You may have heard of drip campaigns from email marketing. You can automatically drip SMS marketing messages, too.
SMS drip campaigns mean less effort from you and happier customers along the way.
While there are lots of SMS tools that can free up your time and increase customer engagement, drip campaigns are by far the easiest and fastest one to pick up and use.
You’ll also find text message drips useful in many different use cases (and we’ll get to those later).
So, let’s dig into drip SMS marketing campaigns, including how to set them up and when to put them to work.
A drip campaign is a scheduled series of messages that sends to the recipient one at a time, either based on a set time delay or on a specific action taken by the contact.
An SMS drip campaign is a series of text messages that sends after a particular time delay or an action taken by the recipient.
You can use SMS drip campaigns for marketing, sales, recruiting, and lots of other use cases.
With that context in mind, let’s actually set up a text message drip campaign in SimpleTexting software step by step.
1. Log in to your SimpleTexting dashboard and go to Contacts. Click Custom Fields.
2. Select the type of data you’d like to collect: text, date, numbers, etc.
3. Give each new Custom Field a name.
1. Return to the Contacts panel and choose Segments. Click New segment.
2. Select the criteria you’d like to use to segment your list, then click Save segment.
1. Go to the Autoresponders panel and click New autoresponder.
2. Give your autoresponder a name and enter your text in the message field.
3. Select the segment you’d like your message to go to.
4. Decide when you’d like your autoresponder to send after a contact joins your list or segment.
5. Create a new autoresponder for every message in your drip campaign.
Want to see how SMS drip campaigns look in real businesses? These examples will help you get started writing your own creative drip SMS marketing campaigns.
If your contacts haven’t been in to see you for a while, send out a drip campaign reminding them to schedule an appointment soon.
This is a sequence one SimpleTexting team member gets the month after last visit. In his own words, “It always works to get me back in the door.”
This text goes out a year after Nathan’s last checkup and reliably brings him back in for an annual visit.
The time immediately after your contacts make a purchase is an excellent opportunity to:
Data collection is an easy, effective type of drip campaign that asks contacts to answer a series of questions that are sent automatically.
You can then use the details your contacts sent you to personalize messages and product offerings for better engagement.
Appointment reminders are crucial for preventing no-shows.
Send out reminders timed a few days or a week beforehand and again 24 hours in advance. This will both keep your appointment top of mind for your subscribers and give them plenty of chances to cancel or reschedule if needed.
Keep the hiring process moving quickly by putting the early steps into a drip campaign that sends to any candidate who texts in the corresponding keyword.
Use your recruiting drip campaign to figure out basic details like the role they’re looking at, time frames for meetings or interviews, and any other small pieces of information you need.
Obviously, we here at SimpleTexting love SMS drip campaigns, but why should you? Here are our top reasons.
That’s all great in theory. But to put it in the context of a real business, let me introduce you to Lattice Hudson, a business owner who used drip campaigns to nurture her leads and even triple her sales.
Implementing SimpleTexting was a game-changer, and a necessary next step to continue our growth. Our most used feature is the autoresponder tool. We have multiple different funnels, and because most of my business runs evergreen, we’re constantly using automation.