A whisper message is a short message that plays before to the person answering the phone before they’re connected to the caller. Only the person who answers the call hears this message; the caller does not hear the whisper message.
Whisper messages are a great way to quickly find out which marketing campaign prompted a phone call so you can tailor your approach to every call, even before it begins.
This powerful knowledge gives you real-time feedback on which marketing campaigns are driving calls to your business. More importantly, it gives you an informational head start that helps your team convert more leads to customers.
Use this article to learn how to:
- Configure a whisper message when creating a new tracking number
- Add a whisper message to an existing tracking number
- Add a whisper message to multiple tracking numbers
We recommend making the person or team that will be answering calls aware of the whisper message in place on a tracking number. Since the whisper message plays to the call recipient before the call is connected, they’ll want to wait for the whisper message to play in its entirety before greeting the caller.
Adding a Whisper Message to a New Number
You can add a whisper message to each tracking number you create within the number creation wizard. Once your number is active, you'll begin hearing the whisper message on calls received by this tracking number before the call is connected.
- Choose the company where you'd like to create a tracking number with a whisper message.
- Click Numbers at the top of the page.
- Select + Add Phone Number.
- Create your tracking number. On the last step of the number creation process, check the box for Whisper Message, and enter the message that you’d like to play when a call is received.
- Select Activate Tracking Number.
Adding a Whisper Message to an Existing Number
You can add a whisper message to any existing tracking number. Once you add the whisper message to a tracking number, all calls going forward will play the whisper message before connecting to the caller.
- Choose the company whose tracking number you'd like to update.
- Click Numbers at the top of the page.
- Click to Edit the tracking number you’d like to add a whisper message to.
- Under 5. Other Options, click the checkbox to enable a whisper message and enter the message that you’d like to play when a call is received.
- Select Save at the bottom of the page to save your changes.
Add a Whisper Message to Multiple Numbers
The Bulk Edit options in CallRail allow account administrators to add a whisper message to multiple tracking numbers at the same time. We'll send you a confirmation email once all of your numbers have been updated.
- Click the account drop-down at the top of the page, then click Manage Account.
- Select your Active Numbers from the Numbers list in the left menu.
- Select the numbers you'd like to bulk edit.
- Select the Bulk Actions button at the top right of the page.
- Select Whisper Message, then click Next.
- Choose a Whisper Message preference for all of your selected numbers.
- Select Activate whisper message to add a whisper message to your selected numbers.
- Select Disable whisper message to turn off whisper messages for your selected numbers.
Why can’t I hear the whisper message?
If there is an automated answering service, greeting, or hunt group associated with a destination number, this may interfere with hearing the whisper message. Since the whisper message plays as soon as a call is connected, despite not being connected to a representative, these setups on a destination number will interfere with whisper message settings.
In this case, we recommend using the call flow builder to prevent automated systems from answering the call. This allows the whisper message to play when someone answers the call if your destination number is on a system mentioned above. Use this support article to learn more about this feature:
What does the caller hear while the whisper message plays?
The caller continues to hear ringing while the whisper message plays. Using a whisper message is only a feature that the call recipient will experience.
Can I delay a whisper message from playing?
The whisper message will begin to play as soon as the call is answered. If you’d like for important details in the whisper message to play later in the recording, we recommend padding the whisper message so the most important details play last. For example, instead of “Call from PPC campaign,” you could create a whisper that says, “This is an incoming call from your PPC campaign."
How do I use the [source] keyphrase in a whisper message?
The [source] keyphrase dynamically inserts contextual information such as a call's source in your whisper message. For example, you could create a whisper message that says, "This is an incoming call from [source]," and get a resulting whisper message like "This is an incoming call from Google Organic." The [source] keyphrase can also be used in conjunction with the [tag] and [keyword] keyphrases.
How do I use the [tag] keyphrase in a whisper message?
The [tag] keyphrase will dynamically insert call tags into your whisper message. For example, you could create a whisper message that says, "This called has been tagged as [tag]," and get a resulting whisper message like "This call has been tagged as Sales." The [tag] keyphrase can also be used in conjunction with the [source] and [keyword] keyphrases.
How do I use the [keyword] keyphrase in a whisper message?
The [keyword] keyphrase will dynamically insert the PPC keywords the visitors used to find your website into your whisper message. The keywords we'll detect will only be keywords you're actively bidding on in your PPC platform. For example, you could create a whisper message that says, "This caller found your website using the following [keyword]," and get a resulting whisper message like "This call has been tagged as automotive Atlanta." The [keyword] keyphrase can also be used in conjunction with the [tag] and [source] keyphrases.