⚡️ Vendor Portal Expert - Invitation Emails ⚡️

Customising the first interaction between Gatekeeper and your Vendor Portal Users



Sections in this Article

Introduction & Background

How to Configure the Invitation Email

Suggested Content to Include in your new Invitation Emails


How it Looks: Before

How it Looks: After


Additional Reading



The Supplier Portal Invitation Email is often the very first interaction a supplier may have with your Gatekeeper system (and maybe even one of their first formal interactions with you as a business!)

This is your chance to strike a clear tone for the upcoming relationship and ensure that they treat your contractual and due diligence activities with the importance they deserve


If this first message is vague or generic, the supplier may not understand or trust the system

If it is not clear who is inviting them to the process and why, the supplier may disregard this crucial email entirely


You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
        ~ Will Rogers


At best, this sort of bad first impression will lead to delays, time wasted chasing for follow-ups and a days or weeks lost...

At worst, it can lead to missed deadlines, a breakdown in communications and erosion of trust in the processes you've designed


However, a lot can be gained from this first interaction:

  1. It can set up the success of the rest of a supplier onboarding process - if a supplier understands that all emails from your Gatekeeper system will be clear, with definitive explanations and 'next-steps', they will be more likely to engage
  2. It can communicate clear expectations and responsibilities from both the Supplier and yourself
  3. And hopefully, it can present the Gatekeeper system as a valuable tool through which supplier interactions can be easily facilitated!



🛠 Configuring a New Invitation Message 🛠

💡NB. You must be an Administrator user with Additional Permission:Configuration enabled to complete the below steps 💡

1. Head to Modules in the navigation menu

2. Open Supplier Portal

3. Type or Paste a new customised message in the Supplier Invite Message window

4. Hit ✅ Save Message


💡 Suggested Notes for your invitation message 💡

In this message, you should look to include as much context as possible so that the supplier understands:

  • Why they are being invited to the portal
  • Who is inviting them (both what organisation you are and which team oversees the system)
  • What they need to do in the portal & what will the benefits be for both parties


Simple HTML tags & emoji's can be used to make the content more eye-catching

Preparing and hyperlinking any learning/instructional materials  can also be useful for the suppliers who might want to know more or refer to a quick guide on how to use the system

See the below example email text where a Gatekeeper Supplier Portal walkthrough video is linked from our Wistia page



How it Looks: Before 🥱


Message Text Configuration:


Welcome to a better way to manage your Suppliers and Contracts with Gatekeeper."


Email to Supplier:

How it Looks: After 🤩


Message Text Configuration (example):

To our new vendor!

Welcome to OUR COMPANY NAME Gatekeeper Vendor Portal

From here you can
<li>Collaborate & complete our onboarding forms
<li>Manage agreements, eSign documents
<li>Communicate with your key stakeholders at <strong>OUR COMPANY NAME</strong>

<i>Here we've prepped a brief guide to show how our processes work: <strong><a href="https://fast.wistia.com/embed/channel/kc0mvbzaep?wchannelid=kc0mvbzaep&wmediaid=j140l6sb5l">GK Intro Video 🎬</a></strong></i>

Best Regards,

<strong><i>OUR COMPANY NAME Procurement Team</i></strong><hr><i>👋 If you have queries about this email, please email your contact at OUR COMPANY NAME or reach out to <strong>SupplierMgmt@CompanyName.com</strong> and we will be in touch with you</i>


Email to Supplier:




FAQs 💬


Q: When is this invitation email sent to supplier users?

A: In one of the 3 below scenarios:


Q: Can the template wording we have configured be amended on a case-by-case basis

A: Technically, yes! When sending a manual invitation, users will still be able to amend the templated wording before hitting ✅ Save to send the invitation email


Q: Can this invitation message be changed more than once?

A: Yes, you can amend this invitation message as many times as you like. Any invitations sent from Gatekeeper will use the latest version you have configured & saved




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