Group texting services for religious organizations provide a simple and efficient way for all faith-based organizations to connect with groups of members - or their entire congregations - quickly and effectively. By sending one message to members simultaneously, group texting services for religious organizations eliminate the need for unreliable phone trees and other, comparatively unresponsive, forms of electronic communication.
Group texting services for religious organizations achieve a greater response rate than other forms of electronic communication because SMS text messages can be received by older-model cellphones as well as Internet-enabled smartphones - thus maximizing the reach of the organization. It is also significant that SMS text messaging is the preferred form of electronic communication for most people - including the youth of your parish.
How Group Texting Services for Religious Organizations Work
Group texting services for religious organizations work through an online texting platform. In order to access an online texting platform, you need to open an account with a group texting service provider. This is a very simple process that takes just a few minutes. The service provider will assign you a login for their platform and, once logged in, you compose your message, upload the group of members you want to receive the message and click send.
Once your message has been sent, you can monitor open rates and replies via the online texting platform. Research has shown that 98% of text messages are opened within three minutes - approximately ten times the open rate of email - but you do not have to sit in front of a desktop computer to wait for replies to your message. Being browser-based, the online texting platform is accessible from any location that has an Internet service.
Your group of contacts can be compiled automatically by encouraging your members to text a keyword to a short code service (for example, text “church” to 313131) or by adding “click-to-join” widgets to your website. If you have a large congregation, you can assign different keywords to different groups to make management of your communication easier. Alternatively, you can manually sort your congregation into groups of pastors, administrators, students, volunteers, etc.
Examples of How to Use Group SMS for Religious Organizations
There are many different ways in which group SMS for religious organizations can foster community engagement, promote outreach projects and increase event attendance. We have listed a few examples of how to use group SMS for religious organizations below, but undoubtedly you will find many more uses once you start using group texting services for religious organizations.
- Request prayers or donations for charitable causes.
- Send reminders of upcoming events, services and community outings.
- Advise your youth ministry of forthcoming outreach projects.
- Ask volunteers to provide assistance for community members in need.
- Inform group members of last-minute cancellations or venue changes.
Group SMS for religious organizations can also be used to extend the spiritual reach of the organization. Inspirational Bible passages can be shared via group texting services for religious organizations. Pastors can reinforce the lessons from the previous week´s sermon with group SMS for religious organizations, or prepare students for their next Bible study class.
MMS Messaging for Religious Groups
Whenever you use group texting services for religious organizations to communicate with your members, you are fostering community engagement and the relationships that will help solidify the future of your congregation. However, you can increase the impact of your communications with MMS messaging for religious groups.
MMS messaging for religious groups gives you the option of adding multimedia (MMS) files to your plain text message, or replacing the plain text message completely with an image, video or audio file. MMS messaging is just as simple to use as group SMS for religious organizations, and will appeal to the youth members of your parish - a member group that is typically challenging to attract and retain.
MMS messaging for religious groups also allows you to attach polls to your communications and encourage members to provide valuable feedback on community matters. Polls can be an effective way in which to increase engagement with your congregation; research conducted for the retail industry indicates that response rates to polls attached to text messages can be as high as 50%.
Group Texting Services for Religious Organizations from EZ Texting
EZ Texting´s group texting services for religious organizations provides all the tools you need to foster community engagement, promote outreach projects and increase event attendance. Our online texting platform supports both plain text messaging and MMS messaging for religious groups, with a number of features that will help make connecting with your congregation easier and more effective.
With group texting services for religious organizations from EZ Texting, you can:
- Access the online texting platform from any Internet-enabled device and from any location that has Internet service.
- Send messages to individuals, groups or your entire congregation, with messages automatically personalized with the recipients’ names.
- Schedule your text messages in advance, so that they can be composed when it is convenient for you and sent at a time when they will achieve maximum impact.
- Save previously sent messages as templates for future use. This will save you time if you send out recurring reminders for upcoming events, services and community outings.
With group SMS for religious organizations from EZ Texting, you can also monitor the success of your campaigns. Our online texting platform records when messages are delivered, opened and read, and tracks spikes in engagement. You can read the responses to your messages on the platform or have the responses forwarded to your mobile device.
Try Group SMS for Religious Organizations for Free
For many people, group SMS for religious organizations is a new concept in community communication. For this reason we invite you to try EZ Texting´s group texting services for religious organizations for free via our “Free and EZ” texting plan.
“Free and EZ” is the ideal way to try group SMS for religious organizations without having to commit to a time-sensitive trial period or a higher level of service. There are no credit cards required or set-up costs and our helpful Client Success Managers will always be on hand to guide you through any problems you encounter.
To find out more about “Free and EZ” from EZ Texting, please do not hesitate to contact our team of Client Success Managers. One of our team members will be happy to answer any questions you have about group texting service for religious organizations and will guide you through the process of registering your free account.