The idea is that by collecting a database of subscribers we are obtaining their prior permission before we actually send them any marketing information. It means the people you send to will already know you, they have already told you they are interested in what you have to say. It’s called permission marketing, loads of books have been written on the subject, if you want one try Permission Marketing by Seth Godin.
With text messaging, you eliminate the reliance on luck for your message to be seen or heard -- it’s simply not enough to hope someone looks at a billboard as they walk or drive by, or that they happen to be tuned in the moment your television ad runs. The days of having to wave the brightest flag are ending as marketing becomes smarter, more sophisticated and better-targeted. With SMS text messaging and picture messaging, you now have control over exactly who receives your message and when they receive it. On top of that, it’s simple to use -- EZ Texting’s platform allows you to log in from anywhere on any device. Select your contacts, compose your message, and send. Your clients’ opted-in SMS contacts are attentive, loyal fans -- 64% of all consumers are likely to have a positive perception of a company that offers texting as a service channel -- good news for your clients. Treating them to exclusive alerts, sales and promotions will only strengthen the relationship, enhance their loyalty, and help your client’s brand steadily grow.
You will have a greater chance of gaining access to their mobile number by following these guidelines. You can collect their numbers using a sign-up sheet at your register, asking them when talking on the phone, allowing them to submit a form on your website, or by giving them a number that they can text to subscribe to your SMS messages. Whatever you do, keep a copy of their permission to market to them via SMS, if you run into problems you will be glad you did.