Guess how often your customers check their phones every day? The average smartphone owner unlocks their phone 150 times a day. With such great frequency, emails can sit unread for days, phone calls can go unanswered, but text messages are almost impossible to ignore. This also explains why, despite the fact that SMS is widely reckoned as a ‘last-century product’ and most people do not connect through SMS in daily interactions (while people for some countries like the United States, the Philippines, etc. still do), it remains one of the major channels which businesses use in their B2C communication. If you’ve identified a missing part in your communication strategy and wondered what would fill the gap, SMS marketing might have what you need.
SMS marketing stands for short message service marketing, or some may call it “text message marketing”. It works on mobile devices, mainly phones. It is a form of inbound marketing because you can send messages to users who have already shown interest in your businesses and let you collect their numbers. SMS marketing is not the tool to help you reach people that you do not know, rather it is for brand building and increasing customer retention.
You may have a perception that businesses use SMS marketing because it is relatively cheap and affordable as it involves only texts. However, statistics show that it is both affordable and effective!
First, there are a few surprising facts to share:
These all point to one conclusion: both customers and marketers are happy with SMS marketing, in terms of conversion and engagement, SMS simply outwins emails.
With its cost-effectiveness, there is no reason why you should not give SMS marketing a try. So the next question is how. There are a few examples of how you can use SMS to help your business.
For retail and e-commerce businesses, try using SMS marketing for your short-term promotion events. Create a sense of urgency by putting an expiry date on the deal, when the customers know that the deal is ending soon, they are more likely to check out the offer because if not now, when?
Everyone loves birthday offers. Sending personalized offers on SMS is cost-effective and your customers are more likely to open them as they think it’s exclusive.
Calendly helps schedule meetings without the back-and-forth emails. It uncomplicates scheduling by only offering times that work with your availability across all of your calendars. It makes automation with dates trigger easier.
Businesses that run on scheduled appointment times like beauty salons, clinics, or even restaurants will find SMS messaging useful for sending appointment reminders. This would help to make sure the customers show up on time or hint them to reschedule the appointment in case of changes. A friendly reminder is not just useful to customers, it builds rapport.
If you’re running an event or festival, you would find SMS messaging a handy tool to communicate updates about changes, cancellations, weather information, or reminders.
People are not likely to open and respond to email surveys, but they may not mind answering questions on SMS if they know it only takes them a few seconds.
No matter which medium you choose, the content itself is of paramount importance. Most SMS marketing messages consist of 3-4 lines or not more than 160 characters, how to grasp the attention of customers within such word limits? Here are a few tips on how to write an SMS message for marketing purposes.
You might have experienced receiving SMS messages about an offer, but having no idea who sent them, the only clue you get is a set of unfamiliar numbers! This happens to many people as we don’t usually save business numbers. Always remember to mention the name of your brand upfront or somewhere in the message.
Drop the subject line. If you are sending an offer, lead the message with your offer. If it is a limited-time promotion, tell them the expiry date to create a sense of urgency. Words on SMS messages are meant for quick reading and easy digestion, if you have more to say, email is a better option. Use SMS wisely.
As mentioned earlier, SMS surveys are a good way to collect customers’ feedback but make sure you get the right format. Set an easy format like text Y for YES and N for NO. If it is an evaluation, ask people to score 1 – 9 instead of typing comments.
Tell the customers directly what you want them to do, be it “confirm your booking now” or “redeem your offer”, a strong call to action is crucial to move down the sales funnel. After all, you want to convert
Marketing is about giving the right message at the right timing. (That’s why a birthday offer is a good thing to mention.) The best-crafted message can be a disaster if it came at the wrong time. In SMS messaging, the question of WHEN is as crucial as what to write and how to write.
According to Mobile Marketer, midweek days like Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are the most popular days to send SMS messages, while messages sent on Monday usually get the lowest response rate as people are usually getting too much content over the weekend.
When it comes to the best hours, choose the time when people are more likely to be on their phones, like late mornings and mid-afternoons. Avoid “private hours” like dinner time or late evening, sending promotion messages at these times may result in negative reactions.
But these are just some general rules, the best time could be different for different demographics and purposes. Identify the pattern of your target customers, put yourself in their shoes, and find out what best works for your business.
SleekFlow Friendly Interface
SleekFlow software solution for customer service, sales coordination, and marketing automation. We can combine all your social messaging including SMS so that you can do your campaigns/ tracking on one easy-to-read and friendly-to-use platform. If you are already communicating with your customers through WhatsApp, Live Chat, or other means separately.
Eva Chui, CRM & Digital Marketing Manager, Eau Thermale Avène
Before setting the SMS blast, you have to be on board with our SMS function. Are you ready?
Twilio is a cloud communications platform that allows you to send and receive SMS text messages through web-service APIs. With SleekFlow, you can start integrating your SMS workflow together with all other communication channels in seconds.
Within one week, you will be given a telephone number with which you can send out messages.
You need to top up through our platform before sending a message. The minimum amount for the first time set up is 20 USD. After that, you can choose your amount for each campaign. Around 15 USD per month will be charged by Twilio for keeping the official phone number*.
* Pricing might be updated from time to time. Please check out on Twilio website or contact our customer success team.
Check out our SMS blast blog to see more SMS blast use cases!
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