Mobile text alerts connect investors and stockbrokers like never before. The stock market is an ever-changing roller coaster ride that can be confusing and stressful, but text alerts help stockbrokers communicate with clients in a way that’s instant and personal.

Text alerts provide stockbrokers with a convenient way of advising clients about stock market fluctuations, announcing upcoming seminars and new services, and advertising promotional sales. In this fast-paced digital age, clients prefer to hire stock brokers who use mobile text alerts so they can get the most from this much-needed financial service. Here are just a few ways text alerts help clients.

 

Stockbrokers use text alerts

  1. Advising

This is the main reason stockbrokers use text alerts—to advise people on what’s going on in the stock market. You can send as many texts as you need letting people know percentages, costs, which stocks are up, which stocks are down, and anything else that people might need advisement on when it comes to buying and selling stocks.  Stock trading is complicated, so clients need constant assistance if they are going to make the most use out of your services.

 

  1. Instant Updates

Going along with advising, the ability to send instant updates to your clients is extremely useful when it comes to dealing with stocks. The stock market is constantly changing, so you can keep your clients up to date as often as you need to.  If they are serious about their investments, then they will appreciate the instantaneous help from the convenience of their phones.

 

  1. Advertising

Stockbrokers use text alerts to bring in new clients or new potential clients. Advertise your service’s competitive advantage and try to draw people in. Let them know about any promotions or sales you have going on.  People are significantly more likely to read a text message than they are to read an email or a social media post, so advertising via text message can be an effective and affordable alternative to get more clients who can take advantage of your services!

 

  1. Announcements

You can let people know about new seminars, informational sessions, videos, books, and any other of your new products or services that might help them. Announcing these services via text will help ensure that your clients are aware of them so that they can utilize them.

 

Sign up for a free test account to get started using text alerts for your organization!

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Looking for more ways to connect with your clients and make them feel special? You can add on the “birthday text” feature to your Mobile Text Alerts account to send automated birthday texts to your subscribers!

For $5/month you can add this feature to set up a “Birthday” field for your subscribers. Once this is added, you’ll have the opportunity to input the birthday information for your subscribers. There’s three ways this can be done:

  1. You can input the information manually on your Manage Subscribers page.
  2. You can import a spreadsheet by adding a “Birthday” column to our spreadsheet template (you can learn more about importing a spreadsheet to upload subscribers here).
  3. Your subscribers can re-sign up on the Sign-up page and enter in their birthday information.

**Note: Don’t worry, these options will not create duplicate subscribers! They will simply update/edit your existing subscribers’ information.

 

Next, you can enter an automated message to be sent out to your subscribers on their birthday from your Settings tab on your control panel (under Custom Fields):

Your subscribers will automatically receive this message on the date that is listed for their birthday!

Feel free to reach out to contact@mobile-text-alerts.com if you would like to get this feature added to your services for $5/month. Let us know if you have any questions or feedback! We hope this tool helps you to cultivate even better relationships between you and your clients!

 

 

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Tired of no-shows for your appointments?

Ever wished you could just set up appointments in a calendar and have automated reminders sent out to your clients?

Now you can sit back and relax with our Appointment Reminder add-on feature!

Once the reminder feature is added to your account, all you have to do is log in to your control panel and click the “Appointments” tab. Then click on the spot in the calendar where you would like to schedule your appointment and enter the information for the appointment:

The system will then send automated reminders 24 hours and 30 minutes before the appointment. (Any number you enter in the appointment will be added as a subscriber on your Manage Subscribers page if it is not already listed there).

You can also click the Sync Calendars button integrate with a Google Calendar. As long as your Google Calendar events have a 10-digit phone number somewhere in the description (in any format), the system will be able to detect appointment and will send the automated reminders.

If you’re interested in getting this feature added to your account for $10/month, get in touch with us at contact@mobile-text-alerts.com and we will be happy to get it enabled for you!

Let us know if you have any questions!

 

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LuLaRoe retailers, we’ve added another feature for you to hopefully help make your lives easier!

You can now forward your customers’ order confirmation emails to have their purchases automatically added to the Loyalty Rewards page on your Mobile Text Alerts control panel.

All you have to do to get it set up is go to your Loyalty Rewards page on your control panel and enter your LuLaRoe merchant ID (this would be the ID that shows up in the Order Confirmation emails):

Then whenever you get emailed a copy of your customer’s purchase confirmation, you can forward it to reply@mobile-text-alerts.com; the system will detect your customer’s email address from the message and will add the purchases to their loyalty rewards count. (You’ll just want to make sure that your customer’s email address is included somewhere in the forwarded email; most email apps and sites should have it automatically included in the header of the forwarded message.)

If you want to completely automate things, you could have your order confirmations sent directly to reply@mobile-text-alerts.com (as described in the screenshot above). Then anytime an order is made, the purchases would be added and you wouldn’t even have to forward anything over!

To forward the order confirmations, you will need to add a forwarding address of reply@mobile-text-alerts.com. If you want to automate this process, here are instructions of how to do that in Gmail:

Step 1: Go to Settings.

Step 2: Go to Forwarding and POP/IMAP.

Step 3: Click “Add a Forwarding Address” and add reply@mobile-text-alerts.com.

Step 4: Paste “from:(noreply@lularoebless.com) subject:(my lularoe order)” into the gmail search bar and click the down arrow on the right.

Step 5: Then click “Create Filter With This Search.”

Step 6: On the next screen, check the “Forward it to:” checkbox and select reply@mobile-text-alerts.com from the dropdown, then click “Create Filter.” Any new emails from noreply@lularoebless.com with My LuLaRoe Order Number in the subject line should be automatically forwarded to reply@mobile-text-alerts.com for reward tracking.

 

 

If this process seems too complicated or you need help, please contact our customer support and they can help you get set up. (Note that once you set up emails to forward to reply@mobile-text-alerts.com, you may need to wait for a confirmation on our end in order for the change to fully process. You can contact us if you would like to expedite the confirmation.)

We hope this will help make keeping track of your customers’ rewards even simpler. Let us know if you have any questions or feedback!

 

 

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Ten years ago, it may have seemed ridiculous for hotels to consider texting their guests. But today, it’s a different story.

Texts can bring your hotel a much-needed boost to your customer service scores.

From confirming reservations and check outs to alerting your customers about upcoming deals and events, text messages increase engagement and improve communication between your team and your guests.

Today we’ll be covering 8 of the best strategies to help you get started with a text service for your hotel, bed and breakfast, or Airbnb.

We’ll start with why all of this is even worth your time.

Why should hotels consider using a text service?

When was the last time you ignored an email from a company you previously purchased from or did business with? Most of us let stacks of promotional and marketing emails pile up in our cluttered inboxes all the time.

Now think about the last time you ignored a text message.

Exactly.

According to Cornell University Professor Chekitan Dev, a text service is bound to be a hit with your guests and is “sure to resonate, especially for the Millennial for whom email is passé and text is everything.” But why is that? And how can hotels like yours use it to improve customer service scores?

One reason may be due to the fact that texts are a very personal form of communication.

Anytime you text someone, you’re initiating an intimate one-on-one conversation via their personal device. We all know the secret to providing excellent customer service is personalization and communication. Texts are amazing in these two areas so it only makes sense to use them.

So by now, you may be convinced a text service is the best way to raise your customer service ratings- so what’s next? How does one actually go about this?

Fortunately, there are plenty of options to choose from.

 

The Best Ways for Hotels to Use Text Messaging

If you want your hotel guests to experience a level of customer service unlike anything they’ve ever seen before, you need to “wow” them from start to finish.

A good way to kick off your relationship on the right foot is by sending both a confirmation text before your guests arrive and then a welcome text message once they check in.

 

#1: Send a confirmation text.

When a guest books a room, send them a confirmation text letting them know you’ve received and confirmed their reservation and that your team is ready and available to answer any questions they have. Invite them to reply back to the text message if they need further assistance.

Then, once they check in, send this next text welcoming them to your fine establishment.

 

#2: Send a Welcome Message next.

This message should contain a big, warm welcome and another short message mentioning that if your guests need anything, they can reach out via text.

You can also drop another short sentence in there about any upcoming events or other important details your guests should know about, such as check-in and check-out times or how late they can order room service. Exclusive discounts and special rates for recurring customers are also another stellar option to send via text.

 

#3: Use texts to promote special rates and event pricing.

Sending a exclusive promotions right to their phone ensures that you give them the VIP treatment they deserve.

Not only will this help drive customers to book a room, it will also improve your customer service since guests will feel appreciated.

 

#4: Send an Update Text.

These let you share details via text about anything that might be relevant to your guest’s stay at your hotel.

Examples of texts like these include a local weather report, traffic or construction issues, and closings or cancellations (such as cleaning the pool or gym, etc.).

These are all good things to mention to your guests to keep them in-the-loop; and they’ll appreciate the extra effort you put in to keep them updated. 

While it may seem counterintuitive to alert your guests to any hiccups at your hotel, especially in the case of a closed pool or gym, the transparency will go a long way. Instead of your guests finding out the day of, they’ll have time to prepare and will appreciate the heads up more than you keeping the matter quiet.

If your update text brings bad news about rainy weather for your beach hotel, think about sharing a few indoor activities for your guests to enjoy via text. This will give them something to look forward to!

 

#5:  Arrange for transportation via text.

In your first confirmation text, you can also include a mention of how guests can choose to be transported to your hotel.

If you offer a shuttle service, include a message along the lines of: We offer a free shuttle service to and from the closest airport. To sign up for a free lift, reply back to this message with your name and arrival date.

For guests in need of a rental car, you can also find out what size vehicle they’ll need and where to find it (i.e., Is it at the airport or near your hotel?).

By doing this, you’ll take another major headache off your customer’s plate so they can arrive feeling relaxed and worry-free.

 

#6: Concierge via text.

When you use text messages to arrange transportation, you can also provide another level of service via concierge requests.

This time, guests can text your concierge or receptionist with any questions they have, reservation requests they’d like made, room adjustments, etc., and they’ll be able to receive a quick response back.

Talk about instant service.

 

#7: Have your guests order room service via text.

The same level of service that you provide with your concierge texts can also carry over to your room service.

Give your guests the ability to text their room service orders and you’ll see a nice boost in sales. Texts are discreet and quiet, which means your guests can easily place an order without disrupting anyone else in the room — such as those who may be sleeping.  You can’t say the same about placing a room service order over the phone.

And while this is a huge perk to using text messages to improve your customer service, there’s also one more way they can help: promoting attractions around your hotel.

 

#8: Let your customers know what’s going on around your hotel.

You want your hotel guests to have an unforgettable trip, right?

We’ve been discussing ways to use a text service to provide customer service that goes above and beyond. But this can only go so far for your hotel.

That’s where attractions and local events come into play. Your guests are looking to you and your team for advice on what to do in the area. Instead of making them hunt you down to find out, send them a text message packed with a short list of things to do during their stay. At the bottom of your text, include a link to find more information.

When your guests pair an exceptional stay with an unforgettable show or attraction, they’ll have memories for years to come — ones they’ll want to recreate again and again. That’s a surefire way to keep them coming back to stay with you.

 

You’ll Improve Your Customer Service Immediately

Getting started with a text service is easy- start reaping the benefits sooner rather than later!

Head over here for a free trial and you’ll have everything you need to tackle the eight strategies we talked about today. Even if you only manage to knock out a few of them, you’ll still see a fantastic improvement in your customer service scores without much effort on your end.

Start your free trial today.

 

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Consumers today are bombarded with dozens of restaurants to choose from, which means the challenge becomes trying to keep your diners loyal to your restaurant.

One of the most important ways to do that is offering delicious, mouth-watering food that your restaurant patrons won’t soon forget. The type that people crave for days and snap photos of to upload on Instagram.

On top of that, you need a solid team in place. One that’s attentive and provides the best customer service possible.

These ingredients combined in the perfect ratio will ensure your customers come back for more.

But what happens when you already have those down pat?

How else can you increase your chances of becoming the go-to restaurant in your neighborhood?

Many restaurants pack the house when they start using text message marketing.

Follow this route and you’ll capture your customer’s attention, build a stronger relationship with them, and increase your chances of earning precious word-of-mouth referrals.

Think the secret to achieving this is as closely guarded as your grandma’s mac and cheese recipe?

Think again.

Today we’ll show you how to use text message marketing to boost and improve your restaurant’s brand loyalty in a few easy steps.

Before we jump in, let’s first go over why this marketing channel works so well for restaurants.

How Text Message Marketing Will Change Your Business

As we talked about in this article, text message marketing is not as complicated as it sounds. It simply means you’ll be sending text messages to your list of customers to keep them interested in what’s going on at your restaurant.

Instead of only bombarding your list of customers with deals, you’ll start to build a relationship with them.

Since text messages are considered a 1-on-1 communication method, it’s important that the relationship aspect is prominent and clear to your recipients.

We’ll help you build a relationship with your subscribers using text messages today if that’s new ground for your restaurant.

Tackle these 5 strategies and you’ll be well on your way to creating loyal customers who can’t wait to see what your restaurant’s cooking up next.

But before you start sending messages to your customers, you’ll need them to sign up to receive them first. And that may require you to sweeten the pot a bit.

#1: Reward Your New Subscribers with Freebies for Signing Up

If you want your customers to sign up for your text alerts, you need to give them a good reason to do so.

That’s where offering a freebie or sending an enticing new subscriber discount comes in handy.

When new customers sign up, they should automatically receive a welcome text message that acts as a coupon for a freebie or discount.

In the case of a restaurant, send your customers a free appetizer, dessert, or premium side dish and you’ll increase your chances of getting those customers back in for a second visit.

This simple step ensures that your newly-subscribed customer comes right back to your restaurant for another meal.

Texas Roadhouse used this exact strategy and “acquired 60,000 subscribers to its mobile database in one year via a variety of loyalty call-to-actions,” one of which includes offering a free appetizer to those who join the database, according to Mobile Commerce Daily.

Another way to get your customers back in the door is sending a mass text to an exclusive list and offering only those subscribers a special deal, as we’ll see next.

#2: Send Portions of Your List Exclusive Deals

Exclusivity makes people feel special, which motivates them to take action.

This same logic holds true with text message marketing for your restaurant.

By sending a few of your subscribers exclusive discounts, they’ll feel appreciated and more connected to your brand. They’ll feel so many warm and fuzzies for your brand you’ll improve brand loyalty overnight.

When customers see that you’re taking time to make them feel special, they’ll feel more inclined to stop by your restaurant when their tummies grumble.

And when you combine this tactic with the next one on our list, you’ll see engagement rates that consistently improve each month, which further builds your brand loyalty.

#3: Personalize Those Deals & You’ll See An Uptick in Engagement

On top of using exclusivity, you should also personalize your deals to make them even more enticing to your subscribers.

This could be as simple as keeping track of subscribers’ birthdays and offering them a free or discounted birthday gift. Who doesn’t like a restaurant that offers subscribers a free slice of birthday cake?

Or it could include offering promotions based on your subscribers’ preferences.

If your customers want to receive coupons for bottles of wine, for example, they could sign up for your “Wine Deals” group. This way they only receive promotions they are actually interested in rather than cluttering their inbox with deals they don’t care about.

The more you can personalize your deals, the more likely they’ll be used.

Another way to keep your subscribers interested and engaged is to send them your weekly specials via text. We’ll show you how to do that next.

#4: Send Out Your Weekly Specials

When it comes to building your restaurant’s brand loyalty, it pays to keep your subscribers interested in what you have to offer. So keep your subscribers in the loop by giving them recurring messages.

One way to do that is to send out texts related to your restaurant’s weekly specials.

These texts should include enticing offers (more on this next), a glimpse into what’s on the menu, or seasonal items you’re highlighting.

By doing this, you’ll not only stay top of mind with your customers, you’ll also have them counting down the minutes until they can actually eat what you’re teasing them with.

To sweeten this deal further, send a BOGO offer with your weekly specials.

#5: Offer a BOGO Deal

Buy one, get one deals are always enticing. So how can your restaurant use them to increase your brand loyalty?

Instead of offering a plain ol’ BOGO, send your customers one where the deal involves bringing a friend.

The benefit of this route is two-fold.

Your deal will strengthen your original customer’s relationship with your restaurant and it will also help spread your brand’s awareness to your customer’s friend.

While you may take a small hit on the freebie entree, you’ll certainly reap the investment by essentially doubling your brand loyalty. Consider that extra friend a new customer who’ll happily recommend your restaurant to their entire network of potential diners. #NotTooShabby

With these 5 strategies under your belt, you’re ready to tackle this all-too important method of marketing ASAP.

Use Text Message Marketing to Improve Your Restaurant’s Brand Loyalty Today

To get started, find an SMS sending service that’s affordable and reliable.

When you partner with an SMS marketing expert, you’ll be ready to entice your customers with offers they won’t be able to refuse.

Keep in mind, you can’t just add your customers to your text alert mailing list — they must opt-in by law. That’s why it’s crucial to add an irresistible offer to sweeten the deal and motivate them to sign up.

After they’ve been added to your list, you’ll need to keep your subscribers engaged and interested in what’s going on at your restaurant. Use weekly special texts to do just that.

From there, send your loyal subscribers exclusive deals every so often to get them to visit your restaurant more frequently.

BOGO friend deals work well here. These can help bring in more traffic and increase your brand awareness with just one visit.

Keep rotating these tactics with your new and potential subscribers to uncover the deals and texts that resonate with them the most. Then you’ll be well on your way to improving your restaurant’s brand loyalty in no time.

And when that happens, you’ll soon become the favorite go-to restaurant in town.

 

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Here at Mobile Text Alerts, we talk a lot about communication. Thoughts, sentences, phrases, words—it’s what we’re all about.  Most of communication is simply sharing words in a meaningful way, and we know that sharing words with your group is important.

But there is a word that is more important than any other word we could share with our businesses, organizations, and communities. Christmastime is a perfect time to talk about this word, because this word is what Christmas is all about.Christmas2

The Word

This is the word that spoke all of the universe into existence. This is the word that existed before the dawn of time. This is the eternal word that became human—the event we celebrate at Christmas.

The Gospel of John, chapter 1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

The Word is Jesus Christ. He is God in the flesh, God fully revealing Himself to us by becoming one of us. This is the tremendous significance of the birth of Jesus: God revealing His grace (unearned favor) and truth.

“Good People”

Why do we need God’s grace and truth? Most of us are “good people” who do our best to make a living for ourselves and our families. We try to be honest, try to be decent citizens and spouses and parents and friends. Many of us even go to church, sing the songs, and go through all the rituals. We seem to be doing OK on our own.

But are we really OK?

The Problem

God says that we “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). No, we’re not all murderers or adulterers or rapists by action, but we have harbored hatred and lust and any number of sins in our hearts. We have lied, become angry for no good reason, and are overall driven by selfishness and a desire to please self rather than God. All of this and more makes us unacceptable to God and separates us from a right relationship with Him. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

The Free Gift

Our sin condemns us to an eternal Hell, but this is why the Word came. He came to offer us the free gift (grace) of eternal life. Romans 5:8 says, “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” In His death, Christ bore the punishment for our sin. It’s not about being a “good person” or working as hard as we can to make ourselves acceptable to God—Christ did not die for us because we were worthy, but He died in spite of our unworthiness. And there’s nothing we can do to earn His forgiveness!

Faith and Works

Romans 10:9 says, “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” It’s all about faith. We must believe what God has said and put our complete trust in what Christ has done. Then He promises to save us from both the penalty of sin (Hell) and from the power of sin to govern all our thoughts, attitudes, and actions.

When we realize this and surrender our lives to Him as Master, He changes us from the inside out. As a result, we do good things out of love for Him rather than out of obligation to try to earn His favor! “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

 

This Christmas, consider Jesus. Think about your sin and how it separates you from God. Realize that you cannot earn your way to Him, nor do you need to. The Word came at Christmas to give us a free gift. Won’t you accept it?

“[F]or today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).

 

Merry Christmas!

 

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Are you frustrated by the constant algorithm changes social media platforms and search engines like Facebook and Google are always making?

Tired of sending out emails to customers with less-than-ideal open and click through rates?

It used to be easy to get your message across following these marketing avenues. But now it’s virtually impossible.

So what if there was a better way to communicate with your customers?

One that allowed your messages to finally stand out from the clutter and get the attention they deserve.

What you’re really looking for is SMS marketing.

While it’s not a new form of marketing, it is one that’s piquing interest and growing fast. Many brands see open rates as high as 99%, which far surpasses both typical email and social engagement rates.

The problem is most brands aren’t familiar with SMS marketing.

If that sounds like you, don’t sweat it. Today’s article will cover the ins and outs of SMS marketing to help you determine if it’s right for your brand.

Plus, we’ll also talk about how to get started and even go over some of the best practices to keep in mind with SMS marketing as a beginner.

Now that you’re excited, let’s jump right in!

What is SMS marketing anyway?

Don’t let the fancy jargon scare you off. At its core, an SMS messaging service is all about connecting with your customers. This time, it’s done through text messages; SMS stands for short message service.

And that’s exactly how SMS marketing works.

You simply send text messages to your list of customers anytime you want to communicate important yet quick updates.

These short messages can be anything from event reminders, cancellations, and location changes to alerts that drive customers to your soon-to-be-over flash sales.

SMS marketing can also be used to pick your customer’s brain. Send your list of customers a short survey to see how things are going from their perspective. You can then ask where they think you can improve to better their customer experience (aka: earn repeat business!).

So now that you know what this marketing approach is, you’re probably wondering if it’s right for your business. Let’s tackle that next.

Is SMS marketing right for your business?

First and foremost, text messages are a great way to communicate with customers. They’re fast, short, and most importantly, they bypass overflowing email inboxes and busy social feeds.

Since “over 81% of Americans are texters”, most customers are starting to prefer texts over emails. According to research from Forbes, 76% of people are “more likely to read a message sooner if it’s an SMS/text message” instead of an email.

Which leads to one of the biggest advantages of using a text service:

Text messages have the highest open rates — at around 99%.

And if that wasn’t enough, SMS marketing can also improve your customer service.

If your business relies on appointments, there’s no better way to send a friendly reminder to your customers than via text.

You can also send texts to your new customers asking if they need assistance. If they type “Y” for yes, you can help them right away instead of waiting for them to reach out, which they may never do.

Wondering if marketing sms is right for your business?

Answer the following questions and you’ll know ASAP:

  1. Are you tired of sending out emails to customers and never seeing a response via your sales or conversions?
  2. Are you frustrated by the constant algorithm changes that social media platforms and search engines like Facebook and Google are always doing? (i.e., Are you frustrated that your social posts go unnoticed?)
  3. Would you like a better way to send appointment reminders to your customers so your no-show rates move closer to 0%?
  4. Would you like to improve your relationships with both new and existing customers?
  5. Are you looking for a better way to drive customers to your flash sales and short-term promotions?

If you answered “yes” to more than a few of these questions, an SMS service like Mobile Text Alerts may be perfect for your business.

We’ll show you how to get started with one next.

How to Get Started with SMS Marketing

Since most of us are so used to text messaging, it’s super easy to get started with SMS marketing.

First, you’ll need to choose a trustworthy provider just like you would with your own personal cell phone service. Keep in mind, you can’t just show up to the same provider of your normal text messages and ask about SMS marketing.

Instead, you’ll need to choose a provider that specifically focuses on business SMS.

It’s also essential that your provider offers the following features (at a minimum):

  • Easy-to-use dashboard that allows you to send an unlimited amount of messages to your subscribers each month
  • Automated reminders and follow up texts
  • Deliverability reports
  • Text-to-speech functionality so your customers can listen to your texts while they’re doing other activities (like driving) instead of reading them
  • The ability to send mass texts that appear as if the message was sent to each customer personally
  • List segmentation for more targeted campaigns

Once you find the right SMS sending service, you’re ready to import your customer list.

A solid SMS service makes this step easy so all you need to do is add your subscribers, or customers, right to your dashboard with the click of a button.

The best providers will give your new subscribers ways to join your list automatically so you don’t have to lift a finger to grow a contact list worth smiling about.

When your subscriber list is all set, you’ll be ready to send your first message. Yep, it’s that easy!

But before you dive in head first, there are a few best practices you’ll want to keep in mind so you don’t annoy your customers.

A Few Tips to Keep in Mind with SMS Marketing

At this point, you’re more than ready to get started with SMS marketing.

Your next step is determining which types of messages you want to send your customers.

Some good messages to start with include:

  • Upcoming sale or event announcements
  • Appointment reminders
  • Welcome texts to new customers

Once you have your first type of message all figured out, you’re ready to nail down the message itself.

With text messages, the theme is short and sweet. You want to craft the shortest possible message that still makes sense. While it may be okay to send your friend or family member a “C U @ 8” text, this isn’t going to cut it with your customers.

You should still sound professional while keeping your messages short. Since texts are read on small screens and devices, long messages can be too overwhelming for customers to read.

Mention your most important details first and then give instructions for how your customers can take the next step. For example, type “Y” to confirm your appointment or “I’m in” to pre-register for the next sale or upcoming event.

As for how many texts to send, that depends. You don’t want to start bombarding your customers so you’ll need to strike a balance here. Ideally, your customers should hear from you no more than once per week.

It’s also a good idea to use segmentation so you only send certain messages to certain customers.

So, for example, you’d only send event reminders to customers who opened or replied to your initial event text message. That means you’ll exclude anyone that didn’t open your first text so they don’t get annoyed.

Easy peasy.

Get Started with SMS Marketing Today

With all of today’s information under your belt, your business is finally ready to get started with SMS marketing.

Your first step is to find a trustworthy provider.

From there, import your list of customers, choose the type of message you want to send, and then craft the perfect short-but-to-the-point text. Hit the send button and watch your engagement, click through, and conversion numbers skyrocket. 

Get started with SMS marketing today!

 

Article by NeilPatelDigital.com

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Introducing our “new subscriber text-in giveaway” feature!

You can now entice more subscribers to add themselves to your text alerts by running a giveaway from your Mobile Text Alerts control panel.

This allows new subscribers to text in and be automatically entered into a giveaway drawing; the system will then select the winner at random from the people who texted in.

The instructions are laid out on your Text-In Giveaways tab at https://mobile-text-alerts.com/controlPanel/text-in-giveaways:

  1. Create a giveaway by selecting a keyword, entering an item, and selecting a start and end date.
  2. Your subscribers can enter the giveaway by texting the keyword to your shortcode within the giveaway start/end timeframe.
  3. Once you return to this page and click the button to end the giveaway, a number will be randomly selected to receive the giveaway item.
  4. Contact the winner directly and let them know they won the giveaway.

NOTE: This feature is only usable if you have a shortcode keyword, and it will only add new subscribers to the giveaway list.

So if you click to add a new giveaway it will show you this screen:

From here you can select which of your keywords you want to be associated with your giveaway (this is the keyword people will text in to enter the giveaway). Then enter the name of the giveaway prize (this is just for your reference). Lastly you can designate a start date/time and and end date/time for the giveaway and click “Save.”

Any new subscriber who texts in your designated keyword will be added to the giveaway list. Once the period for the giveaway is over, you can click the “End” button for that giveaway and the system will automatically select a winner. You can then contact the winner and let them know they have won!

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“Outside of the cross of Jesus Christ, there is no hope in this world. That cross and resurrection at the core of the Gospel is the only hope for humanity.” –Ravi Zacharias

“The best news of the Christian gospel is that the supremely glorious Creator of the universe has acted in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection to remove every obstacle between us and himself so that we may find everlasting joy in seeing and savoring his infinite beauty.” –John Piper

“Entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe; and they were amazed.  And he said to them, ‘Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him.'” -Mark 16:5-6

“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” -1 Corinthians 15:3-4

“If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” -Romans 10:9

 

This is the hope of Easter: we were totally lost in our sin, consumed by our desires, destined for hell and unable to save ourselves; but Jesus came to Earth as the God-Man, lived a perfect life, and died on a cross to pay the penalty for our sin.  Death was not the end – God raised Him from the dead and He is alive today!  He tells us to place our faith completely in what He did for us and submit our lives to Him.  He will give us eternal life with Him and transform our desires to glorify Him!

This Easter, may you heed Jesus and may you reflect on what He did for you on that cross some 2,000 years ago.  God bless, and happy Easter!

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