It’s mobile marketing month here at Insivia and one of the questions we always get from out clients is whether or not our clients should be capturing mobile phone numbers from their customers to use in future forms of SMS marketing. A lot of the times it’s thought of being too intrusive but I’m here to tell you otherwise. For a lot of businesses collecting mobile phone numbers is a great opportunity for you. With SMS messaging over 95% of all SMS text messages that are sent are opened by the end user. As opposed to email where it’s about 6-15% of those emails are read. Mobile marketing and text message marketing is a great opportunity to directly interact with your customer. One of the best ways to do it is to include an opt-in for a mobile phone number on your opt in forms and your other marketing materials giving your customers the ability to give you their phone number to receive SMS interactions from your business. One of the things that I would not recommend is making this a mandatory requirement for people to give you their cell phone number but leave it to them as an option. If somebody wants to receive mobile messages from you, you want to give them an opportunity because the success rate is so high when working with SMS and direct message marketing.
In order to start a conversation with a text message, it has to be personal, so this is the best method available to start a conversation with someone from whom you have a cell phone number. They can reply to your first text message directly back to you and you can take on the conversation from there (i.e. for a big ticket, don't use a robot, your prospect is an individual, like you, that you want to respect.)
This question exists for many. First, NEVER EVER purchase a list of mobile numbers. (SMS/MMS) marketing is permission based, and ultimately you want a list of customers numbers who are genuinely interested in your product or service and are happy to receive your text message and are likely to buy your goods and service. Remember, you can turn customers off and possibly upset a lot of your potential customers when sending text messages on their mobile devices without their consent.