SMS Automation Using Twilio
SMS in BotBuilders works worldwide. No matter where your business is located or where your customers are, if it is supported by Twilio SMS, you can send SMS to bring your customers to Messenger to generate more revenue for your business.
We integrated with Twilio to let you send SMS. The only thing you need to start combining Messenger Marketing with SMS is to have a Twilio account. Twilio doesn’t provide phone number for all countries, but if there is no phone number available for your country, you can buy a phone number from a supported country and send SMS to your customers in your country without any restrictions.
We handle all the complexity for you. Your customers can easily opt-out for SMS with “STOP” keyword.
Regarding analytics for SMS, we create a dashboard where you can see all the SMS sent and received by your business. You can also see the status of any SMS sent.
1 – Connect your Twilio account to BotBuilders
If you don’t have a Twilio account you can create a new account here for free.
The video below shows how to connect your Twilio account to BotBuilders. If you didn’t have an account in Twilio before, the video shows where you can buy the phone number in Twilio to send SMS to your customers. You will need to enable send SMS to the countries you want to send SMS here.
2 – Collect phone number and consent
Before you send an SMS to a user you need to collect his phone number and the person needs to give you consent to send SMS.
Now every user has a field called “Phone” that is used for SMS marketing. You can ask your users their phone numbers with “User Input” block and save the user phone in the “Phone” field.
To save the user consent to send SMS, you need to use the “Set SMS Opt-In” action. You can find this action in the “Actions” block. We advise you to use this action when the user presses a button to give consent. Your SMS will not be sent if you do not set the user consent using the “Set SMS Opt-In”.
We created a flow to ask the user’s phone number and consent. You can get the flow now for free here
3 – Send SMS
You need to use the SMS step to SMS to your subscribers. You will find the SMS step by clicking on the big “+”.
We advise you to include a link of a flow or step in your SMS message to bring your customers to a particular flow or step in Messenger.