Best niches to promote SMS marketing solutions?

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Hi

I am trying to determine the best niches to promote SMS services to. I know that Restaurants are the most obvious one. But what other great niches are there to go after?

Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author coreyhammond
    Movies and dating could be 2 others
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    • Profile picture of the author RockstarBen
      anyone where an appointment reminder would be valuable. Think about it, lots of businesses lose revenue when they have clients fail to show up. No-shows cost "time trading businesses" money. Think Dentists, Attorneys, Chiropractors, and many more (I have to keep some of the niches to myself - lol), but you get the idea :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Warrior Ben
    I've found that restaurants, nightclubs, and yogurt shops are the best bets...

    I agree with RockstarBen above that any place that sets an appointment is a good target... however, from personal experience I have found specifically that dentist offices are not good. I spent a week calling pretty much every dentist office in my area and didn't get 1 sale. This was for two reasons-- 1) dentists are hard to get a hold of and 2) all the major scheduling software that dentists use have text messaging built into it. Quite a few dentists aren't even using it, but if they decide to they aren't going to go with somebody new, they will most likely use the service that is already built in and integrated with their current software.

    -Ben
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  • Profile picture of the author Nick Surran
    In addition to the above, think businesses that provide "consumables" that customers buy repeatedly. Oil changes, vitamins, disposable contacts, etc.
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    I think Lime Cellular is the best white label SMS marketing platform.

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  • Profile picture of the author LongTail Silver
    Imagine setting up an SMS autoresponder for Real Estate agents to give stats on their various properties. Text 1) for 413 Mockingbird Lane, 2) for 18 Cherry Grove, etc.

    Also verifying appointments for real estate walk-throughs, as hinted at above, would be killer.
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    • Profile picture of the author BKH
      Any business with returning customers will benefit greatly! That being said, just over a third of my clients are churches and schools...their not marketing at all, just sending information and reminders about events. The real estate is a really good one as well, I've been really digging into that one as of late.
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    • Profile picture of the author xlfutur1
      Originally Posted by LongTail Silver View Post

      Imagine setting up an SMS autoresponder for Real Estate agents to give stats on their various properties. Text 1) for 413 Mockingbird Lane, 2) for 18 Cherry Grove, etc.

      Also verifying appointments for real estate walk-throughs, as hinted at above, would be killer.
      I created a "real estate" flow in OpenVBX that does this.

      Caller calls in from sign to a local number. Gets a director of listings (i.e. press 1 for X property, 2 for X etc.)

      The realtor is then sent a text immediately notifying them that they have a new lead and the lead is added to a mobile list.

      The caller can then choose if they want to have a web URL sent directly to their smart phone so they can check out the house online, or they can connect directly to the agent's cell phone. Or they can leave a voicemail.

      Benefits of this sort of lead system are:

      1) instant lead notification to realtor via text that someone is interested in X property
      2) build a mobile list of buyers for followup later on
      3) integrates offline to online (by having the system send the property URL to their phone)
      4) Use one phone number for everything - and track them

      I ran this by a couple realtors I know and they didn't seem that interested, although maybe I didn't explain it simply enough.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vibrant Warrior
    Appreciate it guys.
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  • Profile picture of the author MsMotivation1
    i've even had luck with network marketers... in really any niche.

    they always want an easy way to communicate quickly and they love mobile and text marketing...
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeRogers
    It's also helpful to remember that SMS is not just a marketing platform; its also a powerful communications vehicle. Any business that has a lot of employees they need to stay in touch with while on the road is a possible candidate.

    Mike
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    • Profile picture of the author RockstarBen
      Originally Posted by MikeRogers View Post

      It's also helpful to remember that SMS is not just a marketing platform; its also a powerful communications vehicle. Any business that has a lot of employees they need to stay in touch with while on the road is a possible candidate.

      Mike
      Dead on, Mike. I am actually working on closing a biz in Oil and Gas industry. They don't give a crap about marketing. What they do care about is "Instant Notifications" - when there is an immediate need for emergency response - they can use this system. This will be one of my biggest contracts if it closes and has zero to do with marketing and will require very little management.

      Keep Rockin!
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      • Profile picture of the author tedluk
        How about colleges and universities? They can use it to provide information about events, classes, schedules, promote their on-campus businesses such as food service, bookstores and others. Just a few things I can think of off the top of my head.

        Ted
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  • Profile picture of the author ConradDeas
    The last few posts stated what I was going to say about using it as a communication tool. Schools and churches are great clients for this.

    I am venturing into some other outside the box niches as well: Exotic Dancers and Club Promoters
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    • Profile picture of the author johninmn
      Originally Posted by ConradDeas View Post

      The last few posts stated what I was going to say about using it as a communication tool. Schools and churches are great clients for this.

      I am venturing into some other outside the box niches as well: Exotic Dancers and Club Promoters
      So Conrad are you texting the exotic dancers to let them know when church is, or are you texting the church goers to let them know when the dancers are on??:p
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      mobile mobile mobile mobile etc....

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  • Profile picture of the author Brendan Vraibel
    The list is endless. Like someone mentioned above, it is not only a great marketing tool but a top of the line communication tool as well. Think "email marketing" times 10. Anyone who can send out mass emails to benefit their business can also use sms marketing as it is very similar but far more effective.
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  • Profile picture of the author Glowrry
    According to my point of view Movies, Restaurants & Television channels are the best niche to promote SMS marketing.......
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    • Profile picture of the author cybernet
      i understand how restaurants can benefit from sms marketing... not sure about Movies and Television Channels.

      Care to explain?

      Originally Posted by Glowrry View Post

      According to my point of view Movies, Restaurants & Television channels are the best niche to promote SMS marketing.......
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