Learn how to build a text subscription service in three easy steps.
Have you heard of sendcatfacts.com? For $8, you get thirty cat facts texted to you–one a day, or once every two days. We don’t know about you, but that sounds like a good deal to us. You learn valuable tidbits like, “Smuggling a cat out of ancient Egypt was punishable by death.” You’ll never be stuck for conversation starters again.
Before you drain your bank account signing up yourself and every person you ever sat beside on an airplane, we recommend you take the time to read this article on creating your text subscription service.
While it might sound like it involves a ton of work, you can easily create and automate these text programs from payment to last cat fact. You don’t have to write a single line of code, and depending on the number of texts you plan on sending, the entire process can be set-up in no time.
While you might not be able to top the creative genius of cat facts, you can use the 98% open rates of text message to send daily motivational tips, workouts, or career advice. All you need to create a text subscription service is SimpleTexting and a payment processing platform like Stripe.
Here are the three steps involved.
1. Choose a Payment Processing Platform
While there are a ton of different options out there, we’re going to focus on three common online payment processing platforms.
- Stripe is one of the most widely used online payment processing software. You can connect your Stripe account to most major CMS platforms like WordPress and Squarespace. You can also integrate your Stripe account with WooCommerce.
- You can also manage online payments with Square. Similarly to Stripe, Square integrates with most major website platforms–they list 16 in this integration guide.
- If you are using Shopify currently to sell online and want to layer in a text subscription service, then you can also connect Shopify to SimpleTexting.
2. Connect SimpleTexting to Your Payment Platform
To connect SimpleTexting and, say, Stripe, we’re going to use Zapier. If you don’t already have a Zapier account, you can easily create one, head over to https://zapier.com/home, and follow the steps. (If you’re wondering what Zapier is, it’s a tool that lets you automate processes called Zaps, without having to touch a single piece of code.)
The process is similar if you use Square or Shopify instead, but for illustration purposes, we’re going to walk you through what it looks like with Stripe. For the “when this happens” element of your Zap, you’re going to select “New Customer in Stripe”. To test the connection, you can pull an example customer from your Stripe account.
Then for “do this,” you’ll select “Add Contact in SimpleTexting.” You choose your SimpleTexting account and then fill out the data you want Stripe to send to SimpleTexting. Here we picked the list “Daily Workout Tip,” went with the Shipping phone number (you can choose the billing phone number too), the name, and the email field.
You can then test and review to see if the connection is working correctly.
All that is left to do is select done editing at the bottom of the screen and then click the “Turn Zap On” button.
3. Use Our Autoresponder Feature
Now that customers who pay your text subscription service are automatically pushed to SimpleTexting, there is one last step to complete. With our autoresponder feature, you can create a series of automatic messages that each subscriber receives after they join a list.
Let’s say you’re a personal trainer that wants to provide a three-month workout text subscription service that involves a trip to the gym twice a week. Twice a week, you want to text customers with a picture of the workout.
You could schedule all 24 texts ahead of time, meaning that the entire program would run by itself from payment to the conclusion. This article provides you with everything you need to know to get an autoresponder set up.
The TL;DR: From your SimpleTexting dashboard, you can navigate to Messaging > Autoresponders. You can view your active autoresponders and create a new one.
This set-up would send the following message to your subscriber two days after they signed up.
There you have it, that’s all you need to do to create your very own text subscription service. That wasn’t as hard as you thought, right?
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