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Chapter 4:
Set-up your campaign with Burst SMS

 
 

Up next, you will find step-by-step instructions on how to setup your first campaign. Let's go over how the Burst SMS platform functions.

For this chapter, you will need to register for a Burst SMS account. You might be asking yourself, “But what’s the catch?” There isn’t one really. You can start with our free 14 day trial. A credit card isn’t required and you will also get full account access to all the features.

If you like the platform, and would like to send more messages past your trial credits, you'll have the option to top-up. You don't have to worry about going over your trial credits either, as no payment information is required to sign-up, which means it's not possible for you to go over your limit without topping up.

With a Burst SMS account, you can:

  • Manage your SMS campaigns
  • Send and schedule 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. You'll receive an SMS verification on your phone, use this to activate your account. A welcome email will also be delivered. This contains our platform user guide.

Now that you’ve created your account, let’s dive in a little deeper to our platform. Once you’ve logged in, the interface should look 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.