All of us use SMS to communicate with friends, family and colleagues, but we might not realise how often we use SMS to interact with businesses.
Have you ever received a delivery confirmation text? A note to say your taxi is arriving? A reminder to vaccinate your pet? While these interactions are usually brief, they are also very useful and demonstrate how SMS can be an invaluable tool for customer service.
Business SMS for every industry
Business SMS can increase customer satisfaction and engagement across a wide range of industries, from major international airlines to your local restaurant.
SMS can be used for:
- Travel: Delivering information on flight updates, itineraries, cancellations and delays
- Health Care: Reminders for vaccinations and appointments
- Retail: Offering special promotions, order confirmation, and delivery information
- Banks: For balances and fraud alerts, and improved security via Two-Factor Authentication
- Real Estate: Information on property listings, viewings, and negotiation updates
- Services: Taxi notifications, restaurant table bookings, feedback and surveys
For better communication
Many businesses use email, regular mail, and even phone calls to communicate, but these avenues are all too easily ignored, arrive too late, or can feel very intrusive to customers. SMS provides direct, time-dependent and succinct information directly into your customer’s hands.
Benefits of SMS for customer service:
- Broad-reaching: Works on all phones and networks
- Efficient: Short, direct and low cost
- Timely: 90% of SMS are read within 3 minutes
- Comprehensive: 98% of SMS are opened, compared to 22% of emails
- Personal: Forms a connection with existing customers
Every business needs a comprehensive suite of communication tools to engage their customers, each of which can be best utilised for maximum efficiency. The trick is to know how best to use the personalised power of SMS customer service.
Analyse how your business communicates with your customers, and work out which messages would work best through SMS.
Some quick tips:
- Focus on reminders, updates, promotions, and notifications
- Try automated text responses, to streamline information gathering
- Integrate your SMS plan with email, territorial mail and phone support
- Don’t forget to offer opt-outs so your customers can tailor their experience
Business SMS: the simple alternative
If your business is spending too much money and energy on call centres, watching thousands of emails pile up, or sending out direct mail that likely goes directly from mailbox to rubbish bin, it’s time to invest in the simple efficiency of SMS.
Contact MessageMedia today for a new way to deliver customer service.