In today’s world, nearly everyone has access to a cell phone and more specifically, a smart phone. A significant amount of time is spent on mobile devices. Mobile phones and their functionality have become part of our everyday lives. In fact, the average American spends four hours per day staring at their phone and a quarter of that time is spent text messaging. To expand the reach for your business to meet customers where they spend their time, start using text as a communication channel. This where business text messaging comes in.
Business text messaging is used to engage with your customers one on one. Regardless of the size of business, texting has a place in every organization. Here are 5 of the most common uses of business text messaging.
1. Confirmations and reminders
When using business text messaging to send a confirmation text, it helps build and establish trust with the client. This could be as simple as confirming an upcoming appointment or it could confirm that an action took place as a result of a previous conversation, email or text.
2. Scheduling appointments
Trying to schedule an appointment with a customer can be challenging as schedules vary, phone calls aren’t answered or returned, and voicemails are left unchecked. Emails can be equally ineffective and can easily be buried in the massive amount of emails that are already in an inbox.
Sending a text message to schedule an appointment is more effective. Considering that 97% texts are open, read and responded to in 3 minutes or less, you’ll have a better success of getting them to look at availability and schedule appointments faster.
3. Follow up
Text is about making it convenient for your customers. Following up on a conversation, checking in after a previous meeting or asking the client/customer a brief question. For instance, a text can be sent just after an email is sent that needs an approval or confirmation. When using business text messaging to follow up by text could be the perfect nudge to get your customer to take a look.
4. Simple questions and answers
One of the best reasons to use business text messaging is to communicate with customers/prospects to get answers much more quickly than you would by phone or email. Text messages by nature are short and sweet, they serve as a great medium to ask quick questions when looking for quick answers.
Everyone appreciates being acknowledged and hearing ‘thank you’. A brief thank you or acknowledgement will go a long way from the customers perspective. A business text messaging service makes this a quick and simple “extra” that will go a long way with your customers.
Business text messaging takes advantage of the advances in technology to be able to get your message out to your customers. This is done in a way that is convenient and easy. it’s a worthwhile investment to make, and when used properly, can be a great tool to support business.
How does it work?
For businesses to efficiently and effectively manage text communication with clients, a business grade text messaging service is needed. Our text services for businesses enables the business and its employees to have their individual existing landline telephone number text enabled. We simply text enable your business phone number(s) and pair the phone number with your email address. Your email is just the tool that lets you send and receive text messages. Texting from your business number is as simple as sending an email and the receiver of your message, will get a text message, that is from your business phone number. When you receive a text message from a client, it will show up in your email, giving you a quick way to respond to the sender. Conversation threading is contained in each email. Best yet, all text conversations are searchable and archivable in your email.
Your customers are already very comfortable with text as they use it in their personal lives, let them engage with your business the way they prefer and are accustomed to. Implementing a texting service for business is key to staying relevant and evolving with your customer preferences.
TextBetter™ is a business texting service that makes it easy to send or receive texts from your landline number. Our cloud-based service effortlessly integrates into your existing business model, without having to install new software or change how you do business. Through our three separate product offerings, we proudly cater to organizations of all sizes: TextBetter Basic, TextBetter Business, TextBetter Enterprise.