You probably already have landing pages or product detail views 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 Ruby on Rails application to send a message when a new lead is found.
In this example, we'll be implementing instant lead alerts for a fictional real estate agency.
We'll create a landing page for a house and notify a real estate agent the moment a potential customer requests information.
Let's see how it works! Click the button below to continue.
To display a landing page for our fictional house we need some data to display to web surfers.
For demonstration purposes we've created a hard-coded hash containing the information we need.
Now that our route is ready, let's see how to render the Landing Page.
In our HAML template we insert our hard coded data about the fictional house. We also add a form in the sidebar so the user can request more information and send in their contact info.
Now that our landing page is ready, let's see how to set up the Twilio REST Client.
Now we need to create a helper class with an authenticated Twilio REST API client that we can use anytime we need to send a text message.
Now that our Twilio Client is ready, let's have a look at how to handle an incoming lead.
This code handles the HTTP
POST request issued by a user's form on our landing page. It uses our
MessageSender class 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 in the body of the text message sent to the agent.
Now the agent has all the information they need to follow up on the lead.
That's it! We've just implemented an application to instantly route leads to sales people using text messages.
In the next pane, we'll look at some other easy to add features for your application.
Ruby, Rails, and Twilio - such a great combination! Here're a couple other great examples of integrating new features in a Ruby on Rails application:
Twilio Client allows your users to make and receive phone calls in their web browsers.
Call Tracking helps you measure the effectiveness of marketing campaigns.
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