Celebrities once felt unreachable. Lightyears away behind glossy paparazzi photos outside mansions in the hidden hills of L.A. That is, before social media made it possible to feel like you’re a part of their everyday routine.
You can follow them along on every lavish vacation, dinner party, and mundane salad break on gold-plated Cartier dinnerware. And as more and more celebrities document their every move on social media, comments and DMs (direct messages) bring us mere mortals closer than ever to communicating with them.
People want to be noticed by these stars, and these channels make them feel like they have a shot.
So when a few big-name stars started tweeting and posting things like this:
Thousands of eager fans reached out in the hopes of actually getting through to their idols.
In a way, yes. Not their personal number, but a number that belongs to them and that a person can technically reach them through. If you’re a business who utilizes text marketing, you’re already familiar with how this works.
When you text a celebrity’s “number,” the chances are high that you’ll receive an automated message from them. Because mass texting has rules and regulations, that initial greeting will most likely include information about terms and conditions, and data rates applying.
While this boilerplate message may be a little deflating if you expected Ashton Kutcher to reply back with a personalized greeting, it’s actually a positive indicator.
You may not be virtual pen pals, but you’re also not involved in a scam.
These new celebrity-exclusive text marketing platforms create a safe platform to chat with fans without sharing their own personal information. In a way, it’s not unlike their DM’s, a place where you could send daily messages in the hopes of receiving a reply.
When you text a celebrity, it’s most likely you’ll periodically receive texts with updates about projects they’re promoting. Not unlike the content they share on their feeds and stories.
The unique difference is that these messages are delivered right to your personal phone. A message that, if only for a moment, opens a channel between you and a celebrity.
The answer to this question is different for everyone.
Yes, celebrities could see your texts to them. It all depends on the volume of messages they receive and whether or not they have an assistant who mans their dashboard. Most celebrities so far seem to use this as an opportunity for two-way communication.
JLo recently used her text-enabled status to run a contest where the winner got to attend the premiere of her film Hustlers with her. All they had to do was text her their name and Instagram handle!
Kerry Washington encouraged her followers to text her questions to ask another celebrity for when she sits in on her podcast.
These examples are one of many demonstrations that you are indeed reaching a celebrity when you text them.
In our opinion, it just may be. SMS has some enticing workarounds to DM issues that often discourage celebrities from interacting with fans.
For example, when a celebrity responds to a fan’s DM, that gives the fan access to their primary inbox. To open this door means they could potentially be spammed by messages. The only solution is to block or limit the fan’s access, which can seem cold and quickly turn a super fan into a powerful hater.
The essence of the DM is all about connecting with a celebrity, no matter where or who you are. Now that texting can be automated and managed beyond a personal device, SMS could be the next great way to forge a connection between stars and their fans.
It may take time, but the more these two inboxes begin to feel familiar, we believe texting with celebrities will become increasingly popular.