column to a field in your AWeber account.

Select Skip when assigning last name column

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