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How to use the WhatsApp Business solution in the Sports Sector

In this series of sector-related tips for the WhatsApp Business API, we’re diving into the possibilities of WhatsApp for the Sports and Fitness sector. How can you benefit from the WhatsApp Business solution in terms of reducing pressure on customer care while optimizing the customer journey of the athlete?

Repeatedly answering the same questions. Sounds familiar? In the Sports and Fitness sector, it isn’t hard to image how standardized messages – think of questions about subscriptions or opening hours - can reduce pressure on customer care. Wouldn’t it be easier if questions were answered before they’re asked? And that recurring incoming questions are answered for you? The WhatsApp Business API has a way to make things a bit easier on your customer care center. How? With Message Templates.

What are Message Templates you ask? Message Templates are pre-approved messages that can be sent in both inbound and outbound communication with your customers. These messages can be used to send notifications to those customers with an active opt-in to receive the timely notification from your business, or to help you send quick replies whenever a consumer contact your support desk via WhatsApp.

Preset, but personal

Whatever the use case, these messages need to be valuable, informative and relevant. This means personalization in key. To personalize the message, you can use numbered placeholders {x}. Each of those placeholders can be filled with letters, digits, special characters and spaces. Sounds abstract? This is best explained with some examples on how these Message Templates to optimize customer care in the Sports sector.

Morning {1} Today is the day! It’s marathon time! Are you ready? Make sure to eat your carbs this morning and you’ve got your running shoes ready to go! Show this QR code at the admission desk and you’re good to go!
Hi [1], this is day 7 of your 30 Day Ab Challenge! Today, we’re going for 40 situps, 20 crunches, 20 leg raises and 30 sec plank! Ready, set, let’s target those abs!
Dear [1} Unfortunately, our [2} training is canceled today, as the teacher is injured. Instead, virtual Rico will be here to give us a boxing class. Same time & place. Enroll in the class here {3}!
Your subscription will end in 2 months. If you want to extend or change your subscription, you can do so as of today!
You finished your triathlon! You can truly be proud of your accomplishment today. And in case people don’t believe you did it, here’s a photo of you crossing the finish line in {1}
Hi {1}, here's your weekly fit tip! Today, it’s all about recovery. How much rest do you need? Here [2}, you can find the right amount of rest days for your training frequency!
During the holidays, our opening hours are slightly different. On December 24th, we close at 16h, and we’re closed on December 25th and 26th. On the 27th, we’ll be here to support you in burning those Christmas calories from 9AM. Merry Christmas!
This week is Bring Your Friend week. Have you already signed up your friend, brother, mom or colleague? You can give max. 4 people a free week pass!
Hi [1}, the gym will be more crowded than usual due to the Bring Your Friend Week. We expect a peek between 7 and 10 PM. We know you mostly visit in the evening, but if possible, you may want to come in early this week!

But let’s be honest, you probably already have great ideas on how to use this messaging channel to engage with your audience. And if you don’t, this NIKE campaign will surely get your creativity started!

Custom Message Templates

These were just a few of the many examples of how you can use the WhatsApp Business API to actively inform customers for an improved customer experience. WhatsApp and your WhatsApp Business API distributor may provide you with Message Templates, or you can request your own. Approval of Message Templates is done by WhatsApp and your Authorized Distributor for the WhatsApp Business solution.

Important to note is that for outbound use of these Templates, you will need an active opt-in from your customer to send specified information. Otherwise, they may be used only in the customer care window, initiated by the customer. If the customer has any questions after receiving your notifications, he can ask for more information by simply replying to your message, opening up such a customer care window in which you can communicate freely. So besides using Message Templates, of course you can also have a spontaneous chat, where you can type your messages with rich media in response to a customer-initiated conversation.

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