I have a column in my Google Sheet that contains the title of each of our e-blasts from the past 7 years. I want to create a column that provides the "type" of the e-blast, using IF/SEARCH or something similar to find a substring in the first column and return a string in the last column.

We didn't necessarily label each event invitation with the word "invitation," for example — e.g., there were some invitations labeled as "reminder." :(

Basically, I want to search for a set of words like "reminder" and "invitation" and have the cell return the string "Event Invite." But here's where I'm running into trouble: In the same stroke, I need to also search the cell for the substring "e-blast" and have it return "Newsletter," and "follow up" should return "Recap," and so on.

Thanks so so much in advance for any advice!!

PS: Here's what I'm trying, but it returned an error.

=ArrayFormula(IFNA(IFS(SEARCH(”Reminder| Date| Webinar| Conference| Invitation| Invite| Fireside| Session| Fair| Panel”,C4:C)=true,”Event”, 
                        SEARCH(”Newsletter| Blast”,C4:C)=true,”Newsletter”
                        SEARCH(”Apply| Applications”,C4:C)=true,”Call for Applications”
                        SEARCH(”Recap| Recording| Follow”,C4:C)=true,”Recap”)))

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1 Answer 1


You may want to take a look at regular expressions. To learn the exact regular expression syntax used by Google Sheets, see RE2.

Here is a simple example.

    regexmatch(C4:C, "(?i)Newsletter|Blast"), "Newsletter", 
    regexmatch(C4:C, "(?i)Apply|Application"), "Call for Applications", 
    regexmatch(C4:C, "(?i)Recap|Recording|Follow"), "Recap", 
    regexmatch(C4:C, "(?i)Reminder|Date|Webinar|Conference|Invitation|Invite|Fireside|Session|Fair|Panel"), "Event", 
    true, iferror(1/0) 
  • @May - note that (?i) modifier is used there for case-insensitive matching
    – Daniele
    Commented Nov 15, 2022 at 21:57
  • Please ask only one question per post. Commented Nov 16, 2022 at 16:36
  • @doubleunary Got it! Thanks.
    – May
    Commented Nov 16, 2022 at 16:38

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