It’s easy to manage conversations across your social networks in one place with integrated messaging actions across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Clicking the More Actions overflow menu in the lower corner of a message shows the contextual message actions specific to that network. The available actions depend on the network from where the message was sent. For example, Retweet is an action that's available for a Tweet but not available for an Instagram comment.
You can perform the following actions on messages:
- Save messages
- Complete messages
- Task messages
- Repost Facebook messages
- Update message language
- Confirm message actions
- Delete messages
- Exporting threads
Note: Sprout integrates with Google Translate for the language translation feature. Set up your default language in Settings > Personal Settings.
Perhaps you receive a message you’d like to come back to later: maybe it’s a Tweet of praise or a suggestion received via Facebook.
To save a message:
- Navigate to your Smart Inbox and select the profile(s) you want to review messages for.
- Click to access the overflow menu for the message you want to save.
- Click Save Message. The message moves to the Saved Messages view.
You can let your team hide messages that don’t require further action by giving them the Manage Message Status permission. This permission lets your team mark messages as complete, removing them from the main view in the Smart Inbox, so they can stay focused on what’s next.
To configure this permission for users:
- Navigate to Account & Settings > Settings > Users & Social Profiles.
- Select the user you want to enable this permission for.
- Select Manage Message Status.
- Click Save.
After you enable this permission, your users can mark messages as complete.
To mark a message complete:
- Navigate to the Smart Inbox and select the profile(s) from the Sources dropdown you want to review messages for.
- Select the checkbox for all the messages you want to mark complete.
- Click in the upper right of the screen to mark the message as complete. The message disappears from the Smart Inbox feed.
Note: By default, clicking the checkmark icon hides the completed message. To view all messages in the Smart Inbox regardless of status, disable the Hide Completed Items toggle under the Real-Time Activity Chart.
Hovering over a shaded checkmark icon on a message shows you who completed it.
Mark messages complete in bulk
If users have the Manage profiles company permission and Manage Message Status feature permission, they can also mark messages complete in bulk from the All Messages view in the Smart Inbox. This is a great way to clear out a bunch of completed messages. To mark messages complete in bulk:
- Open the All Messages Inbox View in the Smart Inbox.
- Click and then click Mark Complete in Bulk. A popup appears.
- Select the date you want to mark complete all messages on and prior to.
- Click Mark Complete.
As you work through the Smart Inbox, there may be a message that requires a response, but you’re not the best person to handle it. You can task messages to other team members to respond to.
To assign a message as a task, click on the bottom right of a message window.
The remains shaded on a message if a task was created, and the task assignment details appear when you hover over it.
Repost Facebook messages
You can repost Facebook posts to any of your Facebook Page profiles using Compose. This is a great way to feature your most active audience members and drum up more engagement for your brand.
- Locate the wall post in the Smart Inbox that you want to repost.
- Click .
- Click Repost to Facebook. Compose opens with a preview of the post.
- Select the Facebook Pages you want to post to and add in post text.
- Click Send or Submit based on your workflow.
After your repost is scheduled, it appears in the Content Calendar.
It's important to note that you can't repost all wall posts from the Smart Inbox. In the case of a private Facebook user or a private Group post, you won't be able to repost these.
Update message language
While Sprout automatically determines the language of messages in the Smart Inbox and Reviews, you can manually change the language of a message.
To update the language of a message:
- Click More Actions on a message.
- Click Detected Language.
- Search and select the proper language from the list. A notification appears letting you know the update was successful.
Message language FAQs
What happens if a message contains text written in more than one language?
A message only has a single language value assigned to it. The language detection service makes the best attempt to assign a language value to the message. If no determination can be made, a value of Unclassified is assigned.
What does a value of Unclassified mean?
A value of Unclassified is assigned to a message in the following scenarios:
- Where language could not be determined by the language detection service. This can occur when a message does not contain any text, e.g. messages containing only images, emojis, @mentions.
- The message has not been backfilled and the language detection service hasn't scanned the message yet.
If someone updates the language on a message, will all other users in the group see that same language?
Any change to a message's language value appears across all groups.
Confirm message actions
Once an action is taken on a message, the icon that corresponds to the action taken on the message turns blue. To see who completed the action, hover over the blue icon.
If you receive direct messages on Twitter or private messages on Facebook that contain unwanted information, you can delete these messages directly from Sprout.
To delete a message from your Smart Inbox:
- Identify the message containing inappropriate content.
- Click .
- Click Delete from Sprout.
The message is removed for the entire group.
If you're responding to a chat directly for Twitter or Facebook, you can delete individual messages containing inappropriate information. This is helpful if you're troubleshooting an issue with a customer, and they send personally identifying information within the chat. You can remove the PII, but keep the context of the conversation. To delete a single message:
- Click .
- Hover to the right of the message, and then click next to the message you want to remove.
- Click Delete from Sprout.
The message is removed from the conversation for the entire group.
You can also export an entire message thread to a CSV file for Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. This is a great way to share message threads with stakeholders, analyze conversation responses and keep up-to-date with any giveaways or raffles you ran from a singular post.
To export a thread:
- Navigate to the message thread you want to export either in the Smart Inbox or in the Reply window.
- Click .
- Click Export Thread. The Export and send CSV popup appears.
- Enter the email addresses you want to send the thread to.
- Click Send.
The email addresses you specify receive an email with the exported conversation. Note that you can't export Twitter threads at this time.