Client Requests can be manually sent immediately, or scheduled to automatically send in the future. You can send client requests from the assignee of the work, the client owner or a different colleague, and they can only be sent to people you have saved as a contact.
Sending a Client Request
Your Client Requests will send in an email to your client. These emails and responses from your client, will show on the contact and work timelines.
To set up the sending of your Client Requests, select 'Sending Settings' for the Client Request section that you want to send.
You'll then be presented with a box to choose to who you will send your Client Requests to, and who from.
If you have a client with multiple email addresses, you can choose which address their client requests will be sent to when setting up the client requests.
Search for the contact like normal, the pick list will include email addresses that have been saved for that client. You can choose from that list the appropriate email address, and select 'Next.'
Choose 'Send tasks now' to manually send. The email containing the Client Requests will be sent from the team member you have specified in the 'From' field.
You can schedule Client Requests to auto-send in the future, a certain number of days before or after the work item's start date (for a template) or on a specific date (for a work item). Once you have chosen your date, click 'Next'.
If the work is already on a schedule and you are choosing to 'Schedule the tasks to auto send later', Karbon will ask you if you would like to update this instance or all instances of the work.
There is an option to schedule automatic reminders to send to your clients, reminding them to complete any outstanding client requests. You can choose to have your clients reminded gently, urgently or based on your own customizable preference.
A limit is applied to the number of reminders that will auto-send for a single Client Request. After the fifth reminder to your client, they will stop. If you want to override this limit, you can resend the Client Requests and the count will start again.
This is implemented to reduce the likelihood of your emails to clients being blocked. Identical emails that are sent over and over again can sometimes be flagged by SPAM filters.
You can choose to have your clients reminded gently, urgently or customize to your needs:
Gentle reminders: send seven days before the task due date, on the task due date and then every day after a task is overdue
Urgent reminders: send every day
Custom reminders : customize the frequency and select how often your clients will receive reminder emails
Click 'Save' to set your client requests to send.
If you later edit custom reminders to select a different frequency, the next reminder will be sent the number of days you chose from the date it was changed.
Example: If the custom reminders were originally set to sent every 3 days, and then today you change the reminders to send 7 days, the next reminder will be sent 7 days from today.
Once all the client requests have been completed, no other reminders will be sent out; however, your client will still have access until the overall work item is Completed. If you add another client request to a completed section, you will have to click on the options menu '...' to resend the tasks again.
Choosing who your client request emails come from
You can choose who your client request emails and reminders will be sent from. From within the work item's task section, select 'Sending Settings' button on the Client Request module.
A modal will appear where you can select who the client request will come from. It can come from the work assignee, client owners, or another colleague.
If you would like the email to come from yourself, and you are neither the work assignee or the client owner, select 'Other colleague' and enter your name.
Client Request Emails
When you create a client request section and set the sending rules, your emails will include text outlining basic instructions for your client. You have the option to choose who the email will be sent from and what content is included in the body and subject of the email.
When you choose to send your tasks, you will be able to select who your task and reminder emails will be sent from - work assignee, client owner or another colleague. If you select client owner and there is not one, the sender will default back to work assignee.
If the person you select has an email signature set up in Karbon, the signature will be added to all client request emails.
Edit Client Requet emails
You have the option to edit the email when you are choosing to send your client request. If you would like to create a customized client request email for a specific client or contact, this may be done in the work item or within a work template. If the work is set up on a schedule, all work in the series will adopt the customized email. If client request emails are customized on a template, all work created from the template will adopt these changes and have the same client request emails.
You will be able to customize the email body and email subject text for every client request you send. You will have the option to edit both the initial client request email, and your task reminder emails. Once you're done editing, simply click 'Save'.
Keep in mind there is a character limit of 4,000 for the body of a client request email.
Edit reminder emails
Once the client request email is customized and saved, you are brought to the reminder setup where you can not only set the reminder schedule but also edit the reminder emails by clicking on 'Edit Reminder Email'.
Client Email Placeholders
Placeholders are used to insert correct names and numbers into the client request and reminder emails. They are included by default in your client request emails - you'll see these when you choose to edit an email for the first time.
In the default email shown below, the placeholders can be moved around or removed altogether. If you do remove the placeholders, you can use them again by copying from the text below the email.
By default, your client request emails will be addressed to the contact's preferred name. If your contact does not have a preferred name specified, the contact's full name will be used.
If the above email was sent out, this is what the email would look like to your client:
Will update to the name of the work item
Will update to the name of the client the work is for
Will update to the preferred name of the client the tasks are for. If the contact has no preferred name specified, the full name will be used instead
Will update to the name of the contact the tasks are being sent to
Will update to the reminder number. This is the number of reminders that have been sent to the client for these tasks
Can be updated within the Basics area of the Details tab for a person contact
Resend Client Requests
Client Requests can be resent to update the client contact, emails or reminder settings.
Click on the options menu '...' of the client request section and choose 'Resend Client requests'. You will then be able to update the client, the sender of the client requests and the Client requests email.
In the next screen, you'll be able to edit the send to/send from fields, reminder settings and edit the reminder email.
Cancel a Client Request
If a client request is scheduled to send automatically, you can choose to cancel sending. To cancel the sending of a client request that is scheduled to send date future date, choose 'Cancel Sending' from the request's options menu.
Client Request notifications
If a client takes any action on a client request you have assigned to them, the work assignee and the sender of the task will both be notified.
When a client adds a comment, uploads a file, or marks a client request as complete, the team member who sent them the client request and the assignee of the work item the client requests a part of will both be notified (if they are different people).
Anyone who adds a comment or is mentioned in a comment will also be added to receive notifications. Anyone with access to the work item that the client request is part of will have the option to opt in or opt-out of receiving notifications.