If you're just getting started in the world of SMS text messaging for your business, church, school, or neighborhood, things can be quite confusing. There's certainly a lot to learn - and one of the most important choices you can make when beginning your journey is choosing between a long code and short code SMS text messaging number.
What is Long Code SMS and Short Code SMS number? Long code numbers are standard, 10-digit numbers. In the United States, they're usually formatted (555) 555-5555 - just like a normal phone number. Functionally, these numbers operate just like a traditional phone number, receiving SMS text messages and voice messages.
Short codes, on the other hand, are specialized for SMS text messaging. These 5-digit numbers are built to be used for large-scale marketing campaigns, and are more tightly-regulated.
So, what's the better choice for your SMS text messaging system? Let's discuss the pros and cons of each method now.
Long Code SMS Text Messaging
Long code SMS text messaging is easy to set up and affordable, but it's not perfect. Let's talk pros and cons now.[click to continue...]
If you manage an assisted-living facility or a retirement community, summer can be a dangerous time. Elderly folks are more susceptible to issues like heatstroke and dehydration, making them more likely to be seriously harmed by prolonged exposure to heat.
Because of this, residents of your retirement community or assisted living facility are at disk during summer heat waves. However, with some basic precautions, you can keep all of your residents safe and secure - even during the hottest summer weather! Read on, and learn about 5 simple tips you can use to keep your residents cool, happy, and safe!
1. Make Sure Your HVAC Units Are Functioning Properly
Ideally, this should be done in the late spring. If you have central A/C, have a professional HVAC specialist come in and analyze the overall health of your A/C systems. Vents, ducts, and HVAC units should be checked for functionality.
If your community uses window A/C units, the same advice is applicable. Have an HVAC technician check each and every window A/C unit. If one goes out while a resident is at home, they could be in serious danger - especially if they're sleeping and don't notice until things have already heated up.
2. Try to Minimize Time Residents Spend Outdoors - and Cover Up!
Prolonged sun exposure can be very harmful for your residents, and being outside in the summer heat can take a toll on their physical health. Strenuous outdoor activity dramatically increases the chances of heat stroke and heat exhaustion, so outdoor activities should be limited as much as possible.
You should minimize the time that your residents have to spend outdoors, and have staff members on alert, observing individuals who choose to go outside, and who may be at risk of problems like heatstroke or heat exhaustion.[click to continue...]
1. Get Active on Social Media
2. Display, Display, Display!
While most teachers take the summer off to enjoy a well deserved break, there are those who brave the heat and disgruntled students. For these daring teachers, trips to the beach are only for the weekends, as their weekdays continue to be filled with lesson plans. If this is your first summer taking on desk duty, try these tips to help you survive:
1) Remain Upbeat
While it may be difficult to roll out of bed to an alarm clock knowing that your colleagues are still sleeping in, it is important that you keep a positive attitude when teaching summer school. Your students are likely to be more distracted than usual, but if you enter the class each day with a big smile and bursting with energy, that attitude will soon become infectious, making it a more positive experience for everyone.
2) Plan Lessons that Take Advantage of the Season
There is no reason why all classes have to take place inside of a classroom. Add some lessons to your curriculum that will be enhanced by trips outdoors. You can make Shoeless Joe the required novel to read and then let the students build their own field of dreams that they are able to play games on during their summer school session. Taking the kids outdoors once in a while will help in keeping them from staring wistfully out the window during your other lessons.
3) Keep Class Simple
To ease some of your work rely more on class discussions and participation for grading criteria than large projects and assignments. This means that at least when you go home in the evening you can enjoy an outside barbecue instead of grading papers.[click to continue...]
A press-1 phone call campaign allows for automated call recipients to press the 1 key on their phone to be connected to a live representative for more information. Live transfer calls are often used for sales leads but organizations such as churches, sports leagues, property management groups, and many more utilize the benefits that these types of calls can offer. Let's take a dive into just how press-1 call campaigns work and take a look at how you can utilize them for your organization.
How Does a Press-1 Phone Call Campaign Work?
Organizations looking to reach a list of contacts all at once can set up their own mass notification system. With DialMyCalls, once an account is set up, customers are able to add the press-1 for live transfer option to any automated call that they set up in our system. Simply add your list of contacts to your account, create a recording to be sent out, then when you go to set up your broadcast, select the "Push-To-Talk" option which is our version of a press-1 phone call campaign --- you are able to select which phone number your contacts will be transferred to should they decide to press 1 for more information.
Who Can Use Press-1 Phone Call Campaigns?
Lead generation robocalls are typically associated with press-1 phone call campaigns but there are many other ways in which this technology can be utilized. Organizations ranging from churches to property management groups can use live transfer calling. Below are a few different types of organizations using press-1 phone call campaigns:
Churches and Religious Organizations
Pastors and church secretaries are able to send out automated prayer requests, church bulletins, donation reminders, and much more using a system such as DialMyCalls. Using a press-1 campaign, members of their congregation will be able to speak directly to the pastor for more information regarding upcoming church services or to request a special prayer during the next service.[click to continue...]
One of the most important things that you can do as a landlord or property manager is foster a good relationship with your tenants. If you are on good terms with your tenants, and you have a relationship built on trust and communication, things will be much easier for you.
By keeping open lines of communication, and treating your tenants with respect, you can avoid acrimonious and difficult disputes about lease policies, move-outs, security deposits, and dozens of other issues.
So, how can you best improve your ability to communicate with your tenants? Here are a few of our top tips. Read on, and see how you can become a better landlord - and enjoy a better relationship with all of your tenants.
1. Have An "Open Door" Policy
The first thing you should do is make it clear that you are always available to talk to your tenants, and willing to respond to their questions. Whether it's a question about their lease, a request for a rent payment extension, or an issue with a different part of your facility, tenants should always feel comfortable contacting you.
This "open door" policy has a number of benefits. It makes tenants feel valued and appreciated, it helps you keep on top of maintenance and repair issues, and it ensures that you foster an atmosphere of mutual respect with all of your tenants.
2. Always Respond to Repair Requests as Quickly as You Can
We know that being a landlord isn't easy - and when you're juggling the dozens of responsibilities property ownership entails, it's not easy to schedule emergency repairs, or respond to every repair request.
However, a landlord that is unresponsive to service and maintenance requests is one of the primary issues reported by tenants when they're asked about how they feel about their landlords.
To make sure that you prioritize repair requests properly, it may be a good idea to set up two different repair hotlines with a service like DialMyCalls.
You could create an emergency hotline where tenants can report things such as gas leaks and utility issues, broken windows, water damage, plumbing problems, and other emergency problems.
Then, you can create a different repair line for less-than-critical repairs, such as fixing holes in walls, repainting, and other primarily-aesthetic issues.
This lets you prioritize emergency maintenance, and still be aware of all other maintenance requirements of your tenants. That's a win-win![click to continue...]
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