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Online SMS & Education: teachers, students or all?

A number of schools & universities are starting to use SMS as a means to effectively communicate with and reach their communities.

It's obvious that, as an institution, you'd think that the main (and only?) way to use online SMS would be to remind students about events. Well, think again!

Online SMS & Education: teachers, students or all? SMS Central

 

Here are a number of other ways in which SMS are used in Education, from communicating with students, to managing lecturers and engaging with the community.

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3 benefits of automating your web SMS communications

Automating your SMS communications can not only save you heaps of time, but also ensure that you keep your target audience engaged.

One of the really cool features SMS Central's web sms portal has is the ability to create unlimited rules and triggers (R+T), which are the most powerful automation tool in the industry.

This video shows you how to set up some rules and triggers to manage inbound SMS.

Now why would you do that you ask?

automate internal processes

With R+T, you can determine what SMS get forwarded to an email address, a URL, what contact gets assigned to a group or unsubscribed, or which ones should automatically be marked as read. All of this can be triggered by keywords contained in the message. So for example, you can automatically unsubscribe anyone who replies STOP or fwd to an email if they reply NO to an appointment confirmation.

personalise your response, depending on the message

We've touched on Surveys on previous posts, so let's use them as an example. Imagine you run a survey and you go, "from 1 to 10, how would you rate your service". You can actually have different automated responses depending if they answer 1-3, 4-7 and 8-10.

If they answer 1-3, you might include a message saying "sorry to hear that, please let us know if we can call you" and forward that to a customer care representative; from 4-7 you can simply have an automated reply saying "Thanks for your feedback!"; whereas for your fans (8-10) you can engage further by asking them to tell you what did they love most (and again, have different responses trigger by different keywords).

This way, you can properly manage your Net Promoter/ Fan Base scores accordingly.

MAXIMISE ENGAGEMENT

By triggering web SMS comms via inbound keywords, you are making sure your contacts remain engaged with your message. You know how the best customer support is the one that "always has the final 'word'" (as in, they make the last phone call or send the final email). It's the same with SMS; if your customers  are replying back, make sure you've always got a comeback up your sleeve!

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One SMS batch at a time

You know SMS has a read rate of over 90%. And that users respond to SMS calls to action within 5 minutes of receiving the SMS (yeah, "it's instant" is one of the reasons you and I love SMS communications!).

Therefore, one of the really good problems you might have if you run a very successful SMS marketing campaign is that the response collapses your call centre, website or email inbox.

And here's where sending your SMS campaign in batches can make or break its success.

Batch sending - SMS Marketing with SMS Central

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Not all SMS are born equal

When I tell people I work for an SMS communication company, 99.9% of them would tell me "Oh! So you are the one that sends me discounts via SMS!"

And even though it's true online SMS is usually used to send limited-time or get-onto-it-now promotions, there are many other ways in which you can unleash the power of SMS communications within your business.

Online SMS uses - SMS Central

In this post we'll explore alternatives in which businesses can use SMS for enterprise & business solutions.

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4 tips to get the most out of SMS reminders

SMS is the king of immediate, actionable messages. Not only do people get them in their mobiles, they read them straight away.

For businesses like beauty salons, medical practices and restaurants, sms reminders have proven to be a fantastic way of reminding customers of appointments or upcoming events, hence reducing no shows... which translates to more business, and therefore higher returns.

online sms reminders - sms central

Here are 4 tips to unleash the power of your SMS reminders.