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 (Beta)
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?
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How to change our chat service display name?
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I found a bug..
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Use a ‘wa.me’ link and QR code to market your service
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Ready to start marketing your chat service? Then it’s time to grab hold of your “wa.me” link and QR code on Turn.io.
Marketing your chat service is a crucial step in the process of creating it. You can only have a conversation with your target audience once they know how to access your service via WhatsApp.
With their “click to chat” functionality, WhatsApp allows a user to begin a chat with someone (for example your organisation) without having the number saved in their phone's address book.
“As long as you know this person’s phone number and they have an active WhatsApp account, you can create a link that will allow you to start a chat with them. By clicking the link, a chat with the person automatically opens,” WhatsApp explains.
These "click to chat" links are also called “wa.me” links and look like this:
Once a user has your wa.me link, it's seamless for them to connect with you.
Another great option to share your number with users is to ask the person to scan a QR code. If a user scans the QR code, the chat service will automatically open up in WhatsApp.
QR codes can be scanned quickly by cell phones. However, there’s one catch: some of your users might not have a QR code reader installed on their phones. For this reason, it’s always best to share both your wa.me link and your QR code in your marketing material.
You can also simply share your number with users, who can save it in their address books, and send you a message from WhatsApp to connect.
How to get your link and code via Turn.io
We’ve made it easy for you to grab hold of your wa.me link and QR code in Turn.io.
Let’s take you back to our overview of the Turn.io user interface, where we briefly looked at everything you can access via the “Dashboard” section. When you click on this section, you’ll notice that your name, number, logo and QR code is visible right next to the navigation bar on the left.
Click on the number or QR code, and you’ll be taken to a page that looks like this:
When you right-click the QR code, you’ll be able to save the code to your computer. From here, you can share it via other digital platforms like your social media pages or your newsletter. You can also print it on posters, leaflets and other marketing material. If a user scans the code, they’ll be taken straight to your chat service on WhatsApp.
To get your wa.me link, you can right-click the number below your QR code and copy the link (click “Copy Link Address” in the box that pops up).
Customise your QR code
If you’d like to, you can customise your QR code with a free code generator such as QRCODEMONKEY. With this tool, you can:
- Add a logo to your QR code.
- Set a custom colour for it.
- Replace the standard shapes.
- Customise the corner elements of the code.
You’ll be using your wa.me link as the URL to which your users will be directed when they scan the QR code.
Customise your wa.me link
Another element to consider is a pre-populated message that pulls into WhatsApp when your user clicks on your wa.me link.
It's very easy to manually create and customise wa.me links. There are three parts to consider:
- The standard part:
- Your phone number with your country code but no plus (+) sign:
- (Optional) The text you want to show when a user clicks the link:
To customise your link, all you need to do is add the text in the correct format.
Take a look at this example:
The “text=hi” at the end of the link represents your pre-populated message. The word “hi” will automatically appear in the WhatsApp text field when your user opens the link.
The link to a more complex message will look like this:
(Note that “%20” represents spaces in your text.)
For more information on how to use click to chat, we recommend reading WhatsApp’s official recommendations. Also, don’t miss our article on Great ways of marketing your chat service – it’s an important one!