Are you struggling to design effective drip marketing campaigns using email? We understand your frustration and may have the perfect solution for you – text messaging campaigns.
Emails, in general, are suffering from a lack of enthusiasm. As a group, we only open 22% of the emails we receive. That open rate doesn’t bode well for your email campaigns because your recipients are already predisposed to ignore your messages.
On the other hand, we read 98% of the texts we receive. And we send more than 5 billion texts every day. Clearly, text messaging is the channel that your customers prefer. In fact, your customers love to text.
Texts are immediate. Text messages, by their nature, are concise and usually appear on a mobile phone. These days, we carry our phones wherever we go, and we check them every few minutes all day long. Texts have the feel of advice from a trusted friend. Coming from a medical practice, lawyer’s office, financial adviser or a favorite company, texts can provide immediate advice, reminders and information that can help make our lives better. We like the convenience as much as the service.
Because of the nature of text messages, we think you’ll be amazed by the responses you receive from drip marketing campaigns designed for conversational text messaging. And with the right partner, you can craft a drip campaign combining texts and your customer relationship management software. Your CRM can help you segment your distribution list, personalize your messages, track customers who opt in and opt out, and store your pre-written messages. Your SMS or MMS platform can help you track your interactions with customers, no matter what channel was used.
Drip campaigns come in two basic varieties:
In the first example, you might want to introduce your company or service to potential customers or clients. You might offer a special e-book, coupon or other information about your specialty or product in exchange for a customer’s contact information. Once you have their permission to text, you can start a series of automated texts that flow on a set schedule. In each new text, you can introduce an aspect of your business that might interest your customer. In each, you’ll give information that can lead to a sale.
In the second example, something the customer does might trigger the drip campaign. A customer might shop with you and leave your site with an item in the shopping cart. The drip campaign might revolve around helping the customer decide to purchase the item. Other actions on the customer’s part, such as adding another item, might trigger a shift in the campaign like a recommendation of a similar item.
The benefits of planning a drip campaign with texts are numerous. For one, you don’t have to remember to respond or to craft each message on the fly. You have already written the texts and have scheduled them to launch at a certain time or from a certain customer action.
Coupling your CRM to your text messaging platform, you can personalize each text with information you’ve already collected about the customer. Some of that information could include the customer’s name, nickname, date of purchase, item purchased, next appointment or application status.
After considering the best channel for your drip campaign, you should spend some time crafting both the overall structure and the details for your campaign. Here are a few questions to help you plan:
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