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Sending Audio Files Via Text Message

Explore two different ways to send audio files via text message as well as some of the benefits sending audio clips can have.

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The way society listens to information has evolved. From the days of AM radio, all the way to the most popular podcasts streamed through Bluetooth directly into AirPods. Despite how much technology has evolved to meet the times, audio remains a reliable way to reach a diverse audience.

Interestingly enough, one of the fastest-growing spaces for streaming audio, according to Nielsen’s latest behavioral studies, is mobile devices.

Audio Messages Can Give Your Brand a Voice 

Whether your marketing strategy has adopted video or audio content, you want to be sure to send your media using a channel that your customers will be receptive to. In other words, you should optimize your content for consumption where your customers want to be listening.

As the number of smartphone users continues to rise well into the billions, mobile is certainly a hot space for audio. (That’s one of the reasons we send texts to subscribers each time we release an episode of our small business podcast.) So, to help increase your media reach, we want to share with you one of the easiest and most efficient ways to share audio materials: texting.

Ways to Send Audio Files in Text Messages

Getting right down to the nitty-gritty, we’ll begin by telling you that there are two main ways you can text an audio file to a contact. Understanding the difference between the two methods comes down to understanding the difference between SMS and MMS.

If you didn’t click on the awesome hyperlink above full of illuminating details, we’ll give you the highlights:

  • SMS, or short messaging service, sends text messages of 160 characters or less.
  • MMS or multimedia messaging service sends text messages up to 1,600 characters as well as rich media like photos, videos, and audio files.
  • While it’s technically possible to send an audio file through both SMS and MMS, it will appear as a link within an SMS message, and appear directly in the body of an MMS message.

It’s a bit easier to understand the difference when you see the two in action, so let’s go through it step-by-step.

How to Send Audio Files Via SMS 

If you want to send your contacts an audio file larger than 1 MB, you will have to do this via a link. You can send that link via an SMS message.

  1. Begin by logging in to your SimpleTexting dashboard and starting a new campaign. Make sure you select SMS as the type.
  2. In your message box, paste a link to your audio file.
  3. Utilize the URL shortener by clicking the “Shorten URLs” button above your text. By shortening your URL you not only save space and characters, but you can also collect data! Track who did and did not click on your link for each campaign.
  4. Your audio file will appear as a link in the message box. The URL is automatically shortened, and it will appear in the preview box on the right just as it will appear to your recipient.
  5. Type out your message as you normally would, and schedule/send your campaign!

The result is a message that looks like this to recipients. When they click the link, they will be redirected to view your video.

#TuneTriviaTuesday: Listen to this clip and reply back with the song name and artist. Correct answers will be entered to win a raffle!

How to Send Audio Files Via MMS

If you want to send an audio file directly in a text message, the file must be 1 MB or less. If your file size is larger than that, you can attempt to compress it. There are a few different ways to do this.

If you have the software, the easiest way to do this is through Adobe Premiere or Audition. Here, you can directly set your compression to a major amount (aka 1 MB). There are other free tools out there that take a few extra steps, like HandBrake.

From there you’re ready to text your audio file!

  1. Begin by logging in to your SimpleTexting dashboard and starting a new campaign. Make sure you select MMS as the type.
  2. In your message box, select the paperclip icon.
  3. Select upload, and proceed to select and upload your desired 1 MB audio file. You can also upload it by pasting in a URL. Once your audio file is uploaded, select it and press the blue include button.
  4. Your audio file will appear directly in your message for recipients to click and view right in the text.
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#TuneTriviaTuesday: Listen to this clip and reply back with the song name and artist. Correct answers will be entered to win a raffle!

Why Should You Send Audio Files Via Text Message?

Now that you know how, let’s rewind a little bit and briefly run through some reasons why you would want to text an audio file in the first place.

It’s really a two-pronged question: Why texting? Why audio? We’ll start with the easy one: Why texting?

We’ll let Hafsa from the Guatemalan Maya Center explain how she uses SimpleTexting to build community with a heavy use of sending audio files via text message:

We’ve made the benefits of texting pretty clear in previous pieces. Not only can it reach six billion people anywhere in the world, at any time (internet connection or not), but text messages boast a 98% open rate.

People keep their phones on their person or close by nearly every day. It’s truly the universal inbox. Now, with 81% of all cell phones being smartphones, people can do much more with their devices than just text and call each other.

The streaming of music and podcasts dominates mobile usage with over 68% of smartphone users streaming music and podcasts daily. This brings us to the bridge between mobile and audio.

If a majority of mobile activity consists of texting and listening, why not bring the two together to make the ultimate dynamic duo?

With 1/4 of Americans’ time awake during the day dedicated to listening to audio, increase the chances of that audio being yours by using texting to put your brand in people’s ears. And while we can’t make your audio clips for you, rest assured that at SimpleTexting we’re dedicated to helping you with the texting portion of the equation! It’s kind of what we do 😉.

Meghan Tocci
Meghan Tocci

Meghan Tocci is a content strategist at SimpleTexting. When she’s not writing about SaaS, she’s trying to teach her puppy Lou how to code. So far, not so good.

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