Tear down this wall (of text)
Whether you're selling a product or raising your next round, you have a lot to say and they have little time to read. Nobody enjoys a wall of text. Slides by Vocus.io is Mail Merge for PowerPoint - for each lead, generate a slide deck that is personalized, captures what you want to say, and signals how much you care.
What is this?
How can I use this?
CSV: create a spreadsheet (Google Sheet or Micrsofot Excel). Each column in your spreadsheet will be a variable that you can use within your template. Example columns might be Company and Headcount. Save the spreadsheet as CSV file. See sample CSV.
PPTX: create a PowerPoint slide deck (using Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides saved as PPTX). Any text box within any slide can include a variable that will be replaced with its corresponding value from the CSV file. Variables must be enclosed within [[double brackers]] and are case sensitive. See sample PPTX
Upload the two files and hit Download Slides. You'll get a brand-new slide deck for each record in your CSV file. That's it!
How can I format text/numbers?
Note that the formatting of the first letter of a paragraph within the text field will be applied to the rest of the text field. This means that, for example, you cannot have a bold word within non-bold words unless you split them into multiple text fields.
How can I insert images?
Now from PowerPoint, insert a dummy image (any image) that will act as a placeholder for the personalized images. Right click on that image and choose Format Picture and look for the Alt Text tab on the left. Within that view, insert the name of the column that includes the URL of the images you want to use in the Title field. In the example above, that value will be [[Logo]]. Make sure it is enclosed within double brackets.
Any image that has a URL in the Title field will be replaced with the corresponding image from the URL. The width and proportions of the image will always be perserved as the original width of the dummy image. The height and location of the image will be adjusted to so that it is within the centroid of the original dummy image.