1. Click the bulk import icon to located just next to the Compose button in the top right hand side of the dashboard.
2. You can also access the option to bulk import posts on the Sent, Scheduled, Queued, Drafts, Calendar and Bounced views by selecting the More option and then Schedule in Bulk.
3. The following window will be displayed. First, click on the Select Services field. Please note: if you’re importing your messages as drafts, you don’t need to select the services you want the posts to go out to.
4. A drop-down menu will be provided so that you can select the service/s you want the posts to be sent to. Once you’ve selected one service and if you’d like to select another, click on the field again for the drop-down to be displayed so that you can select another service. Please note: this will apply to all the messages you’re bulk importing at that time.
5. You can then select whether you want your messages to be scheduled, added to a Queue or added to your drafts view.
6. If you select the Queued option, you’ll then be provided with a list of your available Queues so that you can select the relevant Queue.
7. You can also create a new Queue.
8. Or select the gear icon when a Queue is selected to adjust the settings of that Queue.
9. You can then start to directly type the text for your messages into the fields provided if you’re not importing from a CSV file. If you are, please see figure 13. for further instructions.
10. If you’re importing your messages as scheduled, you’ll need to select the date and time each message should be posted out.
11. You can then add a URL you want to include in your message if needed as well as add an image.
12. If you select the image field, the following window will appear which provides the majority of options available when you click Attach in the Compose box. Please Note: you will need to individually attach an image to each post you want to include an image.
13. If you’re importing a CSV file, we highly recommend that you first download the sample CSV provided as if the fields in your CSV file do not match those in the example file, then your posts will not be successfully imported. When you’re CSV file is ready, select the Load from a CSV file option.
14. You’ll first need to select the correct date format for your posts and, if you will always be importing posts with the same date format, you can click the ‘Don’t ask me again’ box so that the date format you’re selecting is used by default in future.
15. When you’ve selected the correct date format, click Ok.
16. A browser window will open as shown so that you can locate and select the CSV file you want to import. Once you’ve found it and selected it, click Open.
17. The messages, time, etc. which were included in your CSV file will then be populated in the bulk import form so that you can check the messages and make any changes you need to. When you’re happy and ready for the system to import the messages, click Import.
18. If you’re bulk importing to a Queue, either via CSV file or by adding the content of the posts directly to the bulk importing form, the date and time options will not be available as the messages will be added to the Queue and sent out dependent on the settings for that Queue.