When adding a new app into an organization’s communications toolkit, one of the major considerations is time: how much time will adding a new channel into your communications strategy take? What’s the setup, onboarding, and implementation time? How much of my staff’s time will be chewed up by having to manage a texting program?
The efficacy of texting as a communications channel is well documented - texts have a 98% open rate, and 90% of SMS messages are read within three minutes of delivery. Prompt.io customers frequently see reply rates of 10-20%, dwarfing reply rates for mass emails. In order to see those results, you need to have a tool capable of sending out texts… but is the “juice” of increased and more efficient engagement with supporters worth the “squeeze” of getting started on a new platform?
To answer those questions, let me show you Prompt.io’s “Spark” User Interface. This new UX guides you through the send process in 5 steps: choosing your audience list, selecting your phone number(s) to send from, crafting your message, determining when your message will be delivered, and then sending. In fact, it’s so easy to use, it’s possible to launch a new text campaign in under a minute. Let me show you what that looks like in the video below:
We don’t recommend rushing to send out a text (given the potential for typos or other human errors). You should certainly take your time and deliberate over your target audience, the ideal call-to-action, and ideal follow up responses. The key is that when you’re ready to start your text campaign, you’re able to do so quickly and easily.
By making it easy and quick to send out messages, Prompt.io gives you more time to have meaningful 1-1 personal engagement via text with your supporters when they reply back to your campaign. I’ll cover the importance of engagement in texting in a future post.