In the event of an emergency, reaching help as quickly as possible can make all the difference when it comes to saving people’s lives. This is why many public agencies today support text-to-911 availability. Richardson, a city in North Texas, is just one of the latest places in the United States to embrace the use of emergency mobile text message alerts. Individuals in Richardson can now contact 911 from any device, any time, day or night.
While there may be some who still prefer to make a phone call in the event of an emergency, law enforcement officials are in favor of the new text messaging system for several reasons:
Emergency operators and 911 workers have pointed out that in certain dangerous situations, texting could be the only life-saving option. For instance, if the person trying to reach 911 needs to hide for his or her own safety, then talking on the phone could prove to be extremely dangerous, whereas texting can silently ensure that help is on the way.
As professionals in the recruitment industry know, the best employment candidates are often extremely busy, as they are frequently sought after by numerous employers and headhunters who are in direct competition with one another so SMS for recruiting can prove to be invaluable. Being able to successfully compete for a candidate's time and attention can mean the difference between matching companies with the right applicants and having a deal fall through. Luckily, more and more recruiters are learning that SMS text message marketing is a highly effective way to communicate quickly and efficiently with candidates. SMS texting is also a great tool for communicating with B2B clients and internal administrative staff.
Here are 5 ways the recruitment industry is finding SMS to be an invaluable tool:
SMS messaging saves recruiters a fortune because SMS texts cost just a fraction of what phone calls do. With automation and mass texting, SMS also saves money by keeping time and productivity at an ultra-efficient level.
SMS is an efficient and simple means of communicating with clients,...Read more
“Textese” may be convenient and even fun some of the time, but in most cases it should not be used in SMS text marketing.
Unfortunately, while it is true that SMS texts are short and it may therefore be tempting to use abbreviations like “R U” in text marketing messages, if you end up losing business as a result then the last “LOL” may be on your company. After all, an opted-in SMS text message audience can be a hard-earned goldmine when one considers that almost one hundred percent of material sent via SMS text messaging gets opened, read, and, in many cases, acted upon.
For most businesses, however, so-called “textese” acronyms, such as the ever-popular “OMG,” are probably completely outside the normal tone used to communicate with clients. Trying to sound “cool” or “hip” is not worth the feeling of dissonance that you may create for many of your otherwise longstanding and loyal customers. If you feel tempted to use “textese” merely in order to save space, on the other hand, you should consider writing a shorter text...Read more
Why are emjois for mobile marketing campaigns useful? Remember the early days of Web 1.0? Every site had a garish color scheme. Pioneering html coders took a fast and loose approach to formatting. Most of all, those early developers were extremely limited in terms of the type of content they could provide. It was all huge blocks of text, presented in one of the seven or so fonts available at the time (none of them attractive).
Look how far we’ve come in twenty years. The inexorable rise of video and photo sharing apps like Instagram, Hulu, YouTube and SnapChat indicate an audience that overwhelmingly prefers visual content over plain text.
The evolution of an increasingly passive, content-hungry audience has thrown up some major challenges for mobile marketing campaign strategists. How do you keep visual content fresh? This is a particular challenge for small businesses who lack the budget to keep generating exciting new content.
Emojis are a fantastic method of adding some color and vim...Read more
The official release date for Google's consumer version of their infamous wearable device, Google Glass, is expected to be announced soon. One intriguing feature that's extremely promising in the world of SMS text message marketing is that Google Glass will enable such messaging via the iPhone, as it does on Android devices. Thanks to this update, iPhone users will be able to use the iOS Bluetooth settings' “show notifications” option to view SMS text messages through this high-tech eyewear.
SMS texting has already proven to be a flexible, far-reaching, and cost-effective marketing tool with a high conversion rate; the fact that text messaging notifications will now also appear in the immediate view of consumers wearing Google Glass is an incredible boon to companies that employ SMS text messaging as part of their marketing campaigns.
It is almost impossible to imagine a more immediate, more convenient, and more certain way of reaching a consumer base than through SMS texts, but it looks like Google Glass may have just found that way. The overwhelming majority of consumers today have mobile phones, and that percentage is only growing....Read more
Creating an effective mobile marketing strategy means figuring out how to grab your share of their attention. One of the ways developers are meeting this challenge is with multitasking tools that enable users to send SMS messages at the same time as using other apps.
Android users might remember Google’s recently-scrapped SMS messaging app. App developers certainly remember it, and have rushed to fill the gap it’s departure left in the market. HelloSMS, EvolveSMS and Textra all went a long way towards giving mobile users a good multitask experience. Facebook brought out ChatHead, which assigned floating chat bubbles to contacts, allowing users to respond quickly, regardless of what else they were doing.
It’s along those lines that HoverChat has carved out a name for itself. Formerly known as Ninja SMS, HoverChat has re-emerged with a familiar list-based inbox, and a not-so-familiar way of handling incoming messages.
In this case, the floating bubbles are replaced with “HoverHeads”. You can choose which of your friends or favorite brands get the honor of their own chat bubble. You can make the chat window semi-transparent, so you can literally read...Read more
We’ve heard a lot about the health industry’s slowness in catching on to the benefits of SMS messaging and other useful technology. In part, this hesitance is down to entrenched ideas about patient security, but it’s also about restricted budgets and old-fashioned reluctance to change.
In Great Britain, healthcare professionals are slowly coming around to the potential benefits of using SMS messaging between staff and patients. Patient waiting times is one of the hottest issues for the NHS – and one of the most easily solved through the power of text.
An automated SMS messaging system is being trialed across the UK. It gives patients the option to change, accept or receive alternative appointment dates. Did-not-attend rates (DNA) – one of the biggest causes of waiting times – dropped 20% in two hospitals after the rollout.
The NHS made the move in response to a survey that indicated 91% of patients would accept last-minute appointments if a cancellation freed up time – even with only a day or two’s notice. The pilot scheme shows some 50% of cancelled appointments could be refilled using SMS...Read more
As businesses shift focus towards the mobile wallet, developers have raced to meet their needs, but there hasn’t been a truly comprehensive payment system that also tackles customer service issues before, during and after purchase. Until now.
Virtually any industry can make use of SMS marketing tactics, but it’s particularly useful for those in the travel business. Just like vacationers, the mobile marketplace is, by definition, on the move. You understand what it means to reach people who are not at home close to their computer. Mobile marketing and travel is a match made in heaven…
One of the hazards of the travel industry is the frequency and suddenness with which important information changes. Flight delays and cancellations often don’t become apparent until close to the time of departure, by which time travellers are already on their way to the airport. Even if they’re still at home, they probably aren’t spending their remaining few hours online when there’s last minute packing to be done, and taxis to be called.
This is where mobile plays a key role. Imagine a customer has just got in their car to make the two hour drive to the airport. Last time they checked the departures that morning, everything was on schedule. Before they’ve started their engine, they get a text message alerting them of a four hour delay to their flight. You’ve just saved them a...Read more