5 Ways to Grow Your SMS Marketing List Starting Today

Chris Brisson

Chris Brisson


May 9, 2024

5 Ways to Grow Your SMS Marketing List Starting Today

Alright, so your wanting to grow your sms marketing list and wondering how to do it fast. In this article, I’ll share with 5 simple strategies that you can use starting today to immediately grow your mass texting list.

1. Promote Your Text to Join Keyword on Social Media

One of the easiest ways to grow your list is to have people text in using your join by text keyword. For example, one of our keywords is Loop and we have people text this in to experience how Call Loop works.

So as people text in our keyword (text Loop to 38470) they get added to our Call Loop group and instantly get a text message. Plus with our email capture feature, you’ll be able to capture name and email address from text message replies.

You may be wondering, “Where can I post my keyword to build my list?”

Virtually anywhere. Here’s a few of the most popular and best places:

  • Your Facebook Page
  • Instagram and Twitter
  • Point of Sale (with mobile coupon or promotion)
  • On your website
  • On your Facebook Feed
  • In Facebook and Google display advertisement
  • Postcards, Direct Mail, and Offline Media
  • Tradeshow signs and displays
  • Radio or TV Spots

Post your call to action anywhere where you want people join your list and capture data.

2. Run a 48 Hour SMS Contest

A fast way to build your text message marketing list is to run a quick SMS contest. You can have people fill out a webform or even better have people text in your mobile keyword to join the contest.

One requirement of entering your contest is to for entrants to also text in their email address. Upon texting in your keyword, you’ll build your phone list and if you choose to you can capture their email address.

Here’s how it’ll look…

Take a look our simple SMS Contest Guide and how to set it up with Call Loop. Plus, you’ll learn how to use it for Raffles and Sweepstakes.

3. Add a Popup on Your Website

If you currently have a website or blog, you can easily add some popup software to display your webform or text to join keyword. When showing any sort of offer, it’s important to have a sweet incentive. “Join our mailing list” isn’t going to cut it.

Here’s a few incentives that you can offer in your popup…

  • Enter Our Text to Win Contest
  • Download A Guide
  • Experience a Live Demo via SMS
  • Get a Coupon

If you’re looking for a popup software, we recommend OptinMonster to get up and going in just a few minutes.

4. Email Your List

If you have an existing mailing list, a great way to seed your subscribers is to simply send them an email. So if you use AWeber, MailChimp, or another provider, just create a broadcast and invite people to join your VIP SMS list for deals, offers, and more by texting in your keyword.

As you add new subscribers, now this opens up a whole new channel for you to communicate better with them. With text messages 98% open rate, you’ll be sure to get your messages read quickly.

So the next time you have a special offer or announcement, you can send out a mass text message with the news.

5. Print Up a Flyer

If you have traffic in your store, restaurant, or brick and mortar business a fast way to start building your list of engaged subscribers and customers is to simply print out a flyer with a call to action to join.

Just like every other offer, you can give away a coupon, discount, VIP access, or one that may be specific to your type of business. We have a retail customer that owns a dog store and their incentive is when you join their VIP SMS list, you’ll get a free dog bone. Check out this site for flyer templates.

So which strategy will you be using to grow your list?

Chris Brisson

Chris Brisson

Chris is the co-founder and CEO at Call Loop. He is focused on marketing automation, growth hacker strategies, and creating duplicatable systems for growing a remote and bootstrapped company. Chat with him on X at @chrisbrisson

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