In this guide, you'll learn how to send Bulk SMS.
You can use 'Bulk Messaging' if you have a CRM or other solution or process that allows you to pull the data you use for your messages into an easy to format Excel/CSV file, and you prefer not to store or import information beforehand into your Dashboard.
Please follow these steps to send Bulk SMS:
Step 1: Choose file
Go to the left-hand side of your Dashboard screen → SMS → Bulk Messages.
Click on the 'Choose file' button and upload a preformatted .xls, .xlsx, .csv or .txt 'contact file'.
In addition to recipient numbers, you can upload a file that contains a unique originator, message content, and schedule sending times. The file needs to be stripped entirely from any data/formulas that are not needed for the sending. It should at a minimum contain:
As you can see in the example below, these can vary greatly;
Column A: Recipient
Column B: Originator
Column C: Content
Column D: Scheduled time
Finally, with 'validity in seconds' you're able to limit the period a message is visible for the recipient. This can be used if the content is time-sensitive (for example an OTP). This value is written in seconds.
Step 2: Choose columns
When you’ve selected your file and you hit ‘Next’, you'll see the next screen where you can select from the drop-down menu which data values have to be in which column. When you're done, hit 'Next' again.
Step 3: Batch import
All you need to do now is verify that the system has recognized your uploaded file correctly. This overview shows you the costs for sending out these messages and in addition the different countries you're sending to. Once you're done, hit 'Send SMS' and the messages will be sent instantly or scheduled to be sent later!