No technical experience? No problem. Sending text alerts is easy to do. Our service makes the process simple. Here are the three basic steps you need to know.
People need to opt-in to receiving text alerts from you, which they normally do through a process called text-to-join. This involves them texting a unique keyword to short code or phone number. The custom keyword individuals text to your number is referred to at SlickText as a "textword." Every textword is its own list of subscribers and you can manage as many or as few as you'd like.
There are several ways you can grow your subscriber list. If you've never sent text alerts before then you'll start by having new people opt-in. If you've used a different text alert service in the past you can import an existing list into the SlickText system. Remember, in order to be legally compliant you need proof of consent for every person you want to send text alerts to. In addition to those two methods for getting people onto your list, you can also build web forms that allow people to enter their information to opt in to your alerts.
People across all industries are adding text messaging into their communication strategies. Here are just a few examples of how organizations are using text alerts.
Schedules change and events arise that all parties need to be notified of. Don't rely on email or phone calls to get the job done when it comes to immediately contacting faculty or students about timely information. More educational organizations are using text alert systems to send simple text messages to everyone at once. It's unbeatable at keeping everyone on the same page.
It's no surprise that you need to get through to people instantly in an emergency. Maybe your worst case scenario involves an active shooter, maybe it's inclement weather, or perhaps it's a power outage. Whatever the case — don't wait until disaster strikes to get your communication plan set up. Find a great text alert service now and it'll be as simple as a few clicks if you should ever have to send emergency messages.
Whether it's an IT problem, a power outage, or crucial reminders, using a text alert service to stay in touch with your employees is efficient and effective. Think of all the emails that sit in your inbox unopened. You don't want your important messages to employees to go unread. Instead of emailing, send a text. People read their texts, almost instantly.
More and more businesses are using text alerts to keep their employees engaged. The best part is, it's not just about pushing information out either. You can capture feedback and other information using SMS surveys as well.
Staying compliant with cellular carrier regulations and other laws is an important topic when using a text alert service. While it's relatively simple to understand, there can be pretty hefty penalties for ignoring the basic best practices for text messaging at scale. The TCPA, which stands for "Telephone Consumer Privacy Act", is the set of laws that govern all mass texting services and are designed to protect consumers from unwanted text and phone spam. At the end of the day, the biggest thing to understand is that everyone you're messaging must have given you explicit permission to be sent text messages.
We're sticklers for SMS compliance and have built our entire text alert system around keeping our users protected. We provide several compliant opt-in methods and have even published a guide on SMS compliance to help you understand things in greater detail. With our service we've made things easy so you can focus your attention on communicating with your audience and less on the legal stuff.Talk to the Team About Compliance
If you’re considering text alerts as part of your communication strategy, it’s likely that you’ll have questions. It’s important to understand key details before selecting a text alert service and begin sending messages. Here we’ve compiled some of the most commonly asked questions about sending SMS alerts.