With ever increasing awareness of the environment and pressures upon businesses to demonstrate their ‘green credentials’, we take a look at the environmental benefits of using bulk SMS text messaging as a business communication and marketing tool.
The commercial benefits of utilising SMS marketing to deliver targeted and relevant messages to both customer base and prospects are well documented. It costs far less than print advertising and, according to the Mobile Marketing Association, delivers 5 times the response rate of direct mail.
What’s more, the use of text messages as reminders has been proven to increase customer retention – ‘Your MOT is due on…’ – whilst businesses and service providers from hairdressers to dentists have seen improved attendance rates for appointments as a result of using such reminders.
So, with all these benefits, text messaging and bulk SMS are good for your business. Better still, they are also good for the environment.
How environmentally friendly is SMS marketing?
The obvious answer is that SMS marketing saves on paper and saving paper saves trees. Did you know that to produce 10,000 sheets of standard A4 paper takes 2.5 mature trees? But that’s not the half of it.
Even if the trees are from sustainable sources, the chain of events from felling those trees to a letter or nice glossy leaflet landing on a customer’s doormat leaves a huge carbon footprint. There are chemicals used in paper manufacture and contained in the inks or toners utilised for printing, plus there’s the discharge or wastage associated with these processes. And if the customer simply throws away the communication unread, rather than recycle it, it is most likely destined for landfill.
It is difficult to exactly quantify the benefits, but SMS marketing has the lowest carbon footprint of all types of mass advertising, and, anecdotal evidence suggests it is 50 times more environmentally friendly than printed methods.
Could SMS marketing replace print for all communications?
It is unlikely that all businesses would ever reach a point where they would not use traditional print advertising and communication in some form. But SMS marketing and the use of text messages as reminders reduces the reliance upon such methods and in this ever-more digitally focused world, can’t be beaten for targeting and speed of communication.
Moreover, if someone responds to a mobile marketing message and requests further information, any printed material you send out as a result of this request is a better use of resource, as it’s in direct response to a request and hence will most likely be retained and acted upon.
How can I start using SMS marketing to make my business communication greener?
A Google search for ‘SMS Marketing’ reveals a multitude of products and services available on numerous platforms and at a wide range of costs. It can all be a bit confusing.
TextMagic makes it simple. We have a number of tools that can be implemented quickly and easily, with highly competitive prices that make your marketing budget go further. Examples are Email to SMS, which provides the ease of combining your SMS marketing with your existing email client and TextMagic Online, which provides the simplicity of a highly functional, easy to use web-based texting software product, meaning you can implement your marketing communications from any computer – not just in the office.
TextMagic’s software solutions are designed to be intuitive to use and efficient to conduct your business communications from – meaning that your TextMagic SMS marketing not only gives you a greater opportunity of engaging with your customers, but frees up more time to spend managing the other areas of your business. Why not try it out today? All businesses can benefit from a free trial – so you can experience the power of SMS marketing without spending a penny.