Building a loyal customer base is a top priority. After all, it is these loyal customers who are going to keep bringing in business.
While there are tons of ways to increase customer loyalty, one is proving to be extremely effective: text message marketing.
If you aren’t yet taking advantage of this, it’s time to start using it to build a repeat customer base. Here’s a look at why it’s so effective.
90% of Text Messages are Read Within Minutes
It’s estimated that nearly half of all American adults have a smartphone and 90% of the text messages that are sent to those phones are read within three minutes of delivery.
Think about it… when you get a text, you usually read it soon after, right? With text messaging, not only can you stay in constant contact with your customers, you can also offer on-the-spot promotions that are good that day or within the next few days.
Promotions “On the Fly” or On Schedule
Is traffic at your store slower than expected ? We can send a text offering a special deal that day. Were you left with excess inventory on a specific item? Offer a discount to boost sales and help clear it off the shelves. With text, you have immediacy and “on-the-fly” scheduling options.
While we usually set clients up with a consistent schedule of text messages, there’s also an advantage to being able to respond to events or situations with immediate messages. And your customers will love the extra deals and promotions.
Learn More About Your Customer
Get answers to surveys and on forms that will tell you more about your customers. You can ask for their date of birth, location, email and any other information that will help you serve them better.
Customers sign up because they want to hear from your business. When they hear from you consistently, whether it’s with discounts, information or contests, they’ll usually act on it. It’s been our experience that text messages generate a higher conversion rate than email, advertising and other forms of communication. In fact, one of our retail clients counts on getting thousands of dollars in sales after each text.
It Works in Conjunction with Your Email Marketing Campaign
Text messaging and email marketing are like a one-two marketing punch for your business.
Given the fact that an estimated 43% of consumers access their emails from their mobile, adding text messaging to the mix can really step up your marketing strategy. It can increase your reach, while boosting customer loyalty.
Things to Remember
There are a few things to remember when adding text messaging to your marketing mix. These include:
- Text messaging is permission-based. Like email, subscribers must opt-in and give you permission to text them. The best way to do this is to have them subscribe themselves by texting a keyword to your personalized short code.
- You have a limited amount of characters to work with; 160 characters, to be exact. This forces you to get right to the point!
- Use a very clear call to action. The easier it is for your audience to understand what they will gain, the better. A great example is “Text PETS to 65047 to get special deals and a chance to win free pet food!”
With this info in mind, what are you waiting for? Add text messaging to your marketing campaign and watch your loyal customer base grow!