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VoterVoice provides SMS text messaging as an option for broadcasting advocacy alerts and other communications sent from the VoterVoice system. There are a few different ways users or advocates can get signed up to receive text alerts from your organization.
Adding Contacts to Receive Text Messages
The first and most popular option would be to have advocates text a “Keyword” to the shortcode (50457). The keyword is set up on our end and can be whatever you would like. Most groups will keep it short to make it easy for their advocates. When a user texts the keyword to the short code, they will receive a response text letting them know that have been successfully signed up to receive text alerts. You also have the ability to direct your users to a specific campaign or to any other actionable item in the system.
The second option is for users to enter their mobile number in the text box provided on the registration form. As soon as the user enters their mobile number into that box and continues, they will receive a text confirming their subscription to receive text alerts. The user will be added to the list of Recipients when you choose to send a text message through the system.
If you have a spreadsheet of users that includes mobile numbers that are confirmed to be opted-in, please contact support at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can help you get those uploaded into the system.
Sending Text Message Broadcasts
Once you have contacts with mobile numbers in your Default List, you are ready to send a broadcast to those users. To start, just go to Messaging>Manage Broadcasts and choose the option to create a new broadcast.
There are two options you can choose as the purpose of your message that will allow you to send text messages, “Drive my contacts to my action center” and “Just send information to my contacts”. When you choose to drive your contact to your action center, you are choosing to direct your users to a specific campaign or other actionable item. The option to just send information to your contacts will allow you to send to everyone in your list, there are no constituency requirements with an informational email.
Once you have either of the two options mentioned above selected, you will see a checkbox at the bottom of the page, within the “Method of Communication” section, that allows you to select “Text Message” as an option. Check that box and continue to the next page.
On the Recipients page, you will see a preview of the number of text recipients you have for the given broadcast. You have the option to use an advanced search to filter, but most groups will leave the default “Send to entire list” option selected because they want as many people as possible to take action.
Once you have the Recipients picked out, continue to the “Compose” page of the Broadcast tool. You will see a blank text box to enter the text of the message you want to send to your advocates. You will also need to manually include a link to the campaign within the text of the message. To do that, just click the “Insert Action Center Link” dropdown below the text box and select the appropriate campaign. When a campaign is selected, a pop-up will appear that shows the link destination and the link text. You will want to destination to go directly to the action you selected. You can set the link text to say whatever you would like, the link will drive your advocates directly to your action center.
That’s all you need to do in order to send out an SMS Broadcast through the VoterVoice system.