A complete walkthrough for WhatsApp Broadcast
The concept of Broadcast Messaging is not new nor difficult to understand, it is simply the desire to get a message out to a large group of people in the shortest amount of time. Marketers will no doubt think of using it for promotional messages and consumers will immediately think of receiving an avalanche of congratulatory messages from friends and family over the holidays. While true, the broadcast function can also be used for other purposes as well, such as sending severe weather alerts or alerting the public of emergencies.
As messages provide a more personal touch and are more instant than emails, many marketing and customer service teams have begun to include broadcast messages into their social messaging strategy in recent years.
Reaching the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time is no doubt important, but the key lies in ensuring that the recipients receive the message through a reliable platform. When governments and public organizations need to notify the public urgently, messages are usually relayed by SMS through the major network providers. However, when it comes to promotional marketing, the focus and methods are different.
The logic behind the message blast
When choosing the right service provider, apart from taking the price of the target audience’s commonly used platform into consideration, the sender should also be aware of whether did the supplier provide:
Encryption tools that can be used to deal with the privacy issue
Analytical features that allow you to evaluate the performance
Lacking an efficient system to store and analyze valuable information such as customer response rate of promotion functions and blog comments will ruin your chance of.
Other than the number of broadcasting messages,
Size of the database used to store information of your contacts
Structure and size of the content of your message
Once you have chosen your service provider, the first thing is to upload your contact database to your supplier’s platform. Therefore, convenience is also a vital factor as I bet you would never want to waste your time on entering your client’s contacts one by one.
With more than two billion WhatsApp users around the world, it is no doubt that WhatsApp also ranks amongst one of the most popular sales channels. Apart from the huge user base, here are 3 simple reasons why you (and your boss) should start converting customers on WhatsApp:
The average user checks their WhatsApp more than 23 times daily
WhatsApp processes more than 65 billion messages every single day
With such ingrained habits, WhatsApp can better close the distance between businesses and customers. This is because WhatsApp messages are better integrated into customers’ lives and habits than older communication channels such as email and SMS. Therefore, businesses stand a better chance at attracting attention and increasing customer engagement and eventually, conversion, through WhatsApp conversations.
“Another feature I found quite impressive is the WhatsApp broadcasting function. Many of our clients are heavy WhatsApp users. It’s easier to build trust and relationships with them via WhatsApp. Traditional phone calls take way too much time while SMS blast is more like a one-time thing instead of a chatroom.”
Lalamove Managing Director
Proactive retargeting can increase customer conversion rates by up to 113%.
Broadcast one-off promotional codes to remind new customers of their limited-time offers to spur conversions!
Small businesses can get started quickly with the free WhatsApp Business App for more familiarity as it has the same user interface as the regular WhatsApp App.
However, there are a couple of features that set the WhatsApp Business App apart:
1. Verified Business Profile
Provides key business information such as your address, business description, email address, and website.
Allows you to organize your contacts or chats with labels, so you can easily find them again. Read on to see how should you make good use of labels.
3. Quick replies
Save and reuse messages you frequently send so that you can easily answer common questions in no time.
4. Create a catalog of products and services for easy browsing
Although the Business version has more features than the regular version, when it comes to handling conversations, each Business account only allows a single user to log into the app to reply to customers. Even if you use WhatsApp Web simultaneously, businesses can only reply to a maximum of two customers at the same time. That’s not all, any additional – or even accidental – logins, will log out existing users, resulting in loss of unsent messages and workflow bottlenecks.
As such, larger corporations should not just stop at the WhatsApp Business App, but instead, seek out omnichannel messaging platforms to streamline their messaging workflow.
Don’t know what is WhatsApp Business? Read WhatsApp Business: All You Need To Know.
If you are operating a small business with one or two staff members to answer your customers’ queries, you can start broadcasting messages using the WhatsApp Business App’s limited broadcast function.
1. Create a broadcast list
The advantage of creating a Broadcast List is that you can finely segment your customers and create an unlimited amount of Broadcast Lists.
That being said, do note that each list can only have a maximum of 256 people added to it. By segmenting your customers into lists, you can send a message to up to 256 people at once, and the recipients will receive a broadcast message that looks like a personal message from you right in their conversation log with you. However, we strongly recommend that you do not send a large number of messages at once as it might result in your account being blocked.
Tap on “Broadcast List”
Tap on “New List”
Select the customers that you want to add to the list
2. Using WhatsApp Labels
Adding labels is a great way to segment your customers. The best part about WhatsApp’s labels is that they can also be added to individual message bubbles. For example, you can add labels to all positive reviews and view all of them at the same time. This way, you will be able to easily screenshot the reviews and share them on social media! Apart from that, you can also label suggestions from customers and review them all at once to make improvements.
You can also create broadcast lists for specific customers using labels. For example, you can label all customers who have given your business a positive review and add them to a broadcast list to send them a thank you offer. In addition, you can also add labels to customers who have not paid and send them a payment reminder!
Step-by-step: Creating broadcast lists from Labels (Android)
Tap on More Options
Choose the Label you want to create a Broadcast List with
Tap on More Options and send Broadcast to customers
Select the green tick on the bottom right of the page and start drafting your message
Apart from WhatsApp broadcasts, you can also forward messages on the WhatsApp Business App. However, each message needs to be forwarded individually. Just think about the hassle!
WhatsApp Business’s Forward function, also known as WhatsApp Broadcast only allows you to forward a message to up to 5 recipients at any one time. Think about the number of times you’ll need to repeat this copy and paste action for 500 customers!
Next, what if you have a thousand or even ten thousand customers? (P.S. You’ll need to manually add each contact individually before being able to forward a message to them)
Last but not least, spare a thought for your employees who might start steering clear of WhatsApp and stop replying to your WhatsApp Broadcast messages.
Although this article mentioned the Broadcast Lists function above, keep in mind that messages can only be broadcasted to a maximum of 256 people in one go. What happens when the number of customers increases? (OS: This should be a happy problem… shouldn’t it?) In addition, with the WhatsApp Broadcast function, everyone in your Broadcast List receives the exact, same, message. Thus, if you want to personalize your message a little by including their names, good luck on sending out the personalized texts one by one.
In addition, if you think about it, the biggest problem with the WhatsApp broadcast list function is not the cap on the number of people, but the fact that you cannot broadcast a message to someone who isn’t in your contacts. What a bummer.
That’s not all, when broadcasting messages, you risk being reported by customers and blocked by WhatsApp, leaving you uncontactable on WhatsApp. This not only results in tons of lost leads but also gives your customers and potential leads a negative impression of your business.
Larger businesses can’t just stop at the WhatsApp Business App, they need a complementary omnichannel platform.”
While there are many limitations to WhatsApp Business Broadcast, there is, in fact, one simple solution - WhatsApp Business API.
To expand your business and communicate with customers more effectively, you’ll need to understand the WhatsApp Business API (Application Programming Interface) and how its practical functions work differently when broadcasting campaigns are created.
【Sleek Knowledge】What is the WhatsApp Business API
Benefits of using the WhatsApp Business API:
Your WhatsApp account will be shown as a Business Account.
Your customers will be able to see both your company name and logo at the top of every conversation, even if your phone number is not saved.
Users will need to opt-in to receive broadcast messages, increasing customer satisfaction when they receive personalized, relevant messages
Apply for WhatsApp authentication to obtain the verified “green tick” to establish trust with both new and existing customers.
When customers click on your business account, they can quickly see your business profile and other essential information such as branch addresses and service hours.
The WhatsApp Business API is not only great for marketers but also for Customer Support and Service staff as it provides more opportunities to build stronger relationships with customers through WhatsApp conversations. This can be done by sending personalized messages and offers to customers at the right time, while also being able to conduct short surveys and provide instant customer support.
The larger the business, the more important it is to use the WhatsApp Business API. The WhatsApp Business API can be integrated with platforms such as SleekFlow, making it faster and easier to publish messages while serving as an integrated Customer Relationship Management system that solves complex problems such as personal data collection.
Compared to WhatsApp Business’s broadcast function, SleekFlow’s campaign message function allows you to do more through:
Multiple simultaneous conversations
Multiple team members can log in and use the SleekFlow platform to talk to customers using the same corporate WhatsApp number.
Personalize your messages in a jiffy by adding variables such as first name, birthdate, membership points and more.
1. Test your campaign messages
You can send yourself a test message to ensure that the message content is showing up correctly before you broadcast it to your customers.
2. Broadcast messages at scale
When using the Official WhatsApp Business API, you can send up to 1000 messages a day by default. However, if you send more than 2000 messages within the first week, you can then increase your daily messaging limit to 10,000 messages per day with WhatsApp’s approval. By using SleekFlow’s campaign feature, you’ll not only be able to cut down on human error when copying, pasting, and editing messages but also save tons of time!
However, do note that before you broadcast messages using the campaign feature, you need to register your message and send it to WhatsApp for approval. This message is called a template message and if you don’t know how to get started, our SleekFlow team will be happy to help!
Our customer success team is looking forward to guiding you through your digital transformation!
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Whatsapp Broadcast is an amazing feature especially for online businesses where there is a great need to send a single message to multiple recipients. It can be used to send promo messages to your customers as well as company announcements for your employees and many more. While Whatsapp Broadcast can have so many conveniences, there are also challenges in using one. For instance, there is a high chance you’ll be reported as spam when you overuse this feature. Thus, learning how to utilise the Whatsapp Broadcast properly and effectively.
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