How can you do a mail shot from outlook using data in Excel (Office 2007)

Hi,

We've got a list of contacts we need to send an update too.

The contacts are listed in Excel.  We use Outlook 2007 (with a few 2010's).

How can we do this?

I'd rather not use word as we're trying to keep it simple.

THanks
jmsjmsAsked:
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jmsjmsConnect With a Mentor Author Commented:
In the end I found this tool that works with the WOrd mail merge.  It's probably just a GUI for a script but it's great for office users.

http://www.mapilab.com/outlook/mail_merge/
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Rgonzo1971Commented:
Hi,

pls try

Sub Macro()

Set OL = CreateObject("Outlook.Application")

For Each xlRecipient In Range("A1:A5")

    Set MailSendItem = OL.CreateItem(olMailItem)
    With MailSendItem
        .Subject = "Your Subject"
        .Body = "Your BodyText"
        .To = xlRecipient
        .Display
        '.Send
    End With
Next
Set OL = Nothing

End Sub

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Regards
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jmsjmsAuthor Commented:
Thanks but the email shot needs to be formatted with the Recipients name in.

Dear [Name]

Blah, blah, blah...

etc.

So we need to put in fields and customisation.

Is there anyway to do this in Outlook?

Cheers
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Rgonzo1971Commented:
see example if the name is in the C Column you could do it like that

Sub Macro()

Set OL = CreateObject("Outlook.Application")

For Each xlRecipient In Range("A1:A25")

    Set MailSendItem = OL.CreateItem(olMailItem)
    With MailSendItem
        .Subject = "Your Subject"
        .Body = "Dear " & xlRecipient.Offset(0,2) & "," & vbCrLf & "Rest of Your BodyText"
        .To = xlRecipient
        .Display
        '.Send
    End With
Next
Set OL = Nothing

End Sub

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jmsjmsAuthor Commented:
Hi Rgonzo,

Thanks for the info.  This is really good for tech stuff, but I'm trying to source something for the marketing department so it needs to to WYSIWYG and for them to put pics in, formatted text etc, rather than a script process.  They would just pull their collective hair out using script.

Sorry should have noted this in the question. :-)
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Rgonzo1971Connect With a Mentor Commented:
In that case I would recommend to make a mailmerge with word with the XL file as data source

refer to

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/use-mail-merge-to-send-personalized-e-mail-messages-to-your-e-mail-address-list-HA010109162.aspx
Regards
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jmsjmsAuthor Commented:
Does that output a word document thats emailed or a native HTML email?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
It will be in HTML with the normal word excess garbage
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jmsjmsAuthor Commented:
So all in all, there's no simple way to create a formatted Customised Eshot just with MS Office, unless you use Word?
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jmsjmsAuthor Commented:
I've marked my comment as a solution as the tool I found allowed us to send mail merges with attachments and made it easy for staff.

All points to Rgonzo1971 as he confirmed that word has to be used as part of the process for a mail merge (if you dont use a mail merge system)
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