What software do I require for SMS distribution?
Since bulk SMS distribution means the sending out of large numbers of text messages at one time to mobile phone users, one would think this requires software platforms in complex manner. That is not the case for the client who instructs a bulk SMS provider to do the distribution on the client’s behalf. Very little detail is required to use SMS software. What is only required is accessibility from a MAC or a PC, whether it be iPad or Tablet or a smartphone.
So what software is needed?
All the various software packages are catered by the bulk SMS provider to send and receive large volumes of text message. These software packages provide users with the ability to add mobile phone numbers as needed and these numbers can be managed by the provider. Most SMS software applications will upload a list or group of mobile phone numbers using a text file or a CSV file. There are some systems that can automatically delete duplication or validate before sending a text message. With the type of features that these software systems possess, messages can be timed to specific times and dates so that large volumes of text messages can be delivered nationally or internationally via a direct telecommunication carrier such as Telstra, Optus or Vodafone or by a cheaper but not reliable hybrid international carrier .
Most bulk SMS providers use certain standard application program interfaces with the acronym APIs that allow program developers to add SMS functionality into any program whether it be a File Transfer Protocol (FTP), Short Message Peer to Peer (SMPP), HTTP or Email.
For businesses that possess their own CRM software, the SMS API interface is an optimal way to proceed. It integrates really easily into the system meaning that companies can automatically send messages using the present software available. SMS APIs can be used when dealing with website languages in SDK in PHP.
What Bulk SMS Providers use such Platforms?
There a number of bulk SMS providers in Australia and overseas that use the interface platforms mentioned above. Some have more sophisticated technology than others but overall, what they offer will do the job of disseminating text messages quickly and effectively. In the review of major providers, they all offer a Developer API with Web SMS Platform using either direct or hybrid carriers. Some providers are able to distribute global while others have only the capacity to send sms locally.
Overall, the best bulk sms provider reviewed was Australian ClickSend followed by another Australian company, SMS Global. The third in line was MessageBird which is an overseas company.
Advantages of using Bulk SMS provider
Rather than tediously texting mobile users and updating, maintaining and delete their numbers on a regular basis, there are a number of reliable bulk SMS providers that can offer a superior service with little sweat from your behalf. As stated above, as long as you have an access to a mobile phone or a PC or a IPad/Tablet, then the rest of the distribution is done effectively and delivered within a matter of seconds or at the latest minutes.
It has been shown that most of the mobile text messages are read within minutes of reaching the user and for marketing, sales and communicating quickly this is the ideal way of getting your message across quickly. In fact, it has been shown that around two thirds of consumers have made a purchase as a result of a mobile campaign.
There are bulk SMS plans to suit your need using all the functionalities of the provider at the lowest possible cost dependent on the volume of SMS distributed on a monthly basis. In most cases, the bulk SMS Provider does not insist on a contract and no minimum terms are required.
Some good reasons to use bulk SMS
The distribution of short text messages is a very cheap and effective way to market or communicate a product or a service. Whether it is a small business or a SME or large organisation, SMS drives sales and revenue, engages current customers and provides the opportunity to recruit new customers. In summary here are some reasons you might lie to consider:
- Prompt and reliable delivery;
- Know that message will go to the specific person or a group;
- Receive notification within seconds;
- Affordable means of communication;
- Can personalise a message;
- Used for alerts, reminders, marketing and information.
What about Security and Reliability of the bulk SMS software?
The review also showed that these bulk SMS providers offer an Uptime Guarantee of at least 99% with some stating a 100% Uptime Guarantee or your money back. This means that the client can be assured that large volumes of text messages will be distributed when required to reach the user and this will happen within a period or either a few seconds or at the latest minutes of approving the content of the text message. With the sophisticated platforms that the bulk SMS providers possess, this type of reassurance makes businesses really consider the use of this type of communication for large numbers of people.
About SMS Comparison Table of Bulk SMS Providers
The Comparison Table of reliable SMS providers has been prepared for you to use without any obligation. It is a free service to you as a result of the authors knowing full well the confusion that some time occur when people, whether prospective or current clients, have to decide on using a bulk sms provider or reviewing their present provider.
The authors were experts in the text messaging service business for a number of years before moving on to other areas. Therefore, as a legacy, they wanted to provide an easy, logical and neutral perspective of comparing the value of a number of significant players in the bulk sms provider scene.
The information provided have been accessed from the websites provided by the bulk providers and should you find any changes such as charges, since this site went live, it would be really appreciated if you could notify them so that any changes would be made as soon as possible. It should be noted that should you decide to engage a sms bulk provider based on the information and table provided, and then the authors would request a commission from the provider, but not from you.
Information updated on 23/04/2017.