All right, it’s time to get your hands ready (you know you can’t resist), because what I want to talk about today is the “Y… M… C-A”!  (Cue hand motions.)

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The Y

Seriously, though, apart from the catchy song, what’s so great about the YMCA?  Since many YMCA’s have chosen to utilize Mobile Text Alerts’ services, we have become more acquainted with what the organization does and what it is all about.  Lincoln, NE, is an example of a city with a thriving YMCA that contributes to a thriving community.  The city has four functional locations plus a youth sports center.  In addition, Camp Kitaki is available for kids age 7-17 in the summer, as well as different campouts at different times throughout the year.

 

Youth Development

In fact, youth development is a huge focus for YMCA’s across the world.  Many of their locations offer camps, childcare services, educational programs, food programs, and physical activity opportunities for youth.  Youth are, after all, the foundation and future of our society, so it makes sense that we would want to focus on their development.

 

Healthy Living

In addition to youth development, healthy living is a major emphasis of the YMCA.  This includes healthy living for kids, families, communities, and individuals.  The idea is that physically and emotionally healthy people make for a healthy community.  YMCA’s offer equipment and programs to contribute to people’s physical and emotional wellbeing.

 

Social Responsibility

A third emphasis of the YMCA is social responsibility.  They seek to give communities resources to help deal with social problems.  Because it is an international organization, the YMCA is able to make an impact not only locally but globally as well.  The Y offers opportunities for volunteering, and focuses on advocacy to help bring about social change.

 

So with all these positive contributions to the community I guess it’s true what the Village People say: “It’s fun to stay at the YMCA!”

 

(Information taken from http://www.ymca.net/)

We are almost finished developing a new control panel to make your mass texting experience even easier!  The new control panel will be completely responsive and will be mobile/tablet-friendly, making it more convenient than ever.  In addition, it will be able to quickly handle lists with over 500,000 subscribers.  Here are some screenshots of what the new panel will look like:

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After many requests, we have finally been able to implement shortcode keywords!  We now have access to the 48421 shortcode. With the new shortcode, your subscribers will be able to text your keyword in to 48421 (instead of our normal 10-digit phone number) to be subscribed to your system.

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Your potential subscribers will greatly appreciate not having to text in to the long 10-digit number.  Your shortcode keyword will be much more convenient and easy to remember.  Because shortcode keywords are easier, you will be more likely to get additional subscribers to receive your texts!

If you would like to take advantage of this long-awaited service, contact us and we can get you set up ASAP.

Let us know if you have any questions!

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Many “text from computer” services only allow for texting one number at a time.  That can be fine if you just need to send a few texts every once in a while, but what about if you need to send texts to multiple people at the same time?  Sending mass texts through these services is nearly impossible.  Even sending mass texts from a cell phone can be incredibly inconvenient.  Messages don’t go through; systems get overloaded.  But there is a better way.

Sometimes typing a message from a cell phone can be a little frustrating, and typing a message on a computer can be just a lot easier.  The “text from computer” feature of the control panel on your text alerts account allows you to do just that.  (And if you would rather send the mass text from your own cell phone, Mobile Text Alerts allows for that as well.)

Mobile Text Alerts is a much more convenient way to send mass texts from your computer.  As a “text from computer” service, an account with Text Alerts allows you to send mass texts quickly and easily from the comfort of your own office or home.  You can save numbers into a database so that you don’t have to enter numbers in every time you need to text them.  Adding numbers to the database is easy; you can even upload a spreadsheet if you already have a list of names and numbers.  Select the numbers that you want to text, type in a message, and click “send.”

So what are you waiting for?  Start typing away!

Realtor-Jobs

Ever thought of advertising a property listing via text message? That is exactly what some of our customers are doing! Home realtors utilize text alerts to get the word out to potential buyers about available properties in a way that is convenient and easy. In addition, some realtors are using text alerts to advertise their own services – letting potential clients know the benefits of listing through them. It’s a simple way to get your name and your brand out to those who might be interested.

Our realtor customers also send out text alerts for a variety of other reasons.  Is there a job opening in your office that you need filled?  Do you need to remind your team members of an upcoming meeting or an important email?  Our customers have found text alerts useful for all of these things, and we hope that you will find it useful as well!