If you’ve stumbled upon this article, you’re in the market to either text enable your landline or at minimum, discover the advantages and logistics involved in doing so. It is very common today for landline phone numbers to be text-enabled. Regardless the business size or industry, text messaging provides benefits to both the business and customers.
Speaking of customers, chances are that they have sent text messages intended for your business.
What happens if the landline phone number is not enabled?
There are a few different potential scenarios.
- Nothing will happen. The message will not be delivered. No response will be sent or received.
- An automated message will be sent from your cell phone carrier to you letting you know that the message cannot be sent/received. As an example, “Sorry, your message to XXX-XXX-XXXX could not be delivered as this number does not accept Text to Landline messages. Please check the number and try again.”
- The message will be sent and converted to voice for the landline recipient. They will get the text message via a voicemail if they were not available to answer. There are several factors that play into if the message will be delivered or not. This varies by carrier.
Should every business text enable their landline phone numbers?
YES! Absolutely! When a business chooses to text enable its’ landline phone numbers, it provides an additional medium to send and receive customer communication. Text messaging empowers customers to connect with your business immediately without wading through a menu of options in an IVR. The point is, through text messaging, it is easy and convenient for customers to reach you and for you to reach more customers.
Given the advancements in technology, text messages being sent from your business appear just like the text that they receive from family and friends. This is a seamless and effective experience for your customers. There are no new phone numbers to learn; the numbers they have been calling can be enabled to receive texts. No hardware or software needs to be installed on your end.
Why text enable landline numbers?
Increased productivity: Landline texting for business is a key component in helping businesses and individual employees become more efficient as it is increasingly difficult to connect with a prospect. Text messaging helps eliminate the possibility of not reaching contacts or prospects or potentially losing sales to the exhausting phone tag game. Landline texting for business by TextBetter works with any email client, so you can use your existing email address to send and receive texts. And because you manage text conversations directly from your inbox, all conversations are archived and searchable in one place!
Customer preferences: When it comes to communicating, it’s fair to say that most of the population you’d engage with as a business would rather type than talk. There is something to texts that we really prefer; we’d rather type short replies to short messages, than long replies to lengthy emails. The fact is, texts are short and are intended to the point across faster than in an email. They’re not all that involved, unlike emails, or phone calls. The simplicity that landline texting for business provides translates to flexibility. A text can quickly read and responded to from virtually anywhere. During the commute, over lunch and even in other meetings.
Immediate responses: With 97% of text messages opened and responded to in 15 minutes or less, With current business practices, the best way to get a response from customers is to just send a text. It’s certainly a more effective medium and by nature encourages faster engagement from the recipient. Landline texting for business provides a seamless way for customers to text your business and for you to text your customers
How it’s done
The TextBetter patented solution uses a 2-Way Email to SMS Gateway – a unique pairing process – to transmit text messages to and from your existing landline number(s). When an email is sent to a recipient’s mobile phone, we convert your email into a text message and deliver it, with your landline number listed as the sender. When someone replies, it converts their SMS into an email while delivering it right back to your inbox.
And because you manage text conversations directly from your existing email client, there is nothing to download or install.
Ready to text enable landline numbers with your business? Call or text 1-(800)-322-1112.
TextBetter provides business texting solutions that make it easy for businesses to send and receive text messages using their landline number(s). The cloud-based service effortlessly integrates into existing business models, without having to download or install new software. Businesses of all sizes are served through three distinct product offerings; TextBetter Team, TextBetter Business and TextBetter Enterprise. More information about the company and services can be found at www.textbetter.com.