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Best practices for multiple users on WhatsApp Business

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Conversational messaging between brands and consumers is an up and coming trend in customer service. Allowing customers to reach you on the platforms they prefer opens up new opportunities. So you can connect with consumers on a more personal level. Meaning higher customer engagement and satisfaction with your brand. 


WhatsApp Business is a brilliant platform designed for this! Over 2 billion people already actively use WhatsApp so chances are, your consumer base is already prepared to meet you on this platform. Last week we dove into how you can share use of your WhatsApp Business account across 5 devices. Meaning your customer support is centralised to one support number. 


However, managing a shared account can be challenging. Particularly as the team grows. In this article, we’ll guide you through some of the challenges with having multiple users on WhatsApp Business and the best practices for your shared account. So you can get the best out of conversational messaging to elevate your customer experience. 


Challenge 1: Keeping track of conversations and follow ups


It can be easy for confusion to arise when multiple team members are responding to inquiries and support requests. Uncertainty over who answered which query and whether follow-up has happened can lead to frustration for both customers and team members. Potentially harming your business’s reputation. 


Best Practice: Create a tracking protocol


Set up a centralised log that all team members can access. This can be easily done with collaborative digital workspaces such as Google Drive or Notion. This can help to ensure team members track their communications by creating a process chart. Here’s an example:


A diagram of a flow chart describing the different steps in a conversation tracking protocol

A sample flowchart customer support team leaders can use to track their team’s workflow


We’d recommend tailoring this to your team’s needs and workflow. It’s important to have a system in place to track your team’s communications. This ensures that your team can provide consistent and efficient customer service, without duplicating efforts or overlooking important follow-up tasks. By creating a clear process chart, such as the one above, you create a standardised way of documenting communications, enabling your team to work together more seamlessly and efficiently.

Challenge 2: Overlapping team activity


Having multiple users active on the account at the same time could cause overlapping activity resulting in a customer receiving the same message twice. This can make your brand appear less professional. 


Best practice: Create a schedule and delegate tasks


This is also why having a conversation tracker is crucial as, you can see what needs to be done and assign tasks to relevant team members. In conjunction you’ll also need to set up a schedule to ensure team members active at the same time aren’t responding to the same queries as another team member.  


Challenge 3: Repetitive or mixed messaging


For small businesses using WhatsApp business as one of their main customer support channels, you may find that common questions will arise. It can be time consuming for your team to respond to each query with the same answer. Or worse, if your team is responding with different recommendations to different customers.


Best practice: Set up automated responses


Firstly establish your standard processes for common queries that customers have and ensure all team members are up to date. Then it can be helpful to set up automated responses for your WhatsApp Business account. This can easily be done on your WhatsApp Business settings and if you need some guidance, check out this helpful article


Setting up auto reply saves your team time and ensures a fast response to customers. Therefore enhancing your customer service experience as 69% of consumers judge the quality of customer service based on the speed of response they get [1]. Also creating a unified customer experience. 


Challenge 4: Maintaining a consistent brand voice


The aim of using platforms like WhatsApp to communicate with customers is the ability to take a more personal and friendly approach. Because this channel of communication is more conversational, it can be challenging to maintain your brand voice and professionalism. With multiple users on the account, inconsistencies with brand tone and style of messaging may occur. 


Best practice: Establish clear messaging guidelines


Create clear guidelines for customer communications, taking into account brand tone and your target audience. Even the small things like how many emojis to use (yes, there can be too many!) are important to consider for messaging guidelines. Then ensure all team members are provided training on how to effectively communicate with customers through WhatsApp Business. By doing so, you can ensure that your brand’s voice and message remain consistent, no matter who is responding to customer inquiries.


Challenge 5: Data security


Sharing an account across multiple devices can create security vulnerabilities, especially in remote or hybrid work environments. For instance, if a team member loses their device with WhatsApp Business logged in, sensitive customer and company data could be at risk of compromise. It’s important to take steps to mitigate these risks and safeguard the account and its data.


Best practice: Set up multifactorial authentication & log out after every session


Multifactorial authentication (MFA) and logging out after every session can be tedious. However it greatly reduces the risk of security breaches. MFA adds an additional layer of protection as it requires employees to verify their credentials before logging them in. This is a feature that can be set up in your WhatsApp Business settings by following these steps: 


  1. Go to your setting tab on the WhatsApp Business app (bottom right corner for Apple users, 3 dots on the top right corner for Android users)
  2. Tap ‘Account’
  3. Tap ‘Two Factor Authentication’ and enable it
  4. Set up a 6 digit pin code (make sure this is not a generic sequence of numbers but simple enough for employees to remember)
  5. Enter your business email address and follow the instructions in an email WhatsApp will send to you to confirm the email address


You’ll be notified when MFA is activated. Then every time a user attempts to sign in, they’ll be prompted to enter the pin code. Make sure only those in the relevant team are provided this code. It’s also in your company’s best interest to ensure employees log out of the account once their session concludes. This ensures the account is not left open and vulnerable to unauthorised use.


Sharing a WhatsApp Business account among team members can be an effective way to streamline customer communication and improve efficiency. However, it’s important to establish clear guidelines and best practices to ensure that the account is being used effectively and securely. With careful planning and attention to best practices, sharing a WhatsApp Business account can be a valuable asset for any team looking to improve their customer communication and engagement.






How to use WhatsApp Business with multiple users

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Looking for a way to add multiple users to your WhatsApp Business account? Or wondering what solutions there are to facilitate a growing customer support team? We’ve got all the answers for you. In this article we’ll explain how your team can share a WhatsApp Business account and solutions to scale your technology to your business growth.

Multiple Users Feature

WhatsApp Business was designed with small businesses in mind. It’s the perfect tool to leverage a popular communication app for customer service. So if you haven’t already set up WhatsApp Business for your company, you are missing out.

Particularly because WhatsApp Business provides the ability to link up to 5 devices with one business number. Previously, you could only access your account via one phone and one desktop app. However, following a 2022 update, you can link WhatsApp Business with 1 phone and up to 4 PCs. Great news for growing small businesses!

Benefits of adding multiple users

Having one WhatsApp Business account your team can share access to allows employees to pick up where colleagues left off. This is important for creating a seamless customer support experience as each team member can access chat histories. They can then get the most up to date information on support tickets and reply in seconds.

Adding multiple users doesn’t require additional business numbers and won’t affect the phone number associated with your WhatsApp Business account. This means your customer support team can be reached on one number, anywhere your employees are working. As multiple people can log on, this is great for businesses operating on a hybrid/remote working model!

How to add multiple users

To link another device, follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to your WhatsApp Business App
  2. (Android) Tap the 3 vertical dots at the top right corner to open the more options drop down (Apple) Go to WhatsApp Settings on the bottom right corner of the app
  3. Click ‘Linked Devices’
  4. Click ‘Link a device’
  5. Scan the QR code with the device you’d like to link

It’s only a temporary solution…

Although this feature is great for small businesses in the early stages, what can you do when you’re starting to grow and need more capacity for your team?

These are the challenges you may face:

  • Uncertainty as to who has sent or replied to messages
  • Not being able to track each employee’s performance or workload
  • Inability to ensure all contacts receive a response

Devyce can help… 

Our phone system offers your support team the same abilities WhatsApp Business provides and more…

As your business grows, you’ll find more customers may want to reach out via a phone call. So you may want to consider using Devyce – a VoIP business phone system offering ‘call group’ functionality, to handle calls from there on. Call grouping ensures multiple team members can answer inbound calls to one number. This means your customer support agents can simultaneously answer calls ensuring no customer has to wait in line.

Additonally, you can use Devyce integrated with a CRM system to ensure you can track who’s handling which query to avoid confusion. This also allows your team to monitor the progress of support tickets and ensure all tickets are resolved.

So depending on your current needs, WhatsApp Business with multiple users linked is a great way to manage your customer queries and we’ll be here to help when you start to scale up 😉