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 chat for impact?
The WhatsApp Business API
Three key rules of engagement
A closer look at the WhatsApp Business API
Message types: Session vs. Template messages
Message template rules
Message template troubleshooting
Reasons why your template(s) gets rejected
You need opt-in to initiate messages
Human escalation path required
WhatsApp's quality rating and messaging limits
Examples of how to upgrade to the next tier
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
Manage your business presence by updating your WhatsApp profile
How to use Turn.io
How to load content
How users engage with content
Structure and plan your content
Create your first menu
How to send custom replies
How to add a button message
How to upload stickers
How to delete a message that a user sent?
How to set up basic automations
The available trigger types
The available action types
How to set up advanced automations
How to set up multiple language automation
How to set up a follow-up timer
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......
How to send stickers in automation
How to set up a sequential content delivery experience using Automation and Custom Profile Fields
The ABC of threads
How to create a thread
Different thread card types
How to add skip logic to your thread
How to use personalisation in threads
Start a thread when a user reply with a button.
Export your thread data
Create a sequential learning experience with Threads
How to re-connect with users using message templates
Buy a pre-paid amount
Create and submit your template(s) for approval
Send message templates to users
How to add buttons to a template
How to add media to a template
Delete or copy a template
Search and Label
Collections, Assign and Roles
How to create and use collections
How to assign or share a conversation
Search for sent or received or all messages
How to add team members?
How to log in to your account
Overview of the Turn.io user interface
Design an impactful solution
Create good chat-service content
Varying interpretations of emoji
Changing behaviour is difficult. Here's some help!
Guiding and tracking
How to decide on and set up goals
How to nudge and track behaviours in conversations
Set up a data connection to BigQuery
Understand your BigQuery data and queries
How to top up your 'available amount' for templates?
Example queries for your data
Turn.io API documentation
Where do I find my credentials for the Message Template API?
How do I create message templates via the API?
Upload and send a sticker via the API
New to webhooks?
How to set up a RapidPro integration
Embedded Sign-up FAQs
Get a WhatsApp line: Step-by-step instructions, with a video
Your WABA application checklist
Display name guidelines
What is Business Verification?
Your Business Verification checklist
Help! I got an error whilst doing embedded sign-up?
Help! I'm struggling to get my business verified?
Help! I uploaded the wrong document for Business Verification?
Help! The "Start Verification" button is greyed-out?
Help! Why hasn't my display name been approved?
Help! Our display name got rejected?
Help! What happens if we're not verified within 30 days?
Help! I can see my number in Turn but it's not working?
Help! Can I have a WhatsApp number for a different country than my business registration?
Help! We are a government entity, how do we do Facebook business verification?
Help! What is a Facebook Business Manager Account?
Help! What number can I use on WhatsApp?
Help! What is a BSP?
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?
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?
What are 'goals'?
What are 'collections'?
How to work as a team
Can I use multimedia in my messages?
Why is my video not sending?
What is the difference between a member and an admin?
How do I add other contact fields?
I found a bug..
How can I buy message-template credits?
Can I use WhatsApp Groups on the API?
What does it cost to send message templates?
Can you give me examples of approved message templates?
What languages are allowed for message templates?
Why has my template(s) been rejected?
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
Updated by Pippa
Learn more about the world’s largest messaging platform and why 2 billion users use the platform to communicate with family, friends, colleagues – and now also businesses and NGOs.
WhatsApp Messenger, a cross-platform messaging app that was founded in 2009 and bought by Facebook in 2014, has seen tremendous growth in recent years.
In February 2020, WhatsApp announced that it had reached a whopping 2 billion users worldwide – over 26% of the world population. As the COVID-19 crisis spread across the globe, even more users started using the service to stay connected with family, friends and colleagues. A month later, in March 2020, WhatsApp pipped its competitors to the post, becoming the social-media app that experienced the most significant gains during this particular calendar month.
Most WhatsApp enthusiasts will tell you that one of the main reasons they prefer this messaging app over SMS is because the service is free. You simply need to be connected to wi-fi to chat to your heart’s content.
The app’s data-sharing capabilities also make it possible for you to send images and documents to your contacts. Plus, you can run the service through your browser and create WhatsApp Groups to communicate with several contacts at a time. In short, WhatsApp offers a range of benefits that SMS does not.
More recently, WhatsApp became an attractive customer-engagement platform for businesses across the globe. Talking to customers on an app that they know and trust, and where they already spend a great deal of their time, makes perfect sense at a time when in-person, one-on-one conversations are not always practical.
And so, when WhatsApp launched its free Business app in early 2018, many companies jumped at the chance to connect with their customers in a brand-new, time-efficient way.
The free WhatsApp Business app was built keeping small business owners in mind. With this app, WhatsApp introduced new features such as quick replies for frequently asked questions, making it possible for small businesses to easily chat to their customers in real-time.
A few months later, in August 2018, WhatsApp introduced the WhatsApp Business API – a fast, secure, reliable way for medium to large businesses and organisations to reach customers and communities all over the world.
The API supports many of the features we’ve been using in WhatsApp all along but comes with specific rules of engagement to ensure a delightful end-user experience. In this article, we take a closer look at the API.
Chat for impact
At Turn.io, we’re committed to using technology for social good. Once we caught a glimpse of the massive potential of the WhatsApp API, we actively started advocating to use chat for impact. Our aim is to enable social-impact organisations to use this powerful tool to drive positive action.