Vodafone Bulk Text User Guide

Vodafone Bulk Text User Guide
Vodafone Bulk Text
User Guide
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Contents
1.
Glossary of terms ............................................................................................................................ 6
1.1 SMS character set handling and multipart messages ..................................................................... 8
1.2 Terms and definitions, SAR technology in detail ............................................................................ 9
2.
Support SMS videos & ‘Show me help’ sections .......................................................................... 11
3.
Registration .................................................................................................................................. 12
4.
Logging in ..................................................................................................................................... 16
5. Forgot your password?......................................................................................................................... 17
6.
Dashboard .................................................................................................................................... 18
7.
Campaign Set Up .......................................................................................................................... 20
7.1 Send to a new file ......................................................................................................................... 21
7.2 Send to one mobile number ......................................................................................................... 38
7.3 Send to a saved list ....................................................................................................................... 45
8.
Reports ......................................................................................................................................... 61
8.1 Campaigns report ......................................................................................................................... 63
8.2 Messages report ........................................................................................................................... 63
8.3 Opt outs report............................................................................................................................. 64
8.4 Credits report ............................................................................................................................... 64
8.5 Top ups report .............................................................................................................................. 64
8.6 Replies report ............................................................................................................................... 65
8.7 Mobile Report (Mobile websites/Vouchers/Geolocations) ......................................................... 65
9.
Lists .............................................................................................................................................. 66
9.1 List Types ...................................................................................................................................... 66
9.2 Create a list................................................................................................................................... 67
10.
SMS Templates ............................................................................................................................. 79
10.1 Add a new template ..................................................................................................................... 79
10.2 Delete - Templates ....................................................................................................................... 81
11.
Opt outs........................................................................................................................................ 82
11.1 Opt out contacts........................................................................................................................... 82
12.2 View opt outs .............................................................................................................................. 82
12.3 Add a new contact to opt outs list ............................................................................................... 83
12.4 Remove a contact from opt outs list ............................................................................................ 83
12.
Top Ups ........................................................................................................................................ 84
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12.1 Pre-paid top up............................................................................................................................. 84
6.1 Post-paid top up ........................................................................................................................... 84
7.
Mobile Websites .......................................................................................................................... 85
7.1 Create a new mobile website ...................................................................................................... 85
7.2 Clone a mobile website ................................................................................................................ 88
7.3 Edit or delete a mobile website ................................................................................................... 88
7.4 Sending an SMS campaign with mobile websites ........................................................................ 89
7.5 Mobile website activity / analytics .............................................................................................. 89
8.
Vouchers ...................................................................................................................................... 93
8.1 Create or upload voucher codes .................................................................................................. 93
8.2 Add vouchers to a mobile website .............................................................................................. 94
8.3 Sending a mobile website containing vouchers .......................................................................... 96
9.
Mobile Lookup ............................................................................................................................. 97
10.
Account Details ............................................................................................................................ 98
10.1 Account Details ............................................................................................................................ 98
10.2 Change your password ................................................................................................................. 99
10.3 My Sender Names ...................................................................................................................... 100
10.4 Top up history ............................................................................................................................ 100
10.5 Top up my account ..................................................................................................................... 101
11.
Notifications, Messages and Tasks.............................................................................................. 102
11.1 Notifications ............................................................................................................................... 103
11.2 Messages .................................................................................................................................... 103
14.3 Tasks ........................................................................................................................................... 103
12.
Support....................................................................................................................................... 105
12.1 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) ............................................................................................. 105
12.2 User guide .................................................................................................................................. 105
12.3 SMS gateway API guide .............................................................................................................. 105
13.
Contact us ................................................................................................................................... 107
13.1 Email sales .................................................................................................................................. 107
13.2 Contact support.......................................................................................................................... 107
13.3 Terms and conditions ................................................................................................................. 107
14.
Tools ........................................................................................................................................... 108
14.1 User account tab ........................................................................................................................ 108
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15.
Logging Out ................................................................................................................................ 110
Appendix A - The 7 bit default alphabet of GSM phones ...................................................................... 111
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1. Glossary of terms
Many words and phrases used in this document have a special meaning in the context of Bulk SMS.
This section defines some of the most important terms used.
Parent account:
A parent account is an account that has been set up with the ability to
administer and manage child accounts. A parent account will have the
ability to allocate credits, view message transactions, set sender IDs, etc.
Child account:
This is an account created by an administrator or a parent account holder. A
child account has the same functionality as a standard client, but is
administered and managed by the parent account holder.
Campaign:
A campaign is an SMS message broadcast.
Opt out:
This refers to the methods by which individuals can avoid receiving further
messages or information from a Vodafone Bulk Text account.
Smart tag:
Smart tags are a feature that allows you to automatically populate your
messages with values from a Microsoft Excel© file.
Filter:
Filters are a feature that allows you to send campaigns to specific segments
of a saved list.
Shortcode:
A five digit number which is easy to remember. The Vodafone Bulk Text
shortcode for opt outs is 50124.
Longcode:
A mobile number presented in the traditional length and style for a specific
country, used for SMS responses. The Vodafone Bulk Text longcode for
responses is 00353879489425.
Post-paid bundle:
The credit bundle purchased is charged to the Vodafone Bulk Text account
and the cost will be added onto the bill.
Sender ID:
Sender ID, also known as Originating Address (OA) is the number or name
that is displayed on the recipient's mobile phone when an SMS is received.
API:
This Bulk SMS API (Application Programming Interface) product provides an
interface between your existing systems and Vodafone Bulk Text
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messaging gateway.
For more information on how using the SMS gateway API can help your
business, please contact your account manager.
SMS:
Short Message Service (SMS) is an text messaging service component of
phone, web or mobile communication systems, using standardised
communications protocols that allow the exchange of short text messages
between fixed line or mobile phone devices.
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1.1 SMS character set handling and multipart messages
This guide gives you information about message length and character set handling of SMS messages.
This is an important topic concerning costs. Please read through it to make sure you are able to
configure the system according to your preferences.
1.1.1 Introduction
SMS is used to send text messages between mobile phones in most cases. When a text is transmitted,
there is a size limitation on the message length. If English characters are used, the maximum message
length is 160 characters. When international characters are sent, the maximum length is 70 characters.
This size limit is determined by the character set used to transmit the message.
1.1.2 SMS segmentation and reassembly (SAR)
To increase the size limit of text messages, the SMS technology was improved to support longer text
messages. This improvement is called as the multipart SMS technology, which refers to a process known
as segmentation and reassembly procedure.
If an English text message is longer than 160 characters then, it is first segmented by the sending mobile
and is then transmitted through the GSM network in several SMS messages. The recipient mobile
phone, after receiving all message parts reassembles the segments and displays the long text as a single
message to the user.
If international characters are used the segmentation starts when a message text becomes longer than
70 characters.
When multipart technology is applied, the cost of each message can be calculated by the number SMS
messages used to transmit the text over the wireless network. For example, if a text message is 240
English characters it fits into two SMS, so the cost will be twice as much as a single 160 character SMS.
1.1.3 Reduced Message length for Messages over 160 characters:
One might expect that if a single SMS can hold 160 characters, a 320 character message would take two
physical SMS Messages. This is not the case, when multipart SMS technology is used only 153 characters
fit into a single SMS, because some space is needed for the segmentation information that is used to
reassemble the message parts in correct order. So if a 320 character message is sent, it would take 3
SMS. The first two would hold 153 characters, and the last one would hold 14 characters. For
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international characters, 67 characters fit into a multipart SMS segment.
1.2 Terms and definitions, SAR technology in detail
Character Sets and Unicode:
English Character Set:
The English characters set refers to the 7 bit SMS alphabet (see Appendix A), that contains English
characters and a few international characters for Western Europe and Greece. These characters are
defined in the ETSI GSM 03.38 standard.
International Character Set:
International characters or Unicode character set. The Unicode character set can be used to send special
symbols and characters of all languages including Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew, Cyrillic, special eastern
European characters, etc.
In GSM SMS system, an SMS message can contain up to 140 bytes (standard 8-bit bytes) of message
data. The 7 bit SMS alphabet (see Appendix A) makes it possible to send 160 characters in these 140
bytes.
This means that, when you send a text message, as long as the text only contains characters that are
included in the GSM 7 bit SMS alphabet (see Appendix A) character set, 160 7-bit characters are
compressed into 140 8-bit bytes to produce the 160 character limit that we are so familiar with. (Note:
160 * 7 = 140 * 8).
It is worth noting that ETSI GSM 03.38 also defines a few characters that are represented by two 7-bit
characters when included in a text message.
Ref: Appendix A: "^", "{", "}", "\", "[", "]", "~", "" and "€".
If you want to send a message that contains characters that are not part of the GSM 7-bit character
set, such as Chinese, Arabic, Thai, Cyrillic, etc., then the entire text of the SMS that actually goes
out over the air needs to be encoded in the Unicode UCS-2 character set. In the UCS-2 character
set, each character is encoded with 16-bits (or two 8-bit bytes). This means that an SMS message is
limited to 70 16-bit Unicode characters (70 * 16 = 140 * 8).
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If a message is larger than 140 8-bit bytes, then segmentation and reassembly standards define, that
where a single logical message can be sent over the air using multiple physical SMS messages. The
receiving client then has the ability to reassemble the segmented message so that it again appears as a
single message on the receiving device.
When a long text message is segmented into multiple physical SMS messages, a special header is added
to each physical SMS message so that the receiving client knows that it is a multipart SMS message that
must be reassembled by the client. These headers are known as segmentation or concatenation headers
or SAR headers. The SAR headers are 6 bytes (8-bits each). They are included in each physical SMS
message. These headers are placed in the User Data Header (UDH) field of the message, but they do
count against the overall size limit of the message.
If you send a long text message containing only characters that are part of the GSM 03.38 character set,
then each SMS segment can contain up to 153 characters. (140 bytes - 6 bytes for the concatenation
header leaves 134 available bytes, or 7 * 134 = 1072 bits. The most 7-bit characters that can be packed
into 1072 bits is 153.)
If you send a long text message that includes any characters that require Unicode encoding, then each
SMS segment can contain up to 67 characters. (67 * 16 = 1072 bits)
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2. Support SMS videos & ‘Show me help’ sections
Most sections offer a support text and some contain a How-To video in the Show me help sections.
They can be accessed by selecting the ‘Show me help’ icon on the top right hand side of each page. To
close the support information, simply click the ‘Show me help’ box again.
Support videos are available for certain Vodafone Bulk Text features. Where a video is available it will
be displayed as a Show me how link beside the relevant feature.
Support video available:
A SMS box like this one will be displayed in each section of this
user guide where a support video is available
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3. Registration
To register a new Vodafone Bulk Text account, visit http://bulktext.vodafone.ie/Register.aspx.
You will be asked to supply the following details:
Company:
This is the Company that the new account is to be associated with. (Optional)
First Name*:
First name of the account holder. (Required)
Last Name*:
Surname of the account holder. (Required)
E-mail*:
Email address of the account holder. This email address will also be the
account’s Username. This will be required (along with the password) in
order to Log in to the account. (Required)
Mobile Number*:
The mobile phone number of the account holder. This must be a valid
mobile number as it will be used to authenticate the account.
(Required)
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Captcha:
A test used to tell if you are human. Enter the number/SMS from the
image into the field
* Any field with an asterisk (*) is required and must be filled in to register.
Click the Continue button to submit your details.
Once you have supplied the registration information Vodafone Bulk Text will send you a registration
email to complete the registration process and validate the mobile number provided.
The email will contain an activation link. Click the link to activate your Vodafone Bulk Text Account.
If you have not received the activation email after a few minutes, click the Resend activation email
button on the screen below. If you still have not received the activation email within a few minutes,
enter an alternative email address to send the activation email to.
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You will be directed to the Complete Sign Up page where you will also be asked to read and confirm
acceptance of the Vodafone Bulk Text terms and conditions. You must agree to these terms and
conditions in order to register an account with Vodafone Bulk Text.
You will also be required to enter a password.
Password*:
A combination of characters used to validate you each time you use
Vodafone Bulk Text. Never write down this password or reveal it to anyone
who is not authorised to use the account. Passwords must adhere to
certain criteria which are listed in the text box below.
Re-enter password*:
The exact same password as above. This is to ensure that you have not
made a mistake in your password entry.
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Passwords must:
- Contain at least 7 characters
- Contain at least one lower case letter
- Contain at least one upper case letter
-Contain at least one special character (e.g. @,!,/)
Select the Activate Free Account button.
Your account is activated! You will now be redirected to the Vodafone Bulk Text New Campaign page.
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4. Logging in
Registered users can log into the Vodafone Bulk Text application by going to the following URL:
http://bulktext.vodafone.ie/.
Once at the login screen you can enter your Username and Password details. The Username will be
the email address that you supplied during registration. Once your details are entered, select the
Login button to gain full access to the main site.
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5. Forgot your password?
In the event that you have forgotten your password details you can gain access to the system by
having your password reset.
To do this, you are required to carry out the following:

Select the Forgot your password? link located on the Login page.

You will be redirected to the Forgot your password? screen.

If you know your login name (username) you can enter it here.

Once the correct details have been entered, select the Send Email button.

An email containing a reset password will be sent to your mobile phone.

The password can then be reset to a password of your choosing through the Change My
Password screen, please see section on Change Password.
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6. Dashboard
The main site has three main menus:
1. Campaigns – For sending all SMS campaigns.
2. My Data – For all data relating to your account.
3. Reports – For analytics on previous campaigns.
The Dashboard provides an overview of your account and Vodafone Bulk Text activity.
Select the dashboard from the top menu bar. Once selected, the following will be displayed:
New Campaign:
Select this to send a new SMS campaign. Please see section on
Campaign Set Up.
Top Up:
Displays the number of SMS credits currently in your account. Select
this to top up your account. Please see section on Top Ups.
View & Edit Lists:
Displays the number of saved lists in your account. Select this to visit
the Lists page where you can view, edit and create lists. Please see
section on Lists.
View Reports:
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depth analysis of your Vodafone Bulk Text activity. Please see
section on Reports.
Messages in the last 8 days:
This graph displays how many messages were sent from your
Vodafone Bulk Text in the last 30 days. This report can be
viewed in more detail in the Reports section.
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7. Campaign Set Up
To send a campaign, select Campaign from the top menu bar.
There are three options when sending a campaign: Send to a New File, Send to One Number
and Send to Saved List.
Send to a new file:
This option allows users to send an SMS campaign to contacts from
a Microsoft Excel© file. Basic files will contain only the mobile
numbers of contacts. Advanced files may contain the Message text
to be sent to contacts and/or the scheduled dates and times to send
messages. New files can be saved to use as saved lists.
Send to one mobile number:
This option allows users to send a message to one mobile number.
Send to a saved list:
This option allows users to send an SMS campaign to a saved list of
contacts. Basic lists will contain only the mobile numbers of
contacts. Advanced lists can contain any relevant information
relating to your contacts. Unlike sending to a new file, sending to a
saved list can use Filters to send to a segment of a saved list. Please
see sections on Filters.
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7.1 Send to a new file
This option is used when you have a list of numbers contained in a Microsoft Excel© file (.xls or
.xlsx). This list can be uploaded and an SMS campaign sent to the contacts contained in it.
To send a message campaign to a Microsoft Excel© file, select Send to a new file from the Campaign
menu on the top menu bar. The Send to a new file page is displayed as below.
Users will be required to follow the 4 steps on the Send to a new file screen to send their message
campaign:

Step 1. Campaign recipients

Step 2. Sender name

Step 3. Message text

Step 4. Send time
These steps will be explained in more detail in the following sections.
7.1.1 Step 1. Campaign recipients
You will be required to enter the following information relating to whom the campaign will be
broadcast to:
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7.1.1.1 Select Excel© file
First you will be required to choose the file that you want to upload. The application allows you to
upload Microsoft Excel© files only (xls. or.xlsx). The Microsoft Excel© files need to be formatted
correctly prior to being uploaded.
Note:
Files must be saved in Microsoft Excel© format (xls. or xlsx).
Basic files will contain only the mobile numbers of contacts in the first column.
Mobile numbers (Column A) must be formatted in the following way.
1. The contact numbers must be placed in the first column (Column A) of your
Microsoft Excel© file.
2. The number should be formatted with the full international code. For
example, 00353850000001 or 353850000001.
3. You may need to format the first column (Column A) of the Microsoft Excel©
document. Please see sections on Formatting the number column (Column A).
4. Make sure that there are no breaks or empty records (rows) in the file.
5. There should be no formulas in the Microsoft Excel© cells.
Advanced files
Advanced files may contain the message text to be sent to contacts in the second column (Column
B). Please see section on Use messages from spreadsheet below. Advanced lists may also contain
the scheduled dates and times to send messages in the third column (Column C). Please see section
on Use scheduled dates and times from spreadsheet below.
Once you have formatted the file correctly, you can then browse to where your file is located by
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clicking the Select file button. The File upload window is displayed. Navigate to the correct file path
location and select Open. This demonstration is using Microsoft Windows operating system; the file
selection method will vary for different operating systems.
If the file is a Microsoft Excel© file, the list will be uploaded and will be displayed as below.
7.1.1.2 Save my file as a list for future use
This option can be selected to save the Microsoft Excel© file for future use as a saved list. Once this
option is selected you will be prompted to enter a List name. This is just for your own use when
accessing the list.
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This list can be accessed and updated at a later date through the Lists menu. Lists can also be
selected through the Send to a saved list menu in Campaign set up. Please see the section on Lists
for more information on managing lists.
7.1.1.3 Use messages from spreadsheet
This option can be selected to send an SMS campaign using the messages contained in a Microsoft
Excel© file. Messages must be contained in the second column (Column B). This is useful when
sending a campaign with different messages to different contacts. If you are sending all messages
with the same SMS, you may find it easier to omit the messages in your Excel© file. Then, instead
enter the Message text into the Message text field in Step 3. Message text
Please see the Message text section to see how messages should be formatted and the size limits.
7.1.1.4 Use scheduled dates and times from spreadsheet
This option is used when sending an SMS campaign at the times and dates contained in a Microsoft
Excel© file. Dates and times must be contained in the third column (Column C). This is useful when
sending a campaign to contacts at different times. If sending all messages at the same date and time,
you may find it easier to leave out the dates and times in your Excel© file. Then, instead, schedule
the campaign in Step 4. Send time
Dates and times (Column C) must be formatted as shown below: dd/mm/yyyy hh:mm.
For instructions on how to format dates and times, please see the section on Formatting the
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future date and time column (Column C).
7.1.1.5 Formatting the number column (Column A)
Depending on the version of Microsoft Excel© installed on the user’s PC, there may be a need to
format the number column so that it will be processed correctly.
Note:
The instructions below may vary depending on the version of Microsoft
Excel©
Installed.
To format the numbers, clients will need to carry out the following:
 Select all of the numbers in the first column (Column A) by clicking above the
top cell. There should only be numbers present in the first column.
 Right click on the selected items and select Format Cells… from the list. The Format
cells
popup box is displayed.

Locate the Number tab on the Format cells popup box.

Select Number from the Category list.

Set the number of decimal places to Zero.

Select OK to save the changes to the selected items.
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The number column (Column A) should now be configured with the correct formatting.
7.1.1.6 Formatting the future date and time column (Column C)
Depending on the version of Microsoft Excel© installed on the client’s PC, there may also be a need to
format the date and time column (Column C) so that messages will be sent to future dates and times
correctly.
Note:
The instructions below may vary depending on the version of Microsoft
Excel©
Installed.
To format the date and time column, clients will need to carry out the following:
 Select all the dates in the third column (Column C). There should only be future dates
and times present in this column.
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 Right click on the selected items and select the Format cells… option from the list. The
Format cells popup box is displayed.

Locate the Number tab on the Format cells popup box.

Select Custom from the Category list.

Select the format option dd/mm/yyyy hh:mm from the sample formatting options
available.
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Select OK to save the changes to the selected items.
7.1.1.7 Remove duplicates
This option automatically removes any duplicate contacts whose mobile numbers are listed more
than once in Column A of a Microsoft Excel© file.
If you have selected to use the message text from the file and you have two different SMS messages
for the same mobile number, it will not count as a duplicate and the contact will receive both
messages.
7.1.2 Step 2. Sender name
You will be required to enter the following information relating to whom the campaign will be
broadcast from:
7.1.2.1 Campaign name
This is a name given to the message campaign; it is only used for reference. This will not be sent as a
part of the message. Campaign names are used to easily identify broadcasts that have been sent by
the user. For Example, ‘May Discount Campaign’.
7.1.2.2 Allow recipients to reply to this message
This option allows recipients of a campaign to reply to SMS messages. If you select this, the sender
name (who the recipient will see as having sent the message) will be the shared long code
353870602263.
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Replies can be viewed in the Replies report.
7.1.2.3 Sender Name
This is the name that will appear at the top of the recipient’s handset. This is useful as the
sender name is easily identifiable when received by the recipient. The default sender name is
set to FreeText. A new Sender name can be created and allocated upon request. Please see the
next section Set up your own sender name. An example of a sender name might be ‘Vodafone’.
When this lands on a recipient’s handset they can easily identify that Vodafone Bulk Text has
sent them a message.
7.1.2.4 Set up your own sender name
Select Set up your own sender name under the Sender name field to display the Contact
Support page, with ‘Request new Sender Name’ preselected as the support query topic. Enter
your name in the field provided. Enter you email address in the field provided. Enter the sender
name (or sender names) that you would like to request in the field provided.
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All sender names must be screened manually before they can be used. Vodafone Bulk Text
endeavour to respond to all sender name requests, as soon as possible.
Sender names must not:

Exceed 11 characters

Contain characters that are not numbers or letters. For example, -,@,?.

Contain spaces

Conflict with any existing sender name
When a sender name has been screened the user will be contacted by email, regardless of whether
the sender name has been set up or not. If the sender name has been set up it will be displayed in
the Sender name field.
Sender names can also be viewed in Account details. Please see section on Account details.
7.1.3 Step 3. Message text
Step 3 deals with the actual message that is to be sent to the recipient.
7.1.3.1 Choose from templates
If a SMS message body has been saved as a template it can be selected here and will populate the
Message Text field. This template can then be edited before sending. Templates are used when
sending predefined SMS messages, such as for notifications or alerts, where the wording may need
to be specific or repeated quite often.
Click the Choose from templates button above the Message text box to display the popup. This will
show all the available saved templates. Hover the mouse over each template to see if it is available
for this campaign.
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A green Choose this ✓ will appear on the left hand side of the template, if it is available. A red Not
available x will appear on the left hand side of the template, if it is not available. Templates would be
unavailable for a campaign, if it contains smart tags but no smart tags have been created for this
message. Please see section on Smart tags – for a new file.
To preview a full message template, click the eye symbol (
) to the right of that template. The
below popup will then display the entire template.
Click the Choose button to populate the Message Text field with this template.
7.1.3.1 Message text
The Message text field will contain the body or content of the message that will be sent to all the
contacts in the campaign.
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7.1.3.2 Message Length and Special Characters
A standard SMS message length is made up of 160 characters. Longer messages require multiple
messages to be grouped together and sent as 2 to 3 messages, using 2 to 3 Credits depending on the
message size. For example, a 1-160 character message uses 1 credit, a message using 161-320
characters uses 2 credits, and a message using 321-480 characters uses 3 credits.
These values are correct for English plain SMS characters. Special characters (for example, €, £, $)
may use more than one character space.
7.1.3.1 Smart tags – for a new file
Smart tags are a feature that allow you to automatically populate your messages with values from
your Excel© file.
Support video available:
Show me how to use smart tags
An example of a message with smart tags is below.
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The grey squares filled with text (e.g.
) are smart tags. They are entered into the Message
text by clicking on the smart tag you want, on the right of the Message text field, e.g.
.
The column numbers for each smart tag correspond to the column number from your uploaded
Excel© file. The values from each contact on your file are then pulled into the message, when
the campaign is sent; thereby sending personalised messages to all the contacts in your file,
based on the information regarding them, contained in the file.
The above example would be delivered as displayed below:
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To create smart tags for a new file you are required to do the following:

Format you Microsoft Excel© file with relevant information in the columns after
column A. Column A must always contain the mobile numbers.

Upload the file, please see section on Select Excel© file.

Scroll to the Message text field in Step 3. There will be no smart tags displayed yet.
 Click the Add column button to display the below popup.
 Type the name you want to give your smart tag into the Column name field. NAME in
this example. The actual name is only for your own reference and will not affect what
information is pulled from your file. The smart tag will be assigned to column 2 (B) as it is
the first column after the mobile phone number column. Click the Add column button.
 The smart tag will now appear on the right of the Message text field.

You can enter as many smart tags as you have columns in your file, by repeating the
previous steps.

Click on the smart tags on the right to add them to your Message text.
When you send this campaign now it will assign the name and surname of each individual contact to
their message. This is assuming you have the correct names in Column 2 (B) and the correct
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surnames in column 3 (C).
7.1.3.1 Save Message text as a template?
Underneath the Message text field there is an option to save the message as a template. Saving a
message as a template allows you to reuse commonly used SMS message content. Please see section
on Templates for more information on managing templates.
7.1.4 Step 4. Send time
There are two options that can be selected in Step 4, Send Now or Send Later.
7.1.4.1 Send Now
To send the message campaign at the current time and date, click the Send Now button. If the
option to use dates from the Microsoft Excel© file is selected, then the campaign will be sent at
the dates and times listed. If there are no dates in the Microsoft Excel© document, the messages
will begin to send straight away.
7.1.4.2 Send Later
Select this option if you would like all of the messages to be broadcast at a later date and time.
Options to enter a future date and time will be displayed. You will be required to select the date
and time for the message campaign from these options. The messages will then be stored by
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the V odafone Bulk Text application to be sent at the specified future date and time.
Note:
A message campaign that has been scheduled to be sent at a later date may be
cancelled up until the selected send later date and time. Once messages in a
campaign have begun to send, the broadcast cannot be cancelled.
7.1.3.1 Confirm Campaign (Small Campaigns)
After you have selected either Send now or Send later with a campaign to a small number of
contacts, if you have also selected the Show summary? option, a popup box will appear that will
ask you to confirm your campaign details before sending.
This will display the Number of contacts; Messages to send; Credits; Send date and Message
content.
Number of contacts is how many recipients will receive an SMS in the campaign.
Messages to send is the number of total messages to be sent out and is what will be charged for. If,
for example, a Message text goes over 160 characters, the number of messages to be sent will
double as the contact will receive two messages.
If you select Cancel, the campaign will not be sent. You will be returned to the Send campaign
page to amend or update details.
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If the details are correct, click Confirm to continue. You will then be redirected to the dashboard,
where the results of your message campaign can be viewed.
7.1.3.2 Confirm Campaign (Large Campaigns)
Campaigns to a large number of contacts take a little longer to process. When you send a large
campaign you will be taken to the tasks page where you can view the processing of the broadcast. For
more information, see the section on Tasks.
If the Show summary? box is checked then the below task will appear. The bar will load as the
broadcast is processing. Once the preparation bar has reached 100% the broadcast has still not been
sent. View all the broadcast information and if you are happy with it, click the green Confirm button to
send.
If you do not want to send the campaign, click the red Cancel button.
If the Show summary? box is not checked then the below bar will appear. Once the broadcast has
finished processing you will not be asked for confirmation, it will send automatically.
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7.2 Send to one mobile number
This option is used to send a campaign to only one mobile number or recipient.
To send a message campaign to one number, select Send to one mobile number from the Campaign
menu on the top menu bar, the Send to one mobile number page is displayed below.
You will be required to follow the 4 steps on the Send to one mobile number screen to send a
message campaign:

Step 1. Campaign recipients

Step 2. Sender name

Step 3. Message text

Step 4. Send time
These steps will be explained in more detail in the following sections.
7.2.1 Campaign recipients
Here you are required to enter the mobile number of the contact to whom you would like to send an
SMS. Enter the number into the Enter recipient number field.
Mobile numbers must be formatted in the following way.
1. The number should be formatted with the full international code, e.g. 00353850000001 or
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353850000001.
2. Make sure to remove all special characters and spaces. For example ( ) - + ’ ~.
7.1.3 Step 2. Sender name
You will be required to enter the following information relating to whom the campaign will be
broadcast from:
7.1.3.1 Campaign name
This is a name given to the message campaign; it is only used for reference. This will not be sent as a
part of the message. Campaign names are used to easily identify broadcasts that have been sent by
the user. For Example, ‘May Discount Campaign’.
7.1.3.2 Allow recipients to reply to this message
This option allows recipients of a campaign to reply to SMS messages. If you select this, the sender
name (who the recipient will see as having sent the message) will be the shared long code
353870602263.
Replies can be viewed in the Replies report.
7.1.3.3 Sender Name
This is the name that will appear at the top of the recipient’s handset. This is useful as the
sender name is easily identifiable when received by the recipient. The default sender name is
set to FreeText. A new Sender name can be created and allocated upon request. Please see the
next section Set up your own sender name. An example of a sender name might be ‘Vodafone’.
When this lands on a recipient’s handset they can easily identify that Vodafone Bulk Text has
sent them a message.
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7.1.3.4 Set up your own sender name
Select Set up your own sender name under the Sender name field to display the Contact
Support page, with ‘Request new Sender Name’ preselected as the support query topic. Enter
your name in the field provided. Enter you email address in the field provided. Enter the sender
name (or sender names) that you would like to request in the field provided.
All sender names must be screened manually before they can be used. Vodafone Bulk Text
endeavour to respond to all sender name requests, as soon as possible.
Sender names must not:

Exceed 11 characters

Contain characters that are not numbers or letters. For example, -,@,?.

Contain spaces
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
Conflict with any existing sender name
When a sender name has been screened the user will be contacted by email, regardless of whether
the sender name has been set up or not. If the sender name has been set up it will be displayed in
the Sender name field.
Sender names can also be viewed in Account details. Please see section on Account details.
7.2.3 Step 3. Message text
Step 3 deals with the actual message that is to be sent to the recipient.
7.1.3.2 Choose from templates
If a SMS message body has been saved as a template it can be selected here and will populate the
Message Text field. This template can then be edited before sending. Templates are used when
sending predefined SMS messages, such as for notifications or alerts, where the wording may need
to be specific or repeated quite often.
Click the Choose from templates button above the Message text box to display the popup. This will
show all the available saved templates. Hover the mouse over each template to see if it is available
for this campaign.
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A green Choose this ✓ will appear on the left hand side of the template, if it is available. A red Not
available x will appear on the left hand side of the template, if it is not available. Templates would be
unavailable for a campaign, if it contains smart tags as there are no smart tags when sending to one
number.
To preview a full message template, click the eye symbol (
) to the right of that template. The
below popup will then display the entire template.
Click the Choose button to populate the Message Text field with this template.
7.1.3.3 Message text
The Message text field will contain the body or content of the message that will be sent to all the
contacts in the campaign.
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7.1.3.4 Message Length and Special Characters
A standard SMS message length is made up of 160 characters. Longer messages require multiple
messages to be grouped together and sent as 2 to 3 messages, using 2 to 3 Credits depending on the
message size. For example, a 1-160 character message uses 1 credit, a message using 161-320
characters uses 2 credits, and a message using 321-480 characters uses 3 credits.
These values are correct for English plain SMS characters. Special characters (for example, €, £, $)
may use more than one character space.
7.1.4.3 Save Message text as a template?
Underneath the Message text field there is an option to save the message as a template. Saving a
message as a template allows you to reuse commonly used SMS message content. Please see section
on Templates for more information on managing templates.
7.1.5 Step 4. Send time
There are two options that can be selected in Step 4, Send Now or Send Later.
7.1.5.1 Send Now
To send the message campaign at the current time and date, click the Send Now button.
7.1.5.2 Send Later
Select this option if you would like all of the message to be broadcast at a later date and time.
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Options to enter a future date and time will be displayed. You will be required to select the date
and time for the message campaign from these options. The messages will then be stored by
the V odafone Bulk Text application to be sent at the specified future date and time.
Note:
A message campaign that has been scheduled to be sent at a later date may be
cancelled up until the selected send later date and time. Once messages in a
campaign have begun to send, the broadcast cannot be cancelled.
7.1.3.3 Confirm Campaign
After you have selected either Send now or Send later a popup box will appear that will ask you to
confirm your campaign details before sending.
This will display the Number of contacts; Messages to send; Credits; Send date and Message
content.
Number of contacts is how many recipients will receive an SMS in the campaign.
Messages to send is the number of total messages to be sent out and is what will be charged for. If,
for example, a Message text goes over 160 characters, the number of messages to be sent will
double as the contact will receive two messages.
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If you select Cancel, the campaign will not be sent. You will be returned to the Send campaign
page to amend or update details.
If the details are correct, click Confirm to continue. You will then be redirected to the dashboard,
where the results of your message campaign can be viewed.
7.3 Send to a saved list
This option is used when you want to send a campaign to a previously saved list of contacts in the
Vodafone Bulk Text application. Lists can contain all customer information from a CRM. Lists can also
be created and edited in the Lists page on the top menu bar. Please see the section on Lists.
Basic lists will contain only the mobile numbers of contacts. Advanced lists can contain any relevant
information relating to your contacts. Unlike sending to a new file, sending to a saved list can use
Filters to send to a segment of a saved list. Please see the section on Filters.
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Sending to a saved list also has the advantage over sending to new files of being able to schedule
broadcasts at regular intervals automatically.
To send to a saved List, select Send to a saved list from the Campaign menu on the top menu bar.
The Send to a saved list page is displayed below.
Users will be required to follow the 4 steps on the Send to a saved list screen to send their message
campaign:

Step 1. Campaign recipients

Step 2. Sender name

Step 3. Message text

Step 4. Send time
These steps will be explained in more detail in the following sections.
7.3.1 Campaign recipients
You will be required to enter the following information relating to whom the campaign will be
broadcast to:
7.3.1.1 Select from existing list
You can select the list from the Select from existing list dropdown box. Lists can be created by
uploading Microsoft Excel© spreadsheets (xls. or xlsx.) or Sms documents (.txt) in the correct
format. Lists can also be created by saving a Microsoft Excel© spreadsheet when sending a
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campaign to a new file, please see section on Send to a new file. For more information on
managing lists, please see the section on Lists.
7.3.1.2 This message will reach
This allows you to see how many recipients will receive messages from your campaign. Once
you have selected a list from the dropdown box, the number of contacts in your list will be
displayed here. If you add any filters to segment your group this number will be the number of
recipients in the segment that you are sending to. Please see the section on Filters below.
Note:
Sending to a saved list will automatically remove duplicate mobile numbers from
campaigns.
7.3.1.3 Filters
Filters allow you to send campaigns to specific segments of a saved list. The segment can be
based on any criteria contained within the list.
Click Add Filter to display the below popup. The Add Filter button will not display if you have no
saved lists or the list you have selected has only mobile numbers.
Filters are added using four steps: Select Column, Value Type, Select Function and Enter
Value.
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Select Column
First you must choose which information from your list you would like to segment by. Select the
column from your list which you would like to base the segment on. The columns listed here are
automatically pulled from the column names in your selected list.
For example, if you have a column in your list containing your contacts’ dates of birth and you would
like to send a campaign only to those in a certain age group, you would start by checking ‘Date of
birth’, under Select Column.
Value Type
Select what type of information is contained in your selected column. Either Text, Dates or Numbers.
The value type will affect how the information in the column segmented in the Select Function and
Select Value sections.
Select Function
Here you select how you would like to segment the contacts, the options in this field will depend on the
selection in the Value Type field.
The first two options are always matches or does not match. Select matches if you would like your
segment to contain only contacts whose text, date or number (in the selected column) exactly matches
the value that you enter into the Select Value field. Select does not match to segment contacts that do
not contain the selected value in the chosen column
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For Text values, the other function option is from list. By selecting this option you will be able to choose
from the values contained in your selected column from a dropdown menu in the Select Value field.
For Date values, the other function options are after, before and range. These functions allow the
segment to be only those with dates before, after or in between a certain range from the selected
column.
For Number values, the function options are very similar to the Date value options, they are greater
than, less than and range. These functions allow the segment to be only those with numbers greater
than, less than or in between a certain range from the selected column.
Enter Value
Here you enter the specific value or values that you want to segment by.
For values that are not a date, in a range or from a list there will simply be a SMS box here for you to
enter the value that you would like to segment you contacts by, based on the selections you have made
in the Select Column, Value Type and Select Function fields.
For Text value types with from list selected as the function, a dropdown menu will be displayed.
The values from your selected column will be pulled into this dropdown menu. You can scroll
through these values and select as many values as you would like to segment by. You can also enter
SMS or a number into the SMS box to search for values. You can use the Select All button to select
all values. Similarly you can use the Deselect All button to start selecting values again. When one
value is selected it is displayed in the dropdown box, when multiple values are selected, the number
that are selected and the total number of list contacts are displayed instead.
For Date values where the selected function is not a range, a Select Value field is displayed.
To select a specific date as a value, check the Date box and select the exact date by clicking the
calendar button and choosing the date.
To select only those values that are a certain number of days old, check the Days Old box. Then
enter into the field the exact number of days old you would like to segment by.
For Date or Number values select or enter the desired start Date or Number and end Value or
Number. Only contacts with values between these two values will be included in the segment.
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Adding / Removing Filters
Once the relevant filter criteria has been selected, the information can be collected into a filter by
selecting the Add Filter button. It will then appear at the bottom of the popup.
Multiple filters can be applied by following the exact same process.
Filters can be removed by selecting the
beside the filter that you would like to delete. To leave
the filters popup screen without using any filters, select the Cancel button.
Saving Filters
When you are happy with your filter(s), select the Save button to apply the filters to your list. You
will now be returned to the Campaign Set Up page with the filter applied.
Viewing Filter Recipients
Your campaign will now be set to send to only those who are in this set of filters. You can see how
many contacts are in this segment in the This message will reach display (just above the filters).
7.3.1.1 Advanced Options
Advanced options are a feature that allows you to place a limit on the number of SMS sent in a
campaign, based on criteria that you set. This option is only available when sending to a saved list. This
option is especially useful when you want to cap the amount that you spend on a broadcast.
These limits can be applied to an entire list or a segment of the list if you have applied any Filters.
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To enable advanced options, select Send to a Saved List in Campaign Setup. In Step 1, select the
Enable Advanced Options button to the right of the This message will reach field.
You can set the maximum number of contacts that will receive messages in the Select max recipients
bar. Simply move the cursor on the right of the bar down to the maximum number of contacts you
want to send to. Do this by clicking it with the mouse and dragging it across. The number that this is
capped at will be displayed in the This message will reach field, after the total number of recipients in
the list or segment. In brackets will be displayed (Capped at xxxx) with the number being the
maximum number of recipients that you have selected.
If the campaign was sent at this stage, for example to 200 recipients, the broadcast would be sent to
the first 200 contacts that were uploaded. To view these, export the selected list; the contacts at the
top of the list will be sent to first.
To alter the selection criteria for these contacts, use the Select column to sort by and Sorting
direction fields.
Select column to sort by offers a dropdown menu filled with the column names from your chosen list.
Select which column you would like to filter by from this list. For example, if you would like to filter by
oldest or most recent contacts on your list, you would select the DATE field if there is one in your list.
Sorting direction lets you select whether to send to contacts with the lowest or highest values from
your selected column. This dropdown menu offers Ascending or Descending. This has a different
meaning depending on whether the columns’ values are numbers, dates or SMS.
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If the values are a number, then ascending will send to the contacts with the lowest numbers,
descending will filter by the contacts with the highest numbers.
If the values are a date then ascending will send to the contacts with the oldest dates, descending will
filter by the contacts with the most recent dates.
If the values are text then ascending will send to the contacts that come first in alphabetical order,
descending will filter by the contacts in reverse alphabetical order.
The broadcast numbers are now capped based on your selected criteria. To disable this cap, select the
Disable Advanced Options button (it is in place of the original Enable Advanced Options button).
7.1.4 Step 2. Sender name
You will be required to enter the following information relating to whom the campaign will be
broadcast from:
7.1.4.1 Campaign name
This is a name given to the message campaign; it is only used for reference. This will not be sent as a
part of the message. Campaign names are used to easily identify broadcasts that have been sent by
the user. For Example, ‘May Discount Campaign’.
7.1.4.2 Allow recipients to reply to this message
This option allows recipients of a campaign to reply to SMS messages. If you select this, the sender
name (who the recipient will see as having sent the message) will be the shared long code
353870602263.
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Replies can be viewed in the Replies report.
7.1.4.3 Sender Name
This is the name that will appear at the top of the recipient’s handset. This is useful as the
sender name is easily identifiable when received by the recipient. The default sender name is
set to FreeText. A new Sender name can be created and allocated upon request. Please see the
next section Set up your own sender name. An example of a sender name might be ‘Vodafone’.
When this lands on a recipient’s handset they can easily identify that Vodafone Bulk Text has
sent them a message.
7.1.4.4 Set up your own sender name
Select Set up your own sender name under the Sender name field to display the Contact
Support page, with ‘Request new Sender Name’ preselected as the support query topic. Enter
your name in the field provided. Enter you email address in the field provided. Enter the sender
name (or sender names) that you would like to request in the field provided.
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All sender names must be screened manually before they can be used. Vodafone Bulk Text
endeavour to respond to all sender name requests, as soon as possible.
Sender names must not:

Exceed 11 characters

Contain characters that are not numbers or letters. For example, -,@,?.

Contain spaces

Conflict with any existing sender name
When a sender name has been screened the user will be contacted by email, regardless of whether
the sender name has been set up or not. If the sender name has been set up it will be displayed in
the Sender name field.
Sender names can also be viewed in Account details. Please see section on Account details.
7.3.3 Step 3. Message text
Step 3 deals with the actual message that is to be sent to the recipient.
7.3.3.1 Choose from templates
If a SMS message body has been saved as a template it can be selected here and will populate the
Message text field. This template can then be edited before sending. Templates are used when
sending predefined SMS messages, such as, for notifications or alerts where the wording may need
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to be specific or repeated quite often.
Select Choose from templates above the Message text field to display the popup. This will show all
the available saved templates. Hover the mouse over each template to see if it is available for this
campaign.
A green Choose this ✓ will appear on the left hand side of the template, if it is available. A red Not
available x will appear on the left hand side of the template, if it is not available. Templates would be
unavailable for a campaign, if it contains Smart tags that do not match the saved list. Please see
section on Smart tags – for a saved list.
To preview a full message template, click the eye symbol (
) to the right of that template. The
below popup will then display the entire template.
7.3.3.2 Message text
The Message text field will contain the body or content of the message that will be sent in the
campaign.
7.3.3.3 Message Length and Special Characters
A standard SMS message length is made up of 160 characters. Longer messages require multiple
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messages to be grouped together and sent as 2 to 3 messages, using 2 to 3 credits depending on
the message size. For example, a 1-160 character message uses 1 credit, a message using 161-320
characters uses 2 credits, and a message using 321-480 characters uses 3 credits. These values are
correct for English plain SMS characters. Special characters (for example, €, £, $) may use more
than one of the characters allowed.
7.3.3.4 Smart tags – for a saved lists
Smart tags are a feature that allows you to automatically populate your messages with values from
your saved list.
Smart tags for a saved list have the exact same effect as smart tags for a new file. Please see section
on Smart tags – for a new file, for a full explanation of smart tags and how to use them.
The only difference is that smart tags are automatically created when sending to a saved list.
When sending smart tags with a new file you must create them.
To use smart tags, first select a saved list in Step 1 with multiple columns. The names of each column
will be pulled from the list and the smart tag for each column will be displayed on the right of the
Message text field.
Simply click on the desired smart tag on the right to enter the smart tag into the Message text.
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When you send this campaign it will assign the ‘name’, ‘surname’, ‘appointment date’ and
‘appointment time’ of each individual contact to their message.
Note:
The Messages left and Messages figures below the Message text box will only
be accurate if Smart tags are not used. If they are used, you will only be able to see
if you have used 1,2 or 3 messages in your Message text in the Send summary
before confirming the broadcast later.
7.3.3.5
Save Message text as a template
Underneath the Message text field there is an option to save the message as a template. Saving a
message as a template allows you to reuse commonly used SMS message content. Please see section
on Templates for more information on managing templates.
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7.1.6 Step 4. Send time
There are two options that can be selected in Step 4, Send Now or Send Later.
7.1.6.1 Send Now
To send the message campaign at the current time and date, click the Send Now button. If the
option to use dates from the Microsoft Excel© file is selected, then the campaign will be sent at
the dates and times listed. If there are no dates in the Microsoft Excel© document, the messages
will begin to send straight away.
7.1.6.2 Send Later
Select this option if you would like all of the messages to be broadcast at a later date and time.
Options to enter a future date and time will be displayed. You will be required to select the date
and time for the message campaign from these options. The messages will then be stored by
the V odafone Bulk Text application to be sent at the specified future date and time.
Note:
A message campaign that has been scheduled to be sent at a later date may be
cancelled up until the selected send later date and time. Once messages in a
campaign have begun to send, the broadcast cannot be cancelled.
7.1.3.4 Confirm Campaign (Small Campaigns)
After you have selected either Send now or Send later with a campaign to a small number of
contacts, if you have also selected the Show summary? option, you will be taken to the Tasks page
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which will ask you to confirm your campaign details before sending.
This will display the Number of contacts; Messages to send; Credits; Send date and Message
content.
Number of contacts is how many recipients will receive an SMS in the campaign.
Messages to send is the number of total messages to be sent out and is what will be charged for. If,
for example, a Message text goes over 160 characters, the number of messages to be sent will
double as the contact will receive two messages.
If you select Cancel, the campaign will not be sent. You will be returned to the Send campaign
page to amend or update details.
If the details are correct, click Confirm to continue. You will then be redirected to the dashboard,
where the results of your message campaign can be viewed.
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7.1.3.5 Confirm Campaign (Large Campaigns)
Campaigns to a large number of contacts take a little longer to process. When you send a large
campaign you will be taken to the tasks page where you can view the processing of the broadcast. For
more information, see the section on Tasks.
If the Show summary? box is checked then the below task will appear. The bar will load as the
broadcast is processing. Once the preparation bar has reached 100% the broadcast has still not been
sent. View all the broadcast information and if you are happy with it, click the green Confirm button to
send.
If you do not want to send the campaign, click the red Cancel button.
If the Show summary? box is not checked then the below bar will appear. Once the broadcast has
finished processing you will not be asked for confirmation, it will send automatically.
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8. Reports
From the top menu bar you can select Reports to view the dropdown menu from which to select
your desired report. The reports contained in this section are: Campaigns Report, Messages Report,
Opt Outs Report, Credit Report, Top Up Report and Replies Report.
Report Dates
Report Dates are located on the top left hand side of each report. When you have selected the
report length, click the Search button to generate the report.
To display reports between a Date range, you are required to carry out the following

Select the Report dates field.

From the dropdown menu select the Customer range option or click the From or To fields.
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
From the popup box select the desired reports range dates by clicking on the To and From
dates.

Click the Apply button.

Click Search to generate the report.
Copy, CSV, Excel©, PDF and Print
These options are located on the top right hand side of some reports.
Select Copy to copy the contents of the report; this can now be pasted to another file.
Select CSV, Excel© or PDF to export the contents of the report to a file in CSV, Microsoft
Excel© or Adobe PDF formats respectively. This information can then be saved or edited for
future use.
Select Print to print the contents of the report.
Once a campaign is sent each message will be one of the following: Pending, Sent, Delivered or
Undelivered. These will now be explained:
Pending:
Messages that have been sent to the network carrier, but we are still waiting
on a delivery receipt. Some messages can be delivered to the recipient, but still
be classified as Pending, if a delivery report has not been received.
Sent:
Messages that have been successfully forwarded to the mobile network carrier.
Delivered:
Messages that have received a delivery report of ‘successful’.
Undelivered:
Messages that have received a delivery report of ‘unsuccessful’.
Report sequence
All reports’ orders can be listed from the highest or lowest of any of the fields, by selecting
the up or down arrow beside each of these. For Campaign name the results will be ordered
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in alphabetical or reverse alphabetical order.
Search
A Search field is located on the top right hand side of each report. This can be used to search
for individual entries within a report.
8.1 Campaigns report
This report details all the campaigns that have been sent from your Vodafone Bulk Text account.
To view any campaign in more detail, click the name of the campaign or click the View button on the
far right hand side of that campaign. The below screen will then be displayed.
8.2 Messages report
This report details the individual messages sent. Unlike the Campaigns report this report will detail
each SMS within a campaign, and list the Message text sent.
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8.3 Opt outs report
This report details the number of people who have opted out on each day. This includes both opt
outs that have been entered manually into the Opt outs section of Vodafone Bulk Text and those
that have opted out via SMS. For more information please see the section on Opt outs.
8.4 Credits report
This report details the breakdown of credits used for each message campaign during the reporting
dates that you have selected.
The first graphic displays what proportion of the messages sent, used what number of credits. If all
messages sent only used one credit each, then this graphic will be entirely one colour.
The second graphic displays the different monetary values charged for your messages (including
VAT) and in what proportions.
The third graphic displays what countries the messages were sent to.
8.5 Top ups report
This report details the Top ups made to an SMS account and on what dates. Top up information
is listed by its monetary value. Please see the section on Top Ups.
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Note:
This report will not appear for post-paid customers. For information on setting up a
post-paid account, please contact our sales team on sales@Vodafone Bulk
Text.com or call 1907
8.6 Replies report
This report details the number of replies to SMS messages that you have received, as well as the
content of these replies.
Note:
Replies cannot be received unless you allow recipients to reply in Campaign.
8.7 Mobile Report (Mobile websites/Vouchers/Geolocations)
This report can be viewed in the Mobile Websites page. Select the Graph button below the mobile
website that you would like to see the report of. Please see the section on Mobile website activity /
analytics.
Mobile websites analytics button
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9. Lists
Lists are a great way of storing and managing the contacts that you send campaigns to regularly.
Lists can be uploaded, have additional numbers added, have numbers removed and be exported,
if required.
As well as storing the mobile numbers of contacts, lists can contain as much information regarding
contacts as you like, which can be used later. This can be used to automatically personalise
messages, please see section on Smart Tags – for saved lists, or to segment your list, please
see section on Filters.
Select Lists from the My Data menu in the top menu bar to be brought to the lists section. You can
see the lists that were created previously from this screen. You will be able to see the list
names; total number of mobile numbers in the lists; the date they were created and the date they
were last modified.
9.1 List Types
There are four different list types, each denoted by a different symbol on the left of the Subject line.
Basic list:
Lists that contain only one column of information. This information
must be mobile numbers.
Advanced list:
Lists with two or more columns of information. The first column will
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contain mobile numbers but there can be as many additional columns as you like containing all the
customer information from your CRM.
Merged list:
Advanced lists that have had additional information added to them
after creation. For more information on this, please see the section on Add/remove information
from advanced lists.
Master list:
Lists that are automatically updated with information from your CRM.
To discuss setting up a master list, please contact your account manager.
9.2 Create a list
To create a list, select Create new list and the below popup window will be displayed. Lists can
be imported from either Microsoft Excel© (.xls and .xlsx) or from a text document (.txt).
Note:
Lists uploaded for text (.txt) files can contain mobile numbers only.
9.2.1 New List Name
This will be the name that the list will be saved as.
9.2.2 Check if your list has more than one column
If you have a simple list containing only mobile numbers (Column A) then do not check this box.
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9.2.3 Import column names from first row
This option will only be displayed, if you have selected to create a list with more than one
column. Check this box if you have used the first row of your list to name each column. If you
have not named the columns in the first row, names can be added after the upload. Please see
section Edit lists.
9.2.4 Select an Excel© file (or .txt file) from your computer
First you will be required to choose the file that you want to upload. The application allows you
to upload both Microsoft Excel© files (.xls and .xlsx) and Plain text files (.txt). The files need
to be formatted in the correct format, prior to being uploaded.
9.2.4.1 Microsoft Excel© file format (.xls and .xlsx):
This feature requires Microsoft Excel© to be installed on your computer.
Mobile Numbers – Column A
The first column (column A) of the Excel© file must contain the mobile numbers of your
contacts. Basic lists will contain only mobile numbers.
Mobile numbers in Microsoft Excel© files must be formatted as follows prior to being uploaded:
1. The contact numbers should be placed in the first column (Column A) of your Microsoft Excel© file.
2. The number should be formatted with the full international code, e.g. 00353861111111 or
353861111111.
3. You may need to format the first column (Column A) of the Microsoft Excel© document. Please
see sections on Formatting the Number Column (Column A) in Campaign Set up.
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4. Make sure that there are no breaks or empty records (rows) in the file.
5. There should be no formulas in the Microsoft Excel© cells.
Additional columns
Columns after column A (column B, C, etc.) may contain any additional information relating to
your contacts.
For example, if you know the first names of your contacts, you can enter the names into column B
(or any other column apart from column A) with each name in the relevant row for that contact’s
mobile number. If you know your contacts date of birth then you can enter that into column C (or
any other column apart from column A). Your file can contain as many columns as you want.
Column Names – Row 1
Naming columns helps you to identify and sort information when using Smart tags and Filters.
In order to name a file’s columns, the column names must be contained in row 1.
If your list contains names in its first row then you must check the Import names from first row
box, when creating the list. If you have not named the columns in the first row, names can be added
after the upload. Please see section Edit lists.
9.2.4.2 Text file format (.txt):
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Lists uploaded from plain SMS files can only contain mobile numbers.
Plain SMS files need to be formatted as follows prior to being uploaded.
1. The contact numbers must be placed in a list, one above the other.
2. There is no need to separate the numbers with a comma, a new line is sufficient.
3. The number should be formatted with the full international code, e.g. 00353861111111 or
353861111111.
4. Make sure to remove all special characters and spaces, e.g. ( ) - + ’ ~ etc.
5. Make sure that there are no breaks in the file.
Upload file
Once you have formatted the file correctly, you can then browse to where your file is located by
selecting the Select file button. The File upload window is displayed. Navigate to the correct file path
location and select Open. This demonstration is using Microsoft Windows operating system; the file
selection method will vary for different operating systems.
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To save the uploaded file as an imported list, select the ‘Save list’ button.
Note:
Duplicates will be automatically removed from list entries.
9.2.5 Edit lists
Once you have saved a new list, the above popup will be displayed. Here you can inspect how many
rows and columns are contained in the list, as well as the date the list was created on and last
modified on. You can also edit the lists data from this popup.
The Delete this list button gives you the option to delete the list from your saved lists.
The Export this list button gives you the option to export the list to a Microsoft Excel© file.
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Select Edit columns and the below will be displayed. Here you can view information about the columns
and edit their names. These names are used for reference when creating filters or smart tags.
The Edit List table contains the following information: Column, Value found, Column name,
Column type and Status.
Column
The number of each column, where it is located in the list.
Value found
The value in each column for the first contact in the list. If the first row
contains the column names, then these values will be taken from the second
column.
Column name
The names of each column. If you have selected to import names from the
first row, when uploading the list, then these will already be populated with
the values from the first row. The values can be edited from here.
These fields will be blank if you have not selected to import names from the
first row, when uploading the list. Column names can be added to your list
here, even if they are not contained in the uploaded file.
Column type
The value type contained in this column. Value types can be text, Mobile
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(Number), Number or Date.
Status
The status of a column name can be: not editable, not specified or
bound.
The MOBILE column is the only one that is not editable and cannot be changed from this status.
If a column has not been assigned a name, then its status is not specified. A name can be assigned by
entering it into the text box and clicking the Save button on the right hand side of that column’s
status.
If a column has been assigned a name, then its status is bound. A column name can be bound by the
method in the previous paragraph. Alternatively, if you have selected to import names from the first
row when uploading the list, the values from the first row will automatically be bound. These can be
edited by entering a new name into the text field and clicking the Save button on the right hand
side of that column’s status.
Once the list’s columns are named, click the Save list button to exit the popup.
9.2.6 Add/Remove numbers from basic lists
Contacts can be added to or removed from lists after they are saved. Numbers can be
added/removed either by uploading a file of numbers or by entering numbers one by one. Only
mobile numbers can be added or removed from a list with only one column.
Add Numbers to a basic list
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To add numbers to a list with one column, you will be required to carry out the following:
1. Select the list you want to edit from the list section and click the Edit button on the right hand side
of that list’s entry.
2. Select a Microsoft Excel© file or text file to upload; the list of numbers can be added to the existing
list of numbers by browsing for the correct file and selecting the Add button.
3. Alternatively a single number can be added one at a time by entering the number in the Or add
one number field and selecting Add number.
Remove Numbers from a basic list
To remove numbers from a list, you will be required to carry out the following:
1. Select the list you want to edit from the list section and click the Edit button on the right hand side
of that list’s entry.
2. Select a Microsoft Excel© file or text file to upload. The list of numbers can be removed from
the existing list of numbers by browsing for the correct file and selecting the Remove button.
3. Alternatively a single number can be removed, one at a time, by entering the number in the
Or remove one number field and selecting Remove number.
9.2.7 Add information from advanced lists
Advanced lists can be updated to include additional contacts and/or additional information about existing
contacts. This is done by uploading the additional information in a Microsoft Excel© spreadsheet.
In the edit menu beside the list you would like to add information to, select Edit Data. Select the file from
the computer that you would like to add to your existing list.
Mapped Column
Whichever column you choose to map each new column to, the new information will be added onto that
column as additional rows. A dropdown menu will be displayed, it contains the existing columns, one of
which you must select to be the column that the new information is mapped to.
Select Save Data to update the list.
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To merge a list with only one column mapped
To the right of the advanced list that you want to edit, select the Add column button.
The below popup will be displayed.
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Primary list
This is the name of the list that you have selected to add columns to.
Below this you have two options of which you must check one.
Create a new list with the added information
This will create a brand new merged list that will contain the information from your primary list and
the information you have uploaded.
Once this option is selected, enter a name for the new merged list in the New list name field.
Append columns to the existing list
This will edit your primary list by adding the information from your Excel© spreadsheet. Once you
append the columns to a list, the list will be overwritten and cannot be undone.
Select an Excel© file from your computer
Next select an Excel© file from your computer that you have already saved with the information that
you would like to update your list with. To see how to format an Excel© spreadsheet, please see the
section on Select an Excel© file (or Sms file) from your computer, in the Lists section.
Select the Ignore the first row if it contains the names of the columns if your Excel© spreadsheet
contains the names of each column in the first row. If it doesn’t, these can be added later.
Once the file is selected, click the Upload button. The below popup screen will then appear.
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Column name
Enter the name you would like for each column.
Column type
Select whether the columns values are Text, Mobile, Number or Date.
Mapped?
Select one box to map a column, the new information will be added onto that column as additional
rows. Columns that are not mapped are added to the list as new columns.
Mapped column
When you have selected to map a column, a dropdown menu will be displayed here. It contains the
existing columns, one of which you must select to be the column that the new information is mapped
to.
Complete the merge
If you are happy to merge the information into an existing advanced list or to create a new merged
list, click the Merge button.
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To cancel the process select the Cancel button and the list will remain unchanged.
9.2.8 Delete or export lists
The Delete this list button gives you the option to delete the list from your saved lists at this stage.
The Export this list button gives you the option to export the list to a Microsoft Excel© file.
EXPORT LISTS
Lists can be exported to Microsoft Excel© files.
Select the list you want to export from the list section and click the Edit button on the right hand
side of that list’s entry. Select Export This List on the top right of the popup.
DELETE LISTS
To delete a list, select Delete on the far right hand side of the list that you want to delete from the Lists
page.
The list will now be permanently deleted.
Note:
Uploaded files need to be in the correct file formats. See the Creating a
new list section for details on file formats.
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10. SMS Templates
Saving a message as a template allows you to reuse SMS message content. You can add message
templates up to 480 characters. A standard message is 160 characters, and using templates with
more than 160 characters will result in multiple credits being charged per message sent. Please see
section on Message text in Campaign set up.
Templates can include smart tags. Please see below section on Smart Tags in templates. If you add
any smart tags to a template, please keep in mind that you will only be able to send the template to
lists that have corresponding column names.
Message templates that you have previously saved can be viewed on the Templates screen, which
can be accessed from the top menu bar menu by selecting the Templates button from the My Data
menu.
10.1
Add a new template
Click the New template button on the Templates page to display the below popup.
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Type a template name into the Template name field. This is used to identify your template when
searching for it in future. It is not sent to the recipient.
Type the template text that you would like into the Message text field. You can add message
templates up to 480 characters. Though a standard message is 160 characters, and using templates
with more than 160 characters will result in multiple credits being charged per message sent. Please
see section on Message text in Campaign set up.
Smart tags in templates
Smart tags can be added to message templates in order to automatically personalise messages with
values from a file/list. Please see section on Smart Tags – for a saved list. To add a smart tag click
the Add smart tag button on the Templates page; the below popup will then be displayed.
Enter the name of the Microsoft Excel© file’s column into the Column Name field. Select a column
name that is contained in a list/file that you have uploaded or are going to upload. The smart tag
name must be the same as a column name from the file/list being sent to in order to work. Once you
have entered a smart tag name, click the Add button.
Your smart tag will now appear on the right hand side of the Message text Field. To add the smart
tag to the template, simply click on the smart tag.
You can add multiple smart tags by following the same method.
If your template includes smart tags, then the number of characters used in the message cannot be
accurately calculated at this stage. This is because each message sent containing a smart tag will contain
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different data length. However, when you reach the Confirm campaign stage in Campaign set up, you
will be informed if the messages being sent contain more than 160 characters.
To save the template, click the Save button. The new template will be added to your available list of
templates.
10.2
Delete - Templates
To remove a template, select the Delete button on the far right hand side of the template to be
removed.
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11. Opt outs
Important:
All bulk SMS campaigns must contain an Opt out option at the end of
each message.
For Vodafone Bulk Text clients sending SMS to Republic of Ireland
mobile phones the opt out should be written as one of the
following:
“Text STOP to 50124”
“Text OPTOUT to 50124”
“Text OPT OUT to 50124”
The recipient then has the option to send one of those keywords
(STOP, OPTOUT OR OPT OUT) to 50124 (free of charge) if they no
longer wish to receive any messages from your Vodafone Bulk Text
account.
The recipients will then automatically be added to your Opt out list
and will no longer be able to receive SMS from your account.
It is a legal requirement to offer a free of charge opt out option
with all marketing SMS. The charge for the opt out SMS is paid by
the bulk SMS account holder.
11.1 Opt out contacts
You can add numbers to your Opt outs list so that messages will not be broadcast to the selected
numbers. This opt outs list is checked before any further broadcasts are sent; numbers in the opt
outs list will not receive messages from your account.
Contacts can also opt out from receiving messages from your account by texting in a keyword.
Please see the SMS box above for more information on Opt outs.
12.2
View opt outs
To view all opt out contacts you can either step through each of the pages in the Opt Outs page
of the My Data menu or you can export the numbers in CSV, Excel© or PDF format. You can also
Copy the opt outs to be pasted into a file or Print a list of the opt outs. These options are available
on the top right hand side of the Opt outs List, please see below.
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You can also Search to see if individual numbers are in your opt outs list by entering the number into
the search field
12.3 Add a new contact to opt outs list
Contacts can be added to the opt outs list in the Opt Outs page in the My Data menu on the top menu
bar. Here users can add numbers to the list manually, by entering the number into the Enter mobile
number field and selecting Add contact.
When entering the mobile number, please remember to enter the number using the following rules:
1. The number should be formatted with the full international code, e.g., 353861111111 or
0035386111111.
Make sure to remove all special characters and spaces, e.g., ( ) - + ’ ~ etc.
12.4 Remove a contact from opt outs list
Contacts that have been added to the opt outs list can be removed from the list by selecting Delete
beside the contact to be removed. Once removed, this user will now be able to receive messages
again.
There is a Search field on the top right of the Opt Outs page. To search if a number is included in your
opt outs list, enter it into this field. If it is an opt out contact then it will appear. It can then be deleted
from the list if required.
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12. Top Ups
If you have a pre-paid account you will need to add credit to your account to send messages. If you
are a post-paid client you will be required to contact your Vodafone Bulk Text account manager to
purchase an SMS bundle.
Note:
For information on setting up a post-paid account, please contact our sales team
on sales@Vodafone Bulk Text.com or call 1907.
12.1
Pre-paid top up
To top up your pre-paid account, select Top Up My Account from the drop down menu on the top
right hand side of the page. You can select the amount you wish to top up by and then select Proceed
to payment to continue to the confirmation screen.
You will be shown a summary of the amount the top up will cost and the number of credits that will be
purchased. If these details are correct, click Confirm and pay to be redirected to the Realex secure
payment page, where you will be asked to enter your credit card details to complete the payment.
6.1 Post-paid top up
To discuss setting up a post-paid account, please contact your Vodafone Bulk text account manager.
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7. Mobile Websites
Mobile websites are websites specifically designed for mobile devices. Using the Vodafone Bulk Text
interface you can easily create one in just a few minutes by simply dragging and dropping the features
you would like into the Mobile Website. A link to the mobile website can be included in the Message
text in your SMS campaigns.
The performance of each mobile website can be viewed in the Vodafone Bulk Text interface.
Support video available:
Show me mobile websites
Mobile websites can also include Vouchers.
Mobile websites can be created for any event, special or any other purpose that your require them for.
7.1 Create a new mobile website
Select the + New Mobile Website button from the top left of the Mobile Websites section. This can be
found in the My Data menu on the top menu bar.
The below popup will be displayed. Enter the name of your New Mobile Website. This will not be sent, it
is just for your own reference. Select Save.
You will be taken to the below page.
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From this page mobile websites can be created from the menu options on the left of the phone by
dragging and dropping the desired features into the mobile phone.
Drag & drop process

Hover the mouse over the feature that you would like to include in the mobile website.

Press and hold the mouse and drag it over to where you would like to include it in the phone
diagram.

When you hover over an area that displays DROP HERE release the mouse to include the feature
in the mobile website.
Edit mobile website features
Hover the mouse over the feature in the phone graphic. 2 icons will appear, select the pencil icon to edit
that feature.
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Each feature will have a slightly different editing process. Those that are not immediately obvious will
have instructions included. Please see the example of the video editing popup below.
Support video available:
Show me how to embed a YouTube video in a mobile website
Delete mobile website features
Hover the mouse over the feature in the phone graphic. 2 icons will appear, select the bin icon to delete
that feature.
Save mobile websites
There is no need to save mobile websites. They are automatically saved. When you return to the Mobile
Websites section you will find the website that you were working on.
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7.2 Clone a mobile website
Mobile websites can be cloned if you would like to create a mobile website that is only slightly different
from an existing mobile website that you have created.
In the Mobile Websites section select the Clone Existing Website button on the top left of the page.
Select the website that you would like to clone from the dropdown menu.
The popup menu will ask you to give your new website a name. Select Save.
You can now edit the mobile website design using the exact same method as for a brand new mobile
website.
The existing mobile website that it was cloned from will remain saved and independent of this new
website.
7.3 Edit or delete a mobile website
To edit an existing mobile website, choose the website that you would like to edit from the Mobile
Websites page. Below the website, select the Edit
icon. This will take you to the mobile website and
you can edit it using the same process that is used to create it.
To delete a mobile website, select the Bin
icon below the mobile website that you would like to
delete.
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7.4 Sending an SMS campaign with mobile websites
To send an SMS campaign containing a link to a custom built mobile websites, the same process is
followed as sending any other SMS campaign up until Step 3) Message text. Please see the section on
Campaign Set Up.
On the right of the Message text box, select the mobile website that you would like to embed in the
SMS campaign. Once selected, it can be previewed by selecting the eye (
) symbol.
Click the +Add button to add a link to the mobile website in the Message text.
When the campaign is sent, the message will appear as below on the recipient’s handset.
Note:
The number of credits charged for the use of the mobile website links will be
displayed in the confirmation popup before the campaign is sent.
7.5 Mobile website activity / analytics
Select the Activity
button below the mobile website to view its report.
The below report page will be displayed.
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Select report campaign
Any mobile website can be used for multiple campaigns. The report is automatically set to view all the
SMS campaigns sent with that mobile website. To narrow the report to display results for a specific
campaign or campaigns, select the dropdown menu on the top left hand side of the page.
From this dropdown menu you can select your desired campaign or campaigns.
Select the Search button next to this menu to apply the report to the selected campaign(s).
Select report dates
Mobile website reports are set to the last 7 days of activity by default. To change this timeframe, select
the dropdown dates field on the top left of the page.
From the menu, select your desired reporting period. To view a custom range: select Custom Range,
select the beginning and end dates in the FROM and TO fields, click the Apply button and then click the
Search button.
The three boxes on this page display:

Sent – The number of SMS messages sent containing the mobile website link

Unique Clicks – The number of recipients who clicked on the link to the website

Page views – The number of times the mobile website link has been clicked
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There are 5 detailed reports available for mobile websites:
Views
This graph displays how many people viewed the SMS with the mobile website link (Unique Clicks)
compared to how many times those people clicked on the link in total (Page Views).
Devices
These 4 graphs display the breakdown of:
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The mobile browsers used to view the website
-
The versions of the mobile browsers used to view the website
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The operating systems used to view the website
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The operating system versions used to view the website
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Voucher Stats
Note:
The Voucher Stats report can only be viewed if vouchers are included in the
microsite. Please see the section on Vouchers
The Voucher Stats graph displays:
Sent - The number of SMS containing links to mobile sites with Vouchers sent
Displayed - The number of those mobile site links clicked on
Redeemed - The number of those vouchers for which customers pressed the redeem button. In
order for this to be displayed, the redeem button must be included in the mobile voucher.
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8. Vouchers
Vouchers can be included in mobile websites with voucher codes unique to each customer. The
vouchers can be redeemed in store for any special offer and the results can be measured.
Support video available:
Show me Vouchers
To view all of your existing voucher sets, select Vouchers from the left navigation bar. From this page
you can view how many vouchers have been sent, how many have been viewed, how many have been
redeemed and how many are still available.
8.1 Create or upload voucher codes
Select the +Add new voucher set button at the top left-hand side of the Vouchers page. A popup will be
displayed.
Enter a name to reference your vouchers (for example “June Sale Vouchers”).
Upload codes
If you already have voucher codes from your POS system or generated from another source, they can be
uploaded here and used in Vodafone Bulk Text mobile websites. The codes can simply be alphanumeric.
They can also be the numeric codes of bar codes or the alphanumeric codes of QR codes.
Select Upload codes and click the Upload voucher list button.
Select Save.
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Auto-generate codes
You can also create voucher codes instantly.
Select Auto-generate codes.
Enter the number of codes that you would like to generate.
Select the code type from the dropdown menu. There are 3 options:
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QR Codes
-
Bar Codes
-
Alphanumeric Codes
Select Save.
8.2 Add vouchers to a mobile website
In the mobile website editor (please see the section on Mobile Websites) select the HEADER menu.
From this, drag and drop the Vouchers option into any point in the mobile website.
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The voucher is now included in the mobile website. You will see a QR code as the default voucher code
displayed. To include specific codes and further information you will need to edit the voucher tab.
Edit the voucher tab
Hover the mouse over the voucher tab and select the pencil icon that appears.
In the popup you can enter the promotions Heading and Content as well as an optional Icon for the tab.
Here again is the option to auto-generate codes by selecting Random generate. From the Code type
field you can either select: QR Codes, Bar Codes or Alphanumeric Codes. Selecting to randomly
generate voucher codes at this stage is slightly different to generating them in the main Vouchers page.
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In the Edit Voucher tab you are not asked to select a number of voucher codes to generate. Instead a
new unique code is generated for each voucher that is viewed in a mobile site by a customer. The
voucher set will then appear in the main Vouchers page as Random Stock – [WEBSITE NAME].
To use voucher codes that have previously been auto-generated or uploaded, select From stock. To see
how to upload vouchers or create them in the Vouchers page, please see the section on Create or
upload voucher codes.
Select the voucher set to use from the Stock dropdown menu.
The Show Redeem Button? option allows customers to press this button in front of a store attendant to
prove that the voucher has been redeemed at that point. After this point the customer’s voucher will be
displayed as Redeemed. This button also allows the redemption to be recorded in the Activity report of
the mobile website. Please see the section on Mobile Website Activity / Analytics.
Select Save changes. The vouchers are now included in the mobile website. Each recipient of an SMS
containing a voucher will receive a unique code.
8.3 Sending a mobile website containing vouchers
When sending an SMS campaign containing a link to a mobile website with vouchers, the below popup
will be displayed for you to confirm the campaign. To see how to send a campaign containing a mobile
website, please see the section on Sending an SMS campaign with mobile websites.
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In this case Voucher Restrictions are added to the confirmation page. These allow you to change
restrictions for each campaign without going back into the mobile website.
Valid From / Valid To
In the event that a mobile website is used multiple times, this field allows you to edit the dates during
which the vouchers are valid. Simply select the To and From dates and times from the menu.
If you have set date restrictions for the vouchers in your mobile website they will appear here and are
editable. If no dates are selected the vouchers will be valid indefinitely.
9. Mobile Lookup
Mobile Lookup is available in the My Data menu. It allows you to search your Vodafone Bulk Text
account for mobile numbers that you have used previously.
The number can search four different areas of Vodafone Bulk Text. You can choose to search any
combination of these or all four categories.
The four search areas are:
 Search Campaigns: Any number that you have sent in a campaign before. This will show the
information about previous sends within the date range you enter.

Search Replies: Any number that has replied to any Vodafone Bulk Text campaign you have
sent. This will show the information about previous replies within the date range you enter.

Search Lists: Any number included in any of your saved lists.

Search Optouts: Any number included in your optout list. You can delete numbers from your
optout list here by selecting Delete beside the number.
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10. Account Details
Located on the top right hand corner in the drop down menu below the name of your account is the
Account details menu. This allows you to view and make changes to your account details.
There are four options available from this drop down menu:

Account details

Change my password

My Senders

Top up history
These options are explained in detail in the following sections.
10.1 Account Details
If you wish to view or change any account details, select Account Details in the Account Details menu.
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On this screen you will be able to make changes to your account details. The fields are:
Email/Username, First name, Last name, Mobile number, Landline, Address, City, County and
Country.
For an explanation of each of the account fields, please see the section on Registration.
When you are finished, click the Update details button to save the changes.
10.2
Change your password
Change Password
If you wish to change your password, select Change Your Password on the Account details menu.
The Change your password Screen is displayed.
You will be asked to supply your old password and insert a new password. You need to confirm the
new password by entering it a second time. Select Change password for the changes to take effect.
Passwords must:
- Contain at least 7 characters
- Contain at least one lower case letter
- Contain at least one upper case letter
-Contain at least one special character (e.g. @,!,/)
Change forgotten passwords
If the login password has been forgotten you can get it reset by selecting the Forgot your password?
link on the login page.
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Please see the section on Forgot your password?
10.3
My Sender Names
If you wish to view your available sender names (the name that a message recipient will see as
having sent the message), select My Senders in the Account details menu on the top menu bar.
Here will be displayed your available sender names. If no sender names have been set up, then the
default will be FreeText. To see how to set up a sender name or for more information on sender
names, please see the section on Sender names.
10.4
Top up history
To view the history of previous top ups, select the Top up history button under the My account
menu on the top menu bar.
This will display amounts and dates of previous account top ups. Each of these top up records can be
selected and printed out, as a record of payments made.
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10.5
Top up my account
To top up the credits in your account, click the Top up my account button at the bottom of the
Account details page.
For more information on topping up, please see the section on Top ups.
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11. Notifications, Messages and Tasks
Notifications, Messages and Pending Tasks are alerts that all combine to keep you in complete
control of all your Vodafone Bulk Text activity.
These alerts are located on the right hand side of the page. The number of new alerts will be
displayed, alongside that alert’s symbol. To view your alerts, select the desired symbol to display
the dropdown list. To view an alert in more detail, select the desired alert.
To view all of your alerts, select See all notifications/messages/tasks option at the end of the
dropdown list.
To delete an alert, select the Delete symbol (
) on the right hand side of that alert.
All Notifications, Messages and Tasks can also be viewed from the Account details page. Select any
of the Account details options from the dropdown list on the top right of the page. You can then
select the Notifications, Messages and Alerts tabs on the right of the Account details tab.
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11.1
Notifications
Notifications are sent to your Vodafone Bulk Text account to inform you when a campaign has been
sent, scheduled, processed or failed.
Delete all existing notifications by selecting the Clear all button on the top right of the page.
11.2 Messages
Messages are sent from the Vodafone Bulk Text team to your account, to keep you up to date with
any developments to Vodafone Bulk Text, either relating to your account specifically or Vodafone
Bulk Text as a whole.
14.3Tasks
The Tasks page displays all large campaigns. Once an SMS campaign is over a certain size, it takes a
little while to process. While the campaign is processing it can be viewed in the Tasks page. The
progress of the processing can be viewed on a separate progress bar for each campaign.
Once the task has reached 100%, it will remain in the Tasks page until Acknowledged or deleted.
Individual tasks can be deleted by clicking the
(Delete) sign beside the task you want to delete.
Delete all existing tasks by selecting the Clear all button on the top right of the page.
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12. Support
Located on the top right hand side of the page is the Support menu. This provides information on
Vodafone Bulk Text.
12.1
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
This contains answers to the most frequently asked user queries, regarding Vodafone Bulk Text.
More often than not, if you have a question about using Vodafone Bulk Text, the answer is here.
12.2 User guide
Selecting User guide will download a PDF with this user guide. This is the most comprehensive
guide to using Vodafone Bulk Text.
12.3 SMS gateway API guide
The Vodafone Bulk Text Application Programming Interface (API) product provides an
interface between your existing systems and the Vodafone Bulk Text messaging gateway.
Selecting SMS gateway API guide will download a PDF with a guide to the Vodafone Bulk Text API.
Note:
For more information on how using the SMS gateway API can help your business,
please contact our sales team on sales@Vodafone Bulk Text.com or call 1907.
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13. Contact us
The Contact us menu on the top menu bar gives you a number of options to contact different
departments of the Vodafone Bulk Text team. There is also a link to the Vodafone Bulk Text Terms
and conditions.
13.1
Email sales
The Email sales option allows you to contact the Vodafone Bulk Text sales department by
email. Sales: bulktext.ie@vodafone.com
13.2
Contact support
The Contact us menu allows you to contact the Vodafone Bulk Text support team. The following
form will be displayed when the Contact support option is selected:
Note:
The operations team endeavours to respond to all support tickets as soon
as possible.
possible.
13.3
Terms and conditions
The Terms and conditions of the Vodafone Bulk Text service are displayed here. These are the
rules that you must fully agree to, in order to use the service.
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14. Tools
The Tools dropdown menu can be accessed from the top right hand side of the page. The menu
contains the same options as the top menu bar. The tools options are:

Dashboard

Campaign Set Up

Schedules

Reports

Lists

Templates

Opt Out Contacts

Top Up
For information on these, please see the relevant section relating to each.
14.1
User account tab
The user account tab is a dropdown menu that can be accessed from the top right hand side of the
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page by selecting the name of the account displayed. This menu contains all the information relating
to your account that is contained in the Account details menu and the Alerts tabs. The user account
tab options are:

Account Details

Change My Password

My Senders

My Top Up History

Top Up My Account

My Notifications

My Messages

My Tasks

Log Out
For information on these, please see the relevant section relating to each.
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15. Logging Out
Once logged in you can log out of your Vodafone Bulk Text session by selecting the Log Out option
located on the top right hand side of the page in the User account tab.
If you did not find the information you were looking for in this user guide or you have any
comments or suggestions, please contact us at: bulktext.ie@vodafone.com
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Appendix A - The 7 bit default alphabet of GSM phones
This table gives you information about the GSM 7 bit alphabet used in text SMS messages. To see how
you can send special symbols and international characters, please read the following document:
Your PC and your GSM phone use two different character sets: the ISO-8859-1 and the GSM 7 bit
alphabet.
This is the 7 bit default alphabet as specified by GSM 03.38. The corresponding ISO-8859-1 decimal
codes are shown in the rightmost column. Note that the euro sign (€) is included in the ISO-8859-15
character set.
Hex
Dec
Character name
Character
ISO-8859-1 DEC
0x00
0
COMMERCIAL AT
@
64
0x01
1
POUND SIGN
£
163
0x02
2
DOLLAR SIGN
$
36
0x03
3
YEN SIGN
¥
165
0x04
4
LATIN SMALL LETTER E WITH GRAVE
è
232
0x05
5
LATIN SMALL LETTER E WITH ACUTE
é
233
0x06
6
LATIN SMALL LETTER U WITH GRAVE
ù
249
0x07
7
LATIN SMALL LETTER I WITH GRAVE
ì
236
0x08
8
LATIN SMALL LETTER O WITH GRAVE
ò
242
0x09
9
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER C WITH CEDILLA
Ç
199
0x0A
10
LINE FEED
0x0B
11
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER O WITH STROKE
Ø
216
0x0C
12
LATIN SMALL LETTER O WITH STROKE
ø
248
0x0D
13
CARRIAGE RETURN
0x0E
14
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A WITH RING ABOVE
0x0F
15
LATIN SMALL LETTER A WITH RING ABOVE
Å
å
0x10
16
GREEK CAPITAL LETTER DELTA
Δ
0x11
17
LOW LINE
_
0x12
18
GREEK CAPITAL LETTER PHI
Φ
0x13
19
GREEK CAPITAL LETTER GAMMA
Γ
0x14
20
GREEK CAPITAL LETTER LAMBDA
Λ
0x15
21
GREEK CAPITAL LETTER OMEGA
Ω
0x16
22
GREEK CAPITAL LETTER PI
Π
0x17
23
GREEK CAPITAL LETTER PSI
Ψ
0x18
24
GREEK CAPITAL LETTER SIGMA
Σ
0x19
25
GREEK CAPITAL LETTER THETA
Θ
10
13
197
229
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0x1A
26
GREEK CAPITAL LETTER XI
0x1B
27
ESCAPE TO EXTENSION TABLE
Ξ
0x1B0A 27 10
FORM FEED
12
0x1B14 27 20
CIRCUMFLEX ACCENT
^
94
0x1B28 27 40
LEFT CURLY BRACKET
{
123
0x1B29 27 41
RIGHT CURLY BRACKET
}
125
0x1B2F 27 47
REVERSE SOLIDUS (BACKSLASH)
\
92
0x1B3C 27 60
LEFT SQUARE BRACKET
[
91
0x1B3D 27 61
TILDE
~
126
0x1B3E 27 62
RIGHT SQUARE BRACKET
]
93
0x1B40 27 64
VERTICAL BAR
|
124
0x1B65 27 101 EURO SIGN
€
164 (ISO-8859-15)
0x1C
28
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER AE
Æ
198
0x1D
29
LATIN SMALL LETTER AE
æ
230
0x1E
30
LATIN SMALL LETTER SHARP S (German)
ß
223
0x1F
31
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER E WITH ACUTE
É
201
0x20
32
SPACE
0x21
33
EXCLAMATION MARK
!
33
0x22
34
QUOTATION MARK
"
34
0x23
35
NUMBER SIGN
#
35
0x24
36
CURRENCY SIGN
¤
164 (ISO-8859-1)
0x25
37
PERCENT SIGN
%
37
0x26
38
AMPERSAND
&
38
0x27
39
APOSTROPHE
'
39
0x28
40
LEFT PARENTHESIS
(
40
0x29
41
RIGHT PARENTHESIS
)
41
0x2A
42
ASTERISK
*
42
0x2B
43
PLUS SIGN
+
43
0x2C
44
COMMA
,
44
0x2D
45
HYPHEN-MINUS
-
45
0x2E
46
FULL STOP
.
46
0x2F
47
SOLIDUS (SLASH)
/
47
0x30
48
DIGIT ZERO
0
48
0x31
49
DIGIT ONE
1
49
0x32
50
DIGIT TWO
2
50
0x33
51
DIGIT THREE
3
51
0x34
52
DIGIT FOUR
4
52
0x35
53
DIGIT FIVE
5
53
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0x36
54
DIGIT SIX
6
54
0x37
55
DIGIT SEVEN
7
55
0x38
56
DIGIT EIGHT
8
56
0x39
57
DIGIT NINE
9
57
0x3A
58
COLON
:
58
0x3B
59
SEMICOLON
;
59
0x3C
60
LESS-THAN SIGN
<
60
0x3D
61
EQUALS SIGN
=
61
0x3E
62
GREATER-THAN SIGN
>
62
0x3F
63
QUESTION MARK
?
63
0x40
64
INVERTED EXCLAMATION MARK
¡
161
0x41
65
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A
A
65
0x42
66
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER B
B
66
0x43
67
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER C
C
67
0x44
68
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER D
D
68
0x45
69
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER E
E
69
0x46
70
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER F
F
70
0x47
71
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER G
G
71
0x48
72
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER H
H
72
0x49
73
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER I
I
73
0x4A
74
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER J
J
74
0x4B
75
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER K
K
75
0x4C
76
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER L
L
76
0x4D
77
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER M
M
77
0x4E
78
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER N
N
78
0x4F
79
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER O
O
79
0x50
80
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER P
P
80
0x51
81
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER Q
Q
81
0x52
82
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER R
R
82
0x53
83
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER S
S
83
0x54
84
LATIN CAITAL LETTER T
T
84
0x55
85
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER U
U
85
0x56
86
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER V
V
86
0x56
87
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER W
W
87
0x58
88
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER X
X
88
0x59
89
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER Y
Y
89
0x5A
90
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER Z
Z
90
Ox5B
91
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A WITH DIAERESIS
Ä
196
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0x5C
92
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER O WITH DIAERESIS
Ö
214
0x5D
93
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER N WITH TILDE
Ñ
209
0x5E
94
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER U WITH DIAERESIS
Ü
220
0x5F
95
SECTION SIGN
§
167
0x60
96
INVERTED QUESTION MARK
¿
191
0x61
97
LATIN SMALL LETTER A
a
97
0x62
98
LATIN SMALL LETTER B
b
98
0x63
99
LATIN SMALL LETTER C
c
99
0x64
100
LATIN SMALL LETTER D
d
100
0x65
101
LATIN SMALL LETTER E
e
101
0x66
102
LATIN SMALL LETTER F
f
102
0x67
103
LATIN SMALL LETTER G
g
103
0x68
104
LATIN SMALL LETTER H
h
104
0x69
105
LATIN SMALL LETTER I
I
105
0x6A
106
LATIN SMALL LETTER J
J
106
0x6B
107
LATIN SMALL LETTER K
k
107
0x6C
108
LATIN SMALL LETTER L
l
108
0x6D
109
LATIN SMALL LETTER M
m
109
0x6E
110
LATIN SMALL LETTER N
n
110
0x6F
111
LATIN SMALL LETTER O
o
111
0x70
112
LATIN SMALL LETTER P
p
112
0x71
113
LATIN SMALL LETTER Q
q
113
0x72
114
LATIN SMALL LETTER R
r
114
0x73
115
LATIN SMALL LETTER S
s
115
0x74
116
LATIN SMALL LETTER T
t
116
0x75
117
LATIN SMALL LETTER U
u
117
0x76
118
LATIN SMALL LETTER V
v
118
0x77
119
LATIN SMALL LETTER W
w
119
0x78
120
LATIN SMALL LETTER X
x
120
0x79
121
LATIN SMALL LETTER Y
y
121
0x7A
122
LATIN SMALL LETTER Z
z
122
0x7B
123
LATIN SMALL LETTER A WITH DIAERESIS
ä
228
0x7C
124
LATIN SMALL LETTER O WITH DIAERESIS
ö
246
0x7D
125
LATIN SMALL LETTER N WITH TILDE
ñ
241
0x7E
126
LATIN SMALL LETTER U WITH DIAERESIS
ü
252
0x7F
127
LATIN SMALL LETTER A WITH GRAVE
à
224
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