We are now in uncharted waters. Our business, like your business has an uncertain future and we are looking at novel ways to keep the wheels turning, If your business relies on footfall and face to face transactions – you will need to think about doing things differently.
One piece of technology which is underused is the plain and simple old text message or SMS.
Don’t get me wrong, no one likes receiving an unsolicited text message. Its intrusive , annoying and of course, illegal.
Step forward the opted in SMS service.
How Does It Work?
Your business would be allocated a suitable word and a “short code” for customer to text to opt in. This word and short code could then be promoted via your social media.
For example – if we wanted to message potential customers who wanted to attend a virtual training course on digital marketing we could promote the following;
“Text MONKEY to 60777”
Everyone that text that word and number combination would have their phone number added to an opted in SMS list. We could then text everyone on that list with a special offer, promotion or tell them about availability.
Text messages can be sent from your computer to those subscribers to your number, quickly and easily.
How Could My Business Use It?
If you are in the hospitality industry and you are now offering a take away service, you can ask customers to sign up and let them know when you have offers on, deals and availability.
If you are in health and beauty you could use it to promote one to one sessions or closed shop appointments to smaller groups. Even last minute availability.
If you are in retail – how about promoting online deals, delivery services and again maybe closed shop invites?
These are just a few of our ideas, we are sure you clever people will come up with your own.
How Much Does it Cost?
For a 3 month package that includes;
- Short code and keyword for 3 months.
- 1000 text credits.
- Set up and support for 3 months to run your SMS campaigns.
How Do I Start?
Contact the Sharpmonkeys team on 01905 27007, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another great read on this topic can be found at MobileMonkey.com.
We hope everyone stays safe and well during this time, here is a link to the NHS page on how to correctly wash your hands.