How to import your customers into Timely
If you're coming from another system or have a list of all your customers, you can import a list of those customers into Timely to save you from having to enter them one by one. We use a specific template, in a CSV (comma separated values) format, to make sure that all of that information is imported correctly.
If you are moving from another system and aren't sure how or what information to export from your existing system. Let us know on email@example.com and we can point you in the right direction.
Download the Customer import template
Download the sample file below and open it in a spreadsheet program like Microsoft Excel:
Add your customers to the template
You can copy and paste your data directly into the file or enter your customers into the template manually.
There are a few important things you need to know:
- You don't need to populate all the columns but you must not delete the column headers.
- At least one of the name fields (e.g. First name, Last name and Company name) must be populated.
- We will automatically add the international prefix to the SMS Number. To make sure that your SMS Numbers are imported as valid numbers, we only accept the following formats:
- With the "0" removed from the beginning of the number e.g. "21400641"
- In the full international dialing code format using the "+" prefix e.g. "+6421400641"
- The full number, without the international prefix e.g. "021400641"
- Email addresses must be added in a valid format without additional text e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org, not email@example.com (work).
- To populate the Gender field use one of these values:
- "Male", "male", "M", "m"
- "Female", "female", "F", "f"
- The DateOfBirth field must be in this format: "yyyy-mm-dd" format. [In Excel you can set the format by right clicking on the column header > choose Format cells > choose Custom, and enter the value "yyyy-mm-dd" into the Type field].
- If you would like the customer to be marked as a VIP, add "TRUE" to this field. Otherwise, you can leave this blank.
Note: Don't forget to delete the sample customer ;-)
Import the CSV file into Timely
- In Timely, go to the Customers tab.
- Click the Import customers button.
- Choose Timely CSV from the dropdown list.
- Click Upload contact list.
- Choose the file you downloaded onto your computer.
- You will be sent an email to confirm once the import has been completed.