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POLL: Staying in touch with your list via text messaging.
« on: April 10, 2010, 07:14:51 PM »
I've been thinking a lot lately about staying in touch with people via text messaging.  I recently got an email about a new "Aweber-like" service for doing just that, so I'm wanting to know what you guys think about this kind of marketing.

Would you opt-in to receive text messages via your phone if the incentive was strong enough?

Cast your vote and post your thoughts here.

Re: POLL: Staying in touch with your list via text messaging.
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2010, 07:32:56 PM »
My biggest reason is as follows:
1] I live in Sydney, Australia. Therefore the time frame would be wrong.
2] Why do you want to change from text on emails to text on Phones ?
3] If you are working at internet marketing, why would you want to be blocking your phone (especially mobile), just to receive SMS text messages at sometimes the wrong time of the day ?
4] Is this not another way for MORE SCAMS to show up, but this time on your (PRIVATE) phone line ?
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Re: POLL: Staying in touch with your list via text messaging.
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2010, 07:35:24 PM »
I am avoiding texting as it would be another distraction from what I should be doing.

I am already an email addict, who needs another vice? I can barely keep up with my emails...

My girlfriend has TWO smartphones and goes nowhere without them and is constantly
tethered to her work and group of friends, I'm avoiding that state of affairs!

So I like hearing from you Jon but email works just fine for me.

So please count me out, Thanks.

Phil


Re: POLL: Staying in touch with your list via text messaging.
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2010, 08:01:15 PM »
Hi, Jonathan,
Video, schmideo; audio, schmodeo, eye candy and time wasting info-overload.
Simple email, with my quick eye is all I need.

Thanks for asking.

Norm A.

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Re: POLL: Staying in touch with your list via text messaging.
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2010, 08:05:23 PM »
I voted no but I am not your typical demographic for texting - wrong generation (BB)

I have used chat on computers forever, but now that those services all support voip - I don't even text there any more

My granddaughter would be seriously fired up for it though :)

Tex

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Re: POLL: Staying in touch with your list via text messaging.
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2010, 08:06:51 PM »
Thanks for the feedback guys.  The very negative responses don't surprise me (the overwhelming majority so far have said NO).  I certainly have absolutely no interest in receiving texts from marketers, either.  I just wanted to make sure whether or not it was just me.  Apparently it isn't!

Re: POLL: Staying in touch with your list via text messaging.
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2010, 08:28:11 PM »
Hey John,

I love it, I have been using it for the last 3 months and have nothing but positive things to say about it.
My sample word I use is to have people text  MEDIAFUN TO 24587. I have been using it to show local businesses how to they can turn slow days into profitable ones simply using text messaging. Once they try it, they love it.

People walk into a local pizza shop I signed up and see a sign for a free 22oz soda and all they have to do is text the word freesoda to a number and then show the cashier the text response. And they get a free soda w/ their pizza or sandwich. The owner knows it's working because he see's them showing their phones to the cashier and on his slow days he runs specials only for his text members and he has turned his worst day of the week into one of his best in under 2 months all because of texting.

So YES it does work. If you have any questions feel free to give me a shout.

Bill

Re: POLL: Staying in touch with your list via text messaging.
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2010, 08:31:28 PM »
I said yes - if the offer was good enough. I mean it would have to be really good because to me my cell phone is "sacred territory".

Re: POLL: Staying in touch with your list via text messaging.
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2010, 08:52:07 PM »
I voted "no way" as I cannot think of a strong enough motivator to get me to agree to such a "service".  It is possible there could be one but I truly doubt it.

Re: POLL: Staying in touch with your list via text messaging.
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2010, 08:54:01 PM »
Thanks for the feedback guys.  The very negative responses don't surprise me (the overwhelming majority so far have said NO).  I certainly have absolutely no interest in receiving texts from marketers, either.  I just wanted to make sure whether or not it was just me.  Apparently it isn't!

Nope, it's not just you. Besides the many other reasons some people have limited text ability due to cost. Although in a limited sense i would not mind text messages if they were infrequent, short, and had great information.

Re: POLL: Staying in touch with your list via text messaging.
« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2010, 08:59:35 PM »
Enough is Enough!!

I find it very difficult to text and I am charged for every incoming text as well.

I HATE texting!!  It is a TELEPHONE... it is used for TALKING.

I have a computer and email.  It is used for TEXTING.

What have you got against TALKING on the PHONE and TEXTING via IM or BLOGGING or RSS?

Is there NOTHING sacred anymore?

Count me out Jon.  I will NEVER sign up for text messaging as it opens the door for scams and Phishing as well as costing me extra $$ for something I HATE.

Larry

Re: POLL: Staying in touch with your list via text messaging.
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2010, 09:32:22 PM »
I really find the amount of negativity on this topic unbelievable. This room is for Internet Marketers correct??? All I can think is that most people in this forum must be newbie's. I've been marketing online full time since 1998. I remember when people were against email marketing because of the extra fee's. Now as long as you can opt out people are ok with it. I remember when RSS feeds and Podcasting were never going to take off. And if you added Audio or Video to your website you were just being rude and losing those customers who didn't have broadband. And guess what folks each and everyone of those media forms took off and left all the crybabies in the dust, penniless and broke wondering what happened and how could they have missed it!

Text marketing is the same thing, First off you need to look at who you are marketing to? People 50 and up are not a big part of the texting market, they just don't get it and they never will. It's like trying to teach my 90 yr old grand mom how to use a computer she just don't see the need for it and thats fine. But now, what if your product was geared at the 18-35 yr old market, hmmm think texting might work? Damn Skippy!

And as for the added cost give me a break, If I'm going to pay 10 cents for 1 text message and save $2 on a free soda or whatever the item is, 9 out of 10 will bite. Because 1) people love free stuff and 2) all they have to do is text the word STOP and they receive no more text messages. It's that simple!

My personal opinion on this is if your not moving forward ahead of the crowd then you are being left behind the crowd in the dust. And if thats the case Internet Marketing may not be the right way for you to earn a living, simply because you will never earn a living by standing still complaining about how everyone else is texting and tweeting and Facebooking, when all you need is you Trusty, Rusty, Old Email!!!

End of rant, Have a good one all, let me know what you think.

Bill

Re: POLL: Staying in touch with your list via text messaging.
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2010, 09:51:15 PM »
Yet more intrusions into my private life?

No thank you.

And this also means that I wouldn't be interested in using it as a marketing method either, on the basis that if I wouldn't put up with it I wouldn't expect others to put up with it either.

So 9 out of 10 people would take up an offer of a free soda? In a world of juveniles, perhaps. A 90% success rate for a freebie? Have a word with yourself.

There are enough problems with unsolicited messages by email and phone without having more rubbish to contend with via another medium.

Most definitely an unsound idea!

Re: POLL: Staying in touch with your list via text messaging.
« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2010, 09:55:23 PM »
Thanks for the feedback guys.  The very negative responses don't surprise me (the overwhelming majority so far have said NO).  I certainly have absolutely no interest in receiving texts from marketers, either.  I just wanted to make sure whether or not it was just me.  Apparently it isn't!

It's a generational thing ... if I text my granddaughters (oldest is a freshman in college and the next oldest is a sophmore in highschool) I will get an *immediate* text back ... if I email them, it may be days before I get a reply (if at all).  Their world is different. 

They *EXPECT* instant access and instant communications ... if it isn't now, it isn't relevant ...

Greg

Re: POLL: Staying in touch with your list via text messaging.
« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2010, 10:19:31 PM »
If the offer was good enough and the messages were infrequent (less than 1 per month), I'd be happy to receive text messages.