If you're interested in mobile marketing, you may be wondering whether you should focus your efforts on SMS text messaging, or on pre-recorded automated phone calls. It's a great question – and it has stumped marketers for quite a while! So what's the right choice for modern marketers? Do today's customers and clients prefer phone calls or SMS messages? In this article, we'll look at the pros and cons of text messaging and phone calls – and help you figure out which option is right for you! Let's get started. The Pros and Cons of SMS Text Messages SMS text messaging is much newer than marketing with phone calls. SMS messages have only really been widespread for about two decades, but they are a very powerful marketing tool. Let's take a look at the benefits and drawbacks of using SMS marketing now. Pros 99% open rate – 99%
The quality of the message being given cannot be measured by the amount of people in the pews, but the sense of community that the church is offering can. It makes no difference what type of social interactions are being offered on the internet, people need others in order to thrive and your church is the perfect venue to nurture that growth. Take the time to grow your congregation and you will be helping them as well as your church. 1) Make a Great First Impression Nobody likes that new kid in the class feeling. Assign the task to a regular member of your church to look out for newcomers at the door and make them feel welcome. A warm smile and handshake from a stranger will work wonders at making the new member feel at home. Have your welcome wagon set up to get the new members
Whether you're trying to send a personal SMS message to a friend or a business associate, or using a service like DialMyCalls to send SMS messages to high volumes of people, you've probably run into issues with your text messages not being delivered. While DialMyCalls takes steps to avoid this, there are still a few rare situations that can cause SMS message delivery to fail. In this article, we'll take a look at some of the most common causes that text messages may not be delivered, so that you may better understand how to best use DialMyCalls, and ensure that your messages are always delivered to the appropriate people. 1. Invalid Numbers This is the most common reason that text message delivery can fail. If a text message is sent to an invalid number, it won't be delivered – similar to entering an incorrect email address, you will
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
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
If you're a baker, you know how important it is to maintain a strong base of customers. Bakers are faced with a unique challenge – though the main ingredients of bread are quite inexpensive, the labor involved in baking is quite intensive. In addition, many baked goods are only at peak, sellable freshness for one or two days. Combined, these two factors mean that it is absolutely essential to sell as much of your baked goods as you can each day – otherwise, quite a bit of time and money may go to waste. If you're having trouble attracting people to your bakery, and need some advice, you're in the right place. In this article, DialMyCalls will take a look at a few of the best ways that you can boost sales at your bakery, and bring in more customers! 1. Get Active on Social Media
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
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
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
In the winter, school administrators often have to cancel school for inclement weather. Snow, ice, and extreme temperatures can mean that it's simply not safe to have children come to school. But it's often hard to tell whether or not you should cancel school in the winter, and decisions to cancel school can be controversial. This is because snow days are often made up by shortening summer or spring breaks. So how can you tell when you've got a real emergency on your hands, and when is it okay for your student to brave the wintry weather? Find out with this handy guide from DialMyCalls. 1. A Snow Emergency Has Been Called by the Government This is a no-brainer. If a snow emergency has been called by the local municipal government, you should delay the opening of your school until roads are clear, or consider canceling classes altogether.
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