Send Text Blasts with CallHub

Use text blasts to send text messages to large groups of people at once and reply to them with autoresponders.

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What is a text blast software?

A text blast is an MMS or SMS text message which goes out to a large list of contacts at once. CallHub makes this process easy by providing tools to manage replies to campaigns, and make it easy for contacts to opt out.

Here’s why organizations prefer using text blasts for their outreach campaigns:

• Texts have a 98% open-rate
• Customers prefer SMS for promotions
• Text blasts help you reach many people in a short span
• They have high deliverability
• With texts, you can allow your audience to reply

How do text blasts benefit you?

Reach large groups of contacts

You can send up to 360,000 texts in an hour if you’re using a short code.

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Send automatic replies

Send replies when your contacts respond to your text blasts with text autoresponders.

Save time and resources

You don’t need to be on standby when you want to send a text update to your contacts.

Schedule text blasts and free up time for more important tasks

High deliverability

96% of Americans and 67% of the world use mobile phones. That means your target audience will almost certainly be able to receive your texts.

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Highly likely to be read

98% of text messages are opened and read. This is the main reason why organizations are quickly adopting text messaging as their primary medium to connect with their audiences.

Align with consumer preferences

54% of consumers prefer to receive updates via text messages. That means you are less likely to turn off your contacts through text blasts.

How to send a text blast

It is easy to send a text blast if you’re using CallHub. Let’s break it down:

1. Create a campaign

Create a text broadcast campaign, and choose the contact list you want to send a text blast to.

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2. Draft a message

Enter the message you want to send. You can personalize it with custom fields (merge tags) like {{first-name}}.

3. Schedule it

Set a time and date for your text blast to go out and start the campaign.

Using CallHub for text blast campaigns

Here’s why CallHub is the perfect tool to send text blasts.

Flexible pricing

CallHub offers both pay as you go as well as a subscription plan. That means you can choose the option that best suits your needs at the moment and switch when you need to.

Ease of use

Your texting campaigns should be quick and easy to set up. CallHub lets you set up a text blast campaign within minutes, meaning you waste no time getting your message to your contacts.

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Sync with major CRMs

Our integrations allow you to have 2-way sync with your CRM. Can’t find your CRM on our list of integrations? You can even use our Zapier integration to connect your tool to CallHub.

Get a local number

Get local numbers across 150+ countries. Send text blasts to people with a local number even if your lists have contacts from across the globe.

Responsive support

Need help? Our customer support specialists are always ready to lend a hand. If you want to DIY, our detailed guides and documentation can help you get started.

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Multi-channel engagement

In addition to reaching your contacts through automated text messages, you can have one-to-one conversations with them through peer-to-peer texting and phone calls.

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MMS for Text Blasts

You can get better engagement from your text blasts with MMS.

Add images, GIFs and videos to capture the attention of your audience. Sending an MMS message is as simple as sending an SMS with CallHub’s bulk MMS service.

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Handle responses with auto-responders

Avoid leaving your contacts hanging by sending automatic text replies for text blast campaigns.

Customize which reply goes out based on the keyword your contacts send in.

How do you stay compliant with text blasts?

While text alerts are one of the best ways to reach people with urgent information, it’s important to stay compliant in the process. Make sure you have permission from your contacts before sending them text messages. Getting people to subscribe by asking them to opt-in through SMS is one way to do that.

Take a look at our SMS compliance article to learn more.

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How do we help with text blast compliance?

Gather opt-ins through texts

Set up an SMS opt-in campaign to let people consent to your texts and get added to your contact list, simply by texting a keyword to a number.

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Easy to unsubscribe

CallHub automatically unsubscribes people who reply with QUIT, END, UNSUBSCRIBE, CANCEL, and STOP.

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Compliance message in initial texts

The first text from your campaign has the compliance message automatically added, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting regulations.

Top uses cases for text blasts:

Political

Political campaigns use text blasts to:

• Send GOTV texts
• Collect donations
• Collect event RSVPs

Nonprofit

For Nonprofits, texting can be used to:

• Collect donations
• Event invitations

Education

Schools and universities can use text blasts to send:

• Tuition reminders
• Report card/Grade alerts
• PTA reminders

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Churches

For Churches, text blasts can be used to:

• Engage congregants
• Collect Donation

Real estate

Real estate agencies can use text blasts to:

• Send property information
• Gather prospect data

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Insurance

Insurance agencies can use text blasts to send:

• Insurance policy notifications
• Policy meeting reminders
• Data collection surveys

Hotels/Travel

Hotels/Travel agencies can use text blasts to send:

• Flight timings
• Wifi password/perks alerts

Restaurants

Restaurants can use text blasts to:

• Send discount codes
• Collect RSVPs
• Ask for feedback on meals

Healthcare

Hospitals can send text blasts for:

• Appointment alerts
• Staff communication

How do our customers use text blasts?

MN350 built an engaged list of 2919 young climate activists and organized them to take action towards climate justice.

For asks like inviting supporters to an art build, a quick text blast allowed them to reach all their contacts in one go.

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Text blast best practices

Clear, concise message

A text that takes too long to get to the point can frustrate your audience. A great text blast message gives the important information up front.

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Make it personalized

Speak to your audience as if you’re sending texts individually to contacts, rather than to a list. Add custom fields (like your contacts first name) to your message so that each text is personalized.

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Target relevant contacts

Segment your contact list to send messages to contacts who are most likely to be receptive to your message (ex. people RSVPed to an event). Targeted messaging can improve ROI for your text blast campaigns.

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Clear call to action

If you want contacts to take action on your message, make sure your CTA is compelling.

Use action words (buy now, read here) and convey the urgency of your message if applicable..

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3000+ of the world’s biggest organizations trust CallHub for engagement

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Engage your audience with text blasts

Common Questions on text blasts

Are text blasts legal?

Yes, if your contacts have opted in to receive your texts. Make sure your contacts have given digital or written consent before running a text blast campaign.

How many texts can I send at a time?

It all depends on the number you use to send your text messages. With a normal 10-digit number, you can send 3600 text messages per hour. An SMS Short Code allows you to send 360,000 texts per hour.

Why use a text blast software?

You save time and money. Firing off texts to all your contacts individually is a hassle. That’s why a cheap, easy to use and setup text blast software is your best bet.

What countries can I send text blasts from?

CallHub supports text messaging in more than 190 countries.