If you work in the field of marketing or advertising, or you’re an entrepreneur who regularly uses a service like DialMyCalls to send promotional messages to your opted-in customers, you may have heard that “shared” SMS short codes are going away. Major carriers like AT&T have announced that they will no longer support shared short codes as of 2019, and other wireless telecom providers are sure to follow suit. So, what does this mean to you? Will it affect your business? What is a shared short code, anyway? In this article, we’ll discuss everything that you need to know. SMS Texting Short Codes Vs. Long Code Messaging First, let’s give you a quick overview of the differences between texting short codes and SMS long codes. Long code numbers are standard, 10-digit phone numbers in the United States. These are simply normal, standard phone numbers – think (555) 123-4567.
Users of DialMyCalls that reside in Canada can now SMS text message broadcasts out faster than ever. Our development team has been working hard behind the scenes to improve our texting functionality for our Canadian customers. Version 2.0 of our Canadian SMS improves not only the success rate of text messages but also the speed at which recipients will receive texts. Previously, text messages sent to Canadian phone numbers would be limited to 1 text message per second (60 texts per minute). The slow rate of delivery was due to the fact that our system was using a traditional shared long code SMS phone number to broadcast the messages – that has now all changed! How fast can text messages be delivered to Canadian phone numbers now? That’s a great question and with version 2.0 of DialMyCalls’ Canadian SMS we are able to send out messages thirty times faster
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
At country clubs, member satisfaction should always be your highest priority. A country club succeeds – or fails – based on being able to bring in new members and provide an excellent membership experience. Obviously, there are many different things that contribute to a great membership experience. From clean locker rooms and bathrooms, to friendly service at the bar or country club restaurant, and well-maintained facilities like golf courses and tennis courts, it's all essential. However, there is one aspect of customer satisfaction that is often overlooked in country clubs – member communication! 90% of country clubs want to increase member usage of their club – and 79% are seeking to improve their customer satisfaction experience, according to Club Benchmarking. And the best way to do both of these things is with a smart member communication strategy. Read on to learn more about how country clubs can communicate more
Life is tough for the owners of nonprofits. There is always worry, fear, and questions – persistent questions. Can we get enough donations? Are we running our programs correctly? Why aren't we more prominent in the community? It's always a struggle to raise awareness about your nonprofit. Even if you're doing great work in the community, it may be tough to show that to the rest of the world. So if you're running a nonprofit and struggling to raise awareness about your business, mission, and cause, we've put together a list of the 6 ways that you can increase awareness about your nonprofit business, and enjoy the benefits of an enhanced community profile. 1. Make Use of Social Media Social media is one of the single most powerful tools available to any company – and that includes the nonprofit community. Approximately 2.8 billion people use social media every
Paying for cell phone service can be expensive. Especially if you have a really high-end phone, the bill for monthly service can be way out of your price range. So what are you supposed to do if you want to own a nice cell phone, but don't want to pay for service? One solution is to get your texting and calling done by other means. There are apps you can download that will allow you to text and call for free, but not all phones support these apps and you might be limited in the amount of call time you get or the amount of texts you can send. Thankfully there is one completely free way you can send text messages that doesn't require any other downloads or services, texting via email. Many people are completely unaware that almost every mobile company has an email address for texting that
DialMyCalls has implemented several development changes during the months of June and July to create a better user experience for our customers. Most of the changes were behind the scenes but a couple of them are improvements on existing features – please take a few moments to take a look at the current changelog below: July 12, 2017 — (Click image to enlarge) One of the biggest and noticeable changes is a major update to our Access Control System. Our developers have tweaked the system in place to make it a lot more user-friendly. Customers using our Access Accounts will now be prompted to make a Permission Group before they can proceed to making User Accounts. In addition to the mandatory creation of a permission group, both the "Users" tab and "Permission Groups" tab will auto-refresh once a new group/user is created — previously users were required to refresh
Day camp provides a nice balance between sending kids away from the house for weeks at a time, and having them home around the clock in between school semesters. As a day camp supervisor, it is your job to entertain them in ways that make them look forward to spending hot summer days in your care, especially for those parents who depend on day camp so that they can work worry free. Arts and crafts, soccer games and swim time can grow old fast with young kids, necessitating creativity when finding activities. If allowed, some day camp supervisors have found weekly excursions to a pre-specified destination helpful in creating a continual feeling of excitement with the campers. Some things to keep in mind if planning outside excursions are: Obtaining parent's permission in writing. Permission slips should specify the date, time and place, along with information about what the cost
The DialMyCalls development team is constantly working on adding new features and improvements to our mass notification system. This month (May 2017) brought a plethora of changes which include a new customer support chat system, UI improvements and the addition of enhancements to several of our existing features. Please take a few moments to take a look at the current changelog below — this changelog will be updated throughout the month: May 22, 2017 — Intercom chat button is now located on right side of website. (Click image to enlarge) Text-to-Speech has received its second improvement this month. Customers are now able to click on "Click Here For Advanced Recordings" to open a dialog box that displays code that can be added into a text-to-speech recording to have more control over the playback. The examples displayed offer the ability to add pauses in recordings and also gives customers the
If you're involved in a charity or nonprofit in any capacity, you probably understand the importance of communicating effectively with donors. Great donor communication is the key to the continued success of your organization, and most nonprofit, charitable organizations rely heavily on donor generosity to continue doing business. Because of this, members of charities and nonprofits should always be seeking out new and innovative ways to communicate with donors, and foster a deeper connection with their organization. In an effort to do so, many nonprofits and charities have turned to advanced technology. Many charities are now using specialized nonprofit CRM software such as Zoho, and other innovative software platforms that can allow them to attract and retain donors more efficiently. One of these software platforms is DialMyCalls. DialMyCalls is an advanced voice, text, and email messaging system that's incredibly versatile – and very affordable for nonprofits. The flexible DialMyCalls
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