SMS Notifications

This help document is applicable only to the Indian edition of Zoho Subscriptions.

Zoho Subscriptions lets you can send SMS notifications to your customers for new subscriptions, payments and payment reminders.

You can perform the following SMS-related actions from Zoho Subscriptions:

Configure an SMS Provider

You can send SMS notifications from Zoho Subscriptions using the following methods:

Enable Zoho Subscriptions’ in-built SMS Notifications

This feature is available only if you’re on a paid plan of Zoho Subscriptions.

To do this:

Insight: One credit lets you send 300 SMS units.

The next sections of this document are applicable only to Zoho Subscriptions’ in-built SMS notifications. If you want to send SMS notification via Twilio, refer to the Twilio Integration document instead.

DLT Registration

Distributed Ledger Technology, also known as DLT, is a block-chain based registration system. According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), it is mandatory for businesses to register with DLT in order to prevent spam.

Before you can start sending SMS notifications to your customers, you will have to:

Register with a DLT Operator

You will first have to register yourself as an enterprise with any of the following DLT operators: Airtel , BSNL, Jio, Tata Teleservices, Videocon, or Vodafone Idea Ltd to send SMS notifications to your customers. Here’s how:

Note: The steps below might vary based on the DLT operator that you choose.

You will receive an email with the approval status.

Insight: If your registration is rejected, you will receive an email with the reason for rejection. You can make the necessary changes in the portal and re-register.

On successful registration, you will receive an email with your DLT Registration Number and Sender ID.

Configure DLT in Zoho Subscriptions

After registering with a DLT operator, you will have to configure the DLT details in Zoho Subscriptions. Here’s how:

The details entered here will be cross-verified with the details that you provided in the DLT platform. The status of the application will be Pending, until it has been verified. You will receive an email regarding the status of the DLT configuration.

DLT Banner
StatusDescription
PendingThe configuration is yet to be verified.
ApprovedThe details have been verified successfully with the details in the DLT platform.
RejectedThe configuration has been rejected due to invalid or missing details.

If you want to edit or make any changes to the DLT registration details after approval, you can do so by clicking Edit DLT Configuration from the top right corner of the SMS Notifications screen.

Edit DLT Details

Register SMS Templates in DLT

To send SMS notifications to your customers, you will have to register the SMS templates from Zoho Subscriptions with DLT. If the SMS sent to your customers does not match the template registered in the DLT platform, the SMS will be barred. Here’s how you can register your SMS template in DLT:

Note: The steps below might vary based on the DLT operator that you choose.

Insight: Choose whether the template’s content type is Transactional, Promotional, Service Implicit or Service Explicit. Based on the type of content, the list of approved headers will be auto-populated. You can select as many headers as necessary.

Pro Tip: You can draft your template content in Zoho Subscriptions with the necessary placeholders and paste that content here to ensure that the template in the DLT platform matches the template in Zoho Subscriptions. You can do this by going to Zoho Subscriptions > Settings > SMS Notifications > SMS Templates. (You will not be able to save your newly drafted template without its Template ID, so use this method to draft and copy your template content alone.)

On successful registration, you will receive the Template ID and the SMS Template via email.

Configure SMS Templates with DLT Details

Once the DLT registration has been configured and the status is Approved, you will have to configure the registered template in Zoho Subscriptions. Here’s how:

If you have not registered the template in DLT yet, you can do it now and continue configuring the details in Zoho Subscriptions.

Warning: Ensure that the selected template has been approved by the DLT operator to prevent SMS sending failures.

Now, the template has been configured and you can start using it to send SMS notifications to your customers.

Configure SMS Notifications & Templates

In this section:

Enable/Disable SMS Notifications

Prerequisite: You must register with DLT before you can start sending SMS notifications to your customers.

You can configure which SMS notifications you want to send to your customers. To do this:

Insight: The Payment Thank-you SMS is enabled by default as soon as you configure an SMS provider.

Once enabled, the notification will be sent to your customers and contact persons for whom you’ve enabled SMS notifications.

Change SMS Templates

Each SMS notification has three different templates to choose from: Short, Brief and Detailed, however, you can also customise these templates with your own content if needed. To do this:

  1. Go to Zoho Subscriptions > Settings > SMS Notifications > SMS Templates.
  2. Click Change Template next to the template you want to change.

    Twilio Enable Notifications
  3. Choose a sample template and customise the content if needed.

    Twilio Enable Notifications
  4. Copy the template content and register it in DLT.

  5. Click Cancel and keep the copied template content safe for future use.

After you’ve successfully registered the new template and have received a Template ID for it, click Change Template, paste the template content which you copied before, enter the Template ID for it, and click Save.

Warning: Ensure that the template content here matches the template content, which you used to register the template in DLT, to avoid SMS sending failures.

List of Available SMS Notifications

These are the SMS notifications which you can send to your customers from Zoho Subscriptions. Visit the previous section to learn how to enable them.

Notification NameDescription
1. Invoice DetailsThis SMS is sent to your customers when an invoice has been sent automatically from Zoho Subscriptions, or when you choose to manually notify them about an invoice via SMS.
2. Payment ReminderThis payment reminder is sent to your customers based on your automated reminder preferences.
3. Payment Thank-youThis thank-you SMS is sent to your customers when they’ve paid you online or if you choose to send it while recording a payment manually.
4. New SubscriptionThis SMS is sent to your customers whenever a new subscription has been created for them.
5. Subscription CanceledThis SMS is sent to your customers when any of their subscriptions have been canceled.
6. Subscription ExpiredThis SMS is sent to your customers as soon as any of their subscriptions have expired.
7. Subscription RenewedThis SMS is sent to your customers as soon as their subscription has been renewed.
8. Subscription About to be CanceledThis SMS is sent to your customers 3 days before their subscription is about to be canceled, i.e., when you or your customers have scheduled a subscription to be canceled at the end of the current term.
9. Subscription About to ExpireThis SMS is sent to your customers 3 days before their subscription is about to expire.
10. Subscription Renewal AheadThis SMS is sent to your customers 5 days before their subscription is set to be renewed.

Configure Preferences for Customers and Contact Persons

SMS notifications are enabled by default for all of your customers (but not their contact persons) as soon as you configure an SMS provider. However, you can choose whether you want to enable or disable notifications for particular customers and their contact persons. Here’s how:

To configure SMS notifications for contact persons:

Pro Tip: If you want to send SMS notifications only to a certain contact person, and not the mobile number associated with the customer itself, you can click Disable SMS Notifications below the customer’s details in their Overview page.

Send SMS Notifications

In this section:

Send SMS Notifications Automatically

SMS notifications are sent to your customers automatically (if you’ve enabled them) when an event occurs in Zoho Subscriptions.

If you’ve enabled metered billing, SMS notifications will not be sent for invoices which are raised in the Pending status.

Warning: SMS notifications will fail to send if a customer or contact person does not have a mobile number associated with them. These mobile numbers must start with their respective country codes. E.g. +91 for mobile numbers in India and +1 for mobile numbers in the U.S.

Send SMS Notifications Manually

You can send a few SMS notifications manually to your customers.

To send the Invoice Details SMS manually:

Insight: This option will be available only if you enable the Invoice Details template.

Now the SMS will be sent and you can check its status to keep track of it.

You can also choose to send the Payment Thank-you SMS when recording invoice payments, by marking the Notify via SMS option.

Twilio Send SMS

Check the Status of a Sent SMS

You can check the status of an SMS that was sent automatically or manually. Here’s how:

Here, you will see comments that say when a particular SMS was sent, whom it was sent to, and the status of the SMS.

Pro Tip: If you’re using Zoho Subscriptions’ in-built SMS notifications, you can access a dedicated SMS report by going to Settings > SMS Notifications > Click View SMS Notification Report.

Change the Primary SMS Provider

If you’ve configured both Zoho Subscriptions’ in-built SMS notifications and the Twilio SMS integration, you can choose which SMS provider you’d like to use by marking one of them as Primary. To do this:

Now, SMS notifications will be sent from this SMS provider.


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