What is mail merge?
Mail merge is the process of generating multiple personalized documents from a single document template and a structured data source. Microsoft Word has been a synonym for mail merge for years now. Combined with the Microsoft Excel, it provides a powerful and proven solution for local mail merge.
Although creating multiple personalized documents with Microsoft Word is easy and doesn't require any programming skills, using it for mail merge has some drawbacks:
Local use only
Performing mail merge with Microsoft Word can only be done locally. You cannot use it to perform mail merge while on the road, using a mobile phone or tablet.
You need to purchase a Microsoft Office license for every user and those are not cheap. It doesn't matter if you use it on monthly basis or only once.
Sharing and managing document templates between multiple users can be a complicated task. In some cases it is even impossible.
Microsoft Word is often used for generating and sending automated email messages. Unfortunately, setting it up and managing the process can be time consuming and complex.
What about online mail merge?
With the rise of cloud computing, new mail merge solutions have appeared. DocBlender is one of them. As an online mail merge platform, it gives you the ability to easily create your personalized documents from anywhere. Even from your mobile phone or tablet.
You don't have to be a software programmer to use DocBlender. On the contrary, it was made with non-technical users in mind so creating and managing documents through its intuitive and simple user interface is a breeze.
Although DocBlender's primary focus is on simplicity, it is still very powerful mail merge software. It provides all the options that Microsoft Word has and even more. Some of its main features are:
- Extensive file format support
- Multiple output options
- REST API for custom service integration
- Multiple user support
- Usage-based pricing
To show this simplicity, DocBlender provides a free mail merge web application. You can use it without registration.