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February 22, 2016

Boost Your Limousine Business with Text Message Marketing

Although the majority of people in America own cars, there are plenty of times where they may choose to hire a limousine. Your customers may have several options for these services, making your marketing approach that much more important to help you compete. One way to boost your business and stand out from the crowd is to use text message marketing as a part of your overall advertising strategy.

How to Use Text Message Marketing


Adding texting to your marketing plan can increase your limo business.

SMS marketing is an easy tool to integrate into your marketing strategy. However, it is a permission-based medium. This means that you first have to compile a list of subscribers to whom you text. This can be built by promoting your texting campaign through other marketing platforms, including print ads, social media, your website, and TV or radio ads. People may opt-in by texting a designated keyword to your dedicated short code or number. Once you have their information and permission, it is possible to send them text messages, both promotional and service-orientated, to improve customer engagement and your limo business.

Booking Reminders

It is popular to book a limousine or other special car service for special events, such as the prom, a wedding, an anniversary, a birthday, or other celebrations. Often, weeks, or even months, of planning go into the event to ensure that everything works out perfectly. Despite the planning, it is possible for your customers to forget details about the service, including the date and/or time of pickup. Text message marketing offers an easy way to send reminders. This reduces the risk of someone not being ready for the limo and your driver having to wait, as well as reducing the number of last-minute cancellations. Texts have an incredibly high open rate, so you can be almost certain that your message will be read.

Exclusive Offers and Deals

Most people only think to hire a limo or car service for very special events, but any date night or celebration can become a special one if the price is right. You might send your text message marketing subscribers exclusive offers and deals to motivate them to sign up for additional services. This works very well in cities where you may offer car services beyond just limousines to get around the city. People may choose your service rather than taxis or public transportation when they plan to go drinking or otherwise do not wish to drive themselves.

Special Services

If your limousine company occasionally offers special services, you can text your subscribers to give them the first chance to sign up. This could work well if you add a luxury or classic car to your lineup or plan to start offering Champagne and strawberries or other luxury items to enhance the experience for customers. It may be beneficial to offer exclusive deals or special services to you VIPs as well. It is possible to divide up your subscriber list into groups, then target special offers and deals just to those who are your VIPs. You could also use this service to promote special package deals, such as wine tours of local vineyards or other tours of the area for locals and visitors alike.

The Perfect CTA for Your Marketing


People can text you from anywhere and can be reached anywhere.

A call to action (CTA) is an essential component of any marketing campaign. Finding the right one can make or break your efforts. Texting can be used in conjunction with any marketing collateral as a way for your potential customers to take action.

People carry their phones with them anywhere, so no matter where they see or hear your ad, they will be able to take action right away. It is also a simple action, since they only need to text a keyword rather than fill out a form online or remember to call your company. As such, a highly effective CTA, this will help your marketing strategy to have a better overall success rate which, in turn, boosts your business.

Text message marketing is a cost-effective way to help boost your business. By sending messages to your customers, you can remain in communication and increase the likelihood they will choose you when they are in need of a limousine or other car service.

If you are ready to see how it can help your limo business, try ClubTexting for free.

February 19, 2016

7 Reasons Mass Text Messaging is a Perfect Tool for Your Biking Club

Many bicyclists join a biking club for long rides because it ensures their safety while also providing a community and support for getting through the ride. There is also an important social aspect to bike clubs, with many rides ending with breakfast, lunch, or possibly drinks. When it's just a couple of friends out for a ride, it can be easy to manage, but once you try to organize a bike club, you require more tools to ensure that everyone receives relevant communication from the club. One tool that can help you organize your bike club members is mass text messaging.

People Carry Their Phones Everywhere


There is a high possibility that members always have their phones, even on a ride.

Cell phones may only be a few decades old, but society has become incredibly dependent on them. A high percentage of people carry their phone with them anywhere, and many never let it out of their reach. This means that it is highly probably that your members also take their phones with them on a ride, because it gives them a way to reach out in case they run into a problem on the road. People have their phones with them almost all the time, so you can feel confident that they will receive any texts.

Texts Are Open and Read Within Minutes

You should know that texts have an almost 100 percent open rate, often within a few minutes of receipt. This makes texting the perfect means for conveying last-minute information and emergency alerts. If inclement weather causes a cancellation for a ride, you can contact everyone in a flash and feel confident that they know about it. Any other last-minute changes, such as a change in location or time, can likewise be sent with a high chance of actually being read.

Cost-Effective

Whether or not your bike club has a membership fee, there is a good chance that you have minimal funds for the club. This means that you are always looking out for inexpensive ways to communicate with your members. Mass text messaging is a relatively low-cost method, often costing just a few cents per text. Most text message services do not charge a base price, but simply charge you for the texts sent.

Two-Way Communication

Mass text messaging is not just a way to send messages to your members, it's also a way they can communicate with you. This makes it easy to get an RSVP for an event. Texting has a higher engagement rate than email and other digital methods of communication. Plus, it is possible to use it to get people's preferences for the next social meetup or location for the next ride.

Create Many Groups

If you have a large biking club, you might have several levels of membership. Some may come only sporadically, while others will be at every event. Some may be interested only in short rides, while others may only come only if the mileage is over a certain amount. You can group these individuals by their preferences and send messages targeted by them. This reduces the number of messages people receive that are not relevant to them.

Simple to Manage

Mass text messaging is an easy-to-manage communication medium. Most services have an online platform with which you input and arrange contacts. You can compose your message and send it right away or schedule it for a later date and time. It is possible to send messages using your phone, perfect for when you are already heading toward the meetup and realize that you need to tell your club members something, such as a delay or change of location.

Highly Accessible


Smartphone or not, your members can receive a text message.

Mass text messaging is a highly accessible communication method. It is often seen as simply a Millennial form of communication, but it has become a popular form of communication for all age groups. Almost all cell phone users have an SMS-enabled phone compared to around 64 percent that have a smartphone. That means that you can more efficiently communicate with those who may not have the ability to go online if they are not at a place where they have email access.

You may be able to handle communication without signing up for any type of email or texting service when your biking club has fewer than 10 people. However, once it grows, it is important that you set up an efficient way to communicate with all members. Mass text messaging offers a perfect tool for ensuring everyone receives the information most relevant to them, even when it involves last-minute changes.

Contact us to discuss implemeting texting for your group.

October 05, 2015

Hotel Guest Services and the SMS Messaging Solution

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Texting has surpassed email and a number of other communication methods as the go-to choice for businesses—and for the companies that support business professionals and other travelers. Hotel guest services that use text messaging tap into an easier way of communicating with guests and make them feel their needs are being attended to personally.

Why Text?

Here are just a few ways in which text messaging makes it easier for hotel front desks to communicate with guests:

  1. “The last mile.”  Many hotels are focusing on text messaging during “the last mile” – the time just before a guest arrives to check in, according to a recent TNooz business article. By connecting with guests during this time, the hotel can ensure that their questions are answered and that check-in goes more smoothly, boosting customer satisfaction and allowing the hotel staff to streamline efforts for greater productivity and efficiency.
  2. Quicker contacts.  Guests who have checked in can text the front desk with any needs, questions, or requests.  Companies like Marriott, which recently launched its own chain-specific guest app, report that customer ratings on sites like TripAdvisor have risen in direct response to the app’s use.  Customers appreciate a simple, quick way to connect with hotel staff without having to leave the comfort of their rooms.
  3. One-on-one communication.  Guests with disabilities or other special needs are often sensitive about their information being overheard by others standing near a front desk.  With text messaging, hotels eliminate this potential embarrassment by keeping conversations about a guest’s needs discreet.
  4. Better ratings.  According to TNooz, one hotel chain chose not only to implement texting, but also to test its efficacy. The chain matched two groups of guests and gave one the option to text.  Positive ratings from the texting group jumped 20 percent over the control group’s ratings, with the texters specifically mentioning the texting option as one of the reasons for their increased satisfaction.  The numbers indicate that texting works for hotels that wish to improve their Net Promoter Score or other ratings.

Bringing the Future of Texting to Today’s Guest Services

A recent white paper by the Global Business Travelers Association (GBTA) found that while not all hotels have adopted texting, those that have are encountering similar problems. The organization recommended that hotels focus on several key areas when implementing a new texting method:

  • Online check-in and room entry that perform seamlessly
  • Text or app-based concierge service offering prompt, personalized responses
  • Improving communications with airport shuttle services to make “the last mile” seamless
  • Pre-trip communications that differentiate between business and vacation travelers in order to provide a more personalized experience
  • Improving information exchanges between travelers, hotel staff, the texting service, and tracking systems, such as expense reporting software.

By harnessing technological tools like text messaging, hotels can provide exceptional service in a more efficient and productive fashion, boosting customer satisfaction and repeat visitors while gaining the most value out of expenditures on the project.

 

August 31, 2015

Eight Ways Technology Has Improved Air Travel

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Without a doubt, technology has streamlined everything in our lives from business to pleasure. Air travel is no exception: airlines are spending money to improve their customers’ experience. We’ve all heard about the advancements in in-flight entertainment, seats that convert into beds, and the all-important increase in leg room for the average passenger. But what about advancements for the tech-savvy traveler? Well, here we have compiled eight ways in which technology has improved air travel in recent memory.

 

1. Digital Check In. 

Nowadays about 9% of air travelers use digital tablets or smartphones to check in before boarding a flight, rather than checking in directly once they reach their terminal. Researchers from SITA, a multinational airline technology company, expect that figure to balloon to 24% in the next three years.

 

2. Social Media Seating. 

Imagine a flight where you already know a thing or two about your neighboring fliers! Launched in 2012 by KLM Airlines, the Meet & Seat program has garnered much acclaim from various participants. In essence, the Meet & Seat program to allows its fliers to select seatmates based on shared interests via Facebook or LinkedIn. 

 

3.Booking Flights Via Mobile.

Expedia recently reported that 48% of mobile users employ their devices for aspirational travel research. In addition, there are several apps available that cater to air traveling consumers. For example, Appi Holidays is a consumer travel app that allows a user to create their perfect holiday by providing them with a plethora of destination options and activities – ones that are either well-known or a little off the beaten path. 

 

4. Baggage-Related Technology.

Foremost, airlines have been offering automatic luggage drop-off machines more commonly. By 2018, 74% of airline companies are expected to offer the service (from 17% today). Also by 2018, it is likely that 70% of carriers will be able to give passengers regular updates on the location of their baggage, via their smartphones (up from only 10% today). 

 

5. In-Flight Entertainment Improvements. 

Several airlines have been experimenting with this. Virgin America offers a seat-to-seat chatting system, where fliers can message others onboard and order drinks, as well as watch movies or TV, listen to music, shop, play games, or look at Google Maps. Singapore Airlines offers a similar service, fit with a USB device to look at your own personal media. Finally, Emirates and Qatar Airways have exhaustive entertainment options, with over 1500 differing types/channels of entertainment each!

 

6. Social Media Impact on Air Travel. 

Facebook has changed the way people decide where to go on a vacation. 52% of users report that their prospective holiday destination ideas came from photos and status updates they witnessed in their Facebook feed. And since two-thirds of all air travelers have social media accounts, there has never been a better time for airlines to be active on social media channels.  

 

7. Airport Beacons. 

Many airports around the world have started to use beacon technology to improve customers’ experience. Using Bluetooth technology, travelers can use special apps to access maps of airports, as well as navigate their way to the check-in desk in their terminal.

 

8. In-Flight IPad Rentals. 

There are a few airlines that have begun to experiment with iPad rentals, among them OpenSkies, Qantas, Jetstar, Philippine Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines. While a few of these services are free for longer flights, the average fee is ten to fifteen dollars per rental.

 

We no longer live in the dark ages, where passengers are provided a tiny seat with very little legroom. With the amount of tech that has grown to be a part of our personal lives, we can expect to see a great deal more technology in the works for airlines – all for the benefit of the everyday passenger.

April 01, 2014

What’s So Great About SMS Marketing?

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In mobile circles, it’s well known that more than nine out of ten text messages are opened and read within minutes of receipt. Numerous studies have corroborated this impressive claim, and yet a number of businesses are still to catch on to the potential benefits of a mobile campaign.

The reasons for this vary. In some cases, businesses simply don’t want to try anything new, whether out of fear or corporate apathy. As in life, people tend to stick to what they know – especially if they are older and more set in their ways.

And yet, there are so many advantages to mobile marketing – when compared with other forms of advertising – that it to ignore it could be putting the future health of your company in serious danger. Here are five reasons mobile should be an essential, central part of your overall a strategy:

  1. It’s fast. A text message can be created, delivered, and read much faster than any other form of marketing. Look at the best Twitter and text campaigns to find out how to create engaging content in less than 160 characters, and remember, when it comes to delivering a punchy, memorable brand message, brevity and levity are your friends. Text has both.
  2. It’s cheap. For a small business, the affordability of SMS is one of the chief appeals. Compared with billboards or radio and television advertising, a text campaign gives you a big reach at a fraction of the cost. 
  3. It’s trackable. Keeping an eye on the success of your campaigns will help you figure out where to focus future budgets. With texting, it’s a whole lot easier to track metrics and create a detailed analysis of each campaign’s performance.
  4. It’s direct. Emails are checked once or twice a day at most, and the majority of commercial missives are filtered in one way or another. Text, on the other hand, is a frequently-checked medium, with many users looking at a message as soon as it has arrived.
  5. It’s interactive. Engaging customers is so easy with SMS. Surveys, polls and questionnaires can be sent to thousands of people at the touch of a button. Not only will texting encourage people to visit your social media pages and website, it can provide your business with crucial data on personal preferences and spending habits.

March 23, 2014

Three of the Most Successful Mobile Marketing Campaigns From Around the World

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If you’re embarking on a new mobile strategy for 2014, it pays to look around at success stories from the world of mobile marketing to see how it’s done. Here, we take a look at three of the most successful mobile marketing campaigns ever conducted!

American Express, Foursquare and Austin,TX

In the summer of 2010, Foursquare and American Express teamed up to devise a mobile marketing strategy that would promote customer loyalty for local businesses. The results were launched in Austin during the Spring of 2011. Some 60 local businesses offered Foursquare users a ‘spend $5, save $5’ reciprocal deal – provided they completed the transaction using an AmEx card. This ‘Loyalty Special’ sent push notifications to participants, informing them that they had successfully redeemed the offer. The beauty of this campaign was the seamlessness of the user experience: the special offer happened at exactly the same time as the sale, without the need for further action, effectively closing the loop between consumers’ online and offline behavior.

Aer Lingus

Irish airline Aer Lingus used to rely solely on emails to inform passengers of any flight delays or cancellations. This was far from perfect, only reaching around 10% of passengers. The carrier’s solution? SMS. Within a month of implementing an SMS communication program, Aer Lingus successfully informed 75% of passengers of a problem with a flight, and have since largely avoided shelling out compensation and fielding tricky complaints. This is a classic example of an indirect mobile marketing solution that worked its magic by improving customer service. Word-of-mouth did the rest.

Orange

A great example of a long-running mobile marketing strategy that’s had consistently high results is the partnership between UK cinemas and communications company Orange. Launched in 2003, ‘Orange Wednesdays’ offers 2-for-1 movie tickets to all customers, every single Wednesday. According to research conducted in 2010, Orange had issued 23.5 million freebies to date. Many customers took advantage of the scheme multiple times, and Orange claims to have generated another three million annual ticket sales for movie theaters. The campaign has been an undisputed success, taking Wednesday attendance figures from the lowest to the highest in a few short years.

So take a leaf out of some of these books when you come to devise a mobile strategy. If you offer something of value, get it to the right audience, and improve your customer service using text message technology, there’s not limit to what you can achieve.

December 18, 2009

Gonna Be In NYC? New Years Eve Parties in New York

New Years Eve Parties in New YorkClub Texting is based in New York. As such, we know a thing or two about New Years Eve parties. If you're a native, or you'll be visiting, we've got some info for you, along with some links to valuable resources. In New York, New Years Eve is one of the biggest and most exciting party nights of the year. It gives you an excuse to get dressed up, spend time with friends, and party like a rock star.

New Years NYC is an experience like no other, whether it is spent in Times Square or at one of NYC’s hottest clubs. The ball drop in Times Square is an event that cannot be replicated and belongs solely to New York, drawing crowds of over 700,000 people. Two clubs having New Years NYC parties near Times Square are China Club and Aspen Social, both located close to the madness where you can ring in the New Year out of the cold.

A lot of people would rather avoid the madness altogether, good thing New York is a big city. New Years Eve in NYC has an endless list of places to celebrate. Clubs are the perfect New Years option embodying all things New Years, glitz, glamour, music, dancing, and of course the countdown to midnight. Some of NYC’s best places to ring in the New Year include; M2 Ultra Lounge, BLVD, and Kiss & Fly.

Whatever you do, everyone at Club Texting wishes you a happy and a healthy new year!

February 02, 2009

British Airways to allow in-flight texting

Good news from cnet's Crave:

British Airways announced this week that it would initiate limited cell phone use on an upcoming route between London and New York City. Voice calls will not be permitted, but passengers will be allowed to send and receive text messages and e-mails.

The airline will limit the service to twice-daily flights between London City Airport and New York's JFK that are due to start in September. The all-business class route is flown by a narrow-body Airbus A318 aircraft that must make a stop in Ireland on the westbound leg. The configuration will allow for just 32 seats.

December 05, 2008

Utah Department of Transportation goes mobile

The Utah Department of Transportation has launched a mobile version of its CommuterLink site, giving the state’s travelers real-time traffic data while on-the-go.

The CommuterLink mobile site at http://www.commuterlink.utah.gov can be accessed from any Web-enabled mobile phone or PDA. Powered by Usablenet, the site provides travelers with traffic data from most of Utah’s major roads.

Read more here.

November 10, 2008

British Airways debuts mobile check-in

This just in:

On Nov. 1 British Airways will launch its remote check-in service, letting travelers check-in for flights from any location through their mobile devices.

Mobile check-in is made possible by the British Airways mobile Web site, powered by Usablenet. It is a free service available across global markets in 11 languages, with no need of additional downloads or software.

“Mobile check-in lets them use the same feature on the return trip,” [Jason Taylor, vice president of mobile products for Usablenet] said. “This benefits the brand on a service level, providing convenience for customers, and the practical aspect, driving people to check-in via the Web and mobile saves the airline money.”