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Instant Lead Alerts with PHP and Laravel

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 when you've got a new qualified lead?

In this tutorial, we'll use Twilio Programmable SMS in a PHP and Laravel application to send a message when a new lead is found.

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 with a form to request more information. When a user submits the form we'll automatically notify a real estate agent in the field.

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

Let's begin! Click the below button to start the tutorial.

Let's Qualify Some Leads

Populate the Landing Page Data

To display a landing page for our house, we'll first need to store some data.

For demonstration purposes, we've hard-coded an associative array containing the information we'd like to display.

        
        
        
        
        app/Http/Controllers/HomeController.php

        Render listing data on the landing page

        app/Http/Controllers/HomeController.php

        Next, let's see how to render the landing page.

        Next

        Render the Landing Page

        In our blade template we'll insert data about the house. We'll also include a form in the sidebar to collect user contact details when they request more information.

              
              
              
              
              resources/views/home/index.blade.php

              Template to render the listing data

              resources/views/home/index.blade.php

              Now that we have a landing page, let's look at how we use the Twilio REST Client to send messages.

              Next

              Creating 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 stored as environment variables. You can find the Auth Token and Account SID in the console:

              console credentials

                    
                    
                    
                    
                    app/Providers/TwilioServiceProvider.php

                    Initialize the Twilio REST Client

                    app/Providers/TwilioServiceProvider.php

                    Our Twilio REST Client is ready! Now, let's see what we do when a new lead comes in from the form.

                    React to a New Lead

                    Handle the POST Request

                    This code handles the HTTP POST request issued by our landing page.

                    It uses our sendMessage method to send an SMS message to the real estate agent's phone number, which is stored in an environment variable. We include the lead's name, phone number, and inquiry directly into the body of the text message we send to the agent.

                          
                          
                          
                          
                          app/Http/Controllers/NotificationsController.php

                          Automatically send qualified leads to the sales team

                          app/Http/Controllers/NotificationsController.php

                          And that's it! The agent has all the required information to immediately follow up on the lead.

                          We've just implemented an application to instantly route leads to sales people in the field using text messages. Next, we'll take a look at some other easy to integrate features for your PHP application.

                          What Else Can I Build?

                          Where to Next?

                          PHP and Twilio go together so well - here's a couple of tutorials to prove it:

                          Browser Calls

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

                          Call Tracking

                          Call Tracking helps you measure the effectiveness of your marketing campaigns.

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