Now that a lot of your audience are carrying around smartphones, are you even able to reach them anymore with email, blogging and your social media outlets?
Probably – at least you should be able much of the time.
But an ideal scenario is literally in your hands: reaching your audience with text messaging.
Here’s why text message (or mobile) marketing is worth considering:
First: approximately 97% of all text messages are opened and read! Yeah: wow, 97%!
Next: your competitors are probably NOT doing it. Yet. But chances are they will look at it soon.
Also: Texting can spur instant action because of the immediacy of the medium.
One comment I often hear when the subject of mobile marketing comes up: “…but who wants to get spam text messages?”
That’s the beauty. It’s not spam. Your audience has opted-in to your messages through your website or advertisement, and they can easily opt-out if they change their mind.
Let’s say you have a booth at a tradeshow, and you’re going to surprise your audience with a special deal, a celebrity guest, or some other reason to get people to head for the booth. By timing your text message, your audience can open the text (remember, it’s immediately sent), see the invitation, and come by the booth.
If you can narrow your market to a select group of show attendees, chances are good that you’ll get many of them to respond.
“Your only restriction with mobile marketing is the numbers of characters, so my best advice is consolidate and pack a punch with your message,” advises Van Allen, a leading business marketer and business author who uses text and SMS (short message service) technology to grow several business.
So the next question on your lips is (at least it was on my lips): how do you do this?
The difficult, and manual, way would be to send each message out individually.
Nope, you can see right away that’s not gonna work. Not with all you have to do to keep the booth running, right?
Sign up for a service such as Boomtext, Message Buzz or Moto Message, log in to your account, set up your message and when you’d like it go out and you’re set.
Some services I’ve seen have the ability to segment your audience. For instance if you put out an advertisement on “organic yogurt” you might have readers opt-in to get message specifically about organic yogurt. Other readers might want messages only about fruit-flavored yogurt. It gives you a chance to send extremely targeted messages based on the desires of your market.
Once you start thinking, the ideas on how to tie mobile marketing into your tradeshow marketing start tumbling over themselves.
Phone coupons, time-sensitive offers, opinion polls, welcome messages, games, video links…what can you think of?
If you have sent out or received text messaging, what’s your experience been?
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Trade Show Displays St. Louis ,
Good advice, I predict text message marketing will be come a huge industry in the next couple years. I have received a few and because I opted in I don’t view them as spam, the key will be not to over do it.
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Definitely agree that this area has huge potential as long as it’s an opt-in thing. It’s a similar premise to signing up for text-message updates from Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites.
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Tim Patterson ,
Definitely agree that the opt-in piece is critical, especially since most people are paying for individual texts in some way, not like email which comes by the thousands. Imagine if we had to pay for email as we had to pay for texts! That might change in the next decade, which could lead to SMS becoming as prevalent – and spammy – as email.