WhatsApp and Facebook message templates are the only way that agents have to start a conversation with the customers.
Additionally, they are useful to establish the contact each time more than 24 hours have passed since the last interaction.
In the case of WhatsApp, these templates are approved through Sirena. For Facebook, the templates are approved immediately, but in both cases they must comply with certain requirements.
Sirena offers pre-approved templates that are ready to use. You can select them at the bottom of your screen.
CREATING YOUR OWN TEMPLATES
To request a new template, go to https://web.sirena.app/manager/admin/channels and select the channel (Facebook or WhatsApp) for which you'd like to create the template.
Go to the "Message Templates" section and click "Request new template."
A template request window will open. You need to fill out the following three fields:
Title: This is the internal name of the template. Clients will not see it.
Message type: this is the way WhatsApp identifies the purpose of messages you'd like to send. WhatsApp currently allows just 10 types of message.
Template: this is where you compose the template you'd like WhatsApp to approve. In addition to the text, you can add variable data fields such as client name, agent name, agent phone, agent email, etc. For Facebook, approval is instant.
Here's what a request looks like when it's ready to submit:
Click "Request" to send your template for approval.
Remember that WhatsApp requires pre-approval of templates to avoid spam As a result, templates that indicate that the client is interested in being contacted have a better chance of being approved.
❌ "Don't miss out on this incredible offer! Volkswagen Golf 30% off!"
✅ "Thanks for your interest in our products! We can keep talking here to answer any questions you may have."
The text of the template must also comply with the following conditions:
- It cannot include promotions or sales.
- It cannot include vulgar or profane language.
- It can contain emojis, but not an excessive number.
- It cannot contain links or images.
- It must be 250 characters or fewer.
WhatsApp will notify you within 10 business days whether your template has been approved. If your template is approved, we will enable your template within 24 hours for use in the app.
Once they are approved, the status of your templates will change from "PENDING" to "AVAILABLE."
⚠️WhatsApp allows you to add links to your templates as long as they comply with the requirements above. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, we'd be happy to help you.