You can call it “mobile marketing.” Or perhaps “text message marketing.” Or even simply just “text messages.” But I bet you never thought to call it “health messages.” Regardless of the new terminology, that’s precisely what some text messages have turned into- messages containing information to help you be a healthier person.
Take the federal government for example. The White House launched a free text message campaign for expectant mothers this year called “text4baby”. Via this program, messages are sent out containing information such as health tips, appointment reminders, and recommendations for community resources, all timed to a woman’s due date. These messages continually enforce prevention, reminding pregnant women to make prenatal care a top priority. (Find out more at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/05/07/free-text4baby-service-moms-and-moms-be-growing-fast .)
There’s one aspect of Opt It Mobile 3.0 that we feel is extremely useful and helpful for any type of organization that simply doesn’t get talked about enough. It’s available to every Opt It user and it simplifies and increases your ability to communicate with your employees. You’ve probably already guessed what it is: send them a text message!
Setting up a keyword specifically for the purpose of communicating with your staff members can help any business owner in a number of situations. One example is when one employee in unable to attend work at the last minute. With our tool, you can instantly send out a text message to all of your employees asking them to come in and cover the shift. Sending a text like this is more effective than sending an email that people might not read in time and it saves you the effort of calling people to come in. Since almost 95 percent of all text messages are read, you can almost guarantee that all of your employees will see your important message.
As the car industry continually transforms itself and its cars, the way it reaches out to customers would also benefit from some updating. To be frank, a lot has already been done. Car companies have websites that offer “make-it-yourself” tools in order to virtually customize cars and get a better idea of how the end product will look. But just like car engineers were asked to spend more time and research dollars on hybrids over SUV’s, car company marketing departments should focus on a new, powerful way to get people into dealerships and close deals.
What can adding text messaging into your dealership’s promotional and marketing plan do? Quite a lot, actually. Take this example:
You’re investing into a radio, TV, newspaper, or online advertisement. You have chosen the perfect, concise wording to get people interested. However, it’s just not enough to get them in the door. Why? The buyer wants to know things like horsepower and whether there is an option for all wheel drive, and of course, how much the car would cost. Now, imagine you had added a simple line like this: “text AUTO to 46786 for questions about our vehicles or for the nearest dealership.” The consumer then texts in questions, making your advertisements truly interactive, and most importantly, buyers get answers they need to motivate them to come into your dealership. Opt It’s software allows you to answer each text message individually, so you can enable your dealers with the power to answer customers’ important questions via the system. This functionality gives you the ability to track new leads and determine how many turn into sales.
Mobile Marketer recently published the findings of an Insight Express presentation regarding mobile and online advertising. Given that there are only fourteen days until Christmas, what you are about to read may just inspire you to update your holiday marketing strategy. According to Mobile Marketer, results of a recent study clearly indicate that mobile ads are four-to-five times more effective than online advertising.
How exactly did the study measure this? Good question. InsightExpress focused its study on tracking unaided awareness, aided awareness, ad awareness, message association, brand favorability and purchase intent, as well as online mobile outperforms. Across all of these measures, mobile ads caught and kept consumers’ attention better and longer, all the while increasing purchase intent as well.
Here at Opt It, we’ve been adding new buttons and features left and right in order to make your text message marketing campaign easier to manage and utilize. Another new option that we would like to highlight for you is one that will help enormously when scheduling messages for future delivery.
In order to find this new option, simply click on the grey Send Text Message button in the top right corner of your screen. This will bring you to the screen where you can customize the message you would like to go out. Once you have chosen which keyword the message should go out from and the interest and recipient groups, you will find the Delivery options. Click on SCHEDULE Message for Future Delivery, and below the date and time options you’ll now find an option that reads: Add all new subscribers to message. By clicking on this option, all new members added to your list between the time you hit send and the future date that the message is sent, will be added as recipients of this message.