Not If You Want To Run Your Program In A Legally Compliant Manner.
Text message marketing falls under the same regulatory body as Robo calls. Customers have to give advance and explicit permission in order for you to send text messages to them. Additionally, each message must contain information on how to opt out of a campaign after they have opted in.
In short, the customer is in charge here, so it is important that your text marketing campaigns offer something of value with each communication. Something of value doesn’t mean a discount with each message…it means information that is of value to your customers. If you are a restaurant, it could be information about your catering menu, or the fact that you have a really cool band playing Saturday night. If you are a retail store, it could be information about an upcoming trunk show, or a fundraiser where a portion of your sales goes to a nonprofit. If you are a spa, it could be last minute openings you have that you’re willing to discount to fill. If you are a car wash, it could be a rainy day offer on detailing – who thinks of a car wash when it’s raining? Remind them you are still open and welcome them.
When You Begin Your Campaign, Focus ALL Your Attention On Getting People To Opt In: Create a Tribe
Everyone wants to be a part of something special. Create your own tribe.
American Express coined the term “Membership Has Its Privileges” ages ago and it stands as one of the iconic marketing campaigns even to this day. It convinced millions to think that by carrying the American Express card they were somehow elevated over those who simply carried a Mastercard of VISA.
In the same way, create your own tribe, your own VIP club and regularly engage with this group. Make them feel special to you, because they are. They represent your best customers. Reward them with special information and offers and they’ll reward you by spending more money and visiting you more often.