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SMS Campaigns

SMS Campaigns is a marketing service that lets you reach your customers at any time. This digital marketing service is easier and faster and sees an increase in open rates and conversions. SMS campaigning helps boost the other mediums of marketing you use for your business. 

In this guide, we'll walk you through how to integrate various SMS gateways with Zoho Campaigns. Read on to learn how to create an SMS campaign, send SMS messages to recipients, and analyze the campaign reports based on performance.
Note:
  1. To create and send SMS messages to your recipients, you need to have an account with any SMS gateway allowed in Zoho Campaigns. 
  2. Before integrating with your SMS gateways with Zoho Campaigns, you first have to sign up with at least one of these gateways, purchase SMS credits and start sending SMS campaigns. 

Integration with SMS gateways

The various SMS Gateways available for integration with Zoho Campaigns are :
  1. Twilio,
  2. Clickatell,
  3. MessageMedia,
  4. MessageBIrd,
  5. SMS-Magic,
  6. BulkSMS,
  7. MSG91,
  8. BurstSMS and
  9. MiSMS

To integrate Twilio with Zoho Campaigns

  1. From the Navigation toolbar of Zoho Campaigns, select Settings and choose Apps under Integrations.
  2. Mouse over Twilio and click Connect.
  3. Fill in the following information: 
    • Twilio AuthToken
    • Twilio SID
    • Twilio phone number 
  4. Click Integrate.
    twilio integration
To learn more about Twilio, click here

To integrate Clickatell with Zoho Campaigns

  1. From the Navigation toolbar of Zoho Campaigns, select Settings and choose Apps under Integrations.
  2. Mouse over Clickatell and click Connect.
  3. Fill in the following information: 
  4. Click Integrate.
    clickatell integration
To learn more about Clickatell, click here

To Integrate MessageMedia with Zoho Campaigns

  1. From the Navigation toolbar of Zoho Campaigns, select Settings and choose Apps under Integrations.
  2. Mouse over MessageMedia and click Connect.
  3. Fill in the following information: 
  4. Click Integrate.
    MessageMedia integration

To learn more about MessageMedia, click here

To Integrate MessageBird with Zoho Campaigns

  1. From the Navigation toolbar of Zoho Campaigns, select Settings and choose Apps under Integrations.
  2. Mouse over MessageBird and click Connect.
  3. Fill in the following information: 
  4. Click Integrate.
    MessageBird integration
To learn more about MessageBird, click here

To Integrate SMS-Magic with Zoho Campaigns

  1. From the Navigation toolbar of Zoho Campaigns, select Settings and choose Apps under Integrations.
  2. Mouse over SMS-Magic and click Connect.
  3. Fill in the following information: 
  4. Click Integrate.
    smsmagic integration
To learn more about SMS-Magic, click here

To Integrate BulkSMS with Zoho Campaigns

  1. From the Navigation toolbar of Zoho Campaigns, select Settings and choose Apps under Integrations.
  2. Mouse over BulkSMS and click Connect.
  3. Fill in the following information: 
  4. Click Integrate.
    bulksms integration
To learn more about BulkSMS, click here

To Integrate MSG91 with Zoho Campaigns

  1. From the Navigation toolbar of Zoho Campaigns, select Settings and choose Apps under Integrations.
  2. Mouse over MSG91 and click Connect.
  3. Fill in the following information: 
  4. Click Integrate.
    msg91 integration
To learn more about MSG91, click here

To Integrate Nexmo with Zoho Campaigns

  1. From the Navigation toolbar of Zoho Campaigns, select Settings and choose Apps under Integrations.
  2. Mouse over Nexmo and click Connect.
  3. Fill in the following information: 
    • Nexmo API key
    • Nexmo Secret
  4. Click Integrate.
To learn more about Nexmo, click here

To Integrate BurstSMS with Zoho Campaigns

  1. From the Navigation toolbar of Zoho Campaigns, select Settings and choose Apps under Integrations.
  2. Mouse over BurstSMS and click Connect.
  3. Fill in the following information: 
  4. Click Integrate.
    burstsms integration
To learn more about BurstSMS, click here

To Integrate MiSMS with Zoho Campaigns

  1. From the Navigation toolbar of Zoho Campaigns, select Settings and choose Apps under Integrations.
  2. Mouse over MiSMS and click Connect.
  3. Fill in the following information: 
    1. Username
    2. Password
    3. SMS Brandname
  4. Click Integrate.
    misms integration
To learn more about MiSMS, click here

To integrate Kaleyra with Zoho Campaigns  

  1. From the Navigation toolbar of Zoho Campaigns, select Settings and choose Apps under Integrations.
  2. Hover over Kaleyra and click Connect.
    kaleyra sms
  3. Choose an account type: Global or IO platform.
  4. Fill in the following information:
    1. Kaleyra API key
    2. Sender ID
    3. Entity ID
  5. Click Integrate.
    kaleyra authentication

Create an SMS campaign 

Zoho Campaigns makes creating SMS Campaigns easy by segregating the creation process into four parts.
  1. Adding a SMS Gateway
  2. Creating content for the campaign
  3. Choosing recipients for the campaigns
  4. Select contact fields for all recipients.

Adding a SMS gateway

  1. From the Navigation toolbar, choose Campaigns and select SMS Campaigns.
    sms campaigns
  2. Click Create SMS Campaign in the top-right.
  3. Enter a name for your campaign by clicking the Edit icon on the top-left.

  4.  
    Add new SMS gateways to enable sending SMS campaigns. 
    • Click Add New to add SMS gateways.
    • Select the messaging gateway you want to use.
    • Click Add New to use more SMS gateways if needed. 
    • Click Proceed.
      SMS gateway

Create content for your SMS campaign

 DLT  Registration

DLT (Distributed Ledger Technology) is a registration system. It is a platform launched by TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) to regulate SMS sent out for marketing purposes in India.
According to TRAI, marketers are required to be registered with DLT to send out bulk marketing SMS. This requirement is aimed to control SPAM SMS sent out to customers from the marketing firms. 

Relevant updates in Zoho Campaigns

Owing to the latest changes in TRAI regulations, there is an update in the SMS campaign feature in Zoho Campaigns. This is a step taken from our end to encourage and support you while you adhere to the regulations. While you configure SMS campaign content, you are supposed to enter the DLT template ID of the content that you're about to send. 
Note: Entering DLT Template ID is mandatory only when sending SMS to Indian phone numbers.

To configure content

  1. Click Configure Content.
  2. Enter DLT Template ID.
  3. Add content for your SMS within the 500 characters limit allowed.
  4. Use merge tags to personalize your message. Press Control+M to add the specific merge tags.
  5. Select if you want to send this message in multiple parts.
  6. Click Save.


Choose the recipients for your SMS campaign

  1. Click Add Recipients.
  2. Select the mailing lists you want this campaign to be sent to.
  3. You can add new recipients to a mailing list if you want or even create a segment in a list to be used for your SMS campaign.
  4. Click Save.
    add recipients
  5. You can exclude contacts from the chosen recipients so they don't receive your SMS campaigns.
  6. Click the Exclude Contacts link.
  7. Choose to exclude contacts based on mailing lists and / or campaigns they have received.
  8. Select the campaigns and / or mailing list.
  9. Click Save.

Select contact fields for your recipients

  1. Click Configure Fields.
  2. Select the country field for your recipient.
  3. Select a recipient's phone and / or mobile numbers to send the SMS campaign.
  4. Click Save.
    configure fields
Your SMS campaign will be created and ready to be sent.
Note: Zoho Campaigns allows only a limit of 500 characters for every message to allow emojis to be included in the content.

Send content for review 

Once you're done creating an SMS campaign, send your campaign content for review. Click Send for Review to let the moderation team complete their review process. Your SMS will be reviewed based on the words or links used in the content. Click Refresh to view the status of your review process.
Send review

Send your SMS campaign

Once your campaign is reviewed, you can either choose to send out the campaign immediately or schedule it for later.
Send SMS Campaign

Reports

To view a detailed report for your SMS campaign :
  1. From the Navigation toolbar, select Reports and choose SMS Campaign-based Reports.
  2. Select the SMS message for which you want to see the reports for.
  3. You can view the following types of reports for the SMS campaign you have sent :
    • Sent SMS
    • Campaign Activity
    • Campaign Performance
    • Compare Campaign

Sent SMS

Hover over the SMS campaign you want and and click on the name to view a report. You can view the following information here :
  1. Report Summary
  2. Recipient Activities
  3. Failed Cases
  4. Ignored Cases
  5. List-based Summary
Report Summary 
Under Report Summary you will get detailed information about : 

Real-time campaign data 
  1. SMS messages sent : number of recipients the SMS message has been sent to.
  2. SMS messages ignored : number of recipients who were ignored.
  3. Delivered : number of recipients the SMS message has been delivered to.
  4. Undelivered : number of recipients the SMS message has not been delivered to.
report summary
Campaign Details
View the name of the SMS gateway used for the SMS along with its creation date and time.

SMS Message Preview
A preview of the SMS message will be displayed in this section.

Recipient activities 
This section lets you view lists of recipients your SMS message was sent to, those it was successfully delivered to and those it wasn't delivered to. Zoho Campaigns lets you can export these lists.
recipient activities
Failed Cases
In this section you can view the list of recipients, SMS sending failed for, due to one of the following reasons :
  1. Gateway configuration failure : An error that occurs due to a failure in fetching data. This could be due to an error inputted by the users.
  2. Gateway internal failure : This failure indicates issues in your third-party SMS accounts.
  3. Content errors : This might be due to some content-specific restrictions applied by your third-party services.
  4. Network errors : This error might occur if there is some issue with the network carrier you use.
  5. Handset errors : This error occurs when your contacts have activated the 'Do Not Disturb' feature in their handset or they may be out of network coverage.
  6. Others : Errors that don't belong to any of the above categories.
Ignored Contacts 
You will be able to view the list of contacts ignored due to the following reasons : 
  1. Content size exceeded the maximum limit : Zoho Campaigns restricts only a 500 character limit for every SMS message to allow emojis to be included in the content.
  2. Duplicate phone number : If duplicate entries for the phone number fields are found.
  3. Invalid phone number : If invalid entries for the phone number fields are found.
  4. Empty phone number field : If no phone number is provided.
    Ignored Contacts
List-based Summary
View a summarised report based on the mailing lists the SMS message was sent to.

Campaign Activity

This section lets you view user activity in the campaigns that have been sent to your contacts. You can choose to view details such as the the Top five campaigns, Delivered campaigns, Sent campaigns and campaigns where link clicks have occurred.  This information can be retrieved for the campaigns sent in the last month, three months, six months, past one year and past two years. Also, every campaign's delivery and click percentage and count respectively will be shown in this section. 
Campaign activity

Campaign Performance

A bar chart denoting the yearly comparison of the campaigns sent for every month will be shown in this section. Hover over the bars to view the number of campaigns sent, number of campaigns delivered, number of link clicks in each campaign and number of campaigns failed to be sent. 

Compare Campaigns

Here you can compare the SMS campaigns you have sent to your contacts from various SMS gateways and generate a detailed report that displays a graph with the number of delivered, sent, clicks count for each campaign.
Compare campaigns

Clone an SMS Campaign

If you want to use an existing SMS campaign for a new mailing lists or new contacts, you can make use of the Clone option provided by Zoho Campaigns. To clone a campaign :
  1. From the Navigation toolbar, choose Campaigns and select SMS Campaigns.
  2. Hover over the SMS campaign you want and click the Clone icon on the right-corner or select the campaign you want and click the Clone icon on the top-right.
  3. A cloned version of the campaign will open up. Click the Edit icon on the top-left next to the name of the previous campaign and edit the name of the campaign.

Delete an SMS Campaign

To delete a campaign :
  1. From the Navigation toolbar, choose Campaigns and select SMS Campaigns.
  2. Hover over the SMS campaign you want and click the More icon on the right-corner or select the campaign you want and click the delete icon on the top-right.
    Delete SMS campaign

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