30 Mar 2023: Integrate with Huggingface.co
28 Mar 2023: Important changes to template categories
23 Mar 2023: Answer conversations on mobile
20 Mar 2023: Act on the user's last interaction
17 Mar 2023: Scan the list for unassigned chats
10 Mar 2023: Template with buttons in stacks
9 March 2023: More data in BigQuery!
16 Feb 2023: More possibilities for scheduling stacks
13 Feb 2023: Automatically mark messages as DONE
3 Feb 2023: Search with quick picks or date&time filters
17 Jan 2023: Add hyperlinks to Playbooks
11 Jan 2023: Export specific responses from Stacks
21 Nov 2022: A new look user interface!
18 Nov 2022: Build with feedback
13 Oct 2022: Reminders are in Beta!
11 Oct 2022: Building blocks
10 Oct 2022: New Turn.io Developer Docs
19 Sept 2022: More fields available in the Data Export API
15 Sept 2022: Shorter messages are better
13 Sept: Changes to the contact details API endpoint
7 Sept 2022: Stack improvements
1 Sept 2022: Learn to Build with Stacks.
19 Aug 2022: Better human support with Message Collections
18 Aug 2022: Deprecating Goals
17 Aug 2022: Build for your audience
16 Aug: Pick a date range
28 July 2022: Custom voice notes
14 July 2022: Get Stacking! Build more complex services.
4 July 2022: Faster insights
29 Jun 2022: Reminders are live!
8 Jun 2022: Track your conversations
3 May 2022: Reach out with Reminders
21 Apr 2022: Payments made easy!
3 Apr 2022: Follow up at an exact local time
20 Mar 2022: Small changes, big wins!
8 Mar 2022: Security enhancements
16 Feb 2022: Add resources to Playbooks and export Contacts
26 Jan 2022: Try out emojis in buttons, but no more 'templates' in sandboxes
5 Jan 2022: Use buttons in threads
23 Nov 2021: Button messages
2 Nov 2021: Playbooks Launch
20 Sept 2021: The end of Chatbase
9 Sept 2021: Data Export API
9 August 2021: Thread data export
22 June 2021: You know best!
21 June 2021: Sample content for templates
17 June 2021: Important security improvements
8 June 2021: Community Playbooks (Alpha)
18 March 2021: Improved billing transparency
17 March 2021: Share the amazing work you do
8 March 2021: Contextual replies and profile settings that suit you
22 Feb 2021: Button automation
18 Feb 2021: Updates to the fallback channel
17 Feb 2021: Contacts and labels data added to BQ
10 Feb 2021: Temporary limitations while we do a Search infrastructure upgrade
5 Feb 2021: Snappier and easier-to-use modals
3 Feb 2021: Add media to templates
27 Jan 2021: Add media or stickers to custom replies
21 Dec 2020: A last big release to celebrate the year
2 Dec 2020: Delete a template, get more insights and send stickers via the API
17 Nov 2020: Delete a user message
23 October 2020: Insights
19 October 2020: Hidden numbers by default
8 September 2020: Contact Profile
11 August 2020: Learn in Turn
3 August 2020: Add a list to your Exact match automations
30 July 2020: Manage your message template spend
15 July 2020: Data storage and rejection reasons
10 July 2020: WhatsApp profile and Login
What is an MAU (Monthly Active User)?
Can I use Turn.io in my country?
What is Turn.io?
Can I get a free trial?
What is Google-backed?
Can I format content with bold, italics etc?
How to change our chat service display name?
My sandbox isn't working? How do I connect?
Can I attach more than one image, audio clip, video or document to a message?
My emoji trigger isn't working?
How do I extract data out of Turn.io?
Can I edit and/or delete a custom profile field?
What are 'goals'?
What are 'collections'?
How to work as a team
What media can I use in messages?
Why is my video not sending?
How to setup subscription billing
What is the difference between a member and an admin?
How do I add other contact fields?
I found a bug..
Can I use WhatsApp Groups on the API?
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What languages are allowed for message templates?
Why has my template(s) been rejected?
How are conversations charged?
Example of user-initiated vs business-initiated conversations
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Get a WhatsApp line: Step-by-step instructions, with a video
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The ABC of threads
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Start a thread when a user reply with a button.
Export your thread data
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Build for your audience
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How to set up basic automations
The available trigger types
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How to set up multiple language automation
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Automation tips & tricks
Triggers explained: Message received STARTS WITH...
Triggers explained: Message received EXACTLY matches...
Triggers explained: Message received does NOT exactly match...
Triggers explained: Message received is a BUTTON PRESSED...
Triggers explained: Message received is from a specific COUNTRY...
Triggers explained: Message received is AUTOMATICALLY labelled...
Triggers explained: Message received from a specific CONTACT PROFILE......
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How to add media to a template
Delete or copy a template
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Search for sent or received or all messages
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Overview of the Turn.io user interface
What is chat for impact?
The WhatsApp Business Platform
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A closer look at the WhatsApp Business API
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Message types: Session vs. Template messages
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You need opt-in to initiate messages
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Connect with your users on chat
Great ways of marketing your chat service
Use a ‘wa.me’ link and QR code to market your service
Get user consent in a WhatsApp conversation
Use automation to collect opt-in
Use the opt-in webform to collect user consent
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Varying interpretations of emoji
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Turn.io API documentation
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How do I create message templates via the API?
Upload and send a sticker via the API
Replacing the Contact Export API
New to webhooks?
How to set up a RapidPro integration
Notify your team over email when someone needs urgent help
Getting data from the Contacts API endpoint
Una introducción a la WhatsApp Business API
Echar un vistazo más de cerca a la WhatsApp Business API
Tres reglas clave de participación
Tipos de mensajes: Mensajes de sesión versus plantilla
Necesita de adhesión para iniciar mensajes
Se requiere un proceso humano de escalamiento
Calificación de calidad y límites de mensajería de WhatsApp
Actualizaciones de los Términos de Servicio y la Política de Privacidad de WhatsApp
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- You need opt-in to initiate messages
You need opt-in to initiate messages
Updated by Neelke Stadler
All messages initiated by organisations via WhatsApp require user opt-in. Here’s what you need to know.
Before you start chatting to users on your new WhatsApp chat service, you’ll have to ensure that they’ve opted-in to receive messages from you via this platform. If you don’t receive opt-in from your users, you stand to lose your WhatsApp number, so make sure you’re 100% familiar with what’s required. It’s also your responsibility as an organisation to safely store your user opt-ins.
Note, however, that you don’t need user consent if your service is entirely based on session messages. Many organisations start off like this, but soon discover instances where it’s important to re-engage with users outside of the 24-hour window period. Even if your service has a 100% pull-based strategy, you need to make sure you understand the opt-in policy.
A simplified opt-in policy
Overtime WhatsApp has simplified their opt-in policy to make it easier for users to receive helpful information from organisations. There are three rules you need to adhere to:
- Your organisation must make it clear that the user is opting-in to receive messages from you via WhatsApp.
- You must clearly state the name of the organisation that the user will be receiving messages from.
- You must comply with the local, applicable law.
Collect opt-in wherever is best for your users
It’s up to you where you get user opt-in. This will ultimately depend on what works for your users. For example, users can give their consent via:
- A WhatsApp thread
- Your website
- An SMS short code
- Interactive voice response (i.e. where a computer does the talking and a user gives consent via their phone’s keypad)
- A customer-service call
- In person
- During a transaction process
- A messenger bot
- Ads that click to WhatsApp
- A QR code
The example below shows you how you can get opt-in during a WhatsApp conversation with a user:
Don’t forget the rule of thumb that we shared in our rules of engagement article: let the user drive the journey. To learn how to get user consent in Turn.io, continue reading here.