Link to Google Maps in Your SMS Appointment Reminder

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Most people who use GReminders send a final SMS appointment reminder one to two hours prior to an in-person meeting. This helps ensure clients show up for their meetings. Including a link to Google Maps in the final reminder goes a step further, helping to ensure clients show up on time by giving both directions and drive time.

When meetings are always at the same location, the simplest way to add a map link to your reminder is by going to Google Maps, entering the address, and copying and pasting the URL in your browser to the reminder template (below).

Copy Location Link
In Google Maps, copy the link up to the zip code.

Reminder Template
Paste the link into your Reminder Template

If you have enabled the URL shortner (found under Admin>General settings) the link to Google maps will automatically be shortened.

Note: If you run into max character issues because of long links, just contact us and ask for a higher max character count for your reminders.

Meetings at Different Locations

When meetings are in different locations, you’ll need to add a little code snippet to your reminder template to make everything work correctly.


The location of the meeting should be placed into your Google or Outlook calendar event in the location field (shown above).

While creating reminders in GReminders, use the drop-down menu to insert the variable, {{event.location}}, where you would like to indicate a location. However, to create a link to that location in Google Maps, you must remove the non-URL friendly characters (spaces, commas, etc.). To accomplish this copy the following code and place it into your reminder template:{{ event.location | url_encode }}
Google Map Annimation

Use in Personal Reminders

If you have staff that meets with clients at their homes or businesses, use the Google Map link in personal reminders. Help them find the right addresses and arrive on time.

SMS appointment reminders with Google Map links are just another way GReminders can help make you more productive every day.

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