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2018 was a huge, amazing year here at FastSMS. We welcomed lots of new staff to our already fantastic team, and we were purchased by the European communication giants, Commify. Our new owners are experts and specialists in business communications, meaning we have the perfect team and support to help us build, develop and improve FastSMS. 2019 looks to be even bigger, better and more exciting! We have lots of new and exciting projects in the pipeline for the year, from new tools, features and services all to make your business communications experience even better. The power and might of the mobile is only continuing to grow, with industry experts saying yet again ‘This is the year of the mobile’ and businesses investing more time into getting their customers’ mobile experience right.   There is also lots of talk from businesses and thought leaders around customer experience, and how mobile can help improve this,...

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...