Sending messages is easy to do even if you don't have any technical experience. Our bulk SMS service has made the process extremely simple and can be done in three simple steps. Here's how to get started.
In order for people to opt-in to receiving your text messages they need to text to join. They do this by texting a keyword to a short code. A short code is a five or six digit phone number used specifically for sending and receiving SMS in bulk. At SlickText we refer to keywords as "textwords." Each textword represents its own list of subscribers. There's no limit to the amount of textwords you can have. Some people even decide to have a single list of subscribers and break it into different segments based on specific subscriber information.
Don't have any contacts yet? Don't worry, you can build your list by getting people to opt-in. Already have subscribers you've collected from previous services? You can import your list into SlickText, as long as they have opted in or have given you permission to text them.
Remember, to remain legally compliant each person on your list must have explicitly consented to receiving your bulk SMS messages. This is a core best practice for mass texting and SMS marketing.
Organizations in every industry are using bulk SMS services to supplement their communication strategies. Here are some of the ways they're incorporating text messaging into their processes.
Every day your employees receive tons of emails — many of which go unread, even the important corporate ones you've probably spent a lot of time crafting. New programs and timely reminders aren't helpful if people don't even read their emails. That's where a bulk SMS service can play an important role. People read their text messages. With our helpful platform it's easy to send them in bulk and even automatically follow up with employees who don't reply.
More and more companies are incorporating SMS into their communication strategies. Our free mobile app even helps you manage everything from the palm of your hand.
Reminders and updates are an important part of every event planning strategy. Whether you're trying to keep volunteers informed or get participants engaged, texting is the fastest way to reach people. Using a bulk SMS service to send text messages will prove to be the easiest and most effective way to communicate.
Emergency responses require excellent communication. Whether your worst case scenario involves an active shooter or adverse weather event, don't want to wait until emergency strikes to find your communication strategy has gaps. By securing a bulk SMS service in advance, you can be sure it'll only take a few clicks to send your emergency messages should the need ever arise.
The federal government regulates bulk SMS messages through the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. To support these regulations, the CTIA, which is the wireless trade association, provides oversight for the cellular carriers. What are the rules they're trying to uphold? First and foremost, you'll need explicit consent from your subscribers before texting them. In addition to that, you'll need to tell them who you are, how often you'll text them, and how they can opt out.
We place a strong focus on compliance and are committed to helping everyone keep their text programs legal. That's why we've created a free SMS compliance guide. We've also designed our bulk SMS service to make it easy to satisfy the government guidelines. Everything you need is baked right in so you can be sure that your best foot is forward. If you choose to work with SlickText, know you're with a company that knows how to keep you on the right side of the law.