Creating additional SMS notifications for users

      Creating additional SMS notifications for users

        Article summary

        If you're a heavy user of SMS and not always logged into Close or want to respond quickly during non-business hours, you may want to set up an additional notification for any incoming SMS.

        This tutorial will cover the basis of setting up some additional notification types.

        What you'll need

        • A Zapier account allowing for multi-step Zaps
        • A Close account
        • A Google Spreadsheet (if you want to forward SMS to a cellphone)

        Step 1: Setting up your Zapier trigger

        To set up this Zap, we're going to use the "New Inbox Item" trigger in Close. Under Type we will filter to only trigger on Incoming SMS items.


        You can trigger on more than one type of item

        If you wanted to set up notifications for more than one item type, simply click the + icon in the image below and add an additional type. Keep in mind that most of the items are already notifying your team elsewhere, so make sure you avoid overloading them with notifications.

        Once you have a sample SMS to use, we're ready to move onto the next step.

        Step 2: Decide how you'd like to notify your users

        Your next step is decided how you would like users to be notified of a new incoming SMS. The two most common ways are either by sending an additional email notification to the user (similar to receiving a voicemail) or forwarding the SMS over to the user's cellphone.
        Below are instructions for setting up both methods.

        Step 3 (Option 1): Send an email notification

        Get Gmail emails for new SMS messages in Close

        Follow these instructions if you want to notify your users via email.

        Use the Find User search action in Zapier

        If we're going to send an email notification to our user, our first step is to determine which email address we need to send our message to. We can do this using the Find User search action in Zapier.


        Send an email using any email tool

        Once we have the user's email address, we can set up an action to send the email to the user. In general, you should choose the email provider that you are currently using, as most (Gmail/Outlook) will have a "Send Email" action available.

        If your email provider does not have a Zapier integration, you can use the built-in Zapier emailing tool.

        Once you have your email account connected and the Send Email action selected, you should be able to specify the email address from Step 2 in the To: field and move to the next step.


        You'll want to specify the Subject and Body of your email. You can use this opportunity to include any additional fields in your message as well.

        For example, in the message below, we use the lead's name in the Subject line, that way the user might now whether or not the message needs immediate attention.


        Once you configure the message, go ahead and turn this Zap on!

        Step 3 (Option 2): Forward an SMS to their cell phone

        If you want to send users an SMS notification, follow these steps.

        Create your Google Sheet lookup table

        The first step in creating this zap will be to create a lookup table containing each member of your team and the number you would like the notifications to be forwarded to.

        Here's an example:

        314c25a-d36c714-ScreenShot2018-10-31at125945PM.pngLookup table with team members and numbers
        You'll need to keep this updated

        As you add new team members, you'll have to add them to this table in order for them to receive the additional notifications.

        Use the Zapier Action for Lookup Spreadsheet Row

        Once you have your table configured, you'll set up the Lookup Spreadsheet Row Google Sheets search action to find the correct phone number to send the notification to based on the user that received the SMS.

        a0eebad-ScreenShot2018-10-31at10800PM.pngGoogle Sheets Lookup Spreadsheet Row action in Zapier
        b2b27af-Googlesheetlookuptofindthecorrectnumbertonotify.pngGoogle Sheet lookup to find the correct number to notify

        You can leave all the other fields in this step blank apart from the one in the screenshot.
        Once you have the number you need to notify, you're ready to move on to the next step.

        Use SMS by Zapier to send the notification

        Zapier has a built-in SMS utility that you can use to send notifications.

        First, you'll need to enter a number and validate you have access to it.

        0f40c25-67184af-ScreenShot2018-10-31at11002PM.pngVerifying a number in Zapier

        Once you've validated your number, you'll want to specify the number that will appear to the user. You can decide to use the user's number in Close that receive the SMS in the first place.

        Then you'll simply specify what you would like the SMS to say. It's a good idea to include the contact and lead name so that your team knows exactly who sent the SMS.

        ef7705e-ScreenShot2018-10-31at12233PM.pngCustomizing the notification to your team

        Here's how the notification will appear to your team.

        d017200-554f41e-ImagefromiOS1.pngSMS notification for your team
        The full message may not be displayed

        Depending on the length of the message, it's possible that some of the message will be cut off when forwarding via Zapier SMS.

        Once this is set up - you can go ahead and turn on the Zap!

        Step 3 (Option 3): Send a Slack message

        If you want to send a ping in a Slack channel as a notification for a new SMS, you can follow these steps:

        The action in Zapier you are looking for is 'Send Channel Message' in Slack. I have created a channel called #newsms:


        Under the 'Message Text' field you can choose how your Slack channel notification will look. For example I have selected the message to be displayed as:
        New SMS from {Contact Name} at {Lead Name} for {Close User Name}: {Text}

        You can pull in whichever fields from Step 1 you are looking to include in this notification - date, phone number, contact title etc.

        Under the 'Bot Icon' field you can select with Slack icon you want the notification to appear from. I have gone ahead and used image.png