The ability to organize your subscribers into groups is a useful feature of an online SMS service, enabling you to send out messages to different groups (such as “choir,” “staff,” or other relevant groups) rather than having to individually select recipients every time you want to send a message from your text service.
This tutorial will walk you through how to navigate the “Manage Groups” page.
Add a Group
To add a group, click the green “Add a Group” button towards the top of your screen. A new row will be added to the table:
- Name – type in the group’s name. (This is the only information that is necessary to enter; the rest is optional.)
- Hide Group – check this box if you don’t want your group to show up on your sign-up page.
- Group Keyword – you can type in a keyword for your group here. Then, when subscribers text in to 662-200-4303 to be added to your text alerts system, they can use this keyword to be automatically added to this specific group.
- Welcome Message – type in a welcome message for your subscribers. This message will be texted to anyone who subscribes themselves to your group.
Be sure to click “Save” when you are done to save your new group.
You can see a list of all the subscribers that belong to a specific group by clicking “View Members” on that group’s row.
Clicking “View Members” will cause this screen to come up, showing a report of all the members’ names, phone numbers, and email addresses:
To edit a group, click on the pencil-and-paper icon under the “Edit” column of the group that you would like to edit:
You can then enter in new information regarding your group. Click “Save” when you are done editing to save your changes.
To delete a group from your account, click the trash can icon on the group you would like to remove. Or click on the row of the group that you would like to remove to highlight that row and then click the red “Remove Groups” button (hold SHIFT or CTRL/COMMAND when clicking on the group rows to select multiple rows at once).
Note: this will not delete any of the subscribers in the deleted group(s).
Organizing Your Groups
You can sort the subscribers by clicking any of the column headers at the top of the table. For example, if you want to sort the list alphabetically by first name, you can click the “First Name” column header and the list will sort automatically.
You can change how many entries from your subscriber list are shown by clicking the arrow (above the table) that says “Show 10 entries.” Then from the drop-down menu that appears, you can select 25, 50, or 100 entries.
You can also search through your subscriber list by typing a search query in the text box above the table.
The ability to organize subscribers into groups is useful for a variety of uses, from sending business SMS to emergency notifications.
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