Help me be an SMS Master
January 28, 2009 11:27 AM Subscribe
Can you guide me to some SMS messaging services and monthly recurring payment systems for my new business plan?
posted by ZackTM to Work & Money (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have come up with what seems like a really neat business idea for my local area but I need some help with the technology end. I want to basically SMS blast several groups of subscribers each week with information they request. I know how to build my subscriber list, and I know how to get the information they require but there are two steps I need your advice on:
1. Text blasting -- I need a free/low cost service that will let me send text messages to large groups of subscribers without injecting their own ads on my messages. Any recommendations?
2. Taking payments -- I need a way to automate people paying either a 1 time fee or a monthly recurring charge to join the service. Is there a service out there that will automate the billing so my database is always up to date with subscribers who have paid?
My plan is to do this:
Potential subscribers send a text message containing their email address to a number, then the system automatically sends them an email with a link to sign up for the service (how do I acquire a phone number specifically for receiving texts? Especially one of those shorter ones)
Subscriber goes online, fills out their profile and is categorized into groups in my database
The database automatically removes customers who's subscriptions have expired
Each day I want to send the messages, I open up my online database and pull out the numbers for each group. Then I blast the message to each group.
As customers subscriptions are close to expiring, they start getting messages that its time to renew
Can anyone give me any advice/recommendations for services to use?