'Tis the season for thinking of others and giving thanks.
The holiday season is a busy time of year for everyone – there’s a lot to accomplish both at work and home. SMS automations allow you to work smarter, setting holiday reminders, keyword autoresponders, out-of-office notifications, Christmas salutations and more ahead of time.
It can be overwhelming trying to fit in everything you want to do from promotions, client appreciation, employee appreciation, etc. Utilize business SMS text messaging this holiday season with SMS automations.
Gain new holiday shoppers with keyword autoresponders
Keyword autoresponders are an if/then automation that is triggered by a specific keyword you create. You can use keywords to attract new customers by offering a discount code or other special offers in exchange for their opt-in.
Choose your keyword and special offer, then advertise it:
“Text HOLIDAY to 309-605-0390 to receive a special Black Friday discount code”
“10% off all orders through December 24th when you text the word HOLIDAY to 309-605-0390”
“Join our list! Text PUPPIES to 309-605-0390 to join our list and we’ll donate $10 to the National Humane Society”
Add tags automatically to your new holiday subscribers
Tags are the new list and work much more effectively than trying to organize contacts into multiple lists with potential crossover etc. Choose a word or phrase that easily identifies your new subscribers from your holiday campaign such as “Holiday Deal”.
Schedule Follow-up Promotional Messages
Use your new “Holiday Deal” tag to identify your new subscribers and send follow-up promotional messages related to being a new subscriber or related to the original incentive.
Create and Schedule Holiday Hour Automations
Holidays come with celebrations and closed offices and stores during the workweek. Keep your customers informed about what days your office/store will be closed by scheduling a text to your customer list a week beforehand and a way to get ahold of you in case of an emergency.
Schedule holiday hour texts in advance
“Happy holidays from Flane Agency! Our offices will be closed Thursday the 25th and Friday the 26th next week to enjoy Thanksgiving with our family and friends. If you have an emergency, please contact support at 309-605-0390.”
“Merry Christmas! In anticipation of Santa Claus next week, we wanted to let you know our offices will be closed Friday the 23rd and Monday the 26th. For emergencies, please contact 309-605-0390.”
Set special holiday out-of-office automations
“Hello! Thank you for contacting Beetexting– we are closed today, celebrating Jesus’s birth with our family and friends. We’ll be back to the office on Tuesday, December 27th. God bless!”
“Happy New Year! Thank you for contacting Flane Agency – we’re closed today for the holiday. Our offices will be open Tuesday, January 3rd at 8 AM.”
Bonus: with Beetexting you can add fun GIFs to your messages to make things more fun or festive. Just hit the GIF icon below your text box to search for hundreds of fun GIFs to add to your away message.
Schedule a Customer Appreciation Holiday Text
Don’t forget your loyal customers and clients this holiday season! Schedule a text message to send automatically to all your customers on special holidays like Christmas showing you appreciate them and are thankful for them. If appropriate, include a special discount code just for loyal customers or a special gift card code for a coffee.
“Merry Christmas! We are so thankful for you! Please enjoy a Starbucks coffee on us with this gift card code (Stb265tr9)– The Flane Agency”
“We are so thankful for you this Thanksgiving. Your support and loyalty mean the world to us. Thank you. – the team @ Beetexting”
“Thank you for being a loyal customer! Please enjoy this special 40% discount on any one item with code CustAppr40 at popcornshoppe.com”
Bonus: Add a picture of your team for extra festive vibes.
Beetexting Text Message Automations
Beetexting is a full-featured business text messaging app created for sales and service teams to text with customers. We strive to bring back authentic and deep relationships to the business world through the personal nature of texting.
Our app includes over 60 features includes many types of automations like the ones listed in this post.
To see Beetexting in action, text DEMO to 309605-0390.