So you’ve signed up for an account with Mobile Text Alerts. Now what? You know you want to send texts for your organization; you understand the potential. But there are so many possibilities! Where do you start?
Or maybe you have been sending out text alerts for years and it has been working well, but you are wondering if you could be even more effective. What can you do?
Here are 3 steps you can follow to help you get the most out of text alerts for your organization.
- Establish goals
First, figure out some goals for your organization. What are you trying to accomplish by using text alerts? Perhaps you want to improve communication with your church congregation. Perhaps you want to engage the employees in your office. Or perhaps you want to help eliminate no-shows for appointments at your business.
Whatever your goals and purposes for sending out text alerts, make sure they are clear in your mind and the minds of everyone else involved in sending out the messages. Write your goals down if you have to. Having a specific, clear-cut purpose (or purposes) for utilizing text alerts will help you make the most of the service.
- Make a plan
After you have clearly determined what exactly you want to accomplish with text alerts, the next step is to lay out a specific plan detailing how you will accomplish your goal(s). Make your plan realistic—you most likely won’t be able to send out a text every hour of the day. But make a reasonable, doable plan, and then make sure you follow through.
Here are some of examples of what a “realistic plan” may look like:
- A restaurant owner makes a plan to send out a marketing text every Monday listing the daily specials for the week, to help draw in more business from customers.
- A town government official makes a plan to text citizens a summary of the progress report for a local renovation project at the end of every month, when reports are due.
- A pastor makes a plan to send a daily text to congregation members with daily reading instructions to help them read through the Bible in a year.
- Be consistent
Once you have established your goals and laid out a realistic plan, make sure you keep up with it! If you fall behind schedule and aren’t consistent, you may find it difficult to pick it up again and your texts certainly won’t be as effective as they could be.
You may find that you need to modify your original plan from time to time as you go along, and that’s OK—you don’t want to be stuck following a plan that isn’t working. But if you want to make the most of text alerts, you need to be as consistent as possible.
So don’t get overwhelmed! You can be successful in your endeavor to implement text alerts for your organization. Feel free to contact us if you need any help or advice!