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What Should You Ask Your Text-To-Win Participants?

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You’ve gotten people to sign up for your text-to-win campaign. But are you sure you have all of the information you need from them?

Here are a few things to consider if you’re trying to decide what to ask your text-to-win participants.

Perform Age Verification as Required by Law

If your company sells products or services that are designed for people 21 and over, such as alcohol, you’ll need to make sure you verify their ages before they can sign up for your campaign.

This ensures that your campaign follows the rules of text message marketing. It also protects you from awarding prizes to ineligible winners.

Plan for Future Promotions

A text-to-win campaign should only be the beginning of your engagement with your participants. As a result, you should decide exactly how you plan to re-market to them after the campaign has ended.

What information will you need to collect from them in order to send them future offers? Figure out when you will ask for this. It’s not always necessary to get mailing address, gender or other information upfront, especially if it will make the entry form too long. Long forms may lead to less entries.

Planning for future promotions before you even start your campaign is the best way to keep the momentum going and keep your participants engaged.

Getting Permission is Important

You need to let entrants know that participating in any kind of SMS marketing campaign may cost them money in data or text message fees. It’s not only important, it’s legally required.

Another requirement is getting their permission to receive your texts. This is handled by having each person opt in and using a notice of written consent: “By participating, you consent to receive text messages from XYZ, sent by an auto phone dialing system.” Be sure to follow these and other legal rules for mobile marketing

 

How to Get It Right

Keep in mind that participants’ interest and engagement is always highest at the start of a new campaign.

The bottom line is that you should ask for all or most of the information you’ll need upfront. The longer you wait to collect important information, the less likely you’re going to get it.

Ready to start a text-to-win campaign with Sweeppea? Take the first step and Reserve Your Sweepkey now.

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3 Modern Marketing Strategies Your Competitors Aren’t Using

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Wouldn’t it be awesome to have an unfair advantage over your competitors? Fortunately, it is easier than you think. Technology moves fast and most businesses are slow to catch on, or worse, they don’t bother at all until it’s too late.

If you want to achieve new heights in your mobile marketing efforts for your business, consider these 3 modern marketing strategies to get ahead.

1. Text-to-Win

SMS marketing is a no-brainer when it comes to modern marketing tools to use because consumers depend on their mobile phones for nearly everything these days.

In fact, there is no better way to reach your audience than with a text-to-win campaign that will not only get customers excited about your brand but will also give you future opportunities to market your products and services to a captive mobile audience.

2. Snapchat

Over 150 million people now use Snapchat to watch 10 billion videos every day. If your business is trying to reach that elusive segment of the market known as Millennials, then it is in your best interest to get on this platform right away.

In 2016, Snapchat did a study which concluded that its ads attract twice the visual attention of Facebook in-feed and 1.5 times more than Instagram in-feed.

Use Geofilters, Sponsored Lenses, and storytelling to grow support for your brand and engage with potential customers.

3. Influencer Marketing

While influencers were once primarily only found on blogs, today they’re everywhere! You can find them on social media and on almost every online platform, which means they are a marketing opportunity that you simply shouldn’t miss.

Influencers deliver reach and engagement that you simply can’t achieve with ads.

They also tend to be highly selective of the content that they promote so it is unlikely that they’ll work with your competitors if they’ve chosen to feature content from your brand.

Gain the First-Mover Advantage

Don’t worry if the competition loves to follow your company.

They want to see what you do next to attract customers and then try to piggyback off of your success. However, first movers have all of the advantages when it comes to modern marketing techniques.

While they sit back and watch, your company will attract more attention, more market share, and more sales. So if you want to get ahead with your marketing, the time is now.

If you’d like to try out some of these strategies for your business now, Sweeppea makes it so easy! You can create a text-to-win campaign in less than 10 minutes with our user-friendly solution. Reserve Your Sweepkey now to get started.

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How to Pick a Relevant Prize for Your Sweepstakes

Wondering how to choose a relevant prize for your sweepstakes? Here’s how to do it.

First, you need to make entering your sweepstakes worth your subscribers’ time. After all, who’s going to provide their information for a prize that doesn’t excite them?

If you want to see a great response to your sweepstakes, here’s how to pick a relevant prize.

Give Away the Latest Tech Gadget

If you’re looking for something people will really want, the latest tech gadget is the perfect choice, as long as it’s relevant to your business. Keep in mind that the prize is the main thing that will impact the number of entries your sweepstakes receives.

A trending product is a great way to make your sweepstakes go viral. Everyone loves to have the latest tech gadgets, especially before they hit the retail stores. So if you can make a deal to get them on pre-order, even better!

Choose a Prize That Appeals to Your Audience

If you are looking for prizes that are guaranteed to be a hit, they need to appeal to everyone in your audience. Some examples are:

  • A year’s supply of your product where the customer chooses the flavor, size, color, or other product attribute
  • A vacation to a location of the winner’s choice
  • A gift certificate

These prizes all work because they not only cater to the desires of your audience, they also offer choices. If you want your prize to be successful, don’t put restrictions that could potentially turn people away.

Find a Complementary Prize

If you can’t give away your product, then you should find a complementary one. The beer brewery, Deschutes Brewery took this approach when they unveiled their “Yeti Cooler” Sweepstakes.

Each winner of the sweepstakes received a Yeti “Roadie” Cooler, which makes it a lot easier to keep their Deschutes beer products cold! Another reason this works is because Yeti coolers are premium coolers and very desirable.

Kendall-Jackson gave away Big Green Egg grills, another premium and trendy product, to help sweepstakes winners plan the perfect summer barbecue. Wine and grilled food, who doesn’t want that?

Think about the accessories that complement your product and it’ll be easier to find some ideas for prizes to give away. Make it more convenient for your subscribers to enter with a text-to-win as well. They’ll be happy to enter for the prize and you’ll be rewarded with sweepstakes entries!

Reserve Your Sweepkey now to get started with your text-to-win campaign. If you have questions, contact us and we’ll be happy to help!

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How to Reach Your Audience in a Mobile World

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How can you reach your audience in a mobile world? As marketers battle over the declining attention spans of today’s consumers, you’ll need a clear marketing strategy to beat the competition. To help you reach your mobile audiences effectively, we’ve put together the following tips.

Ensure Your Marketing Is Mobile-friendly

Today’s consumers are mobile-first. In fact, a study found that 80% of users use their smartphones to search the internet. In addition, mobile devices are outpacing desktop computers as being the ones users consider the most important for accessing the internet and for consuming digital media.

So if you want to reach consumers, make sure your marketing is mobile-friendly.  Ensure also that your website uses responsive design so it’s easily viewed on a mobile device.

Include Your Website

Adding your website to your marketing materials allows customers to learn more about your business when it is convenient for them. In addition, they’ll also have access to all of the other means of contacting your business, if you display them prominently on your website.

Update Your Email Template

You have less than 10 seconds to grab a subscriber’s attention with a marketing email. If you want your email to be read, make sure your email template displays well on mobile devices. It can affect your click-through rate and yet we see many businesses that haven’t updated. 

Mobile Sweepstakes

A mobile sweepstakes is very effective for promoting your business and reaching your mobile audience thanks to text messaging. As you know, texting is a feature available on every phone, including non-smartphones, so there’s less of a learning curve compared to apps.

It’s also easy to set up a mobile sweepstakes. All you have to do is reserve your sweepkey to get started in 10 minutes or less.

Social Networks

These days, just about everyone you know uses social networking sites, such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. If you want to connect with your audience, you need to make sure that your business is actively using these sites to recruit and engage customers. Social media is also a very effective tool for promoting your text-to-win campaigns!

We hope this compilation of mobile marketing tips can help you to grow your business.

If you have any questions about marketing your business or you want ideas for a mobile sweepstakes, reach out to us via email at support@momares.com or check out our text-to-win sweepstakes platform.

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4 Tips to Help You Develop an Annual Mobile Promotions Calendar

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How many times have you thought about putting together a new mobile promotion but couldn’t do it until the last minute?

Have you watched another company take advantage of a mobile or promotional trend and wished your company had thought of it first? You may have missed a few opportunities in the past, but there’s still hope! You have a chance to turn things around.

Don’t let your marketing fall behind. Now, is the time to plan next year’s promotions. To help you get started ASAP, here are 4 tips to help you develop an annual mobile promotions calendar:

Seasonal Promotions

Running seasonal promotions is the best way to take full advantage of the sales boost your business may get at that time.

What are the high and low times of the year for your business? Are there consistent patterns in sales and traffic to your business that coincide with certain months of the year?

Plan your promotions so they coincide with these seasonal variations. This can help you maximize sales during your best months and help you get over the periods when sales slow down.

Holidays

Christmas, Black Friday, Mother’s Day… nearly every business runs promotions during major holidays.

However, doing promotions for obscure or industry holidays can set you apart from the competition. If you’re looking for some ideas, you can find a list of bizarre, wacky, and unique holidays for 2017 here.

Some highlights from the list include:

Since fewer companies run promotions for these holidays, you’ll get the opportunity to explain what the holiday is about and how your customers can celebrate it with your promotion!

Events

If your company regularly hosts product launch events or attends industry conferences, come up with creative ways to incorporate mobile promotion ideas into these events.

By offering a positive way for your fans to increase participation with your brand, you can get them to share your promotion and attract even more attention to your event.

Do Something Creative

When you plan your mobile promotions in advance by creating an annual promotions calendar, you’ll have plenty of time to allow your creative juices to flow! Think of ways to make your promotions fun and exciting (perhaps, by offering amazing prizes or tying in recent trends).

Ready to set up your text-to-win campaigns for 2017? Reserve Your Sweepkey now to get started in 10 minutes or less.

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Text Message Marketing Mistakes to Avoid

Oops. Mistakes in text message marketing

Ready to start your first text message marketing campaign? Great! Make sure you don’t derail your campaign with these newbie mistakes.

Text messaging mistakes to avoid…

1. Texting during off-peak hours

You might want your text to be the first thing your subscribers see when they wake up. Sounds good, right? But you could be making a huge mistake. As a general rule, you should never send text messages before 9 am or after 9 pm (in the recipient’s time zone). If you do, they can report you and you may be fined. Set up a schedule for your text messages instead, so customers know when they can expect to receive messages from your company. Consistency will improve your campaign results.

2. Not using an incentive

Offering an incentive is the best way to get your subscribers to respond or enter. A great incentive is a text-to-win sweepstakes. It works so well in fact, we encourage all clients to use one to build their lists. Because who wouldn’t want to win a prize? You should always include an incentive to get users to respond as quickly as possible. 

3. Forgetting to include redemption instructions

Don’t assume that customers will automatically know how to take advantage of your offer. Make things easy for them by including the instructions in your text message. Something as simple “show this text” or “use coupon code xyz” can dramatically increase your redemption rates. 

4. Leaving out legally required information

Many newbies to text message marketing don’t quite understand the legal requirements of sending text messages to subscribers. In fact, there are very serious consequences if you don’t follow the rules. You can be fined up to $1,500 per text! All subscribers must opt-in on their own, for example, and you must include “Text STOP to end” in all texts. Read our post on the rules of text message marketing for other requirements and make sure you follow them to avoid any violations.

Following these tips will help you get your SMS campaign off to a good start. You’ll make things easier for your customers and avoid the common mistakes that can derail your campaign.

Reach your audience with a Text-to-Win or SMS Sweepstakes campaign. Contact us or call us at (305) 505-­­5393 for help with setting up your (SMS) text message marketing.

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Using Mobile Keywords to Brand Your Business

Branding With Mobile Keywords

Are you familiar with mobile keywords? It’s a term that may not be familiar, but mobile keywords are extremely important for the success of your text-to-win campaign. Here’s a breakdown of how you can use them to brand your business when texting.

First, What Are Mobile or SMS Keywords?

A mobile keyword, also called an SMS keyword, is a short word with letters and/or numbers that is sent in a text message to a short code (a 5-digit phone number). It not only brands and identifies your business, it also triggers a response from the mobile texting platform.

For example, let’s say the keyword for your business is TYKETOYS. To signup, a subscriber would text your keyword (TYKETOYS) to our short code, which is 65047. They would then get an automatic return text confirming their subscription.

This keyword also brands and identifies your business when you send out text messages, since each message is prefaced with your keyword.

Here’s an example of a message: “TYKETOYS: Make the most of spring with our outdoor toys! Get 15% off with coupon code SPRING15.”

Keywords serve a dual purpose: to allow someone to subscribe or opt-in automatically and to identify your business.

Choosing Mobile Keywords

You won’t be able to change your keyword easily, so it’s best to choose one carefully. Any changes to the keyword could cause confusion and derail your campaign.

Keep these tips in mind when you select mobile keywords for your text-to-win:

  1. Make the keyword easy to remember by relating it to your business name or product.
  2. Make sure the keyword is as short as possible and one word only (no spaces).
  3. Use proper spelling and don’t try to invent new words.
  4. Avoid special characters, including symbols.

Promote Your Branded Keyword

Once you’ve chosen the right keyword, why not use it to promote your brand and your sweepstakes? Here are a few ways to promote your campaign and your business with your mobile keyword:

  • Print it on promotional items and apparel. For a creative push and fashionable branding, feature your mobile keyword on t-shirts, baseball caps, apparel and promotional. Think of them as conversation starters that can attract new customers to your text-to-win.
  • Do you have company vehicles? Brand them with not only your logo and information, but with your keyword as well. Used this way, your keyword will be truly mobile and can be another avenue to increase subscribers.
  • Online promotion via social media and video. Promote your mobile keywords online via multiple channels, such as social media and digital video advertising. The best way to boost participation is to make sure your message is seen by as many people as possible.

Using mobile keywords to brand your business is a simple way to increase the effectiveness of a text-to-win campaign. Getting new subscribers and potential customers into your pipeline is the ultimate reward for using mobile keywords!

Reserve your mobile keyword today to get started with a text-to-win campaign. Contact us or call us at (305) 505-5393 for help.

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How to Promote Your Mobile Campaigns on Social Media

How to promote your mobile marketing campaigns on social.

Whether you’re offering Text 2 Win prizes, mobile coupons or other offers, your campaigns will only succeed as long as you keep promoting them.

We see many clients promoting their campaigns once or twice, then letting them fall off the radar. Are you doing the same? If so, you’re losing opportunities to get new subscribers!  Be consistent about reminding your fans/followers of your text message offers.

Read on for tips on promoting your mobile offers, in some cases on auto pilot.

Promoting (and Scheduling) on Facebook

It’s a no-brainer to promote your campaigns when they launch. But how do you keep it going consistently? Schedule those posts.

Did you know you can schedule posts within Facebook? You can schedule a post to run each week. Here’s how…

1. Enter your text and upload your photo in the post box on your Facebook page. Then, instead of clicking “Publish,” click the down arrow right next to it and select “Schedule.”

How to schedule your mobile promotion on Facebook.

2. Choose the date and time you’d like it to post on Facebook and click “Schedule.”

Scheduling your mobile marketing post on Facebook.

3. Facebook will confirm it has been scheduled. You can see all of your scheduled posts by clicking “Publishing Tools” at the top menu of your Facebook page and “Scheduled Posts” on the left.

A confirmation of your scheduled post on Facebook.

4. Your post will appear at the scheduled time. Make sure to interact with any fans who respond!

Scheduled post on Facebook.

Remember to include your call-to-action. A photo or visual will also help get attention.

Other Networks & Tools

For Twitter we recommend scheduling a message to run once every day or two (at different times).  If you’re posting on LinkedIn, we suggest 2 times a week while the campaign is running.

You can also schedule posts with apps like TwitTimer or Hootsuite.

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Using Mobile Marketing to Promote a Gym or Fitness Center

Mobile marketing for gyms

At the start of every year, people sign up at the gym hoping to make a change for the better. Unfortunately, many don’t keep that commitment all year long.

For fitness centers and gyms, getting customers to keep their membership over the long term is a big problem. Fortunately, mobile marketing can help keep customers motivated and coming back.

Here are a few ways to use mobile marketing to promote a fitness center or gym:

Retain & Engage Current Members

It’s a known business adage that it’s less expensive to retain existing customers than to acquire new ones. Text messaging is a way to increase “touchpoints” with your customers and keep them engaged. Text your members once a week with updates, motivational messages, promotions or offers to keep them coming back.

You can also segment your subscriber list and reach out to subgroups of members. Want to send different updates to those interested in yoga vs. spinning, for example? You can. With segmented lists, you can reach out to different customer groups, based on the data you have on their fitness interests.

Create Workout Notifications

You can also use mobile marketing to send out workout notifications to members who enroll in certain types of classes or training at your gym. These notifications can include reminders about upcoming classes or tips for staying in shape between classes.

Notify Members of Last-Minute Changes

If an instructor is sick and won’t be able to teach class, send a text to let members know. Text messaging is a better option for alerts, which your members are likely to check more frequently than email. This will improve notifications of scheduling changes and will also make your gym seem more organized.

Alert Members When the Gym is Less Crowded

Everyone hates going to the gym when it’s super crowded. If you want to get more people in during slow times, why not send alerts when the gym is free? You can also schedule messages about holiday hours or changes. Sending out messages at the right time can create some buzz right when you need it.

Promote New Services

Mobile marketing is also a great way to promote new services and offers. Alert members about new classes, for example or offer specific services on certain days of the week. Promoting these via text will get the word out quickly and will help members feel like their taking full advantage of their membership.

Are you ready to get started with mobile marketing? Contact us or call (305) 505-5393 for help with setting up a mobile marketing program for a gym or fitness center.

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How to Write Text Messages That Will Spark Action for Your Business

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In today’s world of increased drama online and off, it takes a little more something-something to get people to take action. And text message marketing is one way to get your customers to take the next step. (Of course, we’re talking about texts that users opt in to receive.)

If you plan to use mobile marketing to promote your business, make sure you maintain consistency and clarity.  Here are some tips:

Offer Value

One of the best ways to get attention is to make sure every text provides value. Customers love discounts, exclusive promotions and other offers. While you don’t have to give the store away, discounts provide a strong incentive for customers to engage with your mobile campaign.

Keep it Short & Sharp

Keep each message short and sharply focused. Text messages are limited to 160 characters anyway, so you don’t have much room. If you must abbreviate a few words, make sure it still looks professional (i.e. no text slang) and is very easy to understand.

Tell Them What to Do Next

It may seem obvious, but it’s best to give readers a nudge and tell them what to do next. By telling them what’s next (the “call to action”), you’re encouraging them to take that step. It’ll be easier for them to move forward in the buying process and redeem your offer, enter your contest, visit your store or call your business.

Text Frequently, But Not Too Frequently

You should decide early on how frequently you will text your customers. During the sign-up process, let them know how often they can expect text messages from your business. The frequency of messaging is important, because some subscribers may opt-out if you text too often. Whether your customer can buy from you as often as you text is also a good indication of how frequently you should send text messages. We usually recommend once a week, depending on the audience and campaign.

Make it Relevant

Make sure every message is relevant to your subscribers. For example, sending out messages about lunch specials in the afternoon or offering discounts on maternity clothing to a list that includes men aren’t likely to get huge responses. Consider the timing and the audience to ensure every message will appeal to readers.

Want to learn more about setting up a successful mobile campaign? Contact us or call us at (305) 505-5393 for help with setting up your (SMS) text message marketing.