The Greeting message is what will appear in the conversation screen when an end user opens it up for the first time. We strongly recommend configuring a greeting message as a way to welcome your users and set expectations for them, such as how long it may take to get a reply, and what information they need to provide to help your support team resolve their Issue.

Greeting message on iOS and Android

Please review the following about how greeting messages work within your workflow:

The greeting message is not the same as setting up a New Issue Automation and using the ‘Reply to Customer’ action. If you already have a ‘Reply to Customer’ New Issue Automation set up to greet your users, you may wish to customize or disable that Automation prior to enabling the greeting message.

If you have a greeting message, Bots, and a New Issue Automation based on the user’s first message enabled, they will appear in the following order:

  1. The greeting message will appear first
  2. The Answer Bot or Identity Bot (if configured) message will appear second
  3. The New Issue Automation message will appear last

You can use the greeting message and a New Issue Automation message together to follow up on the user’s first message to set expectations, such as in the following:

Greeting message: “Hello, welcome to ShiftAzon support. How can we help you today?”
End user: Automation message: “Thank you for providing this information. An Agent will follow up with you within 15 minutes.”

For in-app users, the greeting message is only available if you already have Conversational Issue Filing enabled. If you are using form-based filing, you should still use a New Issue Automation to send a greeting message to in-app users.

We highly recommend testing how your greeting message appears in different languages (and how it interacts with your other workflow settings) by creating a test Helpshift app and integrating it with a test version of your app.

To set up your greeting message, navigate to the Settings page from within the Helpshift Dashboard.

On this page, scroll down to App Settings, then select the app you’d like to configure a greeting message for.

Scroll down to the In-App SDK Configurations section, then click the ‘Configure SDK’ button.

Navigate to the ‘Support Experience (iOS and Android only)’ tab.

By default, when you enable Conversational Issue Filing, the greeting message toggle will also be enabled. If you only provide support in one language, you’ll be able to customize the greeting message in that language on this page.

If you support multiple languages, a CSV template will be provided for you to add individual greeting messages for each of the languages you support. Click the button on the right to add translations via CSV.

A pop-up will appear where you can click the ‘download existing CSV’ button to download this CSV.

When editing the CSV file, please ensure that all of the language rows are complete. Default greeting messages will be provided for each language, so replace those with your customized greeting message, then return to the pop-up to upload the updated file.

You can preview how the greeting message will appear in the different languages you support via the dropdowns in the preview area. Our out-of-the-box SDK can support 47 languages. The default language is English (en-us). The default language can be changed by your developer using the setLanguage API.

Additional languages can be configured using language codes. To learn more, see How many languages does Helpshift support?