6 Most Popular Uses of Text Messaging for Schools & Universities
It is illegal to just upload a list of numbers without consent but it is easy to get consent and grow your contact list quickly. You can do this by, adding some information and an opt-in box to student forms before the school year starts. Example, at the bottom of the student registration form, add a small section that says, “Receive text alerts from our school and stay informed about tests, holiday schedules, and more. Check this box to join and fill in your phone number or phone numbers that we are allowed to text.” See our example below.
By doing this, you have explicit permission and are sure to have all of the correct numbers to text. This way both parents and the student can all receive the messages if desired. *Tip, when collecting numbers via a form, make sure to ask if the phone number is a Parent number or a Student’s number. This way you can segment the number to the appropriate group if you choose (details on groups to follow).
One of the great features about using text messaging software is the ability to create different groups that you can segment however you’d like. A lot of schools create groups for Students, Parents, and Faculty. This way you can send different messages to each. You can set up as many groups as you’d like at no additional cost.
Your messages can be sent out on demand or scheduled days, weeks, or months in advance. Schedule out messages for all of the things your school knows in advance, holiday schedules, early out dates, test dates, report card dates, dances, whatever you can think of. By setting all of these messages up at once, you can know that they are scheduled and will go out at the time and date you have specified.
If you are brand new to mass texting, it can sound complicated but we promise it is easy once you get going. We also assign a complimentary Customer Success Manager to each account. Our managers can help you integrate your school with the text messaging software, set up groups, help you schedule out messages, gain opt-ins, and more.
There are a vast amount of ways schools and universities and use text message communication to keep your community more informed and involved. Our text software has a lot of other great features built-in. You can view the full list here.
If you have any questions about how text messaging can work for your school, reach out to our team and we’ll be happy to help.