In this blog, our partners at SMSBump provide an insight into how SMS marketing can be used to boost sales on your Shopify store.
In a recent episode of Shopify Across the Pond, founder of SMSBump, Mike Stoychev, discussed the power of SMS marketing for Shopify store owners. This blog provides a more detailed look at the points covered in the podcast episode.
To keep it simple - SMSBump gives Shopify merchants the opportunity to create a brand new communication channel through which they can reach their existing audience, expand their customer base, and conquer new e-Commerce territories. And all of this with the help of the all-mighty SMS.
SMSBump allows users to send text marketing campaigns, to set up automatic SMS such as abandoned cart reminders, product upsell and customer winback messages, feedback collection, shipping confirmation and many more.
It also integrates with many other applications such as Klaviyo, ReCharge, Smile.io, LoyaltyLion (coming soon), ReConvert, Happy Birthday etc. to make the communication between customers and stores even more seamless.
SMSBump wanted to let customers get in touch with Shopify merchants and created the SMS Chat that lets customers reach out to stores.
Two-way-communication, according to Mike, is the bridge between customers and stores. Texting nurtures meaningful relationships and assists Shopify merchants in gathering useful feedback to excel their business.
Compared to other communication platforms such as Messenger, Viber, iChat, WhatsApp etc., SMS undoubtedly has the best odds of reaching the greatest number of people all around the world.
Why? Mike explains:
One of the biggest bonus factors here is that unlike all other apps, texting doesn’t require an internet connection. Whereas many people in the world don’t have access to internet, more than 70% of them have mobile devices. They can receive text messages with deals and offers, coupons and discounts they can easily use later, perhaps to checkout at home, from their desktop computer.
What’s more, text messages have a 98% open rate and 90% of them being read in thefirst 30 seconds of being sent.
However, SMS and other communication channels, such as Messenger, iMessage, WhatsApp, WeChat etc, are not necessarily competitors, Mike points out. They are different and serve different audiences.
Nowadays we hear more and more about omnichannel experience, which is exactly this - delivering the most appropriate message to the right target group using the right form of communication channel. And this is exactly what we strive to achieve at SMSBump.
“Our short term goal is to make the best platform for text messages but our vision is to create the best communication platform.”
No matter which way you decide to go and what channel you decide to use, two things you should always keep in mind:
At SMSBump we have developed 5 ways for Shopify store owners to attract visitors, obtain prior customer approval and gather subscribers.
For even better chances of conversion, Mike advises Shopify store owners to include discounts and/or free shipping as a way to give visitors an incentive to subscribe.
One other thing he puts extra emphasis on is that the number of subscribers doesn’t always affect the amount of orders or the ROI. Even if your list has 20-30 people, it is more important that their active as this is what makes a relationship meaningful, or in eCom terms - profitable.
On the other hand, you might have hundreds of inactive subscribers which in no way contribute to your store’s well-being.
Now, let’s assume you have gathered several hundred subscribers that you want to treat to some nice deals.
Whereas big holidays such as Christmas, Black Friday, Thanksgiving, etc. are great for sending massive SMS campaigns, we strongly recommend all Shopify merchants to segment their customers. You can do that based on different characteristics, such as their product interests, purchase habits, order history, even location. The combinations are numerous but all in one place - SMSBump!
For instance, let’s say that last week you launched a very successful campaign and now you want to repeat it. What you can do, Mike says, is rerun it, but create two different segments and target them with two different, personalized, offers:
Again, he points out, even if your subscriber pool isn’t as big as you wish it would be, if your contacts are properly collected, and your messages - well-timed and have relevant content, your Shopify store will soon start rolling out good results.
Pro tip from Mike: a good way to see which campaigns are better-received by which of your customers is to startA/B testing.
Since SMSBump is most widely used by Shopify store owners to recover abandoned carts, Mike took Across the Pond listeners on a quick trip through setting up a two-step abandoned cart sequence, looking at all key ingredients one by one.
This could be a reminderthat the customer has left their cart, but still catchy and with a delicate sense of urgency. Go ahead and include a small token (e.g. free shipping) to show your appreciation and to make your offer even more irresistible.
SMSBump internal research shows that adding a discount at this stage could increase abandoned cart recovery rate by as much as 15%!
Besides the ingredients we mentioned above, with this second abandoned cart automation you can go ahead and:
Pro tip from Mike:Utilize thechatso you give your customers the chance to reach back to you if they are having some issues with their order, or if you want to get their feedback. To optimize the process and never miss a message from your customer, connect SMSBump with customer support helpdesk platforms such asGorgias orKlaviyo.
Chat also gives customers the feeling that they are working with a very organized, customer-oriented, caring company.
SMSBump has over 12,000 happy app users so the examples you can get inspiration from are numerous. In the podcast Mike covers only very few of them, but if you are intrigued to see what other people have achieved with the app, read about10 of them who gladly share their experience with the rest of the world.
All this talk about Shopify merchants making great ROI with SMSBump inevitably led the conversation to wrap up on the subject of price. And although you can’t put a price on happiness, which is what SMSBump eventually brings you, there is a small monthly fee to pay if you want to use premium features such as SMSBump Chat, A/B testing, Integrations and more.
What sets SMSBump apart from its competitorsis that our platform gives the versatility of email marketing but for texts, including segments, chat (two way messages), integrations with the top Shopify apps and all third party checkouts. We also work great with any other marketing mediums such as Email marketing apps, Push and Facebook Retargeting. We offer a great Analytics which is just worked on to become better. On the pricing side we view ourselves as the most honest text marketing app so message credits always roll over, we never charge a percentage off recovered carts, and we never charge for undelivered messages or landlines, Mike summed up. What’s more, about 80% of the app’s features come completely free of charge for all users.
So what are you waiting for? Install SMSBump today for an even more successful Shopify experience!
Mike Stoychev is the founder of SMS Bump, an Enterprise-grade SMS platform designed for eCommerce businesses
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