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Getting #BackToBusiness and how to notify your customer with SMS

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Are you one of the companies reopening to business in the next few weeks? Staying in touch and keeping a communication flow with previous, existing and potential customers is more important than ever. You are also depending on your customers to take all precautions and be aware of how to stay safe and healthy for their own, yours, your employees, and other customers´ sakes.  

There are many things to consider both from a business perspective and a customer perspective when reopening. Firstly, you should prepare the rules concerning visits to your shop. Secondly, you should make sure customers get the message and understand them. Consumers need to feel safe, informed, and guided. Below you can see examples of how businesses are using SMS when reopening or preparing to reopen in their market.

Send SMS notifications

With bulk SMS you can send notifications with regards to new opening hours, hygiene measures, or general guidelines for entering your store.

Are you forced to change the way of business? Or are you not allowed to reopen for customers? Change your strategy to click and collect and use SMS to inform about the delivery time, opening hours, and health precautions when collecting their package ordered from your online store.

Collect leads and information about them

Ask for responses or collect information about your customers before you open. Will they visit your store, or do they prefer other shopping methods? Or are you curious about how they experienced your reopening, if they felt safe and if they had enough guidelines?

Use SMS to collect data about your customers to improve to create increased customer satisfaction and retention. It’s also a good time to conduct NPS surveys via SMS.

Reward customers  

Use coupons sent by SMS to attract new and existing customers when you are reopening. You can send an offer as a customized coupon and combine it with sending important information regarding your reopening.

You can also combine collecting information about your customers and rewarding them with a coupon to increase the numbers of visitors in the store. Remember to inform them about health and security information before you invite them back to your business.  

Remember that individually generated discount codes will let you check the effectiveness of your SMS marketing.

Start a dialogue

Are you not able to fully reopen yet but still want to stay in touch with your customers? Start a dialogue and don’t let them forget about the high-quality of your product and customer service! You can give them alternatives they can respond to for you to collect information for when you will reopen.

The dialogue can be regarding what the customers miss about the brand: what product or services they need the most, how do they prefer orders delivered, or if they want to try click-and-collect service.

Send urgent information

Were you planning to reopen but it is postponed? Send urgent information by SMS. It can be about opening hours, guidelines of precautions, or hygiene factors. With SMS you have a 98% chance that it will be opened and read within 3 minutes, which is why the SMS communication channel is optimal for critical and urgent information.

SMS as a tool of internal communication

B2C communication is one thing but you can also use text messages to communicate with the personnel. Automated, bulk SMS are an efficient and time-saving solution. Instead of one-on-one communication, you can schedule a mass delivery of messages regarding:

  • health and hygiene guidelines,
  • number of visitors allowed in the store,
  • guidelines for drop-in customers,
  • new opening hours,
  • contactless payment rules.