Texting is immediate, with nearly 100% of texts being opened and 93% of them being opened within 3 minutes of being received. You’re pretty much guaranteed that at least the first step required for lead generation, reaching your customer, is covered with SMS. In addition to the open rates, texting has another benefit. It puts the power of decision in the customer’s hands.
Texting is the only mobile marketing medium that can reach both smartphone and regular mobile phone users. And, while the Internet is expanding globally, satellite telephone connections seem to be more universal and more reliable than Internet connections. Therefore, text messaging has the widest reach globally compared to any other mobile marketing channel.
REQUEST FROM YOUR EXISTING CLIENTS : Charity they say begins at home. The best place therefore to start your SMS marketing campaign is with your present clients. Many businesses that own a website request their client to provide their phone number while registering on the site. Others ask them for it when they are ready for their SMS marketing campaign. You mustn’t necessarily go directly requesting for it. You might tell them you can offer updates about new products and services and promo information through text message. It is very unlikely that many clients will object to this.
Mobile marketing via proximity systems, or proximity marketing, relies on GSM 03.41 which defines the Short Message Service - Cell Broadcast. SMS-CB allows messages (such as advertising or public information) to be broadcast to all mobile users in a specified geographical area. In the Philippines, GSM-based proximity broadcast systems are used by select Government Agencies for information dissemination on Government-run community-based programs to take advantage of its reach and popularity (Philippines has the world's highest traffic of SMS). It is also used for commercial service known as Proxima SMS. Bluewater, a super-regional shopping centre in the UK, has a GSM based system supplied by NTL to help its GSM coverage for calls, it also allows each customer with a mobile phone to be tracked though the centre which shops they go into and for how long. The system enables special offer texts to be sent to the phone. For example, a retailer could send a mobile text message to those customers in their database who have opted-in, who happen to be walking in a mall. That message could say "Save 50% in the next 5 minutes only when you purchase from our store." Snacks company, Mondelez International, makers of Cadbury and Oreo products has committed to exploring proximity-based messaging citing significant gains in point-of-purchase influence.
To avoid sharing numbers with other senders, and for brand recognition and number consistency, leasing a dedicated virtual number, which are also known as a long code or long number (international number format, e.g. +44 7624 805000 or US number format, e.g. 757 772 8555), is a viable option. Unlike a shared number, it can receive SMS replies. Senders can choose from a list of available dedicated virtual numbers from a bulk SMS provider. Prices for dedicated virtual numbers can vary. Some numbers, often called Gold numbers, are more easy to recognise, and therefore more expensive to lease. Senders may also get creative and choose a vanity number. These numbers spell out a word using the keypad, like +1-(123)-ANUMBER.
Just like the name implies, SMS Phone Leads offers you the chance to bring automation and efficiency into your business by setting up recorded messages, pre-arranged text that gets sent after the set prompts and a few other benefits. Needless to say, this definitely fills a need in the marketing business as it could be difficult to keep track of all conversations and inquiries when your business begins to experience a surge in growth. The idea is to help you increase personal growth without increasing the amount of effort being put into it.
The new Telephone Consumer Protection Act guidelines going into effect on October 16th 2013 require written, auditable consent for every consumer in a mobile database whereas previously consent could be express, meaning a company had previously done business with an individual. For those marketers not already using written consent for their opt-in programs, the new guidelines will require a significant change in how they structure their programs. Any company who is sending SMS messages as part of their marketing initiative need to follow the below guidelines: