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.
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.
If you’re still not sure about why you need SMS marketing, this blog takes you beyond the usual statistics to show three convincing reasons why you do. Find out how it provides value to you, and your, customers a variety of ways.
SMS flies under many marketers radars when it comes to building an inbound marketing strategy. But if Buzzfeed's news app is to be believed, there are days when SMS generates the greatest percentage of shares on that channel, beating out Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and email. SMS share buttons are reported to have been used 4 times more than Twitter buttons. When you consider Twitter has 317 million active users, then SMS marketing has huge potential for a hotel business.
How hard is it to use SMS marketing? If you’ve been told it’s complicated, you heard wrong. Using SMS is simple, though there are a few things you should know. This blog shows you how simple it can be, and provides links to useful resources.
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.
Emoji are showing up everywhere. Should you be using these cute, fun, and illustrative icons in your SMS marketing? Your customers probably want you to. Around 72% of people have positive feelings about brands who use emoji. But before you get started, you’ll want to find out the details in this blog.