Do you watch Mad Men? In his pitch to Kodak, anti-hero Don Draper has this to say: “technology is a glittering lure. But there is the rare occasion when the public can be engaged on a level beyond flash.”
“Around and around and back home again.” Photo courtesy of AMC TV.
Among a myriad of social utilities, gadgets, Web 2.0 madness, SMS or Text Messaging is still one of the best ways to stay connected with people. Why? Maybe because it is straightforward, quick and easy to use. On the other hand, there’s some sort of intimacy in sending and receiving a text message – it can put a smile on the face of a friend or loved one.
As an ecosystem, text massaging has its own milestones, breakthroughs, new insights and fresh perspectives. We’ve heard many good stories from members of the TextMagic Community about how SMS messaging tools helps them do their jobs better, share information and inform friends and family about important events.
Still, no matter how beneficial text messaging might be, sending an SMS can be a daunting task for some people. Many are not yet aware of the potential of texting, associating it only with old-fashioned, phone-to-phone ways of using it.
Let’s look at some of the reasons why you may need to become a more advanced SMS user.
Reason 1: Save time pressing mobile phone keys. Using an online text messaging tool is certainly much more efficient than trying to type a message on a mobile phone keypad. A PC keyboard is definitely easier to use for older generations than a small mobile keypad. So for someone who hates normal text messaging (especially predictive text) it makes text messages bearable.
Reason 2: Organize text messages in a way you like. The one issue with traditional SMS is that messages often do not have any intelligent formatting. For example, spaces and paragraphs are not used. When sending them over the Web or using a piece of software it is possible to give messages a professional and fun look, Moreover, you can organize your SMS correspondence into threaded conversations and save them on your computer.
Reason 3: Use SMS as a reliable means of texting from and to overseas. You work offshore on oil rigs in Norway where you are not allowed to take mobile phones. What’s more, all gadgets have to be stored at the heliport. Or you are serving in Afghanistan as an interpreter with the Northern Alliance. Or, maybe, your son is studying at a UK university with subsequent travels in Australia and the Far East.
Under such circumstances, in order to keep in contact with your friends and family, an online text messaging tool can be more convenient than other forms of communication, sometimes the only one. Also the time difference can make it awkward to make a phone call or use an IM software programs.
Reason 4: Use texting from areas with no phone or coverage. It can be a lifesaver when you found yourself in a part of the world where you could not get mobile phone reception but had Internet access and needed to communicate with others at home without the expense of phoning from a public phone booth using a phone card (sometimes, the only other option).
Reason 5: Make last-minute changes with no hassle. You can use online SMS tools to communicate efficiently with your colleagues and clients when last minute changes are needed. This is really invaluable for the UK‘s changeable weather conditions and for teachers who need to amend or cancel classes at schools and so need to let large numbers of people know.
Reason 6: Notify customers of the various stages of order processing. As an owner of a web-store, online texting is ideal for sending dispatch notifications to buyers, for example, of your eBay items. This not only makes your communications appear professional, but prevents your registered number being seen and potentially exploited.
Reason 7: Enjoy privacy and protect your personal information. The technology allows each outcoming and incoming text to be only between you and your recipients. So you’ll be able to create a communications track using a secure website or software program.
Reason 8: Provide a better customer service when bookings arrive. Online texting helps travel companies to be alerted promptly when bookings arrive. Therefore your response time could be virtually immediate, allowing you to provide a better customer service.
SMS or Text Messaging tools can be integrated into your booking system in no time. Plus, as they extremely easy to use, there is nothing to maintain about them, apart from topping it up once in a while.
Reason 9: Programmer or system administrator? Use SMS HTTP or SMTP API as a better alternative. Let’s assume you’re concerned about controlling your server room temperature. And here’s the challenge: temperatures of the server room are logged by a temperature logging system. The temperature logging system generates an email when temperatures are too high. However, the emails are not read regularly.
Here’s a neat solution. The SMS Gateway technology allows the email to be transformed to SMS by a special Email to SMS program. And so SMS will enable you to respond on time to prevent overheating of the server room and control your server room temperature. (For more details, check out our recent article SMS Keeps Customers Safe).
Reason 10: Marketing Agency? Find new revenue channels. Adding bulk SMS capabilities to your agency’s service offering will increase revenue, reduce costs and so open up new opportunities for your clients. Having Text Messaging Solutions as a key part of the messaging mix, can also help optimize your clients marketing investments and gives you the power need during this recession to show how your agency can offer short-term results and long-term value.
Remember Don Draper’s words about “a deeper bond to a product“? What do you think about online text messaging as a product? Does it touch you in some way? Feel free to comment below or let’s talk on Twitter!
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