Create a rule-only template to send acknowledgements to your customers when your Support Agents are under pressure.

This help file will guide you through how to set it up in your eDesk account.

Before you start

  • You’ll need to have access to Templates in your Settings in order to view, create and edit templates. If you don’t have access, you can request it from an Admin user within your business.  

Note: to find out more general information regarding Templates in eDesk, click here.

Practical Example:

When a customer message is received during busy times (between 11am and 1pm), eDesk responds automatically with an acknowledgement.


Our Rule Only template will do the following when messages arrive during the busiest time period:

  • automatically respond with a prewritten message that thanks the customer for their message and informs them that a member of the Support Team will be in touch before 5pm.
  • add the tag Autoacknowledged to the ticket, so that Support Agents know that the customer has been contacted but expects a follow-up.

To learn more about Rule-Only templates, click here.

02 How to set it up?

First, we’ll create the message in a Rule-Only template and tell eDesk to send the template during peak hours. Then we’ll set up a rule that automatically performs the following actions:

  • auto-respond with the template.
  • add the tag Autoacknowledged. 

Note: In this instance, we will use a Rule-Only template because we want to auto-respond with the template during a predefined time period and add a tag to the ticket. However, if we only needed to auto-respond with the template during a predefined time period, then it would be more appropriate to use an Auto-reply template instead. To find out more, click here.

We’ll call this template Peak Time Acknowledgement. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Create the Template and write the message that will be sent to the customer.

  1. In Settings → Smart Tools → Templates, click + Add Template and select Rule-only from the menu.
  2. In the Template section, enter the name Peak Time Acknowledgement and tick the Active Template checkbox to make it active once it’s saved.

    Note: Leave the Template Type field unchanged.
    Template Name field
  3. In the Message and Language section, select English from the Language menu and enter text acknowledging the customer’s message into the Message field:
    Message and Language fieldsNote: We don’t want to attach the invoice so don’t click the Attach Invoice checkbox, and we will set up the conditions in the Rule Only tab, so leave the Usage Conditions section unchanged too.

Step 2: Ask eDesk to respond with the template during peak hours only.

  1. We want eDesk to auto-respond with our Peak Time Acknowledgement template during the busiest times, which are between 11:00am and 01:00pm Monday to Friday. Click the Rule-only tab at the top of the page, and under Date & Time Conditions, click + Add weekly time restriction. Set the time periods for each day of the week as follows:

    Date & Time Conditions fieldsNote: Leave the Date & Time Conditions - One Off section unchanged. We don’t need to set this up.

  2. In the Autoresponder Options section, set the following:
    • Delay: Leave this unchanged as we don’t need to delay sending the response to the customer.
    • Frequency: set the frequency to Once every 24 hours so that if the customer responds a second time, eDesk won’t send this template again for 24 hours.
    • We want this template to be used for all customers, so we will leave the Exclude fields blank. 
    • We don’t need to add a signature at the bottom of the response so we won’t tick Include the channel signature.
      Autoresponder fieldsNote: We’ll use a rule to configure the other conditions for this template so we will leave the Change Message status field in the Misc section unchanged, and we don’t want to make this template an AI template, so you can ignore the AI Settings tab.
  3. Click Create Template to save the new template.
    The new template is added to the list in Settings → Smart Tools → Templates.

Step 3: Set up the rule and ask eDesk to use it only once per ticket.

  1. Now we’ll set up the new rule that will send the template during peak times and set the tags and status for the ticket. We’ll call this rule Peak Time Acknowledgement but it can have any name. Go to Settings → Smart Tools → Message Rules, click + Add Message rule.  
  2. In the General section:
    • enter the name Peak Time Acknowledgement.
    • tick the Active checkbox to make the rule active once saved.
    • tick the Stop processing further rules if conditions are matched checkbox. 
    • leave the Do not show ‘Rule matched’ note in ticket thread checkbox unticked. We want our Agents to see that eDesk has answered this.
    • tick the Only use once per ticket checkbox. We don’t want eDesk to auto-respond with this template to more than one message from a customer for the same ticket.
      General section  
  3. In the Conditions section, set up this condition, which will apply to all customer messages:

    Message Type ANY OF THESE Initial incoming message, Incoming message (excluding initial message)
    Conditions field

Step 4: Bind the template to the rule, and ask it to assign tags and set the ticket status.

  1. We will now bind our Peak Time Acknowledgement Rule-Only template to the rule, and tell eDesk to assign tags when the rule conditions match the customer message.
  2. In the Actions section, set up the following:
    • Assign to tags: Autoacknowledged
      Note: we assume these tags have been created already. To learn how to create new tags, click here.
    • Tag assignation mode: Apply all.
    • Assign ticket owner: No assigned owner.
    • Mention users: No mentioned users.
    • Mention user mode: Apply all.
    • Changed ticket status: Don’t change status.
    • Webhook URL: None
    • Bind an Autoresponder: Peak Time Acknowledgement

    Actions section

  3. Click Create Rule to save the rule. That’s it! The rule and template are active and so eDesk will now send the template as an autoresponse when a customer message arrives during peak times and matches the conditions in the rule.

Further Readings

To learn about auto-responding to messages containing keywords with eDesk, click here.

To learn about auto-responding to common queries with eDesk, click here.