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.
With the holiday season around the corner and the economy making weak improvements at best, retailers are on the lookout for effective ways to get their customers into stores at the lowest cost. Marketing professionals are likely Googling for new marketing ideas in order to meet the demands of the business and consumers alike. Two of the most talked about marketing mediums today are geosocial networking and mobile coupons. We’ve heard our customers question the effectiveness of both and want to provide some facts on which is more effective in reaching the end consumer.
First of all, lets clarify what “geosocial” networking is. Companies such as Foursquare and Gowalla are offering individuals the ability to notify an entire network of friends and family of his or her location. The benefit to retailers here would be that one consumer could notify others of their location and perhaps also relay information about current promotions or specials. Currently 4 percent of the US population is actually using this social location tool, and on any given day, only 1 percent of the population is actually logged in to this social tool, according to Forrester Research.
One of the hardest tasks for marketers in the steep competition of the digital age is to build and retain brand awareness. With so much the clutter when it comes to consumer ads, marketers must continually look to new communication mediums in order to capture their customers’ attention. Think about the last time you really looked at your customers. What was the one thing all of them had in common? The answer is simple: a cell phone.
In addition to the challenge of getting a brand message out and into the minds of target consumers, marketers may feel that it’ is hard to control the messages that consumers receive. Gain that control by pin pointing the specific channels that allow your marketing team to manage the brand message that your clients hear. Utilizing Opt It’s text message marketing tool is one of the most powerful ways to do this. (No one can spray paint over this ad!)
For loyal Opt It customers, it’s easy to see the value that text messaging brings to the marketing and communication of a product or service, or even the entire brand itself. It’s pretty simple to understand the impact that sending a text message right before the dinner hour means to restaurants or the power of a reminder text to patients has the day before an appointment for doctors. However, after a while the question becomes, how do I keep my texting campaign fresh in the eyes of customers?
Solution 1: Vary the content of your text messages. For example, if a restaurant is always sending out a message with its lunch specials, it should instead promote a breakfast or beverage item every couple of texts so that customers do not get accustomed to a certain schedule.
Solution 2: Use the Reports section of Opt It Mobile to monitor the activity of your campaign. For example, you can track the time of day that the majority of people text in. If you know your business gets the highest amount of opt ins at noon, you should send a text with a special pertaining to that hour. (For instance, a salon might send out a special for a half hour manicure to take advantage of the lunch crowd.).
President Obama himself started a movement in 2008 when he announced his Vice President pick over a mass text message, and this trend is steadily gaining popularity among political candidates running for election this fall.
Former CEO of Hewlitt Packard and California Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina, as well as former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, who’s also California’s Republican nominee for governor, are just a couple of many politicians that have realized the power of holding their voters’ cell phone numbers and who are creating text message marketing campaigns to reach those voters.
“We’re definitely embarking on new technology,” said Marson Harrison, a spokesman for Carly Fiorina’s campaign, to Fox News. “Many campaigns haven’t been brave enough and bold enough to step into this realm. We’re very comfortable, had excellent results and again we’ve made thousands of calls through this technology.”