Send WhatsApp message templates

Find out more about WhatsApp message templates and when they are used here.

As an agent, you can send the following WhatsApp message templates to customers directly from Chat Desk:

You'll first need to add the message template in the Clickatell Portal. Once approved, the template will be active and available to send from Chat Desk.

Select a message template

  1. Click the icon for sending an external chat message and select "WhatsApp".

An agent can also send a WhatsApp template message to anyone who does not currently have a live chat. This will create a new closed chat. Only when a customer replies to the chat, it will become a live chat.

  1. In the Send WhatsApp Templated Message modal, enter the customer's contact number in the Send To field.

    • You can also access this modal from within a specific chat. In this case, the customer's contact number auto-populates.

  2. Next, select a message template from the Message Template drop-down. These templates must be set up in the Clickatell Portal.

    • An icon helps identify whether the message template is plain text or requires an image, video, or document.

Only approved message templates will pull through from the Clickatell Portal. If the options in the drop-down are grayed out, you first need to set up templates.

  1. Once the recipient and template have been specified, add text for the variables that must display in the message body.

  2. If you selected a media template, click the Upload button and follow the prompts to complete the media upload.

These file formats and sizes are supported for media message templates:

  • Images: JPEGs, JPGs, or PNGs with a maximum file size of 30 MB.

  • Videos: MP4s with a maximum file size of 30 MB.

  • Documents: PDFs with a maximum file size of 30 MB.

Preview message template

You can see a real-time preview of the message template to the right. This shows what it will look like to the customer.

The preview includes buttons, headers, and footers.

Buttons are view-only and cannot be edited or clicked from here.

Send template

Once all fields in the modal are completed, click Send.

After the message template is sent to the customer, it displays in the chat window and includes a WhatsApp Message Template tag to clearly indicate that the message was a template.

Message templates will form part of the chat history so that agents and supervisors can easily refer back to it.

Each time a WhatsApp message template is sent, it initiates a new closed chat. When a customer responds to the message, template, it converts to a live chat with all subsequent messages appended to the live chat history. Once the live chat is closed, it is saved as a closed chat with the history starting from that specific WhatsApp template interaction. Any previous chat history with the customer is saved as a separate closed chat.

Live chat message history is retrieved based on the end user, while closed chat history is retrieved based on the chat ID, therefore one customer may have multiple closed chats.

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