Use Mobile Text Alerts to Get Info Out Quickly and Effectively

Bracket Races, owned by Peter Biondo and Kyle Seipel and based out of New York, hosts 3 drag race events throughout the United States yearly. Seipel says, “We are known in the industry as the most well run and fun events to attend. … Between the three events, we have over 1200 racers attend.”

Peter Biondo


With 400-600 racers at each event, the owners needed a way to communicate with families and employees regarding updates for each day’s race. Seipel says,

“We first used a text service in 2016, customer feedback was great but the service we used was more of a cost then we wanted to spend. I searched the internet and was able to speak to Austin [sales rep] and explained our needs and signed up.”

Seipel says they chose Mobile Text Alerts because of positive interactions with sales and “good pricing.” They appreciate the ability to easily organize subscribers/groups for each event they put on.

Kyel Seipel

“The biggest thing is communicating with our race as far as when to get their race car to the staging lanes, winning prizes and any changes we have made on the fly throughout the day.”

Before using text alerts, they “solely depended on the announcing made at the track along with social media.” Text alerts have allowed them to reach people in a more effective and efficient way!

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increased reliability for your text alert system

We have good news to announce for our Mobile Text Alerts customers!

Some of you have experienced deliverability issues with some of your messages. Often this can be due to blocks on certain subscribers’ phones/plans that prevents them from receiving messages from shortcodes (short numbers).

We now have new reporting available on the back end that will in many cases allow us to detect if a message has been undelivered due to these blocks.

For many carriers, our system will now be able to detect this error and retry these failed messages on a different sending server through longcodes (10-digit numbers).

This is good news for you because it will increase the chances of your messages being delivered successfully. The result will be increased reliability and effectiveness of your text alert system!

This new feature is currently being automatically applied to all accounts, so there’s nothing you need to do on your end to enable it.

We hope that this helps you get the most out of your text alerts and makes your Mobile Text Alerts system even more reliable and valuable for you!

Feel free to reach out to contact@mobile-text-alerts.com with any questions!

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how much do lularoe retailers actually make

If you’ve ever looked into the world of LuLaRoe, you have been subject to the success stories. That is how they hook you right? They tell you some fabulous story about some stay-at-home mom who is making $10,000 a month doing LuLaRoe.

They make their own hours. They have the freedom to spend time with their family. And that all feels like the ideal work from home opportunity right?

Well, they say if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. LuLaRoe is a great opportunity for thousands of women out there. But not everyone is going to make piles of money doing it.

So, how much do LuLaRoe retailers really make?

The numbers break down like this. The majority of retailers who just get started are going to make less than $1,000 a month. That is because this is a real business and it takes time to figure it out.

In our experience, many LuLaRoe retailers will make somewhere between $500-$1,000 a month for the first year.

Now, with experience comes wisdom and expertise. The quicker you learn, the quicker you earn. With LuLaRoe that is very true.

Established LuLaRoe retailers seem to make $1,000-$3,000 a month reliably. At the higher end of the spectrum some women are making over $5,000 a month in sales.

Not a lot of women are making more than $5,000 a month with LuLaRoe. It is probably fewer than 20% of the total retailers out there (though we have no hard numbers on that).

It’s true that some women do make over $10,000 a month doing LuLaRoe, but they aren’t making that money from selling direct. It’s tough as an individual to sell more than $5,000 a month every month. But, it is possible to recruit other ladies to become retailers and get a percentage of their sales too.

That is how the high dollar earners in LuLaRoe Land are making the big bucks. It’s all referral dollars. That is why it’s called Multi Level Marketing. The more you recruit, the more money the retailers underneath you make.

There is just one catch. And it’s a big one…

Some people don’t like to recruit other people. And that’s not a bad thing. If you aren’t wanting to recruit people and you just want to sell LuLaRoe’s awesome products, GREAT!

In most cases, you are better off establishing your own clientele and treating them right than you are recruiting everyone to join LuLaRoe as a consultant. Many women find that recruiting friends and family ruins those relationships. It can cause all kinds of problems.

So, it’s usually better to avoid the hassle and focus on serving your customers. You’ll have a lot more enjoyable business life that way.

What that will mean for most LuLaRoe retailers is they make $1,000 to $5,000 a month once they are established. They can make good money and set their own hours that way. It’s a great business opportunity if you know what to expect.

But, if you join LuLaRoe thinking you’ll make six figures, you’ll probably end up disappointed. For 80% of people who join, that isn’t reality.

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So you’re sending texts for your business or organization- But how can you be successful with text alerts?

How can you make the most out of it?

How can you get the best response and see the best return on your investment?

Here are 11 tips that can help!

be successful with text alerts

Ways to be successful with text alerts

1. Send regularly

You’ll be wasting money and potential if you never send out an alert!

To be successful with text alerts, send regular messages and make your presence known to your customers.

Even if your texts don’t directly result in any sales, this will help keep your brand on their minds!

2. Don’t send too much

On the flipside, while you want to send enough to promote your brand successfully, you don’t want to oversend.

Sending too many messages will irritate your customers and will result in opt-outs.

You know your customers and your situation best so you’ll need to determine what is the right balance to meet your needs.

Some direct sales consultants send a text every time they go live, for example. A restaurant might send a text 1-2 times per week.

3. Make content concise

It is generally good to keep content as concise as you can while still getting across the important info.

Longer texts can cost you more money if they split into multiple or if you send it as an MMS (multimedia message). So it is best to even keep it below 160 characters if possible, though this is not always practical.

4. Send at appropriate times of the day

This should go without saying, but you don’t want to send text alerts to people at 1:00 in the morning.

Text during normal hours of the day, not inappropriately late or early. Your mom may appreciate getting a text from you at 10pm, but your customers will not!

5. Segment your list

Another tool you can use to be successful with text alerts is group segmentation.

Separating your subscribers into groups will allow you to send messages most relevant to them.

This way you’re not wasting texts and annoying your customers by sending them messages that do not pertain to them.

6. Have a tone consistent with your brand

Your text messages will have a voice. And you want to make sure the tone of your “voice” is the tone you want to convey.

Your business/organization might be one with a more laid-back feel. In that case, you can be more relaxed and use slang, exclamation points, or even emojis.

But if your brand is one with a more professional approach, you will want to convey that in your texts as well.

7. Advertise opt-in info everywhere

To be successful with text alerts, you need people to subscribe to receive them from you of course!

And in order to subscribe, people need to know how. So you’ll want to take every opportunity to give people instructions on how to opt in to receive your alerts.

You can include opt-in info in newsletters, social media posts, your website, Facebook cover photo, mailings, at your storefront, and anywhere else customers will look!

8. Give exclusive deals/discounts

You may be able to get a better response to your text marketing alerts if you include deals or discounts exclusive to your text subscribers.

You could even include a special deal to incentivize people to sign up initially. For example, “Sign up for text alerts to receive 15% off your next purchase!”

Even if they sign up just to get that initial deal and then unsubscribe, you’ve still won another sale from them!

9. Time your messages strategically

You’ll want to strategize what days will be the best for you to send your messages.

This largely depends on your business and your audience. But you’ll need to decide if you think you’ll get the best results by sending messages at the beginning, in the middle, or toward the end of the week.

You can consider questions such as, “What days do I need a bigger boost in business?” or “What days will my customers most likely take action?”

10. Monitor replies and follow up

Depending on what kinds of messages you’re sending, it’s possible you may receive text responses from your audience.

You will want to keep up on your subscribers’ replies and make sure you follow up with the appropriate ones (if it makes sense with your business model).

You can view replies regularly, or even have them forwarded to your own phone so you can be notified each time a reply comes in.

11. Plan ahead and schedule messages

You will get the best success out of your text messages if you plan ahead as much as is feasible.

You can even schedule out your messages ahead of time, which can help you save both time and hassle.

Hopefully these strategies can help you be successful with text alerts!

The best advice, of course, is to know yourself and your audience so that you can engage with them in a way that makes sense for your own circumstance.

Sign up for a free text alert test account today!

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text alerts to increase sales

Kastle’s Kreations is a mobile food truck business specializing in gourmet cupcakes. They offer over 100 flavors (including the Lemon Rosemary Smoked Salmon Cupcake which won them season 9 of the hit Food Network show Cupcake Wars!), and their menu rotates weekly.

As a mobile food truck, they travel between Anchorage, Eagle River, and Wasilla in Alaska. They needed a new way to communicate the location of the cupcake truck after experiencing issues with Facebook.

Owner Kastle Sorensen says, “Text Alerts helps us bridge the gap of people who are not on social media since that was our main way of communicating where the cupcake truck would be. Facebook changed its algorithm and it made it hard for people to see our content.”

They started using Mobile Text Alerts and found the texts to be extremely popular. Now they send texts to over 1000 customers. Kastle says, “Now people tell me the texts are ‘unhealthy’ for their diets since now they always know where we are! They said they love the texts and they definitely work!”

Mobile Text Alerts has allowed Kastle’s Kreations to increase reach, improve customer satisfaction, and allow more people to eat their delicious cupcakes!

Increase Your Sales

It’s time to get your customers’ attention! Start sending them texts today and double your sales.

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Your gym members have busy lifestyles that keep them on the run during the day. When you need to reach out with an important announcement or helpful message, you need an efficient way to make contact. Short message service is the perfect answer, offering a simple method for connecting with gym members quickly and reliably.

Consider the following top 10 situations where our short message service might have saved the day for gym patrons who were ultimately inconvenienced and upset by what they found on arrival.

 

1. Letting Customers Know When Your Showers Don’t Work

Nobody wants to workout hard and then be faced with the prospect of waiting until they get home to shower off the layer of sweat and stink.

It literally stinks.

Obviously you cannot control shower problems, but you can control how fast you get the word out to save your customers from a very icky inconvenience.

A Text Message Alert Example could say,  

“Showers not working right now. Plumber should fix by 5 p.m. Sorry for the inconvenience.”


Of course, you would change the time of the fix.

Letting your customers know when the dilemma is over is the key to good customer service.

2. When Class Schedules Change Suddenly

Clearly, unexpected schedule changes are a serious inconvenience to your clients.

You absolutely need to send out a text message blast to make sure every client knows about changes that affect them and their schedules.

Sending text alerts as soon as a change happens with the daily schedule of classes mitigates many unhappy customers.

A Text Message Alert Example could say,

“Jennifer’s spin class canceled today. Will resume same time next week. Thanks for your patience.”


You can change the text if someone else can step in and substitute teach.

 

3. When The Gym Is Overcrowded

If you know what your busiest times of day are, you want to make sure you post or send out alerts to customers right away.

Some people only have so much time to workout before they need to be home or work, so ensuring they can know how busy you are during specific times of day in real time can help them plan their day more effectively.

That way, your customers get the most out of their workout time.

A Text Message Alert Example :

“We’re popular! The gym is packed. You might try in a few hours if you want to guarantee some time on our equipment.”

 

4. When The Gym is Not Crowded


Many of your customers prefer to go to the gym when no one is there in order to guarantee that they will have easy access to equipment.

Maybe some clients just want some peace and quiet while they sweat to the oldies.

Others, however, prefer to be in the gym when it is busy because they are more social and enjoy working out when it is not just them all alone.

Whatever their preference, letting customers know via text alert if the gym is quiet and uncrowded is also essential to improving their overall gym experience.

A Text Message Alert Example ,

“Great time to come in for a 30-minute workout. We’ve got plenty of bikes open.”

 

5. The Gym is Closed

This is a major reason to send out real-time text alerts regularly, especially if you are a 24/7 operation.

People can often only go to the gym very late or very early, and not being able to complete their daily workout not only throws of their fitness routine, but also their overall daily routine.

If clients show up to work out on a day you had to close unexpectedly, they are going to be very upset.

Honestly, who could blame them?

A Text Message Alert Example ,

“Sorry, but we had to close due to unforeseen circumstances. We’ll let you know when we’re back in business!”

 

 

6. When Gym Equipment is Broken

Not keeping customers updated about certain equipment being inoperable is not only frustrating and inconvenient, but it’s also downright dangerous.

Nobody wants to be injured while working out even under the best of conditions, so a customer getting hurt in a preventable situation is a great way to lose business and open yourself up to a potential lawsuit.

Sending out alerts to let customers know when equipment is down protects you and them.

A Text Message Alert Example :

“Two of our three treadmills are out of service today. Hopefully, they’ll be ready in a couple of days.”


One thing to remember is to not guarantee anything until you’re sure your business is ready to go.

7. Promotional Deals & Sales Offers

Gaining new members is a top priority for any gym, and running promotions and special offers is a great way to get more potential long-term customers in the door.

However, when you don’t promote these to your existing members to drive referrals, or when you don’t post accurate information on your website or mobile app, you need an additional means of sending out reliable notices of promotions and incentives.

A short message service is an excellent way to notify members of upcoming promotions and specials in real time.

It’s also a great way to let everyone know when those promotions end to save on confusion and frustration for new customers.

A Text Message Alert Example :

“For the next two weeks, refer a friend and get half off the next three months!”

 

 

8. Motivating Your Members

Send motivating messages out regularly to all your members via short message service, and help them stay focused and tracking toward their personal fitness goals.

A Text Message Alert Example :

“Work off those holiday pounds and get in shape for Valentines Day with our newest stationary bikes!”

 

 

9. Sending Healthy Recipes To Encourage Better Diet

Fitness experts and nutritionists agree that you are only as fit and capable of fitness as the fuel you put in your body.

Send your members links via text to help them eat better and see better results from their workouts.

A Text Message Alert Example:  

“Check out this great vegan smoothie packed with vitamins and great taste!”

 

10. Encouraging Members To Come Back

Sometimes we fail at getting or staying fit.

It happens to the best of us.

Send out some support and encouragement to those members who haven’t come by for a while with a text message inspiration.

It could be a quote, a message, or even be a special incentive offered on a specific day to encourage members to come in and work out on a specific day.

Whatever you choose, use your text alerts to help your customers get back on track.

A Text Message Alert Example :

“We miss you. Did you know we added tons of new stuff since you saw us last? Come back in for a free two-week trial before signing anything.”

 

Ultimately, there are many more good reasons to use a text alert system at your gym to offer a superior customer service experience.

Look into setting up a text alert system today for FREE, and start being the first choice in town for great workouts instead of the gym that people complain about on social media. Learn more about setting up your SMS service with our short message service solutions today.

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If you’re thinking about sending text alerts, do you know what text alert system features will benefit you for your purposes?

What type of functionality do you need?

What kinds of things do you want your text alert system to be able to do?

Below is a list of 24 helpful text alert system features. Many of them may or may not be relevant to you, but it’s helpful to see what exists so you can know what’s available!

text alert system features
  1. Send picture messages
  2. Include recipients’ first and last names in messages
  3. Schedule messages ahead of time
  4. Post messages to Facebook
  5. Have messages repeat at specified intervals
  6. Set up message templates
  7. Set up SMS drip campaigns
  8. View and respond back to replies people send to your messages
  9. Send out mobile surveys
  10. Store subscriber information
  11. Have people sign up for text alerts via an online sign-up page
  12. Import subscribers from a spreadsheet
  13. Integrate with other services, such as Active Directory, MailChimp, and ConstantContact
  14. View a list of everyone who has opted out
  15. Segment subscribers into groups
  16. Set up keywords people can text in to subscribe to your alerts
  17. Keep track of customer loyalty rewards and send messages when people earn loyalty points
  18. Create and send out digital coupons
  19. Set up a giveaway drawing on Facebook
  20. Run a text-in giveaway drawing
  21. Set up different administrators to send messages for your account
  22. View reports detailing subscriber sign-up information
  23. View message reports showing who each message was sent to
  24. Track link click information for links sent in your messages

You’ll want to take advantage of the features that will help you make the most out of your message sending purposes, whatever they may be!

Our text alert system at Mobile-Text-Alerts.com offers all of this and more.

Feel free to try a free test account today at https://mobile-text-alerts.com/signup

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Ever wondered how to schedule mass SMS for your business or organization?

Scheduling mass texts allows you to set up texting campaigns to boost your audiences engagement or get important info out.

To schedule mass SMS you will first need a text alert system such as ours at Mobile-Text-Alerts.com and then the steps are simple!

schedule mass sms

Step 1: To schedule mass SMS alerts, first select the date and time you want your message to be sent

You will do this from the Send a Message page. You can select the date/time and you can also select whether you want the message to be automatically sent out at intervals.

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Step 2: Select the recipients for your message.

From the same Send a Message page you can select whether you want your message to go to all recipients in your database, to particular groups, or to individual subscribers.

(For more info on how to add subscribers into your database, click here. For more info on organizing your subscribers into groups, click here.)

Step 3: Type out the content for your message.

The last step is to type out the content you are wanting to send and click the “Schedule Message” button at the bottom of the page.

The message will then be scheduled to go out to your selected recipients at the selected time.

A few notes

When you schedule mass SMS alerts, there are a couple things you’ll want to make note of:

  • Make sure your time zone is correct in your Settings under Control Panel Settings.
  • You can view and edit your scheduled messages under the Scheduled Messages tab.

As you can see, scheduling messages is a breeze if you have the right service!

Just a few quick steps and you are good to go!

If you’re wanting to give it a try, feel free to try a free test account today.

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Should you use text alerts for emergencies for your organization or business?

And if so, when should you use text alerts for emergencies and urgent situations?

It’s common knowledge that our world and society is relying more and more heavily on texting. So it follows that texting would be a quick and efficient way to get emergency info out to a large number of people.

But there are so many potential scenarios. When can text alerts be useful?

Here are a few examples.

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When should you use text alerts for emergencies or urgent updates?

1. Weather cancellations

Sometimes weather just won’t cooperate and you need to let people know that the office is closed or an event is canceled. This can save a lot of miscommunication and annoyance.

2. Drills

Text alerts can be a quick way to help get info across in a fire drill, active shooter drill, or other such emergency drills. And although ideally you will never need it in a real emergency situation you can find some comfort knowing you have that tool available just in case.

3. Fraudulent emails

Is there some kind of fraudulent email/phishing scam going around that you want to make the office aware of? Send a quick text to help everyone be on the alert.

4. Emergency prayer

One customer of ours even uses text alerts to let people know about “emergency prayer requests.” Inform people about prayer needs during urgent situations.

5. Outages

Is there some kind of internet outage or power outage in your office? Use a text alert to let employees know to work from home or to come in late, or to just keep them updated on the progress of getting the issue resolved.

6. Shift openings

Schedules change and sometimes a shift opening needs to be filled quickly. One way to let people know about this is by sending a text alert to anyone who could fill the opening. They’ll receive it on their phones right away and can respond as soon as possible.

These are just a few examples of what you can do with text alerts to keep people updated and in the know on short notice.

Interested in giving it a try? Sign up for a free test account today!

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Email drip campaigns are a popular marketing tool to help drive sales and increase engagement. But did you know you can also run SMS drip campaigns?

SMS drip campaigns can be a personal and effective way to reach your audience.

Potentially they can be even more powerful than email drip campaigns because they reach your audience in a more personal medium. This also helps ensure a better open rate for your messages!

So what are SMS drip campaigns and how can they help your business/organization?

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What Are SMS Drip Campaigns?

A drip campaign is a series of messages you set up to go out over specified time intervals.

For example, you may have a campaign set up to send out one message immediately when someone signs up, then another message the next day, another message a week later, and so on. This continues until the campaign is completed or the recipient opts out.

You can see how this kind of campaign can be effective in engaging audiences (if done right)!

With a service such as our text alert system at Mobile-Text-Alerts.com you can set up such a series of text messages.

How do you go about SMS drip campaigns?

1. Plan your SMS drip campaigns carefully

Since drip campaigns should be all set up and good to go ahead of time, you’ll want to carefully think about the purpose for your campaign and what kind of content you want to include.

I-Scoop points out the importance of establishing your aim and lining up content for an email campaign, and the principle would apply to SMS campaigns as well.

You’ll want to think about what action you would like your audience to take and how each message contributes to that goal.

2. Put your subscribers in the right segments

I-Scoop emphasizes the importance of segmenting your list so that subscribers are set up to receive the right kinds of messages.

Your drip campaigns will not yield results if people are receiving messages that have no relevancy to them, and you’ll likely experience a high number of opt-outs.

A good drip campaign tool will allow you to organize subscribers into groups and send messages according to these groupings.

3. Make sure people are opting in

To avoid any trouble you’ll want to make sure people are opting in to receive texts from you before they are put on any campaigns.

A text alert system such as ours at Mobile-Text-Alerts.com will have methods people can use to opt in (i.e., texting in a keyword to a particular number, or signing up using an online form).

You should also make the opt-out method clear (i.e., replying “stop” will opt subscribers out).

With some good planning and experimentation you can experience the benefits of SMS drip campaigns and become a texting pro!

Try a free test account today!

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