Increase Conversion in Your SMS Marketing by Doing This One Thing
Good copywriting is something marketers really need to understand. But it’s easy to forget the basic principles and best practice when running SMS marketing campaigns. You only have 160 characters after all (or up to 456 characters if you’re using fastsms).
While there are many elements to successful copywriting, there’s one element that is often either overlooked or over-used. What is it? Urgency.
You’ve seen what I’m talking about in adverts:
- Only 20 spots left
- Sale ends today
- Get yours before it’s too late
All these phrases (and many more), make the reader feel a sense of urgency. If they don’t hurry then they’ll miss out. It’s this sense they feel that helps drive the call to action, whatever that may be.
But since SMS marketing messages are short, you have limited space to describe the entire offer, let alone create urgency. It’s also important though, to make sure the urgency doesn’t come across as fake. For example, if you send a message with a discount code good “today only”, then you send a similar offer a few days later, then another, your customers will certainly become jaded. They will no longer believe the urgency in your messages.
This can also happen if you send a limited offer to your “exclusive” text messaging club, but then run the same offer for everyone who comes into your store. In today’s world of social media, you’ll lose credibility once word gets around. Running multiple campaigns is fine, just be sure the urgency you describe is real. If you say the special discount ends today, it should end today. If the offer is exclusive or limited, keep it that way.
And speaking of limited offers, examinations of the copy in successful campaigns have shown that a limited time urgency works better than saying there are limited quantities available. So if you have the choice, limit your offers to a defined time frame – preferably short. A day or weekend can work well, but when the time gets much longer the conversion rates drop.
Here’s one more titbit to help build your urgency: don’t use the word “ends”. Apparently people don’t respond well to terms like “ends today”. They much prefer (and by that I mean they act on the offer more often) terms like “until Friday” or “today only”. Small changes like these can have a surprising impact on your conversion rates.
And the best news is that those types of terms are short, create urgency and are perfect for SMS marketing.
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Getting to grips with the underlying psychology of how audiences react both consciously and subconsciously to your message is key to achieving the maximum effect in any type of marketing. All kinds of things come into play with different media, from colours and shapes to images and videos. Even the way things move can have a powerful effect on a viewer. Unlike many other forms of marketing, however, SMS marketing is unique in that the only tool you have is words - and not many of them. But armed with a basic knowledge of consumer psychology, 456 characters is more than enough to get the desired effect. In this article, we present our six top tips to take advantage of the psychology of SMS messaging.
In a previous article I shared two examples of SMS marketing messages I received and how their call to action worked, or not. This time I want to share two more examples to help you in crafting the perfect call to action for your SMS marketing messages.
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