Email Templates for Opportunities

Hi,

I would like to set up email templates for opportunities. However, using the contact’s first name placeholder tag doesn’t appear to be working. Is there some workaround for that?

Main template would look like this:

Hi $contact_first_name,

Are you available for a quick call sometime during the next days?

Thanks,

I’m trying to enforce heavy use of email templates to streamline our sales efforts but it’s been challenging…

Any help is much appreciated!

Thanks,
Till