Savable blocks

It would be nice if we could create blocks that we could save into a library of sorts. All of our campaigns use similar contact blocks but very different headers. It would be nice to not have to recreate the block from scratch, or to exit the campaign, find the other campaign, copy the code, then head back to the original campaign.

96 Comments
HaileyP
Occasional Participant

Please make this a thing.

DeanM180
Occasional Participant

Yes!

TimothyF
Member

It would be great if there was a format painter option so that you could easily format font and also if we could save a block that we designed and then use over and over.

CarrieH561
Regular Participant

 Yes! We often re-use content in later emails and creating it over and over again is a pain.

StageWest
Participant

PLEASE, CC!

LisaB834
Member

The Third Generation Email Editor allows for blocks of text to be moved, copied, throughout a single email.  However, it also makes it infinitely more difficult to use those same text blocks in different emails without having two windows open and copying and pasting from a block in one email to a new email, or having to recreate an already created design anew in the next email.  It would be great to create a text block corral, for lack of a better term, so that you could store text blocks and have them available to drop load into future emails without all the copying, pasting, or designing from the start; similar to how pictures/images are stored. Or, include a button that opens the code for the entire box so that you can copy and past it into a new text block. The Second Generation Email Editor, though less agile than the Third Generation, made utilizing blocks from one email to another a breeze by simply going in, copying the code, then pasting the entire code into a new text block.

ChirstinaD
Regular Participant
Sometimes I find myself wanting to copy only certain elements from one campaign to another without making a copy of the entire email. For example I manage 3 businesses from the same account. I typically send the same or similar email from all 3 businesses. So it's easier for me to copy the whole email once I build it for the first business, but then I need to rebuild the header/footer etc. Or sometimes there is a piece or several pieces of content that I want to grab and use in a template that already has all the business info in the header and footer, and the send from email, etc.. In the same way you have the duplicate pop out button on certain widgets, you could have a "copy" button.. close the campaign, open the other campaign, and paste. Would be even better somehow to select multiple widgets at one time to copy, like how you'd drag and select an array things anywhere else.. copy/paste.
ChirstinaD
Regular Participant
It would be a nice feature to be able to save and reuse commonly used widgets later. For example, if you always have the same thing in the header or footer, instead of constantly rebuilding them, or copying a previous campaign and wiping out the contents in the middle, you could start with any template, and then select from previously saved content widgets to pull those new campaigns. I submitted a different feature request for copying/pasting whole elements between campaigns. This is a similar but alternative approach. However both could exist in theory and have different uses.
ChirstinaD
Regular Participant

Yesssssssssss! I just posted a new feedback request about the same exact thing, then found this thread after. The original post is nearly 2 years old. I guess this isn't happening?

PERSComm
Regular Participant

Although we have the option to copy a pre-existing campaign for identical format/fonts/design, it would be great to set custom "building blocks" within the editor that are ready to go for the fonts and color palette (and more!) we use on a regular basis. Just to drag a text box with the text size, font style, and color preset for our use would change the way we build campaigns and save so much valuable time.

Candace_M
Employee
Status changed to: Open Questions

Hello @ChirstinaD,
I just want to make sure I understand your idea. Are you saying that you want to save certain elements of your email to reuse? Would you want to reuse them in the same email or in different campaigns? Would you be able to go a little further in detail as to what the difference between the two ideas would be?

ChirstinaD
Regular Participant

Hi Candace,

 

No, not within the same email. That is already possible with the duplicate function. I mean the ability to save commonly used elements for use later in new campaigns.

 

I manage 3 different locations of a business in one constant contact account. Sometimes we email the whole database as one big company, but more commonly, we send emails from the individual locations. A lot of times, these emails are identical, with the exception of different header/footer to reflect business and location, and links to their individual websites.

 

I find myself rebuilding a lot of content over and over again and have felt it would be convenience to either "copy/paste" elements between campaigns when the same content is used in more than one campaign, and also have the header/footer information readily available for each location (like in an area on the left where you can pull in other content like buttons, text, etc). The headers/footers are usually the same for each location on every email, so what I normally do is copy a previous campaign and then wipe out all the content in the middle... which works but isn't the slickest approach. But for the content in the middle, there's no way to copy/paste from another campaign if I already built it out. Unless I duplicate that campaign, and then change out the header/footer, all the links, etc.. Either way it's just more work than it could be.

 

I don't know if my usage is typical but the ability to copy/paste elements between different campaigns or "save for later" would be useful to me! Hope this helps clarify!



 

RebeccaO57
Participant

I agree with all the comments here.  It would be a huge time-saver to:

1) Save Blocks (either as images or as text)

 

2) Name and Designate Blocks (Header, Footer, Article)

- The Header and Footer Blocks could be saved as images to quickly drag and drop or insert just as we do an image. 

- Article Blocks could be saved as text for editing later

 

3) Have a Block Library of items that have been previously saved to be re-used

 

4) Have 2 newsletters open at the same time - when you don't need to save something as a block, but only to quickly copy and paste from one email to another

 

My workaround for Header/Footer Blocks:

- I design and save them as an image outside of CC in my publisher and then upload them.  This saves alot of time. Then I created an Image Folder called Building Block Images and save them all here for quick access.  (Logo with social media links, Logo with Action Buttons, Logo with President Signature, etc.)  

 

The oldest post I saw on this is from 2015.  I'm surprised CC hasn't found a way to address this issue yet.  It's definitely something that makes me consider an alternative email marketing solution.  

ChrisW991
Participant
I want to see a Clipboard function like the one in Microsoft Word, that would allow me to cut and paste across Constant Contacts multiple copies and paste them where I like. I usually create a main newsletter that has 2-4 buttons that allows my customers to WEPay- RSVP to my events. The buttons allow me to charge different prices to the same event by creating a different Event with a unique link. Now that I think about it: Can the Events have multiple paid options (an example would be a General Admission ticket and a VIP ticket) this would allow me to create one link and a potential customer to can choose which ticket to buy. Please allow it to have at least 6 different price options to purchase.
M.ElaineD
Established Member

Since there is no HTML editing capability, the ability to maintain a content library would be the second best solution.  With the Legacy editor, I save HTML in text files to paste into content blocks when needed, e.g. details of an annual event where only the date has changed.  HTML editing enables other functions such as tweaking fonts and spacing but reusing content is the most valuable feature to me.  

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LisaB834
Member

Thanks everyone for commenting on this subject.  There are obviously a lot of us out there designing emails that know how to utilize HTML and are in need of some solution in the Third Generation Editor that allows for us copy/paste already created content into new email campaigns - a content library so to speak, that works in the same way that we can access pictures for any email campaign.  Constant Contact - This can be done.  Since in the Third Generation Editor we can now move entire blocks of content throughout a specific email, we should also be able to either move the blocks to an area where they can be uploaded and saved for future use or return the HTML editor function.  

Candace_M
Employee
Status changed to: Voting Open

Hello @ChrisW991,

Awesome ideas! I will be opening this up to voting so other customers can vote and comment on this idea as well!

user5470
Occasional Participant
Allow that we can cutomized a layout and save it configuration to reuse in future situations.
SethG93
Retail

I'm glad I'm not alone on this.  It would be a huge time saver to copy from one campaign and paste into another.  It would also be great to be able to save content blocks in a library. Example, I run tires on sale frequently. It would be great to have a Michelin tire block, one for Toyo Tires, etc. where I could drag the entire block into a campaign with images, links and all, instead of rebuilding it every time.

 

Constant Contact - please make this happen.   For every 1 of us that took the time to post it, there are 1,000 others thinking the same thing!  Cheers

LisaB834
Member

Yeah, SethG93 for commenting on this topic!! It seems that Constant Contact either is not reading this feed and/or lacks the programming foresight to either see the issue from the customer's perspective or attempt a fix. I think the answer is a fairly simple one - either add the ability for us to access the HTML code for each block so that we can copy and paste ourselves, or create a content library for each account, similar to the images library  and documents library we all have now, so that we can save content blocks there as we do images in the images library and pdf's in the documents library.

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