While many agencies spend thousands of dollars launching high-tech, multi-channel campaigns, they sometimes lose sight that less can be more -- and often, the perfect solution is resting right in the palm of your hands. SMS text messaging is a simple but powerful communications channel, reaching customers right where they are and consequently boasting a staggering 99% open rate. And MMS (multimedia messaging) enables sending pictures, video, GIFs and audio, thereby further enhancing messaging. SMS lead generation is equally effective. Think about it -- when was the last time you went anywhere without your cell phone, or failed to notice a text message that you had received? The level of engagement with SMS text messaging is unparalleled -- about 90% of text messages are opened and read within only three minutes of receipt. For these reasons and more, text messaging is quickly becoming the communications method of choice for both business and pleasure. If you aren’t recommending SMS messaging as a communications and lead generation strategy, or using it on behalf of your clients, now is the time to start!
Whether you post the offer in your local business, on your Facebook page, or, preferably, both, don’t start off with “Give us your phone number.” Phrase the offer with something along the lines of “Join our inner circle to receive advance notice of sales and promotions, exclusive mobile coupons, and one-day only offers.” Customers should feel that by signing up for your text messages they will get perks and benefits that other customers won’t be privy to.
The issue of trust is the great advantage that lies at the heart of SMS marketing. Because people are reluctant to give out their numbers, few businesses have those numbers, and so fewer marketing texts are sent compared with marketing emails. The result is that customers are unlikely to get bored with marketing texts the way they've become bored by marketing emails.
Ok, well almost everyone — 90 percent of all text messages are read within three minutes of being received. This isn’t just a fluffy statistic. Recent research gathered by Dynmark.com also suggests that “almost one third of of those targeted with SMS advertising campaigns respond to the correspondence; with almost half of this group going on to make a purchase.” This research totally speaks for itself. And yes, U.S. citizens can register with the do not call registry, but this has nothing to do with the sending and receiving of SMS.
Mobile marketing is multi-channel online marketing technique focused at reaching a specific audience on their smart phone, tablets, or any other related devices through websites, E mail, SMS and MMS, social media or mobile applications.[1] Mobile marketing can provide customers with time and location sensitive, personalized information that promotes goods, services and ideas.[2] In a more theoretical manner, academic Andreas Kaplan defines mobile marketing as "any marketing activity conducted through a ubiquitous network to which consumers are constantly connected using a personal mobile device".[3]
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 issue of trust is the great advantage that lies at the heart of SMS marketing. Because people are reluctant to give out their numbers, few businesses have those numbers, and so fewer marketing texts are sent compared with marketing emails. The result is that customers are unlikely to get bored with marketing texts the way they've become bored by marketing emails.

Due to the dynamic nature of (SMS/MMS) marketing technology and the messaging industry, the Messaging Compliance Rules are constantly being updated from time to time. As a result, I’d strongly encourage clients to review vendors’ terms and conditions and proposed use cases with qualified legal counsel to make sure that they comply with all applicable laws.
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