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We ran a survey on our website recently to ask if businesses had reduced the number of marketing messages they send (email, SMS etc.) as a result of GDPR - and 42% of UK based respondents said yes, they had. A further 42.7% said they’d made no changes, and 15.4% said they were sending more messages.* What we’ve discovered when talking to business owners and marketers is that people don’t fully understand the regulation, and so are being very cautious. They’ve either reduced the frequency of their messages or reduced their mailing list. We’ve also seen occasions where this actually wasn’t necessary, and, in some cases, that the excessive caution was damaging their business interests. So, before we go into what you can do to re-build your mailing list, it’s worth revisiting a common misunderstanding about GDPR. There are 6 lawful bases which allow you to process personal data under GDPR, and only one...

Hard cash, sterling, money, notes and coins have been a part of our everyday lives for centuries, the idea of leaving the house and heading to a store without them would have seemed like madness years ago, however billions of cashless transactions are now taking place everyday. One in five Brits never carries cash, they want to pay by their contactless card, or by their smartphone, with half of Brits surveyed by First Bus stating that ‘cash is on the way out.’ Retailers have led the way in already adjusting their payment options to suit the modern day customer, and those that have, have seen huge benefits and uplifts. 39% of 2017 Black Friday sales were made through a smartphone, making it the device of choice beating the desktop and tablet to the lion share of the sales. (Source: IMRG) Mobile banking is now huge. More and more of us are engaged with...

The Black Friday madness is well underway, with the majority of the big retailers starting their usual Black Friday week campaigns yesterday, from Amazon to John Lewis, Black Friday is certainly showing no signs of slowing down this year! Every year the Black Friday sales figures unbelievably get bigger and bigger. However last years stats showed the retail industry a very interesting trend, not surprisingly perhaps, but online retail sales in the UK hit the dizzying heights of £1.4 Billion on the Friday alone. Interestingly, of that £1.4 Billion, 39% was purchased through a smartphone, meaning that the smartphone is now the preferred number one device overtaking desktops and tablets. So any and every retailer hoping to have a successful Black Friday, needs to make sure they have their mobile marketing plan in place, as the mobile is again set to be the main device again this year.   We have written a Black...

SMS marketing can help your business receive those response rates that you have always dreamt of and can help you enhance and improve your business massively. Whether that be improving your customer service, sales and marketing or customer retention - SMS can do it all. SMS is a personal form of communication which makes it very powerful, in fact 98% of all text messages are read. However this can make SMS marketing slightly daunting, knowing that every customer will almost certainly read your message as they will be notified of your message instantly at the time you send your campaign. Like any marketing method there is always experimentation, every business is different and so is every customer, so there is no real standardised campaign that you can send out and will work for every industry.  Below are some things you definitely need to do when sending your SMS campaign, and some things that...

One of the great things about working with SMS marketing is that so many different types of businesses can use it, every business sector has a different way of using mobile marketing to suit their business, to help build, develop and improve their business. We love to see all the different weird and wonderful businesses here at Fastsms, from solicitors to accountants, from retail shops to restaurants - we have them all here at Fastsms. The Lawn People are not your average business. They are the turf experts, they cater and take care of thousands of lawns across the country. They offer complete bespoke treatment and care for every individual lawn, and with the help of SMS marketing they are really growing. Businesses love SMS marketing because it’s simple, cost effective, time efficient, and incredibly responsive compared to other marketing channels. “We love it. It’s easy and simple and our customer prefer a text...