SMS Text Marketing Blog

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 00:00 — EZ Texting

If you’re just getting started with mobile marketing,  there are a few things you can you do to jumpstart your mobile marketing strategyThe inexorable rise of smartphone technology shows no sign of abating.  In the developed world at least, consumers are taking constant internet access for granted. Mobile marketing campaigns must now be geared towards web-enabled devices, or they risk failing to reach an audience. 

Quick Response Codes

Quick Response – or ‘QR’ – Codes are everywhere these days. Even if you don’t recognize the name, you’ve definitely seen them on public walls and at the grocery checkout. Those black and white dots and squiggles that resemble a sort of monochrome, analogue rain storm are decoded by cameras on mobile devices and used to redirect customers to a specific webpage. QR Codes lend your brand a certain mystique and are a proven method of driving traffic. No mobile marketing strategy should be without them, which is why EZ texting has built a QR code generator.

Social Media

Encourage users to spread the word about your business through social media channels. Use a variety of different...Read more

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 00:00 — EZ Texting

Tis the season to grow text marketing lists. Black Friday, which heralds the start of the busy holiday shopping season, has passed. Brick-and-mortar retailers as well as digital entrepreneurs are searching for new ways to reach out to potential customers on the hunt for the perfect gift for their loved ones.

Savvy business owners understand the importance of engaging mobile customers to boost their profits during this lucrative time of gift giving. Entrepreneurs who neglect to join the digital revolution will not only miss out on the opportunity to increase their audience base, but they’ll also fail to take advantage of innovative technology that allows them to constantly engage with existing clients as well as new ones.

Best Buy, for instance, is demonstrating a great use of SMS marketing to build their mobile database during the holiday season. Customers who opt in with a holiday-specific keyword will be sent daily messages through the end of the year, linking to offers, with the hope that customers will remain in the database beyond the holidays to receive later marketing messages.

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Tue, 12/17/2013 - 00:00 — EZ Texting

There’s nothing shoppers dislike more than crowded parking lots at the mall, mile-long checkout lines and picked-over merchandise. In our fast-paced global society, time and money are precious commodities and consumers want to save more of both. Savvy shoppers are often choosing to forego the traditional mall experience, opting instead for the speedier functionality of making purchases online or with their mobile devices.

Emerging consumer trends provide an excellent opportunity for small business owners to rev up their mobile marketing efforts and engage with this new crop of tech-savvy shoppers. According to recent studies, mobile and social campaigns are influencing the purchasing decisions of users. Consumers say they are more likely to pick up an item they see posted on their social channels, and that they are more apt to consult new media for more information about a particular product or to compare relevant discounts prior to buying.

Here are some interesting statistics regarding new consumer behavior as reported by CMS Wire:
  • 68% of smartphone users plan to use mobile devices for holiday shopping.
  • 59% of consumers would be more likely to shop at a
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Mon, 12/16/2013 - 00:00 — EZ Texting
As 2013 winds to a close, retailers are looking for the next big thing on the digital horizon to expand their business and reposition their company in 2014. Perhaps you didn’t hit all of your revenue goals and your company simply broke even this year. Maybe you didn’t experience the growth you’d hoped for you and you ran out of exciting new ways to engage existing customers and attract new ones. Don’t despair. The coming year can be your best year yet.

Leading online mobile marketing network mobileFUSED recently published their list of the “Top Seven Projections for Mobile Marketing in 2014” and the article is getting a lot of buzz. By incorporating these tips into your text marketing campaign, you can empower your small business to grow and succeed.

  • Taming big data. In a nutshell, “big data” is a complex system of data sets that exceed the processing capacity of conventional database systems. Some examples include analysis of web behavior and social network interactions. MobileFUSED predicts that big data must be tamed in 2014 for an optimized mobile marketing experience. As a small business owner, reposition your company in 2014 and
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Fri, 12/13/2013 - 00:00 — EZ Texting
In an age of free content,  it's vital to use mobile marketing to improve customer incentives with sms for building brand loyalty. Text coupons, limited time offers, location-based deals – they’re all tried and tested strategies for incentivizing opt-ins. But what makes an incentive truly exciting? And how can you combine mobile marketing incentives with other marketing strategies to create a truly compelling campaign? Let’s answer some FAQs regarding mobile marketing incentives…

Which is better, buy-one-get-one-free or 50% off?

A recent study published in the Journal of Marketing found that students didn’t think there was difference between a 33% discount and 33% extra on an equally-priced item. It’s not just youngsters – research shows that most adult shoppers prefer buy-one-get-one-free offers to 50% discounts, despite the (obvious, right?) fact that the discount is always the better offer (presuming the starting price is the same). In short, consumers generally get the math wrong. You can rely on that fact. For your business, buy-one-get-one-free is better, and the customers think it is too. Your scruples can do the rest.

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Thu, 12/12/2013 - 00:00 — EZ Texting

The Millenials might be the market that much of the tech industry is targeting heavily right now, but most long-term strategists have one eye firmly on Generation Z as they demand mobile media. It is this up and coming demographic – now teens or tweens – who will start to drive the mobile media economy over the next twenty years. Their influence is already being felt, albeit via their parents credit cards.

According to the Pew Research Center, 78% of teens have a cellphone, half of which are smartphones. Nearly 25% have a tablet, and you’d be hard pushed to find a Gen Z-er who doesn’t use the internet regularly (Pew says 95%, but even this sounds conservative). In a very real sense, teens are predictors of the future of mobile media, and technology more generally, which is why getting a handle on how to conduct a Gen Z marketing campaign is so important.

Of course, it’s no surprise that Gen Z are so tech savvy. If we take 1996 as the earliest birthdate of the demographic, that means they were already born into a...Read more

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 00:00 — EZ Texting
It is simple and painless to set up your first SMS campaign with EZ Texting with the easy-to-use interface and elite customer service. With mobile technology growing so rapidly across the modern consumer landscape, businesses are quickly recognizing the importance of using mobile campaigns to communicate with their customers and develop their brands. Use the following mobile marketing guide to understand the process of setting up your first SMS campaign in just a few easy steps. If you have any questions along the way, always feel free to contact us by phone or email for a detailed SMS guide and live customer service agent.

First, decide whether you are looking to create a push or pull campaign:
  • A push campaign is design to offer products or services to a database of currently opted in contacts. Send special discounts, offers, services, or general info to a list of interested parties.
  • A pull campaign is designed to build a database of phone numbers for future use. Choose a keyword that’s relevant to your brand or products, which you will ask customers to text to your short code when they would like to join your
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Thu, 12/05/2013 - 00:00 — EZ Texting
A steady growth in mobile marketing sales is promising in both markets and evinces the importance of using mobile marketing strategies to augment but not replace traditional online sales tactics.ComScore recently reported that eCommerce sales through traditional online mediums still outweigh sales via mobile devices. eCommerce sales for Q3 2013 were at $47.5 billion—a 13% growth over last year’s Q3. eCommerce spending on smartphones and tablets was at $5.8 billion in Q3, indicating a 26% increase from last year. 

One effective way of using mobile to supplement eCommerce sales is by offering SMS online offers via mobile text marketing. Companies can always send text blasts to offer a discount when customers show their text message to the cashier at the time of purchase. However, text marketing offers certainly aren’t limited to in-person purchases. Text messages can of course contain a link, which allows customers to navigate directly to the mobile web site to make a purchase. Additionally, brands can get creative in using text marketing campaigns to help boost desktop sales. Text campaigns may contain a product code to enter into the web site for an exclusive product or service, offered only to marketing list...Read more

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 00:00 — EZ Texting
“If you look at Google’s recent mobile numbers, they reported 28 percent revenue growth. We’re growing faster than that,” reports Curt Hecht, chief global revenue officer at Weather.com during an interview with AdWeek. The reason? Weather.com has moved beyond commonplace mobile advertising banners, which can be too small to take sufficient effect for advertisers, and have instead incorporated branded backgrounds into the Weather app. In other words, Weather’s advertisers have their brand placed in the entire background of the app interface. This mobile advertising strategy has shown great effect and negates the notion that mobile marketing has been primarily “apps advertising other apps.”

The branded backgrounds aren’t just branded logos either; they’re custom ads in the context of weather and mobile, which make for a highly optimized mobile advertising tactic. “If you look at a media publisher,” says Hecht, “we crush anybody out there. This idea that mobile ads are hard to see ... we’re giving you the whole screen and it's six inches from your face. They’re not overly interruptive. And it’s creative married to context.” Such innovative thinking is yet another example of how early adopters to changing technology can get a head start on the...Read more
Sun, 12/01/2013 - 00:00 — EZ Texting

If you want to entice customers to opt-in to receive special offers, promotions, and store information, then you need to get creative and diligent about getting your SMS mobile marketing while they’re in store! That means advertising your SMS marketing campaigns anywhere it seems most appropriate and engaging. In-store displays, product tags, coupons, receipts, and even floor mats are just a few ideas for placement.

To hone in on proven tactics, it would be prudent to take a look at what other brands are doing and how they’re becoming successful in building their SMS text advertising lists. ACE Hardware, for example, has created well-designed and well-placed signs throughout their stores to grow their SMS marketing lists…and it’s working! But just as important as the design and placement of advertisements is the incentive provided for customers to opt-in. Brands must make it worth a consumer’s while to give up their personal information. Customers want to know that they will be engaged with appropriately, respectfully, and be given exclusive opportunities to earn rewards and save money via creative SMS marketing campaigns.

Plus, remember the importance of social...Read more

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