Connect Now has the ability to send out a bulk text message to up to 50 contacts, while allowing you to personalize the message through the use of field tags. Bulk texting requires the use of the In App Text feature.
To do this, first log into the desktop at www.connectnowinc.com. You will see the login button in the upper right corner of the screen and you will log in with the same username and password you use for the mobile app. Select the contacts you want to include on your list. You can use the Advanced Search button to search for contacts based on a variety of parameters including property address, inquiry date, minimum beds and baths, price range, and neighborhood. Once you have narrowed down your search, select the contacts you wish to include (max 50).
In the menu bar choose the drop-down menu for Select Action, select Add to List, then press the blue Perform Action button. A pop-up box will appear allowing you to add these names to an existing list (max 50) or to create a New Contact List. Give your list a name and press the Create List button. Once your list is created close out the pop-up box and you are now ready to compose your text message.
Select the Manage List button and a report will appear with all of your available lists. Locate the list you just created, and on the left side of your screen select the green text icon.
A text box will appear where you can now enter your message. In order to comply with anti-spam regulations you must choose 1 or more field tags, which will personalize your message for each recipient. If you know you will re-use this message for more than one list, you can also build a template that can be saved for future use. As a best practice, we recommend including the field tags for Contact First name at the beginning of the message and Agent Full Name at the end of the message. When you have finished composing your message simply hit send.
To see the texts that went out, select the timeline icon for your list (the clock next to the text icon), and the message and time sent will appear. Select the eyeball icon and the list of recipients will appear along with the date and time stamp showing when the message was delivered.
Bulk Text is a great feature when you have a message that you want to share with a small targeted group, all at once.