Delacon's SMS360 service product offers the ability to send your customers a post-call SMS whenever they call from their mobile phone.
You can customise your messages through the Delacon portal, allowing you to define the SMS that your customers receive straight after the call. If your customer replies to that message, it will be converted to an email and sent to an address specified by you. You can continue the conversation by emailing your response, which is then converted to an SMS and sent to the customer.
- this feature is currently in beta and only available for Australia
- this product will need to be enabled for you by Delacon and comes with an additional cost per SMS
This guide will take you through a step-by-step process to get started with SMS360.
- Assigning a mobile number for the SMS messages
- Activating SMS360 in your chosen account
- Defining the outgoing messages
- Continuing the conversation
- Viewing records of each conversation
Step 1 – Assigning a mobile number for the SMS messages
When you activate SMS360 on a Service/CID which uses a mobile tracking number, that mobile number will automatically be used for sending the SMS messages to your customers.
If you are activating SMS360 on a Service/CID which is using a landline tracking number, including 13, 1300 and 1800 numbers, you will need to create a separate CID with a mobile number to use as a proxy for sending the SMS messages.
To add a new mobile number to your account, please e-mail the Delacon Orders team at email@example.com with your requirements.
Step 2 – Activating SMS360 in your chosen account
Log into the Delacon Portal and navigate to Services > List Services > and click on Edit for the Service/CID you want to add SMS360.
Set the toggle to ‘Enable’ for ‘SMS Communication’ and click on 'Configure SMS communication here'.
This will open a dialogue box where you will need to determine the mobile number CID from the drop-down list labelled ‘From Number’. If you are enabling SMS360 in a Service/CID which uses a mobile tracking number, this field will be filled in automatically.
The mobile number associated with the displayed CID will be the ‘from’ number that appears on your customers’ phone, and to which they will reply.
Continue with Step 3 to define the outgoing messages.
Step 3 – Defining the outgoing messages
It is possible to define separate messages for callers whose calls were answered, busy or missed (Call Status). The Default Message will be the message sent to all callers, unless you choose to have customised messages for each call status category.
If you choose to have customised messages for each call status category, the Default Message will be the message sent to callers whose calls were answered.
You must define the content of the Default Message. Enter your chosen text in the dialogue box labelled ‘Default Message’. Each text message is limited to 140 characters, including spaces. You can enter messages that are longer than 140 characters in the Default Message box, but these will be sent as two (or more) messages of up to 140 characters each. Each outgoing SMS message is charged separately, so outgoing messages of more than 140 characters will incur extra charges.
If you would like to define separate messages for each call satus category, click the ‘Advanced Configuration’ button. This will open two additional dialogue boxes. Enter your message for missed calls in the ‘Message for Missed Calls’ box, and your message for busy calls in the ‘Message for Busy Calls’ box. These messages are also limited to 140 characters.
Once you have completed all of the above steps, click the ‘Confirm’ button.
In the Edit Service page click Submit to activate the SMS360 feature
Step 4 – Continuing the conversation
With SMS360 activated, your customers will receive an SMS from you whenever they call the number associated with the relevant Service/CID and when calling from a mobile number. If your outgoing SMS encourages callers to reply back, please ask the Delacon Support Team at firstname.lastname@example.org to enable SMS communication for your mobile number.
SMS messages from your customers will be converted into email messages that will be sent to your nominated email address. Add your chosen email address to the box marked ‘Notification Email’.
It is strongly advised that for any service where SMS360 is activated, you only have one notification email entered in this field. Having multiple email addresses in this field will result in SMS replies from your customers being forwarded to multiple emails, risking the possibility of multiple responses being sent back to the customer.
To continue the conversation, reply to the email with your message. The email content will be converted into an SMS message and sent back to your customer, from the number you defined above.
Each outgoing SMS message has a limit of 160 characters – if your response is longer than 160 characters, your message will be split into multiple SMS messages of up to 160 characters each. You will be charged for each outgoing SMS message that you send, but there is no charge for incoming SMS messages from the customer.
Step 5 - Viewing records of each conversation
You can see a record of the conversations relating to each call:
Log into the Delacon Portal and navigate to the Reporting tab. Select ‘Call Log’.
Define the date range you want to report on, and select the Service/CID which has SMS360 activated from the ‘Select Services’ drop-down menu. Click ‘Submit’.
You can define further filters if you wish, using the Advanced Filter options.
The Call Log Summary will display all the calls that have been received during the defined period. You can review the SMS messages sent for each call by clicking the ‘SMS Message’ link under the 'Call' column.
This will open a pop-up window displaying all of the messages exchanged between you and the customer.
If you need any assistance with the setup and require more information on this feature, please contact your account manager or email email@example.com.
- For other SMS product information, please click here