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Remind Cleaning Staff About a Day of Week Task

Triggers give you a powerful way to communicate automatically. You can remind cleaning staff with personalized messages or notify third parties without lifting a finger! To read more about triggers, check out our Trigger overview and Triggers - Setup & Configuration support articles. We've also created a small library of trigger examples to help get you started.

In this example, we're dealing with a booking for the following scenario:

Scenario: Remind Cleaning Staff About a Day of Week Task

If you have a recurring task that you need to remind your cleaning staff about, you can set up reminders to go out a day before. For instance, if your trash gets picked up every Wednesday, you can send messages to your cleaning staff on Tuesday to remind them to take the trash out to the curb. This support article can show you how you can set that up.

By setting up an email or SMS template and trigger, you can remind your cleaning staff about a day-of-the-week task. OwnerRez can do that for you with message triggers.

Here are the steps for how to set up a template and trigger for this scenario:

  1. Create a Booking Message Template to Remind Cleaning Staff About a Day of Week Task
  2. Create a Trigger That Applies to Bookings to Remind Cleaning Staff About a Day of Week Task

Create a Booking Message Template to Remind Cleaning Staff About a Day of Week Task

Go to Settings > Templates to configure the "booking" template type message you want to send to your cleaning staff. 

There are two choices for the type of template you can create - email and SMS.  These are the delivery methods that will be used for your response.  To send these types of templates, the booking must have contact information you can send to.  For instance, if you want to send an SMS message as your reminder, the cleaning staff must have provided a phone number.  

Send by Email

First, we'll create an email template, so go to Settings > Templates > Email tab > click the Create Email Template button > select the "Booking" option.  This will open an email editor with some sample field codes filled in.  For detailed information about how email templates work, check out the email templates overview article and field codes article.

Copy and paste the following values into your new email template.

Name:

Remind Your Cleaning Staff About a Day of Week Task Email Template

From Name:

{MYCOFULL}

From Address:

{MYEMAIL}

To Name:

Cleaner Name

To Address:

CleanerName@cleaneremailaddress.com

Subject:

Just a Reminder that trash pickup for {PDISPNAME} is tomorrow!

Body:

Hi Cleaner Name,

Just want to let you know that tomorrow is trash day for {PDISPNAME}.

(Insert specific instructions on where to place the trash cans, and if necessary return the trash cans, etc.)

Thank you for helping keep {PDISPNAME} clean!

{MYFIRST}

If you're wondering what those field codes do, check out the field codes support article or use the "Preview" button on the booking to take a live look.

Here's a quick preview of what the above email message looks like:

Remind Your Cleaning Staff About a Day of Week Task Email Template Preview

Notice how clean and personalized the content is. The subject line is dynamic to the booking by including the {PDISPNAME} field code. In other words, it looks like a hand-written manual response, even though it wasn't.

After copying and pasting the above subject and body into your template, feel free to play with the words and styles to make it your own. However, remember that we are creating a message that is specific to "bookings."  This message assumes that all bookings as it sends reminders to bookings with cleaning staff contact information, so make sure to customize accordingly. 

We are now armed with an email template to remind your cleaning staff about a day-of-the-week task. But what about an SMS message?

Send by SMS

Using our SMS premium feature, you can reply directly to their cell phone via SMS. For detailed information about how SMS templates work, check out the SMS Templates and field codes support articles.

To create an SMS template, go to Settings > Templates > SMS tab > click the Create SMS Template button > select the "Booking" option.  This will open an SMS message editor with some sample field codes filled in.

Copy and paste the following values into your new SMS template.

Name:

Remind Your Cleaning Staff About a Day of Week Task SMS Template

To Phone Number:

Cleaner cell phone number

Body:

Hi Cleaner Name, just a Reminder that trash pickup for {PDISPNAME} is tomorrow! Please bring the trash cans to the curb for pickup. Thank you! 😊

Once again, smack that Preview button to see how this looks live! SMS templates are similar to channel templates in that they are plain text with no colors or formatting options, but you can still dress them up with personalized field codes and light-hearted emojis.

Here is a quick look at how the above SMS template looks in preview mode:

Remind Your Cleaning Staff About a Day of Week Task SMS Template Preview

Not a fan of emojis?  No worries, edit that part out!

You'll notice that this SMS template differs from the email template in that it is much shorter and doesn't include detailed instructions.  Instead, it's a quick sentence to remind your cleaning staff to bring the trash cans to the curb. If you'd rather say something else - that's totally fine. Or you could send a larger message body with more details like the email template above does.

Now that we have some message templates created, it's time to configure the trigger that will send them.

Create a Trigger That Applies to Bookings to Remind Cleaning Staff About a Day of Week Task

Since each trigger can only send one message template, you'll need to create triggers for each type of reminder you send.  Above, we crafted replies for email and SMS, so we'll need to create triggers to send each type of template.

You will need multiple Triggers for each template. Let's assume trash pickup is on Wednesday. That means you want to send reminders on Tuesday. You'll need to create Triggers for each day of the week to send these reminder templates to your cleaning staff a certain number of days "after booking has arrived" based on their check-in day of the week and how many nights the guest is staying.

For example:

  • For guests who arrive on Sunday and stay for 3 nights or more, you'll want the Template sent 2 days After the Booking Has Arrived.
  • For guests who arrive on Monday and stay two or more nights, you'll want the Template sent 1 day After the Booking Has Arrived.

Normally, when setting up a trigger, it is best to move from top to bottom on the Trigger page. But with these instructions, it may be easier to start in the middle of the screen with the "Conditions."

Let's start with a Trigger for bookings that Arrive on a Sunday. First, we'll create a trigger to send the email message. Navigate to Settings > Messaging > Triggers > and click + Create Trigger to pull up the new trigger screen.

Here is a list of all the settings this trigger needs to have:

  • Type: Scheduled Time
  • Event: 2 days > After > Booking has arrived > at 4:00 PM
  • Add Condition > Arrival Day of the Week > On: Sunday
  • Add Condition > Number of Nights is > Greater Than or Equal to: 3 nights
  • Action:  Remind Your Cleaning Staff About a Day of Week Task Email Template

Now, let's talk about what the above settings mean!

The Type and Event fields will make the trigger send your email template at a scheduled time 2 days after the booking has arrived at 4:00 PM.

We added the conditions, "Arrival Day of the Week > On: Sunday" and "Number of Nights is > Greater Than or Equal to: 3 nights" for bookings that will arrive on Sunday and stay for 3 nights or more, so this reminder email template will be sent on Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 PM.

You may want to add other conditions, but for now, this is enough to make our trigger send your cleaning staff a reminder about a day-of-the-week task.

Finally, the last thing we select is the "Action" for the email template we want to send. Since this trigger is supposed to send an email message, select the email template and be careful not to select a channel or SMS template.

We also included the day of the week arrival in the Description field (in this case, Sunday Arrival) so we know exactly which arrival day of the week this trigger is for. You can use the same email Template for each day of the week. You'll just have to calculate the arrival days, the number of nights, and how many days after arrival to send your reminder message templates.

At this point, your trigger should look like this:

Remind Your Cleaning Staff About a Day of Week Task Email Template Trigger Example

Nice and simple!

Click Save, and now you have a trigger ready to go. These actions do exactly what they say. Two days after your guest arrives on a Sunday, your reminder about a day-of-the-week task email template will be sent to your cleaning staff on Tuesday at 4:00 PM. That's it!

If you wanted to send it a different day, just count forward that number of days. If you want it sent on a Friday for bookings that arrive on Sunday, you would instead set Action "Time" to 5 days after Booking has arrived. You would also adjust the Booking Field "Number of Nights" to "Greater Than or Equal to 6 Nights."

Now repeat the process, making Triggers for arrivals of each day of the week. 

One more consideration - if you typically have guests who stay for more than a week, you may want to set up a second trigger where the "Bookings Fields" has "Number of Nights is Greater Than or Equal to X". In our example, with the Sunday arrival and Wednesday trash pickup, your number of nights would be "Greater than or Equal to 10 nights."