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Manage Calls Efficiently With Zapier Slack Notifications

Zapier Tutorial - Zapier Slack Notification ExampleWant to make your call handling more efficient with real-time Zapier Slack notifications?

This tutorial will show you how to easily configure Zapier to recognize when you have an incoming call on your VirtualPBX Phone Plan. With only a few minutes of setup, you can create a custom message for a Slack channel or individual that shows them the name and number of the inbound caller.

Zapier uses an Action-Reaction format. In this Zap:

  1. Action: Your VirtualPBX account receives a call
  2. Reaction: Zapier immediately sends a notification to your Slack account

You can follow this Zapier Slack notification tutorial by starting from the top or moving to the individual sections below:

  1. Common Use Cases
  2. Preparation of Materials
  3. Start a Zap (Configure VirtualPBX)
  4. Choose Zap Output (Configure Slack)

Common Use Cases

Get Alerts When VIP Clients Call

Track Demand for Sales Campaigns

Build a Call Log in Shared Channels

Inform Team Leaders About Call Frequency


Preparation

The only requirements for completing this tutorial are that you have a VirtualPBX account and a Slack account. Administrative access to those accounts will be necessary to work through these steps.


Action (Configure VirtualPBX App)

On your Zapier home screen, you will first need to select the Make a Zap button to create a new project.

Zapier Tutorial - Slack Notifications - Start a Zap

A new screen will load. This is where you begin working through the steps of your Zap.

Your Slack notifications will depend on using the VirtualPBX Zapier Integration to recognize when you have an incoming call. As your first Zapier step, you can select the VirtualPBX App.

Zapier Tutorial - Slack Notifications - Select VirtualPBX Integration

Make sure you select the VirtualPBX 1.0.6 integration version. The Choose App & Event section of this step can always be changed.

Zapier Tutorial - Slack Notifications - Select VirtualPBX Version

To recognize an incoming call, you should select Call Started for your trigger event.

Zapier Tutorial - Slack Notifications - Select Call Started

Then enter your VirtualPBX Account credentials and hit Continue to proceed to the next step (configuring a Slack notification in your Zap).

Zapier Tutorial - Slack Notifications - Select VirtualPBX Account


Reaction (Configure Slack)

For the reaction in your Zapier Slack notification, you’ll need to select the Slack App. Click the plus sign on your Zap screen to add an extra step. Then search for “Slack” and select that app in the same way you found the VirtualPBX App.

Zapier Tutorial - Slack Notifications - Select Slack App

You can then click the Choose Action Event dropdown menu to find the Send Channel Message option.

Zapier Tutorial - Zapier Slack Notifications - Select Call Started

Also similar to the VirtualPBX App steps shown above, you’ll need to select your Slack account.

Zapier Tutorial - Zapier Slack Notifications - Slack Account

Now you can get into the heart of your message. You can customize the notification text and options by first choosing your Channel — in this case, it’s our Marketing channel — and writing some Message Text. You always have the option of sending your message from a bot or from the user associated with the Slack account. And you can choose your Bot Name if you wish.

In this same section of your Zap, you can also link other channels (like @marketing) or individuals (like @casey.houser), attach files, and attach images to all your automated messages.

Zapier Tutorial - Zapier Slack Notifications - Message Options

Customization of your message text can be improved by clicking the menu icon in the upper-right corner of the Message Text box. This is where you will find dynamic fields related to your VirtualPBX account, including Caller ID settings like name and phone number.

Zapier Tutorial - Zapier Slack Notifications - Dynamic Message Fields

Finally, you can preview the options you chose in the previous steps.

Zapier Tutorial - Zapier Slack Notifications - Preview Notification

If everything looks good, go ahead and test your message. Check your Slack channel to see your custom message appear.

Zapier Tutorial - Zapier Slack Notifications - Test Notification