Importing and using temporary files
Temporary files are completely separated from the global database.
They are useful when sending sporadic campaigns to an external target, such as contacts gathered from a specific event, without having to import them permanently to your database.
While a temporary file can be included in campaigns in the same way you would a filter or list, they cannot be used as an exclusion, nor can they be seen by TARGET, and their contacts cannot be part of filters.
Uploading to database or as a temporary file?
It is always recommended to upload your lists into the database (existing or new) when uploading a new file.
However, if you are uploading data from a partner, client or any unknown source and don’t want to erase / edit your own clients’ information, use the temporary file option to avoid overwriting your database.
Files to import must have the same format as a file imported to database.
Your temporary files' columns can be used as variables to personalize your designs, as you would for your database contacts.
If you wish to use variables in a design that is sent to both your database and a temporary file, make sure your file's columns wear the same name as your database fields.
You can upload and use temporary files for WeChat as well. However, you need to be aware of the limitations enforced by this service.
First, WeChat messages cannot be personalized.
Second, the limit of 4 messages per recipient per month is always in force: WeChat tracks who receives messages from whom, and how many. If you send to a temporary list containing some contacts you already have in your database, these messages will count towards the limit.
Importing the file
Once your CSV file is ready, go to DATA > Uploads, and choose the option to upload a temporary file, with the contact type (email, SMS, or WeChat).