By using an inbound long number customers can respond to any SMS messages you send. This is great for your business because you can look after new leads as they come in and see an increase in your ROI. As our long numbers are UK mobile numbers (+44 7XXX XXX XXX) customers from all over the world can reply to your messages, making it easy to market your business globally.
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.
Traditionally, agencies have relied on old-fashioned channels for advertising, resulting in a madhouse of billboards, emails, television and radio ads, all competing in unison to be heard or seen by your clients’ target audience groups. But email open rates have plummeted to a lackluster 22%; radio and television ads are expensive for clients and unreliable as a method of engagement; direct mail gets lost and has an open rate of only 2-5%. It’s time to update your clients’ marketing methods -- and luckily, that means simplifying the way they think about and approach prospect outreach.

To learn how your message can be improved, it’s important to analyse the results. Which parts of your message are not performing as well as expected? Is the open rate lower than expected? Or are people opening your message, but not taking any further action based on the contents of the message? Your analysis will tell you which parts of your message can do better and will help you to formulate your goal.  
In a nutshell, mobile devices are arguably the most personal items we own and as (SMS/MMS) marketer building your phone number database in the early stages of your (SMS/MMS) campaign, you need to let subscribers know what they are opt-in for. keep your promise and send only infrequent, valuable text messages. Remember to keep delivering value through incentives and your customers will stay opted-in and very eager to receive your next text.
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