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Texting (SMS) from OwnerRez

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Paul W
Registered: 6/9/09
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SMS is now out of beta and available to all. Please read the following blog post:

https://www.ownerreservations.com/blog/sms-available-for-all-show-signed-renter-agreement-in-booking-emails-vrbo-inquiry-emails-logo-instructions-cleanup-2

Thanks to Marina's Edge for a great idea 5 years ago! 😀 Marking this thread as released!

Replies: 18 - Pages: 1 - Last Reply: Dec 3, 2020 8:11 AM by: Paul W
Marina's Edge
Registered: 10/10/12
Texting (SMS) from OwnerRez

Crazy idea...if we made cell phone number required and asked for carrier (optional if they opt in for receiving texts) then we could enable texting to guests from owner reservations.

Things like getting a text message on the day of arrival with a hyperlink with directions for example or a text message with the key code...

I think it would be a "wow" feature for guests.

Thoughts?

Michelle J
Registered: 1/6/11
Re: Texting (SMS) from OwnerRez

Hi Marinas Edge,

We've wanted to do text messages for awhile now - you're right a great feature to have. The idea is to make "Text Templates" which are similar to Email Templates. They wouldn't have headers like emails (subject, from, etc), the body would be plain text and probably have a character limit. Then you could set triggers to send those instead of Email Templates. Thanks for suggesting

-Michelle

Marina's Edge
Registered: 10/10/12
Re: Texting (SMS) from OwnerRez

Cool. I suppose I could do this right now with the custom booking fields and the email template.

Scott K
Registered: 7/25/18
Re: Texting (SMS) from OwnerRez

Any time set as of yet to when texting may be available?

Chris Hynes
Registered: 10/19/12
Re: Texting (SMS) from OwnerRez

We don't have a hard date right now, but hoping by the end of the year.

Scott K
Registered: 7/25/18
Re: Texting (SMS) from OwnerRez

Chris,

Any update on the text messaging feature?

Scott

Ken T
Registered: 8/7/19
Re: Texting (SMS) from OwnerRez

Unfortunately not. Hopefully next year sometime.

CWV
Registered: 11/21/19
Re: Texting (SMS) from OwnerRez

Hi OR crew, With you all hiring and really growing, where in the list of priorities is the texting feature. We considering signing up to use a service called TextMagic (https://www.textmagic.com/docs/api/). Would love to have an API integration so we don't have to do it manually.

Paul W
Registered: 6/9/09
Re: Texting (SMS) from OwnerRez

CWV said:

Hi OR crew, With you all hiring and really growing, where in the list of priorities is the texting feature. We considering signing up to use a service called TextMagic (https://www.textmagic.com/docs/api/). Would love to have an API integration so we don't have to do it manually.

Very very close. We actually have an early SMS feature out with a limited testing group. Look for this to be in front of everyone (or a sign-up that everyone can request) very soon. Probably before end of the month.

CWV
Registered: 11/21/19
Re: Texting (SMS) from OwnerRez

Yay, great news!

Scott K
Registered: 7/25/18
Re: Texting (SMS) from OwnerRez

Awesome! Let me know if you need more testers!

Sherene M
Registered: 1/5/18
Re: Texting (SMS) from OwnerRez

This will be great, Thanks. Can't wait!

DianneD
Registered: 10/3/18
Re: Texting (SMS) from OwnerRez

Yes that would be a great feature

Mike Mc
Registered: 2/3/19
Re: Texting (SMS) from OwnerRez

Any updates? I would love to test this!

Joel P
Registered: 10/19/09
Re: Texting (SMS) from OwnerRez

[A topic (https://www.ownerreservations.com/forums/requests/text-notifications-for-bookings) was closed as a duplicate of this topic]

BlueMtnCabins
Registered: 6/6/16
Re: Texting (SMS) from OwnerRez

Would love to be able to text quote link for those who inquired, dates available, but has not booked.

PacViewLodging
Registered: 9/3/19
Re: Texting (SMS) from OwnerRez

There is a kludge together solution that will work using an EMAIL to SMS Gateway...

We have used clicksend.com for many years... on a different PMS...

Basically what you do is create an account on Clicksend
Go to the Email/SMS area and define the from email address that will be sending emails into the clicksend system... this needs to be your email... so you would have to have setup OR to use your email, not theirs.
Build your template and in the to for the email use: {CPHONEPRRW}@sms.clicksend.com
We also define the start and stop tags inside of the email so it doesn't do any theming... you can define these on clicksend... we made ours ##START## and ##STOP##.
In the body of the template you can say whatever you want to say and put ##START## at the beginning and ##STOP## at the end...
You can then use TRIGGERS to send through this gateway.... they would look just like a normal email for the booking.

Paul W
Registered: 6/9/09
Re: Texting (SMS) from OwnerRez

SMS is now out of beta and available to all. Please read the following blog post:

https://www.ownerreservations.com/blog/sms-available-for-all-show-signed-renter-agreement-in-booking-emails-vrbo-inquiry-emails-logo-instructions-cleanup-2

Thanks to Marina's Edge for a great idea 5 years ago! 😀 Marking this thread as released!

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