SMPP Service – A Tool Which Adds to The Vote Bank of Politicians
Being the largest democracy of the world, the significance of communication in the Indian political system increases manifold. Today, text messaging is used globally by politicians to influence voters and create a win-win situation. Mass texting not only allows politicians to connect with voters but also serves as a platform to establish effective communication with party workers. Irrespective of the level and range of the election, mass texting enables a politician to reach out to millions at just the click of a button.
Recently, a few days before the general elections, Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi exercised text messaging campaign to get connected with the voters at large. Besides, he has also launched a missed call campaign earlier to get his tweets directly on the inbox of the people via SMS. Despite the presence of social media and other digital platforms, why the tech-savvy politicians like Shri Narendra Modi rely on SMPP Service for communicating with the audience? The answer lies in effectiveness. With more than 98% open rate within just three minutes of being received, bulk SMS is considered as the ‘most effective’ mobile marketing tool.
Bulk SMS, an effective tool to leverage political campaigns
Needless to mention that we are living in a mobile world where each marketer is trying to enter the mobile phones of the audience. As compare to emails, text messages carry much effective open & engagement rate and hence is the best way to approach voters. Politicians have the opportunity to disseminate real-time information to the voters and to the party workers, to mobilize rally & roadshows attendance, to provide a grievance redressal mechanism for the voters and to create awareness in their constituency via SMS. Given below are the few ways which suggest how a politician get the most out of bulk SMS marketing tools.
Create a rapport (special bond) with the voters
Text messaging is more personal in nature and allows a person to complete the communication with his/her convenience. Unlike calls, bulk SMS gives a person an opportunity to read and reply to the messages anytime as per his/her own convenience. It further allows you to establish quality communication directly with your voters. You can send them personalized messages on birthdays, anniversaries, etc. to create en rapport with them. Text message gives you a platform to share your vision & opinion with voters on the things that matter most on a personal channel.
Keep supporters in the loop
Text messaging enables you to stay connected with your supporters/party workers. Keep your supporters informed with the campaign developments. Send them alerts of rallies, booth level or assembly level meetings, events updates, etc. via SMS. All the important announcements can also be communicated instantly to workers via text message. In this way by establishing an instant and smooth communication with your supporters, you can leverage your campaign to get good results.
Give your voters a grievances redressal mechanism
The peculiarity of text messages is that it doesn’t require any extra installation or even an internet connection. Text messaging application is inbuilt and available in all of the mobile devices. You can use text messaging as a grievances redressal mechanism where the constituents can send their problems and grievances via SMS. Once you take an action to solve their problems or grievances you can also message them about the actions undertaken by you. In this way, a warm personal communication with the voters will certainly increase your credibility as a politician.
Make the most of your election campaign
Allow your voters to message you about what kind of development and governance they want? What are their expectations with their elected representative? Which are the major problems of their booth they want to address first? A survey including the above questions can be conducted before elections and the feedback can be used to draw the effective political campaign. During elections, text messaging can be used not only to make an appeal to the public for using their voting rights but to motivate the party workers as well.
The advanced applications of the text messaging tools, like URL shortener, allows you to send the link of your website and landing page along with the SMS. The multi-utility tool further allows you to track your campaign by providing you the details of the persons who have clicked the link. In this way, politicians have an opportunity to establish effective communication with voters and supporters at large.
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