Our 10 Best SMS Mobile Marketing Blog Posts
We’ve been cranking out the content on this blog for a few years now. After spending some time looking through it all, I decided to pull out the ten best blogs on mobile marketing. If you read nothing else about using SMS messaging in your mobile marketing, these blogs tell you what it is, how to do it, and how to know if you’ve done it right.
Without further ado, here they are in order.
Understanding the fundamentals of SMS marketing is important if you are going to do it well. This blog explains the two basic campaign types and when to use them.
One of the most important aspects of SMS is the keyword. They are used for recognition and action in almost every two-way message. This post gives you the guidelines on how to choose, and use, them.
To use two-way messaging (so you can get a reply from your customers), you’ll need either a virtual mobile number (VMN) or a shortcode. This blog explains what a VMN is and why you might want to choose to use it. You’ll also find out the dangers of using a shared VMN, if that’s what your provider gives you.
In number three you learned about VMNs. This is the blog to learn about shortcodes, and finally how to decide which you should use for your specific needs.
In order to use SMS marketing, you’ll need to have a list of mobile numbers. While you can contact existing customers under certain conditions, you’ll eventually want to grow a list specific for marketing. To do that you’ll need an opt in campaign. This blog will give you the formula for writing the best opt in message for your business.
It’s one thing to read about a concept, it’s another to see it in action. So this blog has you do both. I walk you step by step through a perfect example of an opt in campaign.
Learn how to send SMS messages “just in time” to all your customers. If you can perfect your timing, they’ll engage with you by sending the replies you ask for, redeeming the offers you send, or clicking on the links you provide.
Engaging your customers is just the beginning. This post goes into more detail about how personalised marketing can make your customers feel appreciated. That makes them happy, and turns them into loyal customers.
Once you’ve read all these posts and have launched your campaign, how do you know it’s working? Check out this blog to see some basic metrics you can use to quickly tell how successful the campaign was, and how to make it even better in the future.
The last of the best blogs is a quick checklist you can use with every campaign to make sure you stay compliant with the regulations regarding SMS marketing. Don’t worry. It’s easy to do if you follow the checklist.
In terms of storytelling, SMS text messaging is probably as far removed from long-form, direct-action copywriting as you could be. However, the SMS marketing writer can still learn a lot of lessons here with regard to overall approach, content and composition.
One of the many benefits of SMS messaging is that it's personal. It can feel like a one on one communication or even conversation. But it's also one of the best ways to reach 10, 100, or even 100,000 people all at once. So even "one to many" communication feels like "one to one" to the receiver.
Is there such a thing as a "perfect" SMS message? Yes, there is, but there isn't just one example of a perfect message. There are so many uses for SMS messages that each of them would have their own perfect example. How many different types are there? This infographic includes a short list of some types.
Over the last month or so I've signed up for quite a lot of webinars. I'm always trying to learn more about technology, marketing, best practices – you get the idea. So I've been excited to see many organisations offering SMS reminders for webinars. But there is one experience I had with an SMS reminder for a webinar that I simply had to share.
SMS marketing has come a long way since its introduction to mainstream marketing back in the early 2000’s. As well as dramatic changes in technology, there have also been sweeping changes to the laws governing this powerful and popular form of marketing. With its low cost, high ROI and tremendous versatility, it can now benefit almost every sector. But all this aside, the fundamental rules for successful campaigns remain largely unchanged. So just what are the big do’s and dont’s of SMS marketing? Read this article for six top tips from our team that will help you unlock the key to SMS success
Small screens increasingly equate to big business. 30 years ago, when mobile phones were still in their relative infancy and tended to be both expensive and as big as a rubber-bound brick, Vodafone predicted that the market would support around a million units. Fast forward to 2016 and mobile phones are a daily part of life for a majority of the global population.
It's an app world out there. The average mobile owner has about 40 apps installed at any one time. But they usually use approximately 15 regularly. Personally, that's about right. Though I would bet I've had many more than 40 apps before, but I get around to deleting some eventually.