Text invites are fantastic for business meetings, events, and parties because they're quick, effective, and customizable. I’ll walk through how to send invites via text.
Whether it’s a wedding, baby shower, birthday party, or networking social event, you won’t have much of an event without invitations.
So why choose text messages to send your invites?
The point? Old-school invitations are a pain.
Enter texting. 74% of people check texts more than five times a day. Another 26.4% check texts 1-5 times a day or less. 77% of people reply to texts within 10 minutes or less.
That means text message invitations are much more likely to be seen and responded to than other communication methods.
I’ll show you how to breeze through the invitation-sending process with SMS.
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You can keep text message invitations simple, like this real-life example from Save the Boundary Waters:
This is a good example because it’s straightforward with all the info you need to attend:
Another type of invitation sending an actual calendar link via text message:
When someone clicks the link, they see their phone wants to open a calendar file (at least on iPhone):
Lastly, your invitee will see that calendar file open in their default calendar application on their phone:
In this blog post, you’ll learn how to send a simple invitation via text message from start to finish.
Still not sure about the process of sending out text invitations? Wait until you see how easy they are to set up with SimpleTexting.
SimpleTexting is a mass texting service that helps send text message invitations (among many other kinds of texts) to help you get attendance for your event, grow your business or organization, and engage your volunteers, employees, and customers.
Whether you’re only inviting your closest colleagues to your event, or need to send invites via text messages to thousands of attendees, our platform makes it easy to upload your contacts via a CSV or Excel spreadsheet.
Make sure you have express consent to text your guests, especially if you’re sending an invite to more than just a few people.
Let’s add your event guest list into SimpleTexting with a spreadsheet.
First, let’s optimize your spreadsheet so the data imports nicely. Use row one to enter each of these as columns:
Here’s a spreadsheet template to get started.
Next, log into SimpleTexting and navigate to Contacts. Click the Add contacts button, drag and drop your event guest list spreadsheet, and name the list to which you wish you add the invitees.
Hit Next and follow the prompts. SimpleTexting will help you import your data and map the columns to custom fields in SimpleTexting.
Lastly, SimpleTexting will ensure everything is in compliance so you can send text message invitations with confidence.
Once you’ve uploaded the guests who will get your invitation, you’re ready to write your message. Be sure to include details like the date, location, time, parking information, and anything else your guests should know.
In SimpleTexting, you’ll write your evite text as a campaign. That’s simply the term SMS services call a text message for business purposes.
Log into SimpleTexting, click Campaigns in the left menu, and hit the New button. Name your campaign, then write your invitation in the Text message field.
💡 Pro tip: You can leverage AI to write your invitation for you. Simply click Generate message and type in your who, what, where, when, and why. Then hit Generate a message and use one of the message suggestions.
You can send your message right away or schedule it for a future date.
We recommend sending:
That’s the beauty of the digital invitation: You can send as many as you need without having to worry about spending tons of money on printing and postage.
Our texting service allows for two-way messaging, which means guests can respond to your invitations. This makes simplifying your planning and managing your attendance a breeze.
There are a few ways you can go about asking guests to RSVP. Here are three of my favorites.
If you’re only inviting a handful of people, keep things simple by asking guests to reply to your invitation. Then just keep a running list of who has confirmed they’ll be attending.
For fundraisers, conferences, or other events with more attendees, you may want to go with one of the options below.
In SimpleTexting, you’ll send the invitation as a Campaign. Then you’ll use the Inbox to view and reply to those who respond.
A keyword is a word or phrase that people can text to your number in order to sign up for updates about your event. You simply advertise to your audience to text that term to your phone number via posters, fliers, website, emails, social media, etc.
For example, if your business name is Home Smart, and you’re throwing a launch party for your new product, you could create the keyword, “HSLAUNCH.”
Anytime someone texts the keyword to your number, our platform will add them to a separate contact list.
Whenever you need a headcount, you can just log in to the platform and see who has texted in the keyword.
Set up your event’s text-to-join keyword in SimpleTexting. Log into SimpleTexting, select Keywords from the left menu, type in your Keyword name and determine the list you wish those who text that keyword to enter (either Add to new list or Add to existing list).
Use AI Assist to write your Auto-confirmation message. Good confirmation text messages include:
You may be wondering, “But how will I know if my guests are bringing a plus-one?” I’ve got you covered.
Data collection lets you automatically ask guests who have RSVP’d using a keyword for additional details.
Find out their name, their plus-one’s name, whether they’re vegetarian, or anything else you may need to know.
Still not convinced SMS invites are the way to go? Let’s talk about some of the highlights of texting.
I’ve already mentioned the convenience and reliability factor, but here are some of the other biggest reasons to use texting for your invitations.
When you send your invitations out via text message, you can easily keep track of how many you’ve sent, who has replied so far, and other important details (especially if you send a link to more information about the event, like speakers and parking information).
Platforms like ours can even keep your Analytics organized in one place so you can see who is and isn’t engaging with your messages.
Ditch the expensive stationery and postage — sending out mass text invitations is a much smarter investment. With software like SimpleTexting, you can send hundreds of event text messages starting at $29/month.
Texts won’t get lost in the mail, and they can be pulled back up for reference with just a few clicks.
Plus, you can schedule reminder messages leading up to your event to ensure none of your attendees forget about your big day (and to make sure you don’t forget to remind them).
A big misconception about text invites is that they’re impersonal. That idea mostly comes from the overly general marketing texts many of us have received, and it couldn’t be less true.
Using custom fields, you can make each text invitation unique by including first or last names (or any other details you know about your contacts) in your message. Send personalized invitations to all your guests with just a few clicks.
Paper invites are nice to hang on the fridge for a while, but eventually, they’ll end up in a landfill. Send invitations by SMS to do your part in going paperless and saving the Earth.
It might be good to review successful text message invitation samples while you craft your own. Here are 16 examples of text message invitations for various events:
The following is an example of an invitation for a grand opening of a retail establishment.
This is an example of an invitation to a party celebrating the opening of a grocery shop.
An invitation to a business function may look like this:
A sample invitation to a charity event reads as follows:
This example invites people to a product launch party:
Promoting a new storefront is demonstrated here; take note!
To help you promote an event to attract job seekers, below is a sample that you may use as a guide:
Here’s a case in point that exemplifies how to attract attendees to a pop-up event or to any other entertainment event:
Definitely don’t want to miss this!
An invitation to a company event may look like this:
An example invitation that a new restaurant may send out looks like this:
This is an example of an invitation that a business may use for a formal event:
In the case that you are shutting down a business, you may send out an invitation for people to attend the ceremony with a text message invitation that looks something like this:
You’ve worked hard on your event, and you want to make sure you have as many guests as possible on your big day. Get their attention with text message invitations (trust me, it’s easier for both you and them).
Pssst…If you’re still not sure whether you want to start sending invites via text, try SimpleTexting out for 14 days, totally free. If you need any help, our support team is available every day of the week to answer any questions you may have.
Alfredo leads the marketing team at SimpleTexting. In addition to writing about SMS, he also talks about it—literally. He narrates our how-to videos.More Posts from Alfredo Salkeld
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