Who doesn’t text these days? SMS has become a ubiquitous form of communication. Your friends and family text you. Your colleagues text you. And now, think of the texts you’re getting from businesses. In fact, 78% of customers prefer text message offers.
A bank texts you to confirm a deposit. An accommodations company texts you to let you know about an incoming reservation request. And an e-commerce company you do business with online texts you a code to authenticate you are who you say you are.
Why are so many businesses using SMS these days? The answer is simple. Businesses need a reliable, universal way of communicating with their customers around the globe, and SMS fits that bill. Add to that, most people carry their phones with them everywhere. Many people even sleep with their phones.
Compared to traditional marketing response rates, Print (3% or less), Social Media (3-4% reaction rate), and only 20% of emails are ever opened.
SMS Text Messages are opened 97% of the time and 95% of messages are read within 3 minutes.
Smart business owners who want to drive more repeat business each week are using Text Message Marketing. So, how do you improve results?
One key to success with SMS Marketing campaigns is to always use Call-to-Action Buttons
Calls-to-action increase customer engagement with your SMS marketing texts. That’s exactly what you want from them: to be engaged, to value the texts you send, to read them, interact with them, and act on them.
Here are some call-to-action winners:
“Show this text.” Asking customers to show the text in order to earn a discount is a clear and effective way to get them to engage in your promotion. Example: “Show this text for 50% off your dinner tonight.”
“Click here.” Sometimes you don’t have enough space in your SMS message to include all the information your customer will need. Maybe you’re hosting an event, and you want to add a link to a map or a video about the event or a link to your website where there are more details. In that case, a “Click here” button will provide a link to the necessary details.
Text-to-Win. Lots of customers would be interested in having a shot at winning a prize or gift from your company. Asking them to text in order to enter the contest helps increase customers’ engagement. If you’re not offering a sale or hosting an event, Text-to-Win campaigns are an effective way to remind customers of your existence and continue increasing traffic and sales.
Text-to-Vote. Engage customers in mobile polling to find out how your company is doing in terms of service, product quality, prices, and more.
“Buy now.” This is the perfect CTA button for targeted messages. If you know a customer routinely buys a certain product, you can send a text promoting that product with a “Buy now” button to make it easier for them to make a purchase.
Don’t forget to set up a Birthday Club so you can send a direct message and gift to your customers on their most special day of the year