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Set a default value for a contact data field
Set a default value for a contact data field

For use in personalisation when specific contact data is not stored.

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Written by Laura Russell
Updated over a week ago

When you use personalisation to display the value of a contact data field in a campaign, page, or form, a blank space is displayed if a contact doesn't have a value stored against it.

This is where a default value comes in handy. It's a value that gets displayed instead of a blank space. For example, if you personalise a campaign with Hi @FIRSTNAME@ but a contact doesn't have a value for the FIRSTNAME contact data field, your email displays the default value, such as Hi Customer, instead of leaving a blank space after Hi.

Default values can be set against any of your contact data fields.

Please note that default values aren’t actually stored against your contacts; for instance, the default value isn't visible when viewing or editing an individual contact. They're only made use of in personalisation.

Default data field values also display in pre-populated pages or forms where form fields are linked to contact data fields, for contacts without a value in the relevant fields.

Set a default value for a contact data field

To set a default value for a contact data field, follow these steps:

  1. Expand the User menu and go to Settings > Contacts > Contact data fields.

  2. Find the data field you want to edit, then select the Properties icon.

  3. In the Default value box, enter the default value you want to use.

  4. Select SAVE.

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