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Instant Lead Alerts with C# and ASP.NET MVC

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You probably already have landing pages or product detail views in your web application which you're using to generate some excellent leads for your business. Would you like to let the sales team know right away when you've got a new qualified lead?

In this tutorial we'll use Twilio Programmable SMS to send a message when a new lead is found for a C# and ASP.NET MVC application.

In this example, we'll be implementing instant lead alerts for real estate.

We'll create a landing page for a new house on the market and notify a real estate agent when a user requests more information.

Learn how Porch uses Twilio SMS to send home contractors instant alerts when they are selected for a new project.

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      LeadAlerts.Web/Views/Home/Index.cshtml

      Landing page template

      LeadAlerts.Web/Views/Home/Index.cshtml

      Click the button below to begin!

      Let's Quickly Qualify Quality Leads

      Populate Landing Page Data

      To display a landing page for our house, we'll first need some data about the fictional house we've put on the market.

      For demonstration purposes, we've hard-coded the information we need as you can see in this code sample.

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          LeadAlerts.Web/Controllers/HomeController.cs

          Default application route to render listing data

          LeadAlerts.Web/Controllers/HomeController.cs

          Now that we have the route that will provide our data let's look at how we will render it.

          Next

          Rendering the Landing Page

          In our template, we insert data about the house.

          We also put a form into the sidebar so a user can request additional information about the house and provide contact details.

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              LeadAlerts.Web/Views/Home/Index.cshtml

              Render a landing page

              LeadAlerts.Web/Views/Home/Index.cshtml

              Now that we have rendered our listing let's see how to setup a Twilio REST Client to send messages.

              Send SMSes and MMSes to the Field

              Create a Twilio REST API Client

              Here we create a helper class with an authenticated Twilio REST API client that we can use anytime we need to send a text message.

              We initialize it with our Twilio account credentials in our Local.config file. You can find them in the console:

              console credentials

              Credentials and PhoneNumbers are just a thin wrapper for values from Local.config. Here's how it might look:

              public static string AccountSID
              {
                  get
                  {
                      return
                        WebConfigurationManager.AppSettings["TwilioAccountSid"];
                  }
              }
              
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                  LeadAlerts.Web/Domain/NotificationService.cs

                  Send a message with the Twilio Client

                  LeadAlerts.Web/Domain/NotificationService.cs

                  Now that our Twilio REST Client is ready, let's see how we handle a new lead.

                  Handle Some Hot Leads... and POSTs

                  Handle a POST Request

                  This code handles the HTTP POST request from our landing page when our customer fills out a form.

                  It uses our MessageSender class to send a SMS message to the real estate agent's phone number, which is set as an environment variable.

                  We include the lead's name, phone number, and inquiry directly in the body of the text message we send to the agent.

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                      Uses the MessageSender to send messages to sales team members.

                      Handling a new Lead

                      Uses the MessageSender to send messages to sales team members.

                      That's it! Now the agent has all the information they need to immediately follow up on the lead.

                      We've just implemented an application to instantly route leads to a salesperson using text messages. Let's look at some other possible features for your application on the next slide.

                      What Else Can I Build?

                      Where to Next?

                      There's a lot you can build easily with .NET and Twilio! Here are just a couple ideas for what to do next:

                      Browser Calls

                      Twilio Client allows your website users to make and receive phone calls directly from their browsers.

                      Call Tracking

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