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Marketers become more effective when they understand the path that customers take as they progress from interested website visitors to paying customers. If marketers do not take care to analyze each stage of this customer journey, there will be a significant number of leads that fall out of the funnel, never to return. The best way to take advantage of all leads that are initially engaged is to optimize your conversion funnel.

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.
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USE SHORT CODES EXTENSIVELY : A shrewd way some top business marketers gets subscribers for their SMS campaign is through the use of short codes. What you simply do is to ask your people to send a code to a customized number to get something of value from the service you render. This might be them getting a discount on a sale, getting a bonus or even ordering a product through that means. Meanwhile your system adds such persons’ phone numbers to your database. It becomes a win-win scenario. You get the subscriber, they get the value you offered and everyone is happy.
Grey Routing is a term given to messages that are sent to carriers (often offshore) that have low cost interconnect agreements with other carriers. Instead of sending the messages directly to the intended carrier, some bulk SMS providers send it to an offshore carrier, which will relay the message to the intended carrier. At the cost of consistency and reliability, this roundabout way is cheaper, and these routes can disappear without notice and are slower. Many carriers don’t like this type of routing, and will often block them with filters set up in their SMSCs.
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:
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