How SMS Alerts Are Helping Curb Africa’s Ebola Outbreak
DECEMBER 10, 2014
Since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak in April 2014, the Red Cross – with the help of a local cellphone provider – has sent out about two million text messages a month to residents in Sierra Leone. The SMS alerts remind people showing symptoms to seek treatment early, avoid physical contact with others, and cooperate with community health workers.
How Blood Banks Use SMS to Raise Support and Help Save Lives
JULY 31, 2015
One such example of this is Sweden’s blood banks, which use text messaging to inform donors when their donation helps save a life. In order to respond to this challenge, Sweden’s blood banks have implemented a new text messaging service that alerts donors when their donation helps save a life. We get a lot of visibility in social media and traditional media thanks to SMS.
Texting Networks Bring Anonymous Help to Troubled Teens
DECEMBER 4, 2015
It makes sense then, that a program aimed at teens challenged by behavioral health issues would offer a way for them to seek help via text message. local effort to help youths in distress. In recent years, text messaging has become more popular as a way to help teenagers in need, from mental health counseling programs like TalkSpace to anonymous hotlines like the Text-A-Tip program.
SMS Nation: August Edition
AUGUST 25, 2015
Welcome to this month’s edition of SMS Nation! Millennials continue to text more and talk less. A new article by Forbes Magazine confirms the trend we’ve been seeing for several years now: that SMS is the preferred communication method for Millennials, above phone calls and even, on some occasions, face to face interactions. Thank you for reading this month’s edition of SMS Nation!
5 Reasons Hotel Concierge Services Should Start Using SMS
AUGUST 24, 2015
Reason #2: SMS resolves customer complaints and issues faster than other channels. One of the main advantages of using text messaging in the hotel industry is that guests can send a text message from wherever they are, not just their hotel room. Speedy responses can also help hotels stay in good standing. Reason #3:SMS saves a record of every customer interaction.
SMS Nation: October Edition
OCTOBER 8, 2015
Welcome to this month’s edition of SMS Nation! Here we cover how text messaging is helping people to register to vote, sell their unwanted belongings, and kick their harmful shopping habits. Texas uses text messaging to help people register to vote. Gone is a data-driven concierge service that helps people sell their old, unwanted belongings.
Crisis Text Line Uses SMS Data Mining to Save Lives
OCTOBER 13, 2014
While data collection is a byproduct of CTL’s main objective—to help teens in need—it is useful because it allow researchers to access valuable data. Between these two capabilities, researchers have a wealth of information to work with in order to better understand trends and how to help adolescents. Text messaging’s trademark is fast, efficient communication. That’s right.
Why SMS May Be The Channel Your Campaign Is Missing!
JULY 16, 2015
SMS texting is a great way to do it because it’s the most popular form of communication, and the one most likely to be viewed by recipients. text messages a day and that SMS campaigns have a 99% clickthrough rate? An SMS campaign may also be best for international campaigns to reach people with limited Internet bandwidth. SMS is the way to go! Of course you do!
4 Ways Smartphones are helping People Learn a new Language
NOVEMBER 11, 2014
Being a ubiquitous device in mobile learning, a smartphone has done almost all of the unthinkable, especially in helping learners master a foreign language. A 2012 survey done by the University of Colorado, revealed that 14% of instructors and 60% of foreign students use mobile phones for language-learning purposes. Image courtesy of: Michael Cahill. Voice Recognition Technology.
How SMS Can Improve Students’ Study Habits
OCTOBER 17, 2014
Text messaging is a great tool for helping students adhere to their studying goals. Here are three ways that SMS can keep students stay on track with their study plans and achieve their test day goals. 1. You can also include their assignment to help them get started. These are just a few examples of how text messaging can help students better prepare for their exams.
SMS Nation: July Edition
JULY 6, 2015
Here, we’ve compiled three recent stories about SMS that caught our eye about how text messaging is impacting our daily lives. New report finds that people prefer SMS to Facebook Messenger. The survey commissioned 509 participants to report their mobile phone habits, and found that 72% of participants said that they prefer SMS to messaging apps. D.E.A.
How to Sound like an SMS Pro
APRIL 13, 2015
Whether you want to explain text messaging in layman’s terms to a coworker, need to pitch a text messaging campaign to your boss, or just for your own edification, here are three easy steps to sounding like an SMS pro. The first step to sounding like an SMS pro is learning the lingo. People often use SMS and text message interchangeably. Are You a Master of SMS Marketing?
4 Ways Text Messaging Helps Individuals Recovering from Addiction
NOVEMBER 18, 2015
Four ways text messaging can help recovering addicts. Here are four examples of SMS programs that can help individuals recover from addiction: 1) Daily Reinforcement Messaging: The road to recovery is a long one, and one that requires daily motivation. Depending on their response, tailored messages can help motivate the individual to keep working towards their goal.
Using SMS to Aid Pre-Surgery Compliance and Post-Surgery Recovery
NOVEMBER 5, 2014
Post surgery care is similarly bound up with checklists and guidelines that can confuse patients rather than help them with their recovery. Text messaging can help patients become an active participant in the surgery process by acting as a checklist, a personal nurse, and a gateway to professionals all at the same time. How SMS Helps Patients Prepare for Surgery.
Breaking Down the FAFSA with SMS Drives Higher Enrollment
AUGUST 8, 2014
So for high school seniors who are overwhelmed by confusing paperwork, SMS may be the best way to break the fear barrier. text message reminder can help teens stay on top of their paperwork and ensure that nothing slips through the cracks. Live chat - Live SMS chat allows you to text back and forth with students and have one-on-one conversations instantaneously.
Three Myths of SMS Marketing Debunked
AUGUST 18, 2014
Here are three common myths about SMS marketing debunked. Throughout the text message conversation, the user will see, “Reply STOP to quit, HELP for info.” If the user texts in STOP, or any variation of that word (unsubscribe, quit, cancel, etc.), he or she will be automatically removed from the campaign and won’t receive any more text messages. It’s time to set the record straight!
SMS Nation: September 2015, Nonprofit Edition
SEPTEMBER 13, 2015
Welcome to this month’s nonprofit edition of SMS Nation! From overall text message strategy and success to text therapy, SMS is making great forward strides in supporting the goals of nonprofits. The post SMS Nation: September 2015, Nonprofit Edition appeared first on Mobile Commons. Nonprofit Quarterly discusses mobile engagement. texts per day. Thanks for reading!
SMS Thought Leadership Series: Text Messaging Strategies for Behavior Change
JANUARY 12, 2016
recent clinical trial on reducing binge drinking among young adults revealed some interesting insights on how to design effective SMS interventions. ” the researchers noted, “an SMS intervention targeting binge drinking could have a public health impact on reducing both immediate and long-term health problems.” Tackling Binge Drinking With Text Messaging.
Pilot Program Shows How SMS Reduces Hospital Readmissions
JULY 20, 2015
Text message appointment and medication reminders also help ensure that patients stay on top of the ball for post-discharge care. If you’re interested in learning more about how to use text messaging for positive healthcare outcomes, please check out more information about the advantages of using SMS in healthcare: Why Text Messaging is the Optimal Tool for Patient Engagement: Interactivity.
Reporting for Jury Duty: How SMS is Driving Civic Engagement
FEBRUARY 16, 2016
But organizations across the country are turning this notion on its head by using SMS messaging to boost civic engagement. What it is doing with SMS shows that any company can use the technology to drive engagement and capture its audience’s attention. The results proved the effectiveness of SMS. This helped people find their nearest vaccination center.
How SMS Chat Saves Time, Money and Peace of Mind
JULY 18, 2014
SMS chat, specifically, allows more and more individuals to making informed and proactive decisions about their health with instantaneous, private, and direct communication. SMS chat allows you to speak instantaneously with a healthcare professional through texting in the same way you would with a friend or family member. How Does it Work? Live chat’s function is simple.
Digit: An SMS Program That Saves You Money Without You Noticing
MARCH 25, 2015
Digit is a proactive banking tool that uses text messaging to help users save money, rather than just tracking their spending habits. The SMS advantage for financial savings. The post Digit: An SMS Program That Saves You Money Without You Noticing appeared first on Mobile Commons But a new program called Digit is changing that intersection of money and technology.
Mandalay Bay Uses SMS to Help Book Their Guests
AUGUST 24, 2016
They’re helping guests book their hotel stays over text. The Tatango blog writes that one SMS promotion from Mandalay Bay “links SMS subscribers directly to their reservations page, which is mobile optimized.” One of the great strengths of a mobile campaign is that you can launch a web page from a text – using your SMS outreach as a gateway into your digital universe.
ClassWith.Us A New SMS Parent-Teacher Communication Tool
Cell Phones in Learning
APRIL 25, 2013
The focus is on making sure that the teacher can easily let parents know about a child''s progress in school on a daily basis. I can see this tool being extremely helpful in elementary classrooms, where the teacher can give a quick update at the end of each week. ClassWith.Us is a brand new text alert tool that focuses on parent-teacher communication. The ClassWith.Us ClassWith.Us
Anonymous SMS Program Allows Teens to Report Bullying at Schools
MARCH 5, 2015
Text messaging is a powerful tool to help teens in crisis. The post Anonymous SMS Program Allows Teens to Report Bullying at Schools appeared first on Mobile Commons One of the biggest problems with bullying is how uncomfortable it is for victims or witnesses to report it. Feelings of shame or fear often hinder young adults from reporting bullying to the proper authorities.
American Eagle Outfitters Sees Winning Strategy in SMS
FEBRUARY 23, 2016
Clothing retailer American Eagle Outfitters may have found the answer: Leverage the power of SMS and give customers the chance to win $10,000. The company also sent notifications via SMS and email to any customer who was already in the store’s database. SMS outreach led to a 60% click-through rate overall. Daily SMS alerts achieved 50-60% click-through rates.
New Studies Show that SMS Helps You Stop Smoking
MARCH 22, 2011
Put simply, text messages help people stop smoking. The studies found that real-time texting dramatically increases the accuracy of people’s reporting, and can serve as an effective tool for helping them quit altogether. A text a day keeps the cravings away. Two new studies show that text-messaging can “measure and intervene in urges people have during smoking cessation programs.”. Scientists at the University of Oregon and UCLA used fMRI on 27 smokers to map the areas of the brain where they control their impulses. You can set up a similar program without any development.
What’s New with SMS and the World Today
JANUARY 8, 2015
Here are a few interesting stories about SMS that are circulating the web. Text messaging can also be used to build brand identities, guide citizens to polling booths, help parents locate resources, and much more. The post What’s New with SMS and the World Today appeared first on Mobile Commons We’re always keeping an eye peeled for text messaging news.
Food & Water Watch Raises Tap Water Awareness With SMS Campaign
JULY 14, 2015
Why SMS is the best choice for Take Back the Tap. Studies show that young adults are 40 times more likely to respond to an SMS call to action than an email one. Text messaging integrated seamlessly with other channels, helping student share the call to action on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media channels. Students could text “I <3 Tap” to 69866 as a way of.
CitizenshipWorks Connects Immigrants With Low-Cost Legal Help
MARCH 20, 2012
Many more don’t know where to turn for help at all. Fortunately, CitizenshipWorks is launching a new SMS campaign to connect both English and Spanish-speaking immigrants with informational services. SMS for Citizenship. For millions of people around the world, becoming a United States citizen is a long-held dream, the doorway to opportunity. But many immigrants find that, once they arrive on American soil, the actual process of becoming a citizen is a confusing legal morass. Many can’t afford the costly price of lawyers. Read the full press release here.
SMS Thought Leadership Series: How to Make Your Health-Related Text Messages More Effective
APRIL 1, 2015
Finally, reference your own credentials and experience when you think it will help people trust that you know what you’re talking about. 2. Say, for instance, that you have successfully helped a woman named Karen quit smoking with text message support. The post SMS Thought Leadership Series: How to Make Your Health-Related Text Messages More Effective appeared first on Mobile Common
BeneStream Uses Text Messages to Make Health Insurance Enrollment as Simple as Texting with a Friend
MAY 17, 2016
BeneStream will text people annual reminders to renew their Medicaid starting 3 months in advance of the renewal date, and also offers more personalized help when required. But when they can text ‘Acme Corp Benefits’ and receive personalized help, they get the connection“ said Karasik. There are many barriers to public benefits enrollment. customer opting in to BeneStream.
How SMS Helps Keep College Students Healthy
AUGUST 18, 2015
Furthermore, it’s surfacing as the most effective tools available to the healthcare industry in helping people stay on top of their health. These two factors make text messaging the perfect choice for helping college students take charge of their own well being. Once students are enrolled in your health center’s mobile list, SMS can help them in a variety of ways.
Tech President on Occupy SMS: How Text Messaging Can Help in Disaster Relief
NOVEMBER 26, 2012
TechPresident has a great piece about the OccupySMS campaign , which uses text messaging to connect people in need after Hurricane Sandy with people who have the resources to help. The article discusses how, like many of the best ideas, Occupy SMS was built to fill a need: “It started with our actual experience in the Rockaways. We had brought a generator and a pump,” said Stephanie Shih, founder of Occupy SMS, “but unfortunately none of the volunteers had a database of who needed to be pumped. Read more about Occupy SMS here.).
How SMS Chat Saves Time, Money and Peace of Mind
JULY 18, 2014
SMS chat, specifically, allows more and more individuals to making informed and proactive decisions about their health with instantaneous, private, and direct communication. SMS chat allows you to speak instantaneously with a healthcare professional through texting in the same way you would with a friend or family member. Because it’s easy, confidential, and effective, SMS chat is quickly becoming the preferred communication tool for doctors and patients alike. Planned Parenthood , for example, had overwhelming success using SMS chat. How Does it Work?
Charities Use SMS to Raise Funds and Help Tornado Victims Rebuild
JUNE 25, 2013
In response, charities such as World Vision and Save the Children turned to SMS to raise the vital funds to help these communities. In particular, SMS has the widest reach of all mobile channels and can be leveraged in conjunction with other channels. Fundraising over SMS is quick and simple. To donate $10 to World Vision, text TORNADO to 777444.
Help People in Your Community Live Healthier Lifestyles with a Text Message Campaign
MARCH 29, 2013
The campaign is a project of the National Association of Community Health Centers , an umbrella group that helps address the need of more than 9,000 community health centers across all 50 US states. We can help you get reliable information straight into people’s pockets – and start helping your communities live healthier lifestyles. Now there’s a solution. Contact Us Now.
How Your Text Message Inbox Has Changed for the Better
DECEMBER 28, 2015
These days, it’s likely that your SMS inbox includes messages that aren’t from people you know personally. The accessibility of SMS also helps capture high attention rates as consumers regard texts as intrinsically interesting and timely, and consider them intimate and selective. Good in theory, great in practice. One common use case is reminders. The new normal.
Text Messaging for Nonprofits: An Interview with Sam McKelvie, Head of Mobile Strategy (Part 2)
DECEMBER 16, 2014
It’s hard to think of a program that would not work well with text messaging, simply because programs are about serving people, and SMS is the way that the people we’re helping to serve prefer to communicate. If you’re trying to help people find resources close to them, SMS is a great tool. Almost all audiences respond to SMS, since everybody texts!
Johns Hopkins Survey Finds Strong Potential for Text Message Interventions
SEPTEMBER 14, 2015
In order to help improve the health of young urban mothers, the survey wanted to investigate how they communicated, what methods they preferred, and to find out if cell phones can be an effective measure in helping them access resources to help with their pregnancy. Environmental Scan of Text Messaging Interventions Supports SMS Applications in Healthcare. M.P.H.,