Monday, 29 August 2016

Does my mobile number get used to send SMS?

This is a question we get asked from time to time.

Quick answer is NO. Not unless you want it to.

We only ask for your mobile number when you first register for your account in case we need to call you about your account. 

But it does not appear on any SMS unless you specifically want it to...let me explain.

Our platform uses 2 "shared" numbers which allow text messages to be sent TO your people, and allow them to reply back into your account.

You can BYPASS the reply process by setting up a Custom Sender ID. This means you CAN make your messages come from your number if you wish (and replies come back to your handset). 

Or you can use a word (11 characters)..note if you use a word then you cannot get any replies..but people can still optout using our Opt Out placeholders therefore keeping you spam-compliant. There's more info on Sender IDs here

Monday, 1 August 2016

You are never too old to text!

Found this great article about young NZ students teaching seniors how to text:

Getting Rid of Time Stamps "00:00:00" in Excel

Have you uploaded your contacts list into your SMS Express Group, only to discover this weird 00:00:00 has suddenly appeared in your list?

It's called a Time Stamp, and Excel thoughtfully adds these in a cell if there's a date in the cell.

If you want to use a Date as a Value/Placeholder (merge) field, eg a member subscription date, in your SMS broadcast, you don't want these zeroes appearing in your SMS.

Here's how to get rid of those zeroes: