Hi everyone, Ted from 2excel here with another instalment in the Tuesday 2excel Hack series. This week we’re going to take a look at how to set up an Automatic SMS Responder, for free.
It’s probably a good idea to start from the beginning and quickly explain exactly what an automatic SMS responder is. As the name suggests, it’s when someone sends you an SMS message with a predefined word in it, to a specific number. When the message is received the auto-responder sends a custom message in reply. It’s pretty cool, and you can pay a lot of money to have these set up for you, but in this week’s Tuesday hack, I’m going to show you how to do it for free.
Automatic SMS Responders are fairly straightforward to set up on your phone, and these helpful tips will save you a bit of time and lots of money by doing it yourself for free. The first thing you want to do is find an App that’s going to do what you want. Search using the keywords, SMS autoresponder, and you’ll find there are quite a few of these that will come up, in the list. I recommend using MSM: SMS Auto Reply, and this is why.
This particular App has loads of extra features beyond what I’m going to show you today, and this makes it nice and versatile. As you open the App, you’ll find at the top of the list in the left-hand corner, the Auto Reply Templates button. Click on the button to open the templates and you’ll see at the bottom, an option to create a template. If you’re watching the Tuesday Hack Video, you’ll notice I have a few templates I’ve already created, and it’s very easy to do.
Before I explain how to create a new template, I’ll click on one of my templates first. Inside, there is a simple auto-reply message, where you can type any message you like whether it’s business or personal. Once you’ve created the message, you’ll notice an option to switch these on or off.
In the message template section, you’ll notice the word inside chevron or angle brackets <>. Within the App, this will automatically replace that with the name of the person who sent the text message, as long as they’re in your contacts list – This is a pretty awesome little add-on that I haven’t seen anywhere else.
As I mentioned earlier, it’s very easy to create a template, and this is how you do it. Click on the ‘Create’ button, and in the top section, write in the keywords for your message. Below that, you can write your message in the message template section. The really nifty thing about this App is, URL Links will work in replies as well. You can type in a link to your website or anything else that might be relevant, and when someone receives the reply they can tap on the link, and it will open in a browser. This feature is very handy if you want to link someone to where they can download a template, help list, or anything else you want them to access.
Once you’ve written your template Auto Reply message, click on ‘Save’, and that will save your message to templates. To give this a test you can SMS me the word 'sms2excel hack' to mobile number 61 448 616 676 and see how well it works.
I hope this information has been helpful, and I hope you get a lot out of it. This App is very impressive, and you should find it useful – until next time, bye for now.