3 Innovative Ways Businesses are Using Bulk SMS Messaging

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Whether it is about boosting sales or fostering customer relationships, bulk SMS is a great communication tool. Using service in just the right way can let you earn the optimal benefits. Let us have a quick look at the 3 innovative ways businesses can use bulk SMS.

Opening Two-way Communication (SMS Polling):

If you want your customers to participate actively, you need to encourage them to give their feedback. This way you would be able to open a 2-way communication. These days, short codes are used which are the quickest, most efficient, direct and cost-effective way to communicate with your customers.

SMS polling is in trend. Business owners, restaurants, non-profits make use of SMS polling to connect with your audience, to get their feedback and to adapt themselves to the requirements of the customers.

For instance, a newly opened food joint can make use of SMS polling to test the market for their new dish and can take the feedback from them as to what all should be added on their menu. Not only this, you can encourage them to participate by offering them discount etc. SMS polling helps evaluate skills of the employees, determine the job satisfaction level and to keep track of their weakness. Since the SMS polling is anonymous, there is no fear of their identity being disclosed publicly.

Integrating Bulk SMS to Email Marketing:

There are companies that integrate SMS marketing into their email campaigning. This is done to boost the open rates of emails because SMS open rates is 98% including urls promotes the traffic to your website and encourages subscriptions as well. Not only this, companies can also track customer activities back to the SMS. These all campaigns are driven by the keywords and short codes.

Boosting Education Facilities:

All around the world are using bulk messaging to reach parents, teachers and learners simultaneously. When you are hard pressed of time, you can do away with the tedious task of making calls and replace it with quick and effective SMS effectively. Bulk SMS is a quick, cost-effective and reliable communication method.

10 Benefits of Bulk SMS Marketing That Gives it An Edge!

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Read this if you have not considered integrating SMS into your marketing strategy. Apart from having an apparent benefit of cost effectiveness, there are 10 major benefits of Bulk SMS that you often overlook. Let us start with the most vital one first.

Get Delivered Instantly:

SMS is the fastest mode of communication. SMS marketing is like putting messages directly into the pockets of the customers. Just come to think of this that the average time for all the SMS services and mobile carriers is less than seven seconds.

You Can Customize them As Per the Needs of Your Customers:

Whether they are to be sent to a targeted group or to thousands of SMS messages to different people, SMS marketing makes it easy for you to customize your text messages as per the requirements of your customers. Bulk SMS services can be easily integrated into online marketing strategies.

Opting in and Opting Out is Easy:

Thanks to the short codes, opting in and opting out of SMS stream is easy and instant. You hardly need to furnish any personal information unlike other opting in and opting out options. This feature keeps the subscription rate of bulk SMS high.

People Open SMS More Often than E-mails:

SMS have a much higher open rates than the e-mails. Subscribers tend to open SMS more than the emails. In certain cases, text messages get automatically opened but such is not the case with emails. Subscribers may or may not open all the mails.

More Reliability:

Since SMS do not have to fight through against spam or the filters like SMS and therefore SMS is more like a direct connection to the customer base than any other form of marketing strategies.

Can Tap a Large Potential Market:

Mobile phone subscribers are rising by each passing day and text messaging is the preferred way for communication rather than writing mails. So, using the bulk SMS service you can tap a limitlessly large market.

Go Green:

Although all the online marketing strategies are green, but it is good to repeat that unlike conventional form of marketing, user-friendly people prefer to use this bulk SMS services for successful campaigning.

 

Transactional SMS API

What is API and how it will work?

API (Application Programming Interface) allows you to integrate ZNI SMS services into your own application for better control and functionality required by you. For example you are using Oracle (as a backend to keep your data) and want to send SMS to all of your customers who have joined you after 1st of May 2009. There are two ways to perform this task either you run a query and then upload all the data on our server and then send or else you can use our API to push the SMS directly from your own application.

We have platform independent APIs therefore you can use them with any OS and on any programming language like ASP, ASP.NET, PHP, JSP, Ruby on Rails etc. Currently we support single SMS API (HTTP API based on REST), Group SMS API (XML API).

Our XML SMS API supports two methods One to Many and Many to Many. Please download the API documentation (PDF format) to check the implementation guide and methods supported.

HTTP API:  This API is used to send single SMS from your application. It’s just an URL which you should call to send SMS.

XML API: This API is best suited for sending SMS in masses e.g. you have a messages which you want to send to 1000 people i.e. same message to multiple recipients, in this case you can use this API.

Dynamic XML API: Many times you need to send customized SMS i.e. different numbers, different messages in masses. This API is best suited for this kind of situations.

Balance Check API: Use this API to check the balance of your account any time with expiry date.

Delivery Report API: This API shall be used to check the delivery status of your SMS (if, supported by your plan).

You can download the API document from here

Send SMS from ASP, .NET, PHP, RUBY, PYTHON, JAVA, JQUERY

With ZNI’s Android App (http://znisms.com/blog/?p=323) you can use your mobile to send SMS with any programming language like ASP, .NET, PHP, RUBY, JAVA etc. using our Android SMS gateway APIs.

API for Sending SMS

http://api.znisms.com/post/mobilesms.asp?userid=XXXXXXXX&apikey=APIKEY&sendto=XXXXXXXXXX&message=ZNI%20IS%20BEST&device=name

Parameters: 

userid: ID created on ZNISMS.com
apikey: 32bit API Key (provided by ZNI)
sendto: Mobile number on which message has to be sent.
message: URL encoded message. Max 160 characters.
device: Device name as provided in settings page.

You can keep pushing SMS through API even when your mobile is offline and once it comes online our Application will push all data through your mobile.

Our REST API is platform independent.

Mobile Bulk SMS Software / SMS Gateway

Do you send SMS to your customers as soon as their is any transaction happened on your website like user registration or software purchase?

With new TRAI regulations SMS cost has been increased dramatically, however if you just want to send transaction alerts to your users in low volumes (not spamming) than you can use a small android app, which we have developed for the same (only for transactional SMS).

With this app you will get HTTP (REST) API to send and receive SMS and can also build a cluster of phones for redundancy. Some of the features are:

  1. Bulk SMS from web interface
  2. Advance group handling i.e. create multiple groups with 1 million members each
  3. API support (for outgoing and incoming SMS). You can integrate this gateway with your website or desktop application to send SMS on trigger basis. Our API is platform and language independent, therefore you can use it with any programming language like JavaScript (node.js, jquery), Ruby on Rails, PHP, ASP.NET, ASP etc.
  4. Two-way SMS i.e. incoming SMS processing. Check the response rate of your campaign.
  5. Delivery Reports
  6. Missed Calls feature
  7. You will be charged only for delivered SMS.
  8. Post-paid billing by your carrier.
  9. Your brand, your number.
  10. Add multiple numbers (SIM/Phone) to build a large cluster.
  11. Send SMS even on DND listed numbers if, they are registered with you.
  12. SMS queuing (i.e. if your mobile can not connect to internet to fetch the data than we will queue the messages till it gets a connection.)
  13. Runs as a gateway i.e. it will work in background on your mobile without interrupting your day to day tasks.
  14. Full control on message sending.

This application is free and can be downloaded from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.znisms.bulksms on your android mobile.

GSM Modem & Mobile SMS Software

Do you want to send SMS through your mobile or GSM Modem?

ZNI’s Android application is a better alternative for a GSM Modem because:

  1. An Android mobile comes for Rs 4000/- ($100) while a GSM modem will cost you 2x of that price.
  2. You will have more control over a mobile than GSM modem like Wi-Fi, EDGE etc.
  3. ZNI’s android bulk SMS gateway gives you a web based interface, which can be used to send and receive SMS along with APIs (REST based).

Some other exceptional features are:

  1. Bulk SMS from web interface
  2. Advance group handling i.e. create multiple groups with 1 million members each
  3. API support (for outgoing and incoming SMS). You can integrate this gateway with your website or desktop application to send SMS on trigger basis. Our API is platform and language independent, therefore you can use it with any programming language like JavaScript (node.js, jquery), Ruby on Rails, PHP, ASP.NET, ASP etc.
  4. Two-way SMS i.e. incoming SMS processing. Check the response rate of your campaign.
  5. Missed Call Service
  6. Delivery Reports
  7. You will be charged only for delivered SMS.
  8. Post-paid billing by your carrier.
  9. Your brand, your number.
  10. Add multiple numbers (SIM/Phone) to build a large cluster.
  11. Send SMS even on DND listed numbers if, they are registered with you.
  12. SMS queuing (i.e. if your mobile can not connect to internet to fetch the data than we will queue the messages till it gets a connection.)
  13. Runs as a gateway i.e. it will work in background on your mobile without interrupting your day to day tasks.
  14. Full control on message sending.
For more details please visit http://znisms.com/blog/?p=323

Subscription widget for your website

As we are becoming one stop hub for digital communication between a business and their consumers, we are working hard to provide more features and value addition to our customers. One such step is “Subscription Module for Websites”.

With subscription module you can start a life long communication bridge between your business and your customers or website visitors.

This widget allows you to accept customer’s name, mobile and email and then it automatically adds them in to a pre-defined group. From a single interface you can send SMS as well as bulk email on this group anytime you want.

This widget contains few lines of HTML code, which can be changed and modified to match your website design and can be implemented in few minutes.

 

<script type="text/javascript" 
src="http://www.znisms.com/email/emailsubscribe.js">
<div id="showSMSMsg"></div>
<form name="quickSMS">
Name: <input name="recName" type="text"/><br/>
Mobile: <input name="recMobile" type="text"/><br/>
Email: <input name="recMsg" type="text"/><br/>
<input name="recGName" value="14d556c0-1dc1-11e2-a991-095ebe9fe18a"
 type="hidden">
<input type="button" name="sendqmsg" value="Subscribe"
 onClick="return quickSMSSend();" id="sendqmsg"/>
</form>

As you can see its a few line of code to be pasted on your webpage and you can add CSS and other design elements to spice it up.

You can get the code for your account from “Manage Group” section under the control panel. Login from here

Bulk Email and SMS from a single panel

Yes, now you can send bulk e-mail apart from the SMS from znisms.com web panel. A single interface for both the services.

Use your SMS credits to send e-mail messages too with over 90% inbox delivery.

Few of our bulk email features are:

  1. Easy to use interface
  2. Use credits to send SMS or E-mail.
  3. Over 90% inbox delivery.
  4. Automatic tracking of bounced mails and subscriptions.
  5. Once a person un-subscribed or e-mail is bounced then we will not charge for those e-mails again and e-mails will not be sent on those ids. This is required for better inbox delivery.
  6. Send up to 1 lakh e-mails at a time.
Don’t wait start sending e-mails now. 1 Lakh e-mail (or SMS) package @ Rs 8000/- only. Register now

Daily Deals on rock bottom prices for SMS, IVR, Bulk SMS, Reseller SMS, Toll Free Numbers

We are glad to announce our new “Daily Deals” section. Here you will get deals on rock bottom prices which are available for only one day. Yes, you can only purchase items on the same day at that price.

Our daily deal offers will be open at 10:00 AM (Monday to Friday) every week and available to grab for the same day only.

The offer price will be available for only first 10 customers on the daily basis.

Developer’s API for real time checking of DND registration programmatically

[UPDATE: Service Discontinued from 19th March 2013]

Are you looking for a method from where you can check weather a number is registered in NCCPR or not before sending the SMS?

Till now this can be only done if, you are a registered tele-marketer and have downloaded the data from TRAI website which is around 800 MB with weekly updates of 100 MB (twice).

ZNI has solved this issue with a free* API for developers and website owners across India. Through this API you can tell your customer that he is registered on DND and will not receive SMS as soon as he enters the data on your form.

So, how it gonna work?

We have a REST based API i.e. a simple HTTP GET/POST request. To get started you need to register at {Free API No longer available}

here it will ask for two step registration i.e. Your name and email ID. Once you entered that that our form will provide you an API Key. Please note this key as it will be required while you send any query to our server.

Service has been discontinued.

phone = 10 digit number which you want to check. No 91, 0 or + should be included.
apikey = A special key provided to you at the time of registration.

Once you make a request our system will return one of the following code:

0 = NOT in DND
1 = Registered in DND
-1 = Error Occurred
404 = API Key is invalid
400 = Your hourly API query limit reached

Currently we allow 1000 queries per hour by a single ID and not to mention each entity is allowed only one ID.