Want to send a text blast? Sometimes you don’t need a whole text alert system, you just want to send out one or two quick text blasts.

TextBlastGroupMobile Text Alerts can help with this as well. You can import a spreadsheet of contacts in about 30 seconds, and get a message sent out right away.

Pricing for these blasts can be as little as $11.99/month for up to 175 subscribers to up to $149.99/month for up to 5000 subscribers. If you have over 5000 subscribers, pricing starts at $.009/message (Contact us if you would like a quote)

One underutilized way to sign people up to receive your text alerts is the text alerts signup form.

Every account with Mobile Text Alerts receives a generated sign up page, and a URL of https://mobile-text-alerts.com/YOURKEYWORD (where ‘YOURKEYWORD’ is the keyword you signed up with for your account).

You can pass this URL around to anyone you would like, you can post it on your Facebook page, send it out in emails, print it on materials, or any other creative ways you can think of to get the link out there.

It is also possible to embed this sign up form on your existing site by either using an iframe, or requesting the HTML code that you can then style and put on your site (let us know if you need assistance with this and we will have a programmer help you with the installation).

One of the best parts of this signup form is that it is completely responsive. For those of you who don’t know what responsive means, it means the page looks different depending on the size of screen that you are on. If you are on your computer, it looks one way and fills up the screen, but if you are on a tablet or a cell phone, the content rearranges itself so that it looks best with the smaller screen.

Would you like your own text alerts sign up form? One will automatically be generated for you if you Sign Up Today.

Within marketing there are two types of customers. Returning customers, and new customers. Many marketers make the mistake of thinking that new customers are what grow your business. Did you know that, in reality, a returning customer has the potential to be five or more times as profitable as a new customer?

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This is one of the greatest strengths of text alerts. With text alerts, you have a low-cost way to occasionally reach out to your existing customers, and keep them coming back for more.

Here are 5 easy, simple, affordable text-based programs you can put in to place to bring those returning customers to you:

  1. Buy-back Day  – Send out a text alert that lets customers know that for one day, you will buy back anything old from returning customers who purchase a newer unit.
  2. Referral Rewards – Word-of-mouth referrals are the lifeblood of most businesses. You need to be sending out at least 1 text alert per month with some kind of a reward for bringing a friend or referring someone new to your business.
  3. A Simple Rewards Program – Credit cards do it, Subway does it, do you know why? Because it’s a good idea Reward your customers for using you, and for using you often.
  4. The “Inside Scoop” – Offer some information to your customers that is “only available to members.”
  5. Members Only Sales  – Offer a coupon code or some kind of a sale that is only available to returning customers.

For over 3 years, this has been the Mobile Text Alerts dashboard:

Many of you love it, many of you hate it. We are in the works of releasing a new control panel that is hopefully a little more user-friendly, and makes sending text messages even easier.

Here is a sneak preview of the new text message sending dashboard:

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We are hoping to release the new control panel in early-mid June, so stay tuned! For those of you who love the old control panel, we will keep it around just for you 🙂

It isn’t too late to make suggestions on the new control panel, so let us know if you think of anything you would like to see.

Creating a brand for hair stylists can in many ways be a lot more difficult than marketing for a product. When you sell headbands, or cell phones, or sweaters (or really about anything else) your customers automatically do the marketing for you. People ask “Where did you get that headband?” or you can print your name on the sweaters you make. It is much more difficult to brand something like a haircut, so you have to be a little more creative in your marketing.

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Text Messages are up to a 95% read rate which makes SMS messaging a great tool for promoting your business, and retaining customers. Send appointment reminders, coupons, or special offers. We have even had some salons have great responses by just sending out everyday hair and fashion advice.

“Can I afford text alerts?” Some salon-owners may ask. For up to 175 subscribers is $11.99/month, that’s less than the cost of just 1 extra haircut per month.

Give Mobile Text Alerts a free try today

It was brought to my attention after our post yesterday about text messaging for churches that many of our churches are using text messaging for an important thing that we forgot to mention. Several churches have had a lot of success following up with guests by text message.

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Most churches already have a plan in place for collecting visitor information (including a phone number), but few churches actually use that information for anything other than their records.

With Mobile Text Alerts, you can follow up with that visitor with a quick text message “Thanks for visiting us this Sunday, please let us know if you have any questions that we can help with!”

This gives an instant boost to your visitors feeling welcomed by your church. Thanks Eric for the tip!

What other ways are you using text alerts at your church that might be beneficial for other churches?

Technology can be a great asset in improving your congregation’s experience. Obviously, text messaging is not required to have a successful church ministry, but just like a microphone and lights and speakers can all be tools in connecting with your people, text messaging too can be an effective way to improve your ministry.

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Text messaging for churches can be great for:

  • Daily Bible Verses  – Remind your congregation how important it is to be in the Word not just on Sundays, but every day of the week.
  • Prayer Requests  – Quickly let people know about what needs prayer throughout the week. Remind the people on Thursday to pray for their pastor this upcoming Sunday.
  • Announcements – Did you have a surprise choir rehearsal this Saturday that you are 95% sure most people are going to forget about? Send them a quick text reminder and increase attendance by 80%
  • Weather Closings  There is a tornado watch in your area. Are you still going to have Wednesday night AWANA? Half of the people might show up, the other half might decide to stay home. Send out a quick message and let people stop guessing.
  • Sermon Thoughts – Get your congregation thinking about the sermon throughout the week.
  • Other Reminders – “You are playing offertory this week,” “Don’t forget to bring Salad to the pot luck this week!”
  • Connecting With Church Youth – The teens and young adults of your church eat, breathe, and sleep text messages. Why not connect with them on their level?

These are just a few ways that the technology of text messaging can benefit your church.

How Does It Work?

When you sign up, you choose a keyword for your church. Something that distinguishes your church. Perhaps “SHERWOOD” for Sherwood Church, or “GRACECHURCHORLANDO” for Grace Church in Orlando. With this keyword, your members can sign up by:

  1. Texting in to the system – Text the keyword you picked into our system, and that member will automatically be signed up to receive alerts. They can also text ‘STOP’ to be removed from receiving texts. This is a very convenient way to get people into the system because it completely takes you as the administrator out of the equation! Announce from the pulpit “Text ‘YOUR KEYWORD'” on Sunday, and put it in the bulletin, and people will start being signed up immediately.
  2. Sign up with the generated sign up form – When you sign up, you will receive a signup form like https://mobile-text-alerts.com/wschurch (for West Side Christian Church) or https://mobile-text-alerts.com/Kairos (for College Church of the Nazarene). People can visit this link and enter their information. It is also possible to embed this sign-up form on your website.
  3. Enter people manually from the control panel – Maybe if you have just a few people that you want as part of your list you can enter people manually from your control panel. Some churches prefer to send around a paper sign-up sheet, and then enter the numbers manually.
  4. Import a spreadsheet of contacts – Maybe you already have a list of 500 contacts that you want to send texts to. 500 numbers would be quite a pain to enter in manually. Our system allows you to simply upload a spreadsheet of those contacts in to the system.

Once your members are in the system, you can log into your control panel and start sending messages. You can even schedule messages to be sent out later, or set messages to automatically send out each week.

The best part of Mobile Text Alerts is its affordability. Mobile Text Alerts was created by a church for a church, and our pricing reflects that. Smaller churches (1-175 Subscribers) can’t afford to pay $150-$200/month for sending out text alerts. For unlimited messages for up to 175 subscribers is only $11.99/month with Mobile Text Alerts (See all our pricing details). Feel free to ask us too about any church discounts that we might have going on at the moment.

If you’re still not sure if Mobile Text Alerts would be right for your church, try a no-credit card free test account to see if it is a good fit for your needs.

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Text Alerts are not something that are limited to the rich. With Mobile Text Alerts, text alert sending has been made more affordable than ever.

Your company/organization can send out unlimited text alerts to up to 175 subscribers for only $11.99/month.

Go ahead and try a risk free trial

It is a fact, people love to buy things. Many of our customers have had tremendous success selling things using text alerts.

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Create a distribution list, and when you have new things to sell, send out a quick text “Selling a used dryer for $100.” Conveniently, your distribution list can even reply to the messages that you send directly to you.

Do you have a plan in place to let your group know about severe weather in your area? Much of the midwest cancelled most of their events last night or the night before. If there is a tornado, most people assume that your event is cancelled, but it is not always so cut-and-dry. How do you let your group know if something is cancelled or not?

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Try sending out text alerts. Your group can add themselves to your subscriber list by texting in to the system. Then when the decision has to be made about whether or not cancel an event, you can let your group know quickly and effectively.

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