There are a few different methods that can be used to send messages in the Web Portal depending on your needs. Let's take a look...
(There are some important things to remember at the bottom of this article)
Note: You no longer need to create contact groups in order to send out a campaign. To learn how to do this in the new web portal, click here
Just like sending a message from your own handset, Quick Message is an easy way to send ad hoc messages fast!
You will find a Quick Message link in the header bar of every page so it's always one click away.
It contains two simple fields:
- To - type a mobile number, contact name or group name – or combination
- Compose - type your message. The character count and credits are calculated as you type
Once you’re finished, simply hit Send now and your message will be processed! Simple!
- You can send to multiple contacts and/or groups with QuickMessage
- You can add a simple opt-out message by clicking the “Opt-out message” button
- Check the bottom of the message box to see how many characters and messages are being utilised for your send
"New Message" with preview
In the left-hand menu, click "Messaging" and then "New Message":
Next, enter the recipient number(s), contact name(s) or group name(s) in the recipient field:
Now, compose your message in the "Message Content" field. You will see that as you type, the message preview on the right will update in real-time:
When you are happy with your message, click "Send"
- You can send to multiple contacts and/or groups
- You can add a simple opt-out message by clicking the “Opt out message” button
- If you are using personalisation, the preview will show you the content in line with the fields you are using (e.g. if you are sending to a saved contact who's first name is John and you type "Hi #Firstname# ..." the preview will show "Hi John")
Sending to a List of Numbers
To send the same message content to a large list of numbers, go to Messaging > New Message:
There are a few different ways you can add multiple numbers:
Option 1. Paste Numbers
If you have a list of numbers in a spreadsheet, you can copy them directly from the spreadsheet and paste them into the “To” field:
Option 2. Add Contacts / Groups
- Click on “Browse Contacts” or “Browse Contact Groups” next to the “To” field
- Tick the box next to each contact or group you want to add
- You can search for specific contacts using the search box
Option 3. Import from file (.csv or .xls)
- Click on “Import from file” above the “To” field
- Either drag & Drop your contact list into the upload box, or click “browse” to search for your file (Note – you will need to ensure each contact number has the leading “Zero” at the start – you can do this by formatting the cells in the column in which the numbers are listed as “Text”)
- You will also need to indicate the column in the spreadsheet which contains the contact numbers
- Scroll down to “Match Columns” and choose the appropriate column header from the dropdown list:
Next, compose your message in the “Message Content” field. You can also add an opt-out message by clicking the “Opt-out message” button in the top right of the dialogue box.
- To see how the message will display on a recipient handset, you can click Send test. This allows you to send the composed message to yourself and/or a colleague without losing any of your data so you can continue with the send after vetting the message.
- Once you are happy, simply click Send now
Important things to remember
If your messages are not sending correctly, check these important things to see if there are any errors with your broadcast:
- If you are entering numbers in International format, you must include the "+" at the start of the prefix
- E.g. for sending to Australian numbers, "614xxxxxxxx" will not work - but "+614xxxxxx" will work
- If you are sending to numbers in the local country (e.g. sending to Australian numbers only, from Australia) then you do not need to add the international prefix
- If you do add the international code, the send should still work; however, as mentioned above, you will need to ensure it is added correctly
- If you are copying and pasting numbers into the recipient field, the web portal will automatically add the international prefix of whatever country you have set as your location, if this prefix is not already present in the number
- E.g. your location is set as Australia, and you are copying numbers from an Excel spreadsheet where the numbers are stored as "4xxxxxxxx" (i.e. the leading zero is missing due to the cell format), then the web portal will automatically paste these numbers into the recipient field as "+614xxxxxxxx"
- If your location is set as the UK, then these numbers would be automatically pasted with "+44" as the international prefix