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Business SMS messaging is fast becoming an indispensable business tool for a number of applications across most business sectors. This blog category pulls together posts that illustrate this variety of uses.

SMS Marketing:

SMS marketing can be based on inbound campaigns or outbound campaigns or a combination of the two. Inbound campaigns are mainly intended to obtain opted in mobile numbers to be addressed in outbound campaigns. To persuade people to opt in a reward is usually offered – “text GIFT to 87007 for free gift” or “text VOTE plus your selection to 87007” or “text SUBSCRIBE to 87007 for latest news”. You can also buy opted in lists but building your own will almost always bring better results. Outbound campaigns can be used to send special offers, new product details, event invites or tips and hints.

Transactional Messaging

Another very common use for Business SMS is confirmation of transactions. So a customer can be sent SMS updates at each stage of a sale. Order received – order despatched – delivery Tuesday – delivery today between 11:25 and 12:15. How comforting it can be to get these confirmations especially if the customer is a bit nervous about online ordering. And of course that also boosts the brand image and encourages repeat business.

These are just a couple of the many uses of SMS messaging for business. There’s a wealth of other ideas here.

The posts listed below also focus different aspects of how businesses can profit from SMS text messaging.

SMS is fantastic for sending your customers important information that they need to read, such as SMS appointment reminders, account information, delivery notifications or customer support. Why? Because SMS boasts an incredible 98% open rate, and 95% of all text messages are read within the first 90 seconds (Source:Gartner). The text message is an instant and personal form of communication, making it very simple, convenient and effective for the tasks mentioned above like SMS appointment reminders. But how about for promoting your business? How about using SMS to promote your products or services? Send big bulk campaigns  In the press of a little send button, you can send a text message to your whole customer base, however big it is, with our system you can send 100’s of thousands of text messages in one send! And even better is that you know 95% of those customers will read your message in the first...

SMS has been around for many years now, in fact the first SMS was sent way back in 1992 by Neil Papworth, who sent ‘Merry Christmas’ to the Director of Vodafone Richard Jarvis. Since then the mobile phone has grown and grown in its importance, and is now it has become our best friend and never leaves our side. On average people check their mobile phone 150 times per day, spending around 177 minutes using them, with more than 90% of all smartphone users saying they have their phones within arms reach 24 hours a day, seven days a week (Source: Morgan Stanley). The mobile phone has changed a lot since it sent that first text message, from the huge, bulky mobile phones, to the introduction of the small, sleek and stylish smartphone. The smartphone has enabled us to, surf the internet, shop, watch movies, listen to music, anything and nearly everything...

Customer service and experience has never been more important for businesses. The customer support expectations have dramatically risen over the past number of years, and businesses are now frantically trying to find ways to improve the support they offer. But why have the levels of support and service that are now expected by customers risen? Instant millennials Millennials have grown up in a world with social media, Google and online shopping. Everything the world knows, instantly at their fingertips, which has led to their desire for everything to be instant.  This has led to a lot of change, from how we communicate with businesses, to how we watch television. Why watch it on television at 9pm on a Thursday night, when you can watch it on any device, at anytime on any day of the week? Why wait for an email, send a letter or get frustrated being put on hold, when you...

SMS is simply the worst kept secret for successful business SMS communication. What started out as a few maverick corporate businesses testing the water by using SMS to talk to their customers, has turned into a mass global adoption of SMS as a business major B2C communication channel, for businesses of all shapes and sizes. With the huge success of business SMS, businesses companies began to explore different ways they could utilise SMS into their business. From transactional SMS, to SMS reminders and notifications, to promotions and marketing, SMS has become the Swiss army knife of business communication. There are thousands of stats and success stories around SMS flying around, like the whopping 98% open rate, or the fact that 90% of all text messages are read within the first 90 seconds. However we have chosen to talk about just five stats that you might not have heard before, but they should...

Summertime is well and truly underway. Sunshine, happiness and laughter are filling the air, and we thought we would add some more great news into the mix, with our own little Summer Sale. Spirits are high during the Summer months, and people are always looking for activities to do, so this creates perfect opportunities for certain businesses to promote their business, products or services. With SMS you can do exactly that and more… With this in mind we thought we would run a Summer Sale to give you the chance to stock up on some free credits. Whether you are running your own Summer Sale, have some big campaigns to send out, or just want to stock up on some free credits - now is the perfect time to purchase. Our Summer Sale SMS Offer Any purchase over 1,000 credits will receive an extra 10% free SMS credits! The offer can be used multiple times but cannot...

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