Bulk SMS messaging has become an increasingly popular tool for business marketing in recent years. And for good reason. SMS boasts an unparalleled open rate of 98%, and with 90% of adults keeping their mobile phone within arms-reach at all times, SMS messages are read on average within 90 seconds of being sent. FunMobility also found SMS to have a click-through rate of 36%, far greater than email, which stands at roughly 3.42%. This makes SMS the most direct, fast and arguably most effective communications platform available today.
For businesses, sending bulk SMS messages from a PC is an efficient and affordable method to reach a targeted customer base anywhere in the world at any time.
Below are 3 ways you can send bulk SMS messages from your PC:
1. SMSGlobal’s MXT platform
Message Xtreme (MXT) is our user-friendly platform for sending SMS and bulk SMS online. Once you’ve set up an account and signed in, simply click ‘Send Messages’ to get started. From this screen there are 3 different options to send an SMS; ‘Send’, ‘Merge Send’ and ‘Upload Send’. You can find out more about these different services here.
Click on ‘send’ and you’ll be able to begin creating your bulk SMS. On this screen you can set-up a ‘from’ number, select your contacts and enter your body message. SMS messages can be sent from a shared number, virtual number or a custom word. After choosing a number to send from, you can begin to select your recipients. Pre-existing contact groups can be selected to reach your entire customer base or you can enter individual numbers. To learn how to easily import large contact lists click here.
Next, you can enter the message you’d like to send to your recipients. It’s important to structure your message correctly, so have a read through these 7 steps for creating an effective bulk SMS message. Once you've written your message you can then schedule the SMS to go out at the desired time or send immediately.
That’s all there is to it! In just a couple of minutes you will be able to reach your entire customer base in a low-cost and user-friendly method.
2. Email to SMS
Bulk SMS messages can be easily sent using our Email to SMS service. This service allows you to send and receive SMS messages directly from your email address and any other accounts that you wish to allow. Responses can be directed to individual senders or to a centralized email address. Activating this service can be done in just a few minutes using this easy tutorial.
Following activation, you can open your email account to begin sending your bulk SMS. To send to individual contacts type in [phonenumber]@email.smsglobal.com into the recipient field. If you want to send the message to a group type in [groupkeyword]@groups.smsglobal.com as the receiver. Setting up contact groups is a simple process and is a great way to save time and reach larger customer bases.
To complete your Email to SMS simply write your message in the body of the email and click send. Remember to remove your email signature to avoid sending long, multi-part messages. Please note you do not need to include a subject line for Email to SMS.
3. API integration
Bulk SMS messages can also be sent by connecting your internal software to our SMSGlobal SMS gateway using API integration. Implementing an SMS API into your existing platform is a seamless transition with our range of robust and secure APIs. This process allows you to send SMS messages through the comfort of your own software.
API integration is available to be developed and tested for free so that you know you’re getting the right fit for your needs. To get started on your API integration, click here to contact our technology team.
Our Customer Care team is available 24/7 and can help you set up or explain the API integration process.
Sending bulk SMS from a PC is simple and can be done in a matter of minutes. With many great SMS options for your PC you can find the perfect fit for your business. Whether it be through our MXT software, Email to SMS or API integration; sending SMS messages from a PC is an efficient and low-cost way to send bulk SMS. For more information about sending bulk SMS, head to www.smsglobal.com or chat to one of our SMS specialists on 1300 883 400.