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sms marketing in retailBusiness 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.


There are thousands of hugely impressive success stories around how SMS has improved and helped businesses externally, increasing sales and improving customer experience. But SMS can not only help you externally in communicating with your customers, it can also help your business internally. With mobile workforces, home working and flexible part time staffing, staff and employee communication can be a little tricky, especially when your staff numbers are high and you need instant communication. This is exactly where SMS can help, effective, easy and instant, SMS is transforming internal business communications. How SMS can improve staff communication  Emergency updates Sometimes disasters strike, and certain things are left completely out of your hands, adverse weather conditions, electricity or internet issues are just a few things that might make your office unusable for staff.  A simple message to all your employees outlining the problem and letting them know about other arrangements or to work from home, easy,...

There are lots of different ways businesses are using SMS to further their business, and transactional SMS is just one of those ways - but what exactly is transactional SMS? Transactional SMS is a term that relates to SMS messages that are sent to customers after they have completed an action, they are often automatically sent in direct relation to that customer. With the automation of these messages, they are helping businesses with not only their workload, but also improving their customer experiences. Your workforce is then not having to be available 24/7 and carry out mundane updates/tasks, and your customers are getting personalised information delivered to them instantly.  In a world when the majority of customers are now wanting self-serve options, and demanding excellent customer service, we are seeing more and more transactional SMS messages being implemented and sent. Types of transactional SMS messages  SMS confirmations Communication is such an important part of any relationship,...

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