Developing a texting strategy: part 2
Do you send out group texts to students?
I posted last week at the start of this series called, Developing a Texting Strategy for your Youth Ministry, and I recommended a program called tatango. They offer a great service, and they did have a plan that cost $25 a month for unlimited texting for up to 250 contacts. I have promoted them in the past because I used them. Recently they switched their plan from $25 a month to $250 a month. What happened is that it priced youth pastors out of the market.
I emailed tatango last week and asked them to set up the other service for churches. They said no! So, I had to find the next best service out there. With a ton of research I landed at SMS360 marketing. It is a great service.
We live in a world where every teenager has a phone. I quickly built my text messaging list from 30 to 82 students in a month. All it took was developing a texting strategy that would work for my youth ministry, and I hope it will work for you.
Here are some details on SMS360 marketing:
This company is completely affordable, and I would recommend setting up a free account today to get started.
That is what I did with tatango. I started an account and had students opt in to the program and I was completely amazed at how effective it was.
How it works:
How can you use this?
Currently I am using this with student in my youth ministry, but I want to build this service for parents and even prayer supporters. I personally think that text messaging is the most effective way to communicate to a large group of people.
Why not use a iphone sms program/app?
To be honest, I love being able to send texts to students through a service, and not through my phone. I don’t want my phone buzzing all day, and all night. I personally don’t want students texting me all the time. I do have all the text numbers for my small group, but other than that I love knowing that through this program I can send texts, wish them a happy birthday, and more. SMS360 marketing is a professional texting service that churches like Saddleback Church use.
So the text messaging program that we will be using during this series is SMS360 marketing. At least set up a free account to check it out. You can check out a free account here.
Here is where we are going in this series on developing a texting strategy for the next few weeks:
1. Setting the texting service up
2. Building a texting list
3. Using social media
4. Keeping students connected
5. Building a strategy that you can pass off.
Looking forward to the series! Anyone already using SMS360 marketing?