Schedule a broadcast on Slack

Send a message to your intended audience at a specific time

Melita Gandham avatar
Written by Melita Gandham
Updated over a week ago

A broadcast is a really handy feature for sending a specific message to a group of users at a specific time. This message can be a one off ping or reminder, or the first message in a flow that the user can click through. Setting up a broadcast in The Bot Platform is super easy. Simply follow the steps below.

1) Compose your message

First things first, compose a message for your broadcast. This message will be the first notification that the user receives in their inbox. If this first message is connected to more messages in the bot, then please make sure that the flow has been built out properly and tested.

2) Visit your list of broadcasts

On the side bar select the button that says ‘Broadcasts’.

Then choose ‘schedule new post’. Please note that you will be asked to select your timezone only once before you create your first broadcast.

3) Set up your broadcast

First select the message you watch to send to your audience from the drop down list:

Now it's time to build your broadcast audience by choosing your target(s) from the following:

The bot audience includes anyone who has used the bot, been targeted by a broadcast, or added to a segment and has not opted out.

Slack channels are the channels found on your Slack workspace.

Segments are groups of people who have been added via "Manage Segments" or have opted in to receive alerts. Click here to find out more about broadcasting by segment. Please note that segments will not show up on this list, unless you have created them for your bot. You can do this by going to the "Manage Segment" section under "Broadcasting".

Once you click any of the targets, a drop down menu will appear where you can set up your intended broadcast audience:

You can choose multiple targets to build your audience. So for example, if you wanted to target a general group but avoid broadcasting to those who chose to opt-out, you would set up your broadcast like this:

You will notice a little blue box underneath these settings. This will give you a summary of what your bot audience includes:

Please note that this box will turn orange if there is an issue with your bot audience set up.

Once you have set up your target, you can add a filter by attribute. For example:

As you can see, any filters added will also show up in the bot summary. Please note, that you will note be able to filter by attribute unless you have established a target first.

4) Notification type

Select which notification type you would like.

5) Choose to repeat the broadcast

To schedule a recurring post, tick repeat and choose how often you want the post sent. The earliest start date demonstrates the first possible day of sending, the message will be sent out on the next named day that you have set. Eg. a recurring message that’s scheduled on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday but you’re creating the message the Friday before, then the date you pick if you select “now” will be Friday, but of course, the message will not be sent until the following Monday. Once you have set up a recurring broadcast, you will be able to edit it by clicking the "Edit" button. This allows you to change the settings of the recurring broadcast, as well as view how the broadcast has been originally set up.

6) Wait for the results

After a few minutes past the scheduled time if you refresh the page, you will see how far along the platform is sending them.

Duplicating broadcasts

Broadcasts that have already gone out can now be duplicated. Simply go to the broadcast page in the platform and look for the broadcast you're hoping to duplicate. If it's been fully sent out, and is not still recurring, you will be able to see a "Duplicate button".

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