Learn About Broadcast Text Messages, MMS Groups vs Broadcasts & How to Do Broadcast Texting
SMS broadcast texting is the most efficient and convenient way to start text conversations.
Because compared to email and voice:
- Broadcast text messages have high delivery rates
- Texts get up to 98% open rates
- Messages with links get around a 36% click rate
- And business text message response rates are up to 45%
But what exactly is an SMS broadcast? What does “broadcast” mean in texting? And how can you use business texting to reach more people?
In this article I cover:
- What an SMS broadcast text message is
- The difference between MMS vs. Broadcast
- How to send an SMS broadcast
- How businesses and organizations use SMS text broadcasts + templates
- What SMS broadcast pricing looks like
Read on for more.
Group MMS vs. Broadcast: What’s the Difference?
There’s a big difference between group texts and mass texts. Group texts or group MMS messages are also known as group messaging or group chat.
Every member in the group can send and receive messages peer-to-peer. Each sees the entire text thread with all exchanges in the group. Members of the group conversation can also see who else is in the group chat.
WhatsApp group chat is an example of group MMS (multimedia messaging service). It makes it possible for everyone in the group to send rich media, such as movies, photos, links, and so on.
But SMS broadcasts are different. A text broadcast starts with a broadcast list (a list of contacts) managed within a mass texting service (like MessageDesk).
The difference between a group text and a broadcast is that message recipients only see the message from the sender. They don’t know who else received the message.
This means that broadcasts are one-to-many. They come from a single sender and go to many recipients.
The final difference between a group text and an SMS broadcast is how many people you can message.
Business text messaging services built for text blasts support high-volume mass text messaging (also known as A2P 10DLC). This ensures that high volumes of text messages (including promotional messages) get properly delivered and not marked as SPAM.
Suggested Article: What is A2P? What is 10DLC? Guide to A2P 10DLC Registration
How to Send an SMS Broadcast
You’ll need to select a business texting service to send SMS broadcasts. These services offer software for sending mass texts with carrier-verified message delivery.
They also offer a host of features like:
- Contact and address book sync
- Group and list management
- Automation and text scheduling
- Integrations that allow you to scale your messaging
You can follow these steps to start sending SMS broadcasts using MessageDesk:
1. Create a free MessageDesk account
Your first step is to create a free MessageDesk account. You can do this with MessageDesk by starting a free trial.
2. Text-enable a business phone or select a new text number
Next, you’ll need to get a new text number or text enable your existing business number.
Some platforms allow you to select various types of SMS phone numbers.
To text from your existing business phone number or landline, you’ll need to submit a number porting request.
Note: It will likely take from 1-7 days to successfully text-enable your business number once you submit your request. Sometimes, this process is referred to as number hosting (not to be confused with number porting).
2. Import your contacts and create groups
MessageDesk makes it easy to import a .csv file with a list of contacts. Once you’ve got your contacts in MessageDesk, search and select the contact(s) or group(s) you’d like to send a text to.
3. Compose your text broadcast and add media and links
After you've uploaded your contacts, you'll need to compose your content. For this, MessageDesk supports pre-saved text message templates, tags, media, and links.
This allows you to create more custom personalized texts that allow for deeper engagement with your audience. You can also pre-save different SMS texts for different contact groups to match the purpose of your campaign.
Suggested Article: 100+ Business Text Message Templates & Examples (Copy & Paste)
4. Schedule or automate your text broadcast
You can always schedule text messages to send at a later date. You can also take advantage of automated text message campaigns to deliver messages to your recipients.
5. Track when contacts open and click links in your SMS broadcast
One feature that separates MessageDesk from other SMS broadcast providers is the ability to send a link in texts. This allows you to monitor the success of your SMS broadcast.
MessageDesk’s SMS broadcast service delivers a report with information on who successfully received the text.
How Businesses and Organizations Use SMS Text Broadcasts + Free Templates (Copy & Paste)
Bulk SMS messages benefit businesses and organizations in many ways. Here are some examples of text broadcasts:
1. Promotions and SMS campaigns
Many businesses and organizations send text message broadcasts for promotional purposes.
New customer or subscriber welcome campaigns
Promotional offer campaign
Happy birthday campaign
2. Text alerts and notifications for customers and employees
Businesses can use broadcast text alerts to keep people up-to-date on dispatches, orders, and shipments.
Texts also work well for employee communication. Businesses use them internally for “text-to-apply” and recruiting new employees or to provide shift reminders, notifications, and confirmations.
Inclement weather SMS broadcast
Job announcement broadcast
Timecard reminder broadcast
3. Appointment scheduling and reminders
Many businesses use texting for scheduling appointment reminders and events. Texts work well because they can prompt confirmation and reduce appointment no-shows.
Appointment confirmation broadcast
Appointment reminder broadcast
Appointment reschedule broadcast
4. Invoice and payment collection
Reminding someone to pay you is always a hassle. Text messaging and “text-to-pay” make this easier with automated payment reminders.
Invoice due broadcast
Overdue payment broadcast
Collections notice broadcast
5. Gathering feedback and reviews
Finally, SMS text broadcasts are an excellent way to get feedback and ask for reviews from customers. You can also conduct an SMS survey or a poll to discover what people think of your business or organization.
General review ask broadcast
Thank you for your business follow-up broadcast
Thanks for shopping with us broadcast
What Does SMS Broadcast Pricing Look Like?
SMS prices vary from platform to platform. But generally speaking, the more you send - the cheaper it gets.
Some platforms like MessageDesk offer an allotment of free monthly message credits as part of your monthly subscription. This is a baseline of free messages that come with your plan every month.
If you happen to use more than your free messages, you go into metered billing. Metered billing charges you at a per-message rate.
For sending messages in bulk and mass texting, you’ll want to talk to a salesperson. Often a sales representative can negotiate and get you a better per-message rate for bulk SMS sends.
For further information, feel free to check out MessageDesk’s pricing.
Can you send free text broadcasts?
The short answer is no - you can’t send free text broadcasts to hundreds of contacts. Network carriers have begun cracking down on SPAM and illicit messaging.
Some websites offer free text messaging. But keep in mind that free software always has limits and restrictions.
Is your message important? Then you’ll want to make sure it actually gets delivered and not marked as SPAM by the carriers.
Final thoughts and next steps
Ready to start texting? MessageDesk is here to help you start more meaningful customer conversations.
Feel free to start a free MesageDesk trial.