If you've ever drafted a message, it's likely you spent a bit of time deciding on the best formatting solution for your content. At this point, it's also likely you'd like to copy it to make the creation of future messages even easier.
Copying content layouts within Message Content areas (MCA) in MD2 (see Message Content) can be accomplished with the click of a button, and there are two benefits to doing so:
- You can copy content and modify them for content-level targeting.
- You can save time and re-purpose a content type you’ve already formatted (this is especially helpful if you prefer not to use custom layouts).
- Navigate to Mailing Designer 2.0 > Create > Mailing or open an existing MD2 message.
- On the Design tab, click Add Content. Add any images and text, and format your content (you can also simply copy any existing content if you don't need to create one).
- Click to select the content you want to copy and click the Copy Layout icon.
MD2 creates a copy of the content in the same MCA, but the copy does not inherit the Name and content-level targeting options properties.
You can now edit the copy.
NOTE: Once your MCA contains its maximum number of content layouts, you cannot copy any additional content (the layout headers no longer display the Copy Layout icon until you delete an existing one).
Moving copied content
You can drag-and-drop a copied content layout into a different MCA.
Moving copied content layouts is simple and useful, but there are the following limitations.
- You can move copied content from one MCA to another only if the destination MCA supports the content type. For example, you cannot move a Text with Headline content type into an MCA that supports only Image with Text content types.
- You can't move a copied content layout into an MCA that is at its maximum number of content.
Copying A/B Test content
MD2 only supports one content-level A/B test per message. However, you may copy the A or B versions within the MCA (as long as the MCA has not reached its maximum number of content layouts).
EXAMPLE: If you click the Copy Layout icon for the A content, the copy will contain the same content and formatting as the A content. However, it will not contain any A/B testing properties. You can copy both the A and B versions into the same MCA (they are independent from the A/B test).
Copying content in Templates
You can copy MCAs in TD2 as well. This creates a new MCA within the same section that uses the same properties (Maximum Content Layouts, Maximum Columns, and Allowed Content Types) as the original MCA - except the Name field.