Clickatell API Guide - Find your perfect match!

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Make the right SMS API connection: HTTP/S API, XML, SOAP, COM Object, FTP, SMTP, SMPP & Connect.

Learn about their differences and find the right SMS API for your website or application,

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Clickatell API Guide - Find your perfect match!

  1. 1. Clickatell API Guide: Make the right connection
  2. 2. The latest in innovative technology Easy integration with any application or system Global reach across more than 220 countries and territories Great reliability with more than 98.9% of SMS messages delivered in under a second.* Which API is right for you? find your perfect match WHY CHOOSE A CLICKATELL API? *This reflects the actual rate of transmission of Mobile Terminated (MT) messages submitted to Clickatell’s SMS Platform and transmitted to the MTN network in South Africa during the period 1 February 2012 to 31 July 2012. Transmission rates are largely dependent on factors beyond Clickatell’s control such as the effective functioning of mobile network service providers’ infrastructure, network coverage and recipients’ mobile handsets. Clickatell does not guarantee that similar transmission rates will be achieved in future or in respect of all mobile network service providers.
  3. 3. messaging APIs • Supports text, Unicode, binary SMS and flash messaging • Supports extended length messages • Delivery acknowledgement and Sender ID can be set up • Gateway escalation: Should your message be delayed for a predefined length of time, it can be escalated to an alternative delivery gateway. Queuing lets you specify up to 3 prioritised queues which your messages can be sent out on • Specify a delay of up to 7 days when sending messages • Batch sending and two-way messaging • BONUS FEATURES: Conveniently check your message credits balance, query message delivery status or redeem message credit vouchers through an API call Positive features of the HTTP/S API: The HTTP/S API is perfect for: NAME: HTTP/S API APPLICATION: submitting either a POST or GET to the API server. ABOUT: The HTTP/S API is our most popular messaging API. It can send 50 to 100 messages a time in real-time and is supported by most languages. The HTTP/S API can be used anywhere and everywhere. Its positive features include the fact that it is extremely reliable, quick, convenient and can be debugged easily. If you need to overcome a firewall problem, then HTTP/S is almost certainly right for you. Keeping your customers up-to-date about the latest changes to your business – whether it is a fantastic special offer or longer opening hours Find out more about the HTTP/S API Fruit and Veg Emporium: We have a fantastic special on all Summer Fruits. Buy two punnets and get one free! Luxury Goods: Buy a bar of Lindt chocolate in March and enter a competition to win a luxury trip to Switzerland. HTTP/S messaging APIs Which API is right for you? find your perfect match Finding the right API that suits your needs is simple when it comes to Clickatell. Our innovative range of APIs are favoured by developers because they quickly and easily integrate with any application or software solution. They also offer great reliability with more than 98.9% of SMS messages being delivered in under a second.* But which API is right for you and your messaging needs? Use this overview to find your perfect match. Clickatell’s messaging APIs offer you reliable messaging across the globe using the most innovative technology available. Easy to use and integrate with your systems and applications, these APIs are ideal for: Find the API that is perfect for your app, system or website HTTP/S • Alerts • PIN notifications • Two-way messaging • REMINDERS *This reflects the actual rate of transmission of Mobile Terminated (MT) messages submitted to Clickatell’s SMS Platform and transmitted to the MTN network in South Africa during the period 1 February 2012 to 31 July 2012. Transmission rates are largely dependent on factors beyond Clickatell’s control such as the effective functioning of mobile network service providers’ infrastructure, network coverage and recipients’ mobile handsets. Clickatell does not guarantee that similar transmission rates will be achieved in future or in respect of all mobile network service providers.
  4. 4. • Supports text, Unicode, binary SMS and flash messaging • Supports extended length messages • Delivery acknowledgement and Sender ID can be set up • Gateway escalation: Should your message be delayed for a predefined length of time, it can be escalated to an alternative delivery gateway. Queuing lets you specify up to 3 prioritised queues which your messages can be sent out on • Schedule a message for up to 7 days in advance • Batch sending is available • When sending messages via XML using a two-way number, you can receive incoming replies via HTTP, SOAP, SMPP or FTP Positive features of the XML API: The XML API is perfect for: NAME: XML APPLICATION: XML wrapper over HTTP. ABOUT: The XML API makes it simple to integrate legacy systems with our Gateway. It provides excellent interoperability amongst heterogeneous systems as it is, language independent. Using SMS to streamline your business process and improve general productivity within your organisation. Find out more about the XML API Dear Mrs Thompson, thank you for your order. We are busy processing it and will inform you when it is shipped. Dear valued customer, the shoes you ordered will be ready for collection at customer service on 3 September 2013 XML • Supports text, Unicode, binary SMS and flash messaging • Supports extended length messages • Delivery acknowledgement and Sender ID can be set up • Gateway escalation: Should your message be delayed for a predefined length of time, it can be escalated to an alternative delivery gateway. Queuing lets you specify up to 3 prioritised queues which your messages can be sent out on • Specify a delay of up to 7 days when sending messages • Allows for batch sending and two-way messaging • BONUS FEATURES: Conveniently check your message credits balance, query message delivery status or redeem message credit vouchers through an API call Positive features of soap api: The SOAP API is perfect for: NAME: SOAP APPLICATION: Submit SOAP packets over HTTP/S. ABOUT: SOAP is the ideal protocol for exchanging XML- based messages using HTTP/HTTPS. SOAP forms the foundation layer of the web services protocol stack providing a basic messaging framework on which abstract layers can be built. Informing people about important events that require the receiver to take action. These alerts can be automated and triggered by specific events. Find out more about the SOAP API Newcore City Council: Flood alert in the Pemberton area: Please be aware that roads will be closed in the Pemberton area due to flooding. SOAP XML SOAP Electricity Board: Please be aware that power will be switched off in your area on Wednesday this week from 6.00am to 2.30pm.
  5. 5. Bulk messaging APIs Clickatell’s bulk messaging APIs are ideal for organisations wishing to send large volumes of messages quickly and reliably, anywhere in the world. These APIs are ideal for: • Campaigns and promotions • Bulk notifications and alerts Which API is right for you? find your perfect match • Supports text, Unicode, binary SMS and flash messaging • Supports extended length messages • Delivery acknowledgement and Sender ID can be set up • Gateway escalation: Should your message be delayed for a predefined length of time, it can be escalated to an alternative delivery gateway. Queuing lets you specify up to 3 prioritised queues which your messages can be sent out on. • Schedule a message for up to 7 days in advance • Batch sending is available • When sending messages via COM OBJECT using a two-way number, you can receive incoming replies via HTTP, SOAP, SMPP or FTP Positive features of com object api: The COM Object API is perfect for: NAME: COM OBJECT APPLICATION: Windows based application development. ABOUT: COM Object is your perfect choice if you are connecting from a Windows-based programming environment. This API’s rich set of methods and definitions make it easy for you to integrate SMS sending into your applications or .asp pages. Reward your loyal customers with special discounts, vouchers or exclusive invitations on short notice. Find out more about the COM OBJECT API Honolulu Hotel: Thank you for staying with us. We look forward to seeing you again – here is a 15% discount voucher valid for your next visit. Private Bank: As a valued customer, you are invited to an exclusive performance of the world’s greatest Tenor . Exclusive to Platinum card holders. To RSVP, please reply YES. com object com object
  6. 6. Bulk messaging APIs • Supports text, Unicode, binary SMS and flash messaging • Supports extended length messages • Delivery acknowledgement and Sender ID can be set up • Gateway escalation: Should your message be delayed for a predefined length of time, it can be escalated to an alternative delivery gateway. Queuing lets you specify up to 3 prioritised queues which your messages can be sent out on. • Schedule a message for up to 7 days in advance • Batch sending and two-way messaging Positive features of the FTP API: The FTP API is perfect for: NAME: FTP APPLICATION: Uploading a text file to Clickatell’s FTP Server. ABOUT: The FTP API is perfect if you are looking to send 50 000 messages at a time. It is ideal for promotions and other messaging that is not particularly time-sensitive. It’s also particularly useful for batch processing from legacy systems. Reaching and influencing large database of customers if you are running a marketing campaign. ftp • Supports text, Unicode, binary SMS and flash messaging • Supports extended length messages • Delivery acknowledgement and Sender ID can be set up • Gateway escalation: Should your message be delayed for a predefined length of time, it can be escalated to an alternative delivery gateway. Queuing lets you specify up to 3 prioritised queues which your messages can be sent out on. • Schedule a message for up to 7 days in advance • Batch sending • When sending messages via SMTP using a two-way number, you can receive replies via HTTP/S, SOAP, SMPP or FTP. Positive features of the SMTP API: The SMTP API is perfect for: NAME: SMTP APPLICATION: Enabling a server- or client-generated e-mail to be delivered as an SMS. ABOUT: If you want to connect to our SMS Gateway and send email to SMS, the best way is with a server-generated e-mail, making SMTP the connection for you. This is the industry standard used by operators to interconnect for high-volume messaging. It is also ideal for notification alerts. Educating your audience and keeping them informed about the latest developments in your business or organisation. Find out more about the SMTP APIFind out more about the FTP API St Angels school: Your child was not present at today’s roll call, please inform us if he should have been at school. Louis Department Stores: Please fill in the survey when next you visit our store so we can ensure your shopping experience is as pleasurable as possible. smtp ftp smtp Exotic Foods: Enter the “MAKE YOUR FAVOURITE CURRY” Competition. 5 entrants will be selected to make their curries and the overall winner will WIN A TRIP TO THE EAST! Enter the competition in store. Wholefoods: Did you know that a papaya contains high levels of vitamin C? Good thing we have them on special for only EUR1.50 per kg.
  7. 7. • Supports text, Unicode, binary SMS and flash messaging • Supports extended length messages • Delivery acknowledgement and Sender ID can be set up • Gateway escalation: Should your message be delayed for a predefined length of time, it can be escalated to an alternative delivery gateway. Queuing lets you specify up to 3 prioritised queues which your messages can be sent out on • Schedule a message for up to 7 days in advance • Two-way messaging can be set up • Your connection is language-platform independent Positive features of the SMPP API: SMPP is perfect for: NAME: SMPP APPLICATION: Short Message Peer to Peer (SMPP) protocol. ABOUT: The SMPP API is the perfect choice if you need to send out a high volume of messages at high speed each month. It sends messages extremely fast in real-time via a 24/7 authenticated connection to Clickatell. To use this API you need specialist knowledge and the guarantee you will send a minimum of 5000 messages a month. Keeping customers and clients informed in banking and trading environments where timely delivery of information plays a crucial role in ensuring success or reducing fraud. • Automatically create Clickatell accounts for your customers within your application • Enable customers to send & receive SMS messages from within your application • Enable customers to pay for messages using Clickatell credits within your application • Guaranteed secure login • AND now available with two-way messaging Positive features of the Clickatell Connect API: NAME: CONNECT ABOUT: The Connect API offers you a set of tools which enables you to embed new Clickatell account creation and message credit purchasing capabilities directly into your app - so that your users can manage their own Clickatell account inside your app. To use the Connect API you need a Clickatell Central account with a messaging API like HTTP/S, or XML. Find out more about the SMPP API ABC Bank: EUR10 reserved for purchase @ The Food Deli using card ...2049. ALERT: Shares for Techsmart (TCS) are trading at EUR11.50. Buy or sell? Specialised/Enterprise API Clickatell’s smart APIs smpp CONNECT CONNECT To find out more about Clickatell Connect, download the ‘What is Clickatell Connect’ user guide smpp
  8. 8. AND it’s FREE there are no setup costs or monthly fees, your customers only pay for the messages that are sent. • Strong authentication that is innovative, intuitive and automated • The simplest way to secure your systems, e-commerce website or applications from cyber criminals • Prevents fraudulent transactions • Increases customer confidence to transact Online with you • Reduces the risks posed by weak or infrequently updated passwords that are easily cracked • Reduces the time administrators spend training and supporting users Positive features of the Clickatell Secure api: NAME: SECURE ABOUT: Clickatell Secure adds an extra layer of security to your website, application or system by providing an innovative two-factor authentication capability reducing the risk of your users becoming victims of online fraud or other cybercrime. To find out more about Clickatell Secure, download the Clickatell Secure user guide Clickatell’s smart APIs SECURE Still not ready to make the right connection? Contact our experts to find out which API is right for you. experts@clickatell.com

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