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How to Send to Backup Recipients
How to Send to Backup Recipients
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Written by Stephen Panico
Updated over a week ago

What are Backup Recipients?

Backup recipients are contacts at a website that are good targets for your outreach email, but may not be your first pick when choosing who to reach out to. It often makes sense to reach out to one of these contacts if you don’t hear back from your primary recipient, because in effect it increases the likelihood of landing that link or coverage.

The problem, historically, has been that this process can be very tedious and confusing to stay on top of. In order to do this systematically, you’d have to find a list of websites that didn’t respond to your outreach, replace the existing recipients on that website with qualified ones, send a new round of outreach, and then repeat the process all over again if you wanted to send to another backup recipient after that.

BuzzStream can now handle that whole process for you.

How Backup Recipients Work in BuzzStream

The new Backup Recipient functionality has been engineered to be really straightforward while also being flexible enough to adapt to the wide range of workflows users have in BuzzStream.

The basics of the feature are simple.

After you add a recipient for a website, just click into the Recipient field again and select the Add Backup Recipient option.


From here, select from email addresses or people you’ve added to a website that you think would be a good backup recipient. You can also add new people or email addresses right from here.


Now, send your outreach. You can send using backup recipients from anywhere in the app, but let’s just see how it works in Send Individually for now. You’ll notice that in addition to the Sequence stages you’re used to seeing in the new composer, you can also see the additional backup recipients you added.


If you’d like, you can also personalize each stage for your backup recipients to tailor the messaging to that recipient specifically.


Once you’re ready, you can send your outreach. Now, BuzzStream will automate the process. If you don’t receive a reply from your first recipient, BuzzStream will automatically try sending to the next after a period of time you define.


If you receive a reply from a recipient, then BuzzStream will stop sending any remaining stages of the sequence to that recipient and to any other backup recipients.

Importing Backup Recipients

In addition to adding backup recipients using the Recipient field, you can also import backup recipients directly. That way, you can quickly set up a whole campaign with backup recipients based on an existing CSV that you, your team, or outsourced partners have put together for you.

To do so, just make sure that you have a spreadsheet that includes multiple email addresses per website.

That can mean either having multiple rows with one recipient email in each (note: in order to import multiple people as recipients this is the way to do it)


Or a CSV with multiple email addresses per row


Either way, once you do so just associate your fields as normal, but make sure you select the option to add backup recipients on the preview and finish step and BuzzStream will take care of the rest!


Reordering Backup Recipients

BuzzStream gives you the ability to reorder your backup recipients as well. That way, if you decide at any point in time that one of your recipients for a website should be prioritized ahead of others when you’re sending outreach, it’s easy to take care of.

To reorder recipients, just click into the Recipient field and drag and drop your recipients in your preferred order.


You can even reorder recipients after you’ve started sending your sequence in the same way, as long as they aren’t the recipient that is actively being sent to.

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