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Friday, 13 September 2013

Has no-one worked this out yet ??

I am truly astounded that no-one has worked this out yet . . .

When you send an sms there is no signature file attached to the sms.

And what that means is that if . . .

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the sending phone number is not in the recipient’s phone contacts, the recipient has no idea who the sms came from.

With the advent of mobile phones with contact lists, we got out of the habit of memorising or even remembering phone numbers.

Therefore, very few people will recognise you as the sender of an sms from the phone number alone.

Why is this important?

Not the least would be the number of sms scams going around – an unidentified sms may be deleted instantly.

In a business context, it means that your sms to a client or potential client may get ignored, or at least deferred . . . which could mean lost sales for your business.

A solution

There is a simple solution – sign your sms.

When people who know me get an sms from me, it always ends with -

Regards . . . Philip

If they don’t know me, then I will add a further hint, like our business name.

Make it easy to do

Typing out an sms is laborious at best, and adding more text is a pain!

So . . .

1.  Use the voice activation option on your mobile phone.

On the iPhone and iPad, this is a microphone icon in the lower left corner of the keyboard.

2.  Use the Shortcuts option on your device

On the iPhone, click on

Settings > General > Keyboard > Shortcuts > + (plus sign to add a new shortcut)

Create a shortcut that converts an unusual string of characters, like rpp, into a phrase, like Regards . . . Philip

And yes, that is quite simple really!

More ideas

Set up shortcuts to insert your website address into an sms to make it easier for your clients to find you.

e.g. on my phone

whpwwe > converts in the sms to >

whpwcu > converts in the sms to >


What should you do now?

  1. Set it up now and get in the habit of using it.

  2. Want some help or ideas? Just contact us at Hotpink Websites now.



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