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Send Blasts to Groups Large & Small

Whether it's few or many, our SMS text blast service can handle sending to groups of any size. We power some of the world's largest text messaging programs and can handle whatever volume you need.

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An Easy, Feature-Rich Service

Our intuitive software allows you to send SMS blasts with just a few clicks. No technical knowledge required. You'll love our user-friendly experience on both desktop and our mobile app.

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Increase Reach & Drive Action

People prefer receiving text messages. They actually read them and in a timely manner too. Say something important, collect information, or get your audience to take action, all by pushing out a quick text blast.

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What is a Text Blast?

A text blast, simply put, is a single text message that is sent to a large group of people all at the same time. SMS blasts are an excellent way to reach the masses when important information needs to be communicated in a timely manner.

Businesses and organizations are using SMS text blast services for everything from emergency alerts to letting customers know about big sales. It's just as powerful for marketing as it is for communication.

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How to Send a Text Blast

The process for sending an SMS blast is actually quite easy. Even if you don't have technical expertise, you can master it all in three simple steps. Let's check them out...

1. Find a Text Blast Service

The first step in getting started is to find a good text blast service. There are several out there so make sure you choose one that is easy to use, offers plenty of features and has great support. Our service has everything you need to get started. We even offer a free text blast app that you can use to manage your text messaging on the go.

2. Build Your Text List

If you don't have any subscribers yet, you'll need to build your list by gaining new opt-ins. People typically opt in by texting a keyword to a 5 or 6 digit number called a short code. If you've already grown a text blast list with a different service or have collected people's numbers in a compliant way, you can import those people who have already subscribed. Remember, to remain legally compliant each person on your list must have explicitly opted in to receiving texts from you.

3. Send Your Text Blast

Once you have a list of subscribers, you can start sending SMS blasts. This is where it gets fun. All you have to do is select which list you'll be sending your blast to, compose your text message and then send it on the spot or schedule it to be sent at a later date.

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Why Text Blasts are So Effective

SMS blasts are effective for many reasons. First, people almost always have their phones within an arm's reach. In fact, texting stats show that over 98% of text messages are read within just a few minutes. Compared to email or phone calls, text message blasts capture far more attention and generate more response than any other type of mass communication.

In addition to the reach of text messaging itself, SMS blasts are also cost effective. At just pennies per message, reaching people through text is a very affordable outreach channel. What's also nice is that when people reply to your text blasts, the messages are private and can flow into an inbox for 2-way texting. This is of course if the SMS service you choose offers the functionality.

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The Difference Between
Group Texts & Text Blasts

People are often confused by the difference between a traditional group text on your phone and a text message blast. Yes they both involve sending text messages to several people at once but there are important differences that put the two far apart.

First, group texts typically have a hard limit of 10 to 15 recipients. This places a huge constraint on your ability to reach the masses. When using a text blast service, there's no real limit to the amount of people you can reach in a single blast.

Secondly, one of the most annoying things about traditional group texts is that when someone responds, it's sent to everyone. When using a text blast app or service, that doesn't happen. When people reply, all responses are all private. You can then use the interface provided by your service to text each person individually without bothering everyone else on the list.

The third difference between group texts and SMS blasts is the ability to opt out of future messages. With group texts, it can be impossible to remove yourself from the group. With text blasts, that's not the case. Texting services are required to provide a way for people to opt out. People can remove themselves off of any list by simply replying with the words STOP or UNSUBSCRIBE.

If you're looking to get started with SMS marketing or any other type of text messaging at scale, you should always choose to go with a text blast service. In addition to the points above, a service will provide you the tools and apps that far surpass anything else.

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Ways People Are Using Text Blasts

Because of their effectiveness, organizations across all sectors are turning to text blast apps and services for much of their communication needs. Here are some of the ways they're incorporating SMS blasts into their strategies.

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Text Blasts For Marketing

Get all of your customers excited at once by sending a text message blast with a special offer they can't refuse. If you need to drive sales, email sign ups, traffic or almost any other kind of action, SMS marketing is an excellent way to do it. You can inspire customers to engage using a compelling text message that gets the word out to everyone at once.

Text messaging is quickly becoming one of the most popular vehicles for digital marketing today. With up to 98% open rates and redemption rates soaring over email, having a solid SMS marketing strategy in place is a must for any business.

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SMS For Employee Communications

Employees are inundated with emails these days and many corporate emails go unread. Important initiatives and reminders will fall on deaf ears if you can't get people to open your messages, which is why SMS blasts are so helpful for engaging with employees. Reach people where they're really listening—on their phones.

From collecting feedback with SMS surveys to automating and scheduling text message reminders, text blasts have become an important tool for many companies around the world.

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SMS Blasts For Event Reminders

Event reminders and updates are key pieces of information that no one should miss. From keeping volunteers in the know to engaging participants, there's no quicker way to get the word out. People read their text messages— almost immediately. Using an SMS text blast service to broadcast a message into the hands of everyone will be your most effective method of communication.

Event planners across the country are adopting SMS as their go-to strategy for engaging with the masses. With our intuitive and easy-to-use platform, we make the entire process simpler than ever.

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Emergency Text Alerts

Emergency preparedness plans should prioritize instant communication. Whether your emergency involves a weather event, fire, or other harmful situation, you've got absolutely no time to waste. Organizations are planning ahead of time by developing a text messaging strategy so it's only a matter of clicks if they need to send an alert.

Our text blast service has been battle-tested by tens of thousands of organizations in North America. We power emergency notifications for lists with millions of people. Rest assured that when you need to send a message, it goes.

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Text Blasts & Compliance

Through the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the federal government has strictly regulated how text blasts can be sent. The CTIA, which is the wireless trade association, works with the cellular carriers to support these regulations and ensure SMS blast services are upholding the necessary rules. What are these rules? Well, you'll need to obtain explicit consent from people before texting them. You'll also have to provide them with a little information about who you are, how often you'll text them, and how they can opt out.

Compliance is one of our top focuses and we're committed to helping everyone keep their text programs legal. For that reason, we've put together a free SMS marketing compliance guide and have built our entire platform to make satisfying the necessary guidelines easy. From auto-generating your terms and conditions, to inserting required verbiage in messages where required, know that you're partnering with an SMS text blast service who's well versed in cellular compliance.

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Finding a Text Blast Service

There's a lot of SMS blast services out there but they aren't all treated equally. Make sure that the one you choose is easy to use. They should offer some level of their text blast service for free. This will allow you to try things out and ensure it works well for your needs. They should also have a wide array of features, especially if you're sending SMS blasts for marketing. Chances are you'll want to leverage some of the other tools their app has to offer.

Speaking of app, make sure they have a good text blast app in the Apple or Google Play store so you can manage your texting when away from a computer.

Growing your text list is important for anyone looking to reach the masses with SMS. The service you choose should offer multiple opt in methods like text to join and web form opt ins.

Cellular compliance is also a big deal. Make sure the text blast service follows all of the best practices for handling opt outs, disallows the uploading of numbers without proving prior opt-in consent and keeps records of all SMS in and out.

What to Look For In a Text Blast Service...

  • Easy to use
  • Has a free trial
  • Offers plenty of features
  • Has a mobile app
  • Offers multiple opt-in methods
  • Properly handles opt outs
  • Asks questions about subscriber consent

Common Text Blast FAQs

Sending text blasts for marketing and mass communication has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. Every day we're finding new ways that people are using SMS to connect with their audiences. While it's become more mainstream, many still have questions. Here we answer some of the most common FAQs about sending SMS blasts.

How much does it cost to send text blasts?

The cost to send a text message blast will vary based on the number of people on your SMS list and how often you'll be sending. Most text messaging services will tier their pricing into separate plans based on messaging volume. You should be able to get started for less than $30 per month.

Can I send text blasts with my iPhone?

No, you cannot send text blasts with your iPhone; specifically with the standard iMessage app. Sending text messages with your mobile device's messaging app is meant for one to one communication. You can send group texts but those are very limited in the amount of people that can be reached. That limit is usually around 10 to 15 people. Additionally, people can see everyone else's replies and is normally very annoying.

Can I send text blasts to past business clients?

This is a grey area. The typical answer is no; not unless they have explicitly opted into receiving text blasts from your business. Having a prior business relationship doesn't constitute an opt in either. There are laws in place that protect consumers from unwanted / spam text messages so if you're collecting phone numbers for future SMS blasts, make sure that your customers understand exactly what they are signing up for when they provide their number.

Is sending text message blasts legal?

Yes sending text blasts is 100% legal. It's important to note however that you can only send blasts to people that have explicitly opted into receiving them. There are hefty legal fines for text message spam so be sure that whoever you're texting has given you their permission ahead of time.

Can I send a text blast with Google Voice?

No. Just like sending from your phone's text messaging app, trying to send a text blast with Google Voice is cumbersome and not a good idea. That service is meant to be a mobile phone replacement and is not set up for mass messaging. It also doesn't handle opt outs in a graceful way which is required to keep you from the legal consequences associated with spamming.

Is there an app I can use for sending SMS blasts?

Yes, most good SMS marketing services will offer a free text blast app to send and manage your messaging. You should be able to download these apps at no cost from the Apple or Google Play stores. Note that you will have to create an account with the app creator's service before you can start sending blasts.

Why Choose SlickText For Your Text Blast Service?

We know there are several apps out there for sending text blasts. We believe we lead the field. From having the higest quality messaging and deliverability to the easiest platform to use, here are just a few reasons why we think we stand out...

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Get Started for Free

Want to give SlickText a shot? You can try our text blast app for free. You get 50 text messages for no charge. We don't even require a credit card. Once you get started you'll be totally hooked.

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It's Easy to Use

We've built this SMS blast service to be as easy as possible to manage. Whether you're great with technology or far from tech-savvy, you'll enjoy how smooth it is to get started sending text messages with our software.

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Send Your Blasts on the Go

With our free text blast app you don't have to be at a computer to push out your messages. We make it extremely easy to send blasts at any time, from the palm of your hand. It's convenient and practical.

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Put Your Blasts on Autopilot

Don't stress over trying to remember to send a text blast about important holidays or for future sale announcements. Schedule your texts in advance, use our automations, and let our platform handle the rest.

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Automatically Recurring Texts

Are you constantly sending the same reminders every week or month? Schedule recurring text message blasts that will do the heavy lifting for you. You decide how often they recur and can stop them at any time.

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Outstanding Deliverability

Your messaging strategy won't work if people aren't getting your texts. Don't be fooled by cheap, low quality services. We use only the best messaging routes in North America to ensure your SMS blasts are being delivered.

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Invite Your Team

Strategic messaging isn't always a one-person job. If you have a team working with you, invite them to use the service and app. Add an unlimited number of employees and individually control their access.

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Outstanding Support

We are known for our fanatical customer support. Our in-house customer service team is deeply knowledgeable about our service and is here to help with any questions or issues you may run into. Don't hesitate to call, chat or email anytime!

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A Ton More Features

We have the most feature-rich text blast app in the industry. We never stop improving and are constantly adding new features to make your job even easier.

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