SMS/Text Message Marketing?

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I have a client who wants SMS marketing, what do you guys use as a platform for SMS/text marketing?

They just want to send out specials once a week or so.
#marketing #message #sms or text
  • Profile picture of the author Larry Leggett
    Like list building online, if you want to do sms marketing, you will have to build a list of phone numbers. Use your mobile phone, take all the active numbers from there. Take your client's phonebook and take all the number from there. Use some other techniques to build list of phone numbers.
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  • Profile picture of the author karthick pacific
    Make use of some free internet sms services for marketing. Which help you to reach the customers near by shortly with your service.
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  • Profile picture of the author chiwawa
    My suggestion is that you do list building first, gather phone numbers and then do mass text messaging. You might need software to do mass texting.
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  • Profile picture of the author bamstk090
    i have list phone number, so how i sent the message?
    any recommendation system or software?

    thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author jessiem
      Originally Posted by bamstk090 View Post

      i have list phone number, so how i sent the message?
      any recommendation system or software?

      thanks
      Hey, check out Tatango.
      Hope that helps.
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    • Profile picture of the author dima schmelev
      Originally Posted by bamstk090 View Post

      i have list phone number, so how i sent the message?
      any recommendation system or software?

      thanks
      Hi! I have Whatsapp Bulk Service. Broad functional capabilities, personal account, checing numbers before sending. If u r intrested ---> Scype: dima.schmelev
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  • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
    SMS list building and marketing can be very profitable for small businesses. If you are going to start offering this as a service to your local customers, do it right. The way to squeeze the most money from a client is to manage the account yourself.... and it's very easy to do.

    Here is a simple plan of attack. There are many affordable courses that outline how to make the most out of this in much greater detail.

    1. Get yourself an SMS account at Avid Mobile or similar provider.

    2. Have a sit down with your client and come up with a series of weekly messages they want to blast.

    3. Set up a campaign with their keyword and schedule all of the messages for whatever particular days they are supposed to go out on.

    4. Provide your client with signage or tabletop tents (if a restaurant) that have the short code and keyword or QR code for smartphones.

    5. Be sure to have a solid pricing plan in place. Upsells could include sending additional unscheduled messages, having additional keywords, additional shortcodes, and more signage.

    6. Once you have a couple of clients, start marketing your shortcode to other businesses as the shortcode of your town. Make them feel like they need to jump on the bandwagon.

    This is a fairly easy business to offer local clients. Do some research and spend some money on a few different courses.
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  • Profile picture of the author techbul
    I am not really sure how you would do a list building for SMS, perhaps offer a free PLR product online, and not ask for an email address, but for a phone number.
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    • Profile picture of the author bamstk090
      Originally Posted by techbul View Post

      I am not really sure how you would do a list building for SMS, perhaps offer a free PLR product online, and not ask for an email address, but for a phone number.
      i do some contest with little prize (about fashion thing)
      to join this contest must give email and phone number.
      so i can use their email and phone number to offer some product
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    • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
      Originally Posted by techbul View Post

      I am not really sure how you would do a list building for SMS, perhaps offer a free PLR product online, and not ask for an email address, but for a phone number.
      That is not the proper way to build an SMS list. Some services allow you to upload a list acquired this way, but most do not. To opt into an SMS list, you start with a shortcode and a keyword. Subscribers get on the list by texting the keyword to the shortcode or scanning a QR code that essentially does the same thing.

      Just Google SMS services to find a provider you like, set up an account, and follow the steps I posted above.
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      • Profile picture of the author Brandon Tanner
        You'll probably get a better response to this question if you post it in the Mobile section. Lots of discussions and recommendations for SMS providers over there.

        Mobile Marketing
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    I actually dont see the point of SMS marketing these days as most people can now receive emails to their phones.....

    Obviously you would have to do tests and what not to see if it is the same for your market but we found that email marketing smashed it compared to SMS :-)

    Danny
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  • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
    Not into SMS marketing (at least yet) but I have been working with Twilio's API to send and receive test messages. Seems like a pretty simple platform to work with.

    Twilio Cloud Communications - APIs for Voice, VoIP and Text Messaging

    I agree with Brandon, this really belongs in the Mobile Marketing forum.

    Bill
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  • Profile picture of the author kazim
    Sms marketing is not perfect for our country because it is so costly.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    You'll find some great advice on this in the "offline marketing" section of this forum.
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  • Profile picture of the author rackspace
    i dont it is kinda legal in borader terms
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  • Profile picture of the author dcbaker1
    It's very interesting, but I think SMS marketing is kind of spammy nowadays. Couple of days ago I received a WhatsApp message from an unknown number. Ofcourse I read it, it's WhatsApp? It could be very effective in my country if the message was not written in English, but in Dutch.
    WhatsApp is very popular in my country and all people read there messages on it. I don't know how it's in USA or any country, but if people are using WhatsApp, I recommend finding a WhatsApp provider which will do the marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author rising_sun
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    This is wrong section for your topics ,
    by the way MMS marketing is better than text and sms marketing .
    This is the age of smart phone ,so MMS marketing is better .
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    • Profile picture of the author dad2four
      Be very careful doing mobile marketing.

      Look up TCPA and do some research before you get started.

      You need to be sure that your list is 100% opted in. The penalties for violation are steep. Penalties are assessed on a per message basis and I think the fine is 16k. someone correct me if I'm wrong.

      Do the math, 16k X 1,000 messages = EEEK!
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