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Landline Text Messaging Service: Key Features and Benefits

I remember when I was growing up how excited I was when our family got a cordless phone. Then off to college I went and was elated to have a cell phone. Remember how huge and bulky they were? If my memory serves me correctly, it was about the weight of a small Yorkshire terrier, but I didn’t seem to care though. As I look back through the years and how technology has evolved and continues to evolve, it’s pretty fascinating. When I was a young girl sitting in the kitchen at my parents’ house talking on the phone that was tethered to the wall by a 4 foot spiral cord (we all know what I’m referring to), I never had the thought that one day we’d be able to send and receive written messages from that line. I’d even say that up until a few years ago, I didn’t even know it was doable. Not only is a landline text messaging service incredibly relevant today, it’s become a standard in business communications.

When enabling text on your landline phone, you’re able to take advantage of benefits that are not possible with a traditional phone system. In fact, when using a landline text messaging service, you provide your business and customers with the ability to engage in strategic ways that help increase productivity and customer satisfaction. The landline texting service allows you to send and receive text messages on your computer using your existing business phone number.

What are the possibilities with landline texting? There are so many.

Features & Benefits of Landline Texting

Tailored Keywords: A landline text messaging service allows customers to send text requests for immediate information like your location hours by texting “Hours” to a specific number. Consider using the keyword “Apply” for anyone looking for employment. This serves as an immediate response to your customers, which is what they want, while providing you with the ability to focus on other business objectives.

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Auto Responders: When using a landline text messaging service, you have the ability to create an auto response that is predetermined. For example, if your office will be closed for a holiday or if one of your staff members will be on vacation, using an auto response like “Out of Office” while providing additional information can have a positive impact customer satisfaction. Communication is important for consumers; using auto responder functionality is an easy way to help influence positive customer interactions.

Distribution Lists: A landline text messaging service provides the ability to communicate differently and more effectively with team members. Create a list of employee phone numbers to easily leverage the distribution of internal communications. Distribution lists are unique to each text enabled number allowing managers to easily communicate with their team.

Communications are trackable: Since text messages are sent and received from your users’ email, every text message technically is an email and are all searchable and being archived by your company’s email retention policy. A landline text messaging service provides the ability to track and review all external communications, ensuring they comply with company standards. Should there be attrition with employees, have peace of mind knowing that these conversations with customers are being archived to refer to at any time.

Reporting: To determine who is using, how it’s being used and the frequency of usage, leverage feature rich reporting tools that a landline text messaging service can provide.

Integrations: If you’re looking to house text communications into a CRM, not a problem. A landline text messaging service provider has API’s that interface with your applications. No extra steps needed from the staff for the communications to be archived.

These are just a handful of examples of what a landline text messaging service can provide, really, this is just scratching the surface. The evolution of technology is fascinating! To learn more about how TextBetter is helping companies of all sizes change their communication dynamics through landline texting, call or text us today.

About us

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.

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More productive recruiting: use a business texting service

Last week we explored how the dynamics of recruiting the best candidates requires exploring new and innovative solutions. With the rise in accessibility and connectivity to mobile devices, a shift in the process is necessary. Implementing a business texting service as part of the workflow to attract, communicate and hire candidates has proven successful. Not only does it help expedite time to hire, it provides an exceptional candidate experience that sets your organization apart of others.

Many of our customers have asked us for some examples of how recruiters are using TextBetter as their business texting service. While this isn’t a complete list, here are 6 of the most common ways a business texting service is leveraged by recruiters.

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Scheduling

One of the biggest challenges we hear for a recruiter is the time it takes to coordinate interviews. Using a business texting services helps eliminate the unproductive and time consuming phone tag, voicemail and email madness. Even the very best sticky notes, calendaring and task based systems don’t compare to the efficiency and responsiveness of a text message. As it relates to scheduling, a business texting service can help you schedule as well as send reminders about their upcoming interview.

Example:

Hi Jake, this is Megan from Children’s Mercy. We would like to move forward with a scheduling an interview for the informatics position you applied for. What’s your availability on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week?

*As a side note, text is also effective for scheduling subsequent interviews, too.

Reminders

Use a business texting service to remind candidates of their upcoming interview, to bring and/or submit required information such as a resume, job specific information and events such as job fairs. Also consider using it to send instructions for when they arrive for their interview, dress code, parking information or any last minute notifications the candidate should be aware of.

Example:

“Hi Bob, just sending you a reminder about your interview scheduled tomorrow at 1:00 pm with the VP of Sales. When you arrive, please park in the east visitor parking. Someone will be at the front to greet you as you walk into the building and take you back for your interview. Good luck!”

Interview Follow Up

How great is it to receiving feedback from your recruits/candidates? That feedback is so valuable and critical to the process! Use a business texting service to collect feedback formally or informally. The ability to send a link to a survey page is something that can be easily leveraged via text.

Example:

*Consider using text throughout the process, even post hire.

Melissa, I’m anxious to hear how your interview went this morning…I really hope it went well. I’d appreciate your thoughts on the process and your experience so far. Would you mind taking 3 minutes to complete this survey? http://interviewfeedback.com. Thanks!

Re-engagement

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported late last year the median employee tenure was 4.3 years for men and 4.0 years for women. With workers spending five years or less in every job, so they are devoting more time and energy finding and transitioning from one job to another. The successful recruiter is one who is up-to-date on trends in their industry and who keeps in touch with candidates letting them know that they’re a resource as they look to change positions or are looking for a specific opportunity. A business texting service enables these brief and simple texts to happen.

Example:

“Andy, it’s Nathan from Excel Solutions. Are you still in financial services? I’d like to connect and share a couple of positions you may be interested in. Thanks and let me know!”

Pre-screening tool

Some may say that effective candidate screening is part art and part science. Using a business texting service can help facilitate interest in the position from the candidate’s perspective by sending a quick text. Everyone would love to eliminate the dreaded phone tag game, right? By using text at the top-of-the-funnel to screen helps create much higher quality and more meaningful in-person interviews as the candidates are truly screened and ready for the next step in the process.

Example:

“Hi Rich, thank you for your interest in working with us. Before we schedule an interview, I just want to make sure we’re aligned on compensation. What are your salary expectations with this job?”

Candidate experience is such an important focus in the entire recruitment lifecycle. Provide candidates with first class experience with personalizing messages along the way. Implementing a business texting service in your processes will lead to happier candidates and ultimately faster hires.

About us

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.

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Enterprise sales teams win with business text messaging

The struggle is real. Each and every day, businesses just like yours wrestle with finding the best methods to connect with prospects and customers. We all know that these connections and discussions are essential for the continued success and growth of any business or organization. In today’s competitive landscape, it’s crucial and an absolute must to set your company apart from competition and equip your sales team with the right tools to succeed. The most successful enterprise sales organizations leverage the strength and effectiveness of a business text messaging service to connect with buyers.

The upside of using a business text messaging service

Integrating a business text messaging service into the sales process offers enormous opportunity for sales teams. Not only is texting more efficient than email, it is delivered quickly and is often open and read immediately. With text being so embedded into our personal lives, there is a natural tendency to read and respond quickly. Combining a business text messaging service in the communication mix provides sales teams ability to deliver highly applicable messages, at the right time and exactly when it’s needed.

Reps can use text to help further facilitate the momentum they’ve gained with a lead. Using a business text messaging service also helps provide the opportunity to establish an open channel of communication both ways. Often times it allows the sales rep to gain further access to the organization’s decision-making process when they quickly check in with a prospect.

A business text messaging service just makes sense for your sales team

Texting is fast, efficient and it’s effective. Text messages provide a convenient way to send appointment reminders, updates, and other notifications to customers. It’s also a simple way to show that you’re on top of their business. Using a business text messaging service lets you combine the benefits of real-time communications and helps to increase urgency and conversions.

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Is your enterprise sales team already texting?

Chances are some if not many of your teams are already texting their clients and prospects today without you knowing. Using your personal cell phone number comes with risks that could be highly detrimental to your business. By using a business text messaging service, you can eliminate these concerns, while still benefiting from the ease and speed of text.

Archiving is a benefit of business text messaging

If your teams are currently using their personal devices to text message buyers, you’re most likely not archiving those conversations to your CRM. Think about territory changes or if that sales rep leaves your organization? They take all of that information with them. It is imperative to keep a record of all conversation history for each account and their respective contacts. TextBetter automatically archives your text conversations and stores them in your email.

How TextBetter™ Works

TextBetter uses your email account to transmit text messages to and from your landline number by simply pairing the two. You’ll send, receive, and manage text conversations directly from your business email. Simple, right? And when it comes to sending picture messages, the process is just as simple. You’ll send, receive, and manage pictures as attachments; without having to download new software or change how you do business.

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.

Have questions on how TextBetter can make a business text messaging service work for your company? Call or text us today at 800-322-1112.