How to Send Daily Inspirational Quotes By Text Message / SMS
In this article, I am going to show you, step-by-step, how to send daily inspirational quotes by text message (or SMS).
Over the years, I have had a number of conversations with both medical and mental health professionals who were interested in doing so.
Now, I'll show you exactly how to do it.
Studies have shown that motivational quotes can improve self esteem in those with chronic illnesses. For example, services such as Alberta Health Service's Text4Hope program are very helpful in alleviating stress and anxiety among program participants.
This demonstration features our BROADCASTsms software.
It's an easy-to-use, affordable cloud-based application with subscriptions starting at just $59.99/month.
Its combination of low cost and advanced functionality means you do not need to develop your own in house system to empower your audience with motivational SMS messages.
BROADCASTsms is a “plug and play” solution for sending inspirational / motivational messages by text.
To begin, log in to your BROADCASTsms account and from the “cog” icon at the top right, select “Follow Up Campaigns”…
This will bring you to the Follow Up Campaigns module.
In BROADCASTsms, a follow up campaign is one that sends a series of sequential messages based on the schedule you determine. There is no limit to the number of messages or contacts you can have in such a campaign.
For the contact list to which you want to assign this series of automated follow up messages and click the “Create” button…
2. Set Your Campaign Details
Clicking the “Create” window will pop up a new screen where you will establish the parameters for your inspirational message text messaging campaign (you'll also create your messages here too).
The first step is to choose your schedule type.
Messages can be sent…
- On particular days of the week (i.e., Mondays and Wednesdays).
- On particular days of the month (i.e., the 15th and the 30th).
- On a specific number of days after the contact gets added to the list (i.e., every 3 days).
In this case, I am going to choose to send my motivational text messages “on particular days of the week”…
Once I have made the selection, the software will display the days of the week with a tick box to the left of each one.
Tick the boxes to select the days of the week upon which your messages will be sent.
In this example, I am going to have my inspirational text messages sent on Monday, Wednesday and Friday…
3. Set Message Delivery Time
This final step in setting up your campaign schedule is choosing the time of day your motivational text messages will be sent.
Inspirational messages are usually best sent at the beginning of the day, so I am going to choose 10 AM by clicking into the field and making my selection from the pop-up display that appears…
If your inspirational text messaging campaign is available to people across a number of time zones, be sure to factor that into your “send time.” A message sent at 10 am EST will arrive at 7 am PST, which might be a bit early. If so, adjust the send time accordingly.
Another alternative is to segment your audience into lists based on their time zone, and set up a separate campaigns for each.
After setting your “send time” your next step is to “lock down” your settings by clicking the blue “Save” button to the right.
4. Create Your First Message
Now that you have finalized your campaign settings the display will expand to show the “Campaign Messages” section, allowing you to move on to the next step in learning how to send daily inspirational quotes by text message…
… which is creating the inspirational messages that will be sent by text/SMS at the selected intervals.
To begin, click the “Add New Message” button…
This will display a text field for your first inspirational message.
Type in the content and click “Save.”
You can add merge data with the “Add a Tag” button, or a shortened link with the “Add a Shortened Link” button.
By default, all messages you create will occupy the position in the sequence in the order they are created.
In other words, the first message you create will be the first message in the sequence, the second will be the second, and so on.
You can, however, adjust the position of any message within the sequence at anytime.
That said, it's a good idea to create all your messages in advance and avoid changing your messaging sequence once the campaign is live so you don't impact the experience of your subscribers.
5. Craft Your Remaining Messages
After you create your first message, it will appear on the page where you can edit it, delete it, or move the positioning around by using the arrow buttons under the “Position heading.”
You won't need to worry about that now.
Just go ahead and click the “Add New Message” to craft the second inspirational text message in the sequence.
Then, just duplicate this process as many times as you need.
Don't worry, you don't have to create all your messages now. You can come and complete them later, or at anytime when the campaign is live.
6. Activate Your Campaign
When you have added all your messages in the campaign (or all for the moment, it doesn't matter), go ahead and close off this window by clicking the “Yellow” close button on the top right (don't worry, everything will be saved).
This will return you to the original Follow Up Campaign screen.
All new campaigns are “Paused” by default. To activate your new campaign click the yellow “Paused” button.
The yellow “Paused” button will be replaced with a green “Active” button.
Change your mind?
Click the green “Active” button to pause your campaign once again.
If you're not ready to activate this campaign yet – maybe you have more inspirational text messages to add to the sequence – leave as is for now.
You can return here at any time and add more messages to the sequence by clicking the “Edit” button for the appropriate list.
Just remember that the campaign has to be set to Active before your inspirational text messages will be sent according to your selected schedule.
And that's all there is to it: now you know how to send daily inspirational quotes by text message.