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WhatsApp Broadcast Vs. WhatsApp Group : Differences and Benefits

WhatsApp Broadcast Vs. WhatsApp Group : Differences and Benefits

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Synthia Susan Thomas

December 21, 2021

WhatsApp is known for the convenience and effectiveness it brings to personal chats and business communication. It's an app that everyone is familiar with. The business version of the app is used by millions of businesses around the world where they connect and engage with their customers, promote their products and services and drive sales. 

Two important features of WhatsApp include the WhatsApp Group and WhatsApp business broadcast. In this post, we are going to look at the WhatsApp broadcast vs. WhatsApp group differences and how best we can utilize them? 

What is a WhatsApp group? 

A WhatsApp group operates much like a chat room. It is a two-way communication feature where group members can chat with one another without any barriers. Users who belong to a group can share images, videos and important information with one another. The feature comes in handy when you need to communicate the same piece of information with many people. 

WhatsApp groups are ideal for making plans (birthdays, events, dinners, travel etc), to hold discussions and interactions. Businesses use it for employees to connect and work together. However, the platform is not suitable for personal conversations as every message you send to the group will be received and viewed by every other group member. A group administrator controls and oversees the activities in a group. 

What is broadcast on WhatsApp?

It is a one-way communication feature that allows you to send private messages to a selected group of people. Through this feature, you can share photos, videos, information or location with friends, family or customers. All you have to do is create a broadcast list on WhatsApp, select the group of people you want to share the message with, type out your message, add an attachment and tap on send. It's done! 

With WhatsApp Business API you can send broadcast messages to 1000s of customers who have opted-in to receive messages from your business. The WhatsApp Business API  allows you to manage all your customer chats effortlessly with its ‘shared team inbox’ and share ‘product catalogs’ at scale through automated messages and a whole lot more.


What is the advantage of a broadcast group in WhatsApp?

Here are the top benefits of broadcast group in WhatsApp:

1. It is extremely useful in sharing information with a large number of people

WhatsApp business account broadcast allows you to send the same message to multiple people at one go while making it seems as though the message was personally sent to each recipient. In other words, the broadcasted message will appear as an individual sent a message in your private chats. 

2. WhatsApp business broadcasts are great to send notifications/ alerts about upcoming events, promotions or order status. 

The beauty about this feature is that all the contacts chosen by you will receive the same message without you having to manually send it to each one of them. 

3. A broadcast group is an excellent marketing tool

With it you can promote your products and services and interact with your customers at scale. All you need is the contact number of your customers and a well thought out business strategy. 

Do people know they have been added to a broadcast list ? 

No, they would never know because a WhatsApp business broadcast list does not inform the recipients that they have been added to a list.

WhatsApp Broadcast Vs. WhatsApp group 

Now that we have explored both their features, you may think that they sound a lot similar and if they are any different at all? Well, they are different and that's what we are going to cover next. 

The significant difference between the WhatsApp business account broadcast and the WhatsApp Group is that with the former, the privacy of the recipients is kept intact. Any message sent through the WhatsApp business broadcast will be received as a private message by the recipient. Likewise, it will appear in your private chats with the recipients. 

People on the broadcast list are unaware of who else is on the list. However, in a WhatsApp group, you will know who else is a part of the group. 

Description WhatsApp Broadcast WhatsApp Group
Who is allowed to send a message? Only the one who has created the list. Anyone in the group
Who can receive a message? Only those who have added you to their phone book. With WhatsApp Business API you can send messages to 1000s
of opted-in customers.
All in the group
Admin The creator of the broadcast list A group can have multiple admins
If a contact is not saved Message will not be received Message will still be received
Message Type Private Public
Flow of communication One way Two way
View Contact details of other members in the group No Yes


How to create a broadcast list on WhatsApp? 


Creating a broadcast list on WhatsApp is pretty straightforward. Follow these simple steps to create one:

 

Open the WhatsApp app and tap on the 3 dots that appear on the top right-hand corner of your screen 

Tap on New broadcast

Then, select the contacts you want to send the broadcast message to 

Tap the green checkmark to successfully create your broadcast list 

Lastly, type out your message and hit the send button 


Regardless of which of the two features you decide to go with, remember to always be ethical and refrain from spamming your customers. It will only look bad on your business and brand. If you are keen on using the broadcast messaging feature, there are options available for WhatsApp Business API users as well. Click here to know more. 


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