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.
Businesses with limited staff or budgets might ask themselves whether they should use email or SMS marketing. Both are relatively low cost. Both offer the ability to reach many people at the same time, yet provide personal interaction. Both have a long history of being used for marketing.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But could text messaging really be considered beautiful? You might argue that it depends on the messages you get! That’s a valid approach, but I recently found a description of mobile messaging that made me believe it is indeed beautiful, so I thought I’d share it with you.
In Hotel Impossible, Anthony Melchiorri saves struggling hotels. It turns out some of the advice he gives them could make you a lot more money. It’s all about marketing and knowing where to get the best ROI. Read the blog to see if you’re spending in the right places.
Yet another company (Quigley and Carter Limited) have been fined by the ICO for not having permission to send SMS messages. In this case, they had outsourced their marketing to a third party who then sent messages on their behalf. So is staying compliant with the regulations regarding SMS messaging so difficult? It doesn’t have to be.
Is your social media struggling? Read this article to learn how businesses of every shape and size can use SMS messaging to drive social media engagement and generate revenue from increased brand exposure. Whether the goal is to support a one-off sales campaign or a long term drive to increase reach, SMS messaging offers an unparalleled opportunity to make your brand's voice heard in the increasingly noisy social media space.
Is SMS marketing the worst idea ever? That’s the opinion of one author in Entrepreneur Magazine. He gives five reasons why companies should never bother sending SMS messages to customers. I take him on, point by point to show why he’s wrong and SMS marketing is the best idea ever.
Whether it's a cinema, theatre or concert hall, your entertainment venue is missing a trick if it's not utilising SMS marketing to get those bums on seats. We take an in-depth look at how all kinds of entertainment venues can really make the most of SMS marketing.
We’re all familiar with shortcodes without actually knowing what they are. Shortcodes are the 5 to 6 digit numbers that businesses use for sending and replying to their text messages. To keep costs low and to get into the mobile space as quickly as possible, your small business needs a shared shortcode, here's why.