A study published in the Journal of Health Informatics points to the power of weight loss text alerts.
Using a text messaging service, doctors sent 4,500 text messages over four months to a group of women.
70 of 73 women (96%) indicated on study satisfaction questionnaires that they had read the messages. 79% indicated that the messages had helped them toward their weight loss goals.
Another study found that young people who received text messages–compared to a control group–had a significant reduction in BMI and waist circumference.
This should come as no surprise: text message alerts have helped people quit smoking and improved adherence to a healthy lifestyle for people with type two diabetes.
If you’re curious about how you can send text messages to help promote weight loss, this article shows you exactly how to do it.
To follow the steps below, you’ll need a SimpleTexting account.
If you’re a little iffy about jumping straight in, we offer a 14-day free trial with access to all our features. With every account, you also get a text-enabled phone number that you can use to send your text messages.
Finally, on the free trial, you can send 50 messages, so you’ll be able to test out the entire process without making any long-term commitment.
The first step is deciding how you’re going to collect phone numbers.
The good news, it doesn’t take much to build a list of people to send your weight loss alert texts to.
The easiest way is to ask people to text a keyword. For example, you could ask people to text “STRONGER” to your phone number. They’re then automatically subscribed to receive future messages.
This video shows you how to create a keyword.
SimpleTexting lets you set up a series of automated text messages that each user receives after subscribing to your list.
Let’s say you’re a personal trainer that wants to send weight loss text alerts to your clients every day for six weeks. You can schedule all 42 texts ahead of time, meaning that the entire program runs on autopilot.
To do this, navigate to Autoresponders.
Then click on “New autoresponder.”
Select your list, the message type, write your text message, and choose when to send.
This set-up would send the following message to your subscriber immediately after they signed up.
This article provides you with everything you need to know to get an autoresponder set up.
People who send weight loss text alerts using SimpleTexting often use our SMS inbox to manage replies to the texts.
You can use it to provide an additional health coach service, answer questions, or follow up with individual subscribers.
Our team of SMS marketing experts would love to help. We’re available seven days a week. Text or call us at (866) 450-4185 or use the chat at the bottom of your screen. Alternatively, schedule a demo or sign up for a 14-day free trial. No credit card required.
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