East Of Kailash, India (PressExposure) January 08, 2010 -- According to a recent report, India now has more than 500 million mobile phone users. And this number is set to grow in the coming years. Mobile phones have revolutionized the way we communicate and stay in touch in this country. There was a time when having a telephone was seen as a status symbol. People used to bribe the government officials to get a fixed landline in their homes and offices.
But today, from an ordinary sweeper to an engineer, from a house maid to an MNC executive, everybody can afford a mobile phone in India. This revolution has given birth to a number of marketing and promotional tools which are used by retailers, manufacturers, service providers and social service organization. Out of these tools, SMS marketing is probably the most widely used method for marketing.
Companies send SMS to various mobile phones and inform their target customers about their products and services. This has become a very common phenomena and almost every company that wants to improve its brand image and create a bigger customer base is using this technique. In India especially, internet SMS have seen tremendous success thanks to the diverse range of people, from all walks of life, who use cell phones.
Companies from retail and real estate sector are the biggest users of this technique. They use it to promote the latest offers, ventures and new additions to the list of the products and services offered by them. Retail chains can communicate special offers on various products and announce any change in the rates or taxes levied on products. Similarly, real estate companies announce new projects and promote them through internet SMS. But these are not the only two industries which have adopted this tool.
Companies from telecom sector, textile, business process outsourcing, internet etc. are all using bulk SMS to market their products and services. But even though, this technique has been proven to be extremely effective, there are some companies who are creating a bad name for internet SMS campaigns. Some companies out there, use internet SMS to bombard the mobile phones with promotional and useless SMS. They think that by doing so, they are creating a better brand name for themselves.
But the truth is that nobody likes to receive ten SMS per hour from the same company. It is not only annoying to hear the mobileâs message ringtone after every 2 minutes, but it also creates a lot of disturbance in peopleâs daily life. Thus, such practices should be avoided at any cost. You must remember that the purpose of this tool is to make people aware of your company and not to annoy them.
There are a number of websites on the internet such as Way2SMS, MySMSIndia and 160by2 which offer free SMS gateways. You can use these websites to operate your SMS campaign. You donât need any special hardware or software for this. Itâs a very easy and effective way to ensure better and bigger customer base.