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.
Chapter 4
Set-up your campaign with Burst SMS

4.1 Getting Started

With a Burst SMS account, you can:

To create an account:

  1. 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:

  • 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 and other functions, and access 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, find your API key and set up your API secret
  • Billing: Add new billing information, add new credit, setup auto-recharge, and review previous transactions
  • API: If you’re a developer, this is where you can find our SMS API Documentation

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 send 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 log in

4.2 How to add individual contacts to Burst SMS

Click on the Contacts tab and select My Test List.

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

Add the contact information and click Save.

4.3 How to add a list of contacts to Burst SMS

Click on the Contacts tab and select My Test List.

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

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

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

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

And that’s it! Feel free to spend some time reviewing the rest of the platform. If you have any questions, please contact us by submitting a ticket or clicking the chat button on the bottom right.

Chapter 3
Grow your list with inbound marketing
Chapter 5
How to write stellar copy for your first SMS campaign