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Chapter 4:
Set-up your campaign with Burst SMS

 
 

Up next, you'll find step-by-step instructions on how to set up your first campaign with Burst.

You'll need a Burst SMS account to go through this chapter. We offer a free 14-day trial, and a credit card isn't required for you to get access to all the features.

And if you like our platform and would like to send more text messages past your trial credits, you'll have the option to add more credits.

With a Burst SMS account, you can:

  • Schedule and send SMS campaigns
  • Obtain a dedicated virtual number or shortcode
  • Track results of your SMS campaigns
  • Automate SMS campaigns using keyword functions

To create an account:

  1. Click here to visit the Burst SMS registration page
  2. Select your country, and press "Start Free Trial"
  3. Fill out the form and click ‘Create Account’ to start your free trial
  4. Activate your account with the SMS verification code you receive

Once you’ve logged in, you should see something like this:

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  1. Main Navigation Menu
    • Messaging:
      This is where you’ll be spending most of your time. Add contacts, review past campaigns, send new campaigns, set-up keywords, activate, email to SMS functions, and send out quick SMS
    • Numbers:
      Purchase and manage dedicated virtual numbers or shortcodes (depending on your country)
    • Settings:
      Manage your profile, change your email address, add new users to the account
    • Billing:
      Add new billing information, add new credit, setup auto-recharge, and review previous transactions
    • API:
      If you're a developer using our SMS API, you'll find documentation that you need inside here
  2. Messaging Navigation Menu
    • Activity: review previous campaign reports
    • Contacts: create new lists, add individual contacts, or upload a list
    • Send SMS: select a contact list, compose a message, and blast the campaign
    • Keywords: create keywords functions that add contacts to new lists and other custom features
    • Email SMS: send and receive SMS using your own email address
    • Quick SMS: send SMS without having to login by bookmarking the page.

How to add individual contacts to Burst SMS

Click on Contacts tab and select My Test List.

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Click on Add Contact. (Please note that we've renamed My Test List to
Master List).

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Add the contact information and click Save.

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How to add a list of contacts to Burst SMS

Click on Contacts tab and select My Test List.

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Click on Upload. (Please note that we've renamed My Test List to Master List).

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Click on Browse. Find your file and select ‘I have permission to message these contacts’ and then click Upload.

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Preview your list and make sure to map your columns correctly. If you’re happy click Import.

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You’re welcome to click on ‘Export full report as CSV’ to check if your list imported correctly.

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And that's it! Feel free to spend some time reviewing the rest of the platform. If you have any questions, please contact us.