3 Ways Texting Can Get More People to Your Events

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Anyone who’s ever had to host a marketing event, mixer, or really any other sort of meeting-of-the-minds of their industry knows how difficult event marketing is. In fact, in a recent post from Eventbrite, event planning is the 5th most stressful job in the country. There are many moving pieces involved with gathering people at a certain place at a certain time, but more often than not, hiring an event planner isn’t really in the budget.

Fortunately, for those who have experienced low turnouts at their events in the past, texting is an excellent way to not only send out invites, but also encourage people to show up in droves. It takes a little bit of finesse, but when done properly, it can make all the difference in the world when it comes to drawing a crowd, and here’s how:

Send Invites via Text

Rather than relying on Facebook and email invites to promote your event, sending a text invite directly to their phone offers a much more personalized touch. No one wants to open up their email and Facebook notifications and see a slew of invitations to events that they have no knowledge of and absolutely no interest in.

What you want to do instead is come up with a personalized message to send to the people you want to come to your event. Don’t overload them with details up front, just shoot them a text saying that you have something coming up and that you’d love it if they attended. This will make them feel way more appreciated and special than any email or Facebook invite would.

Send Mass Texts

Text invites work extremely well, but depending on the size of the event you’re having, you may need to bring out the big guns. Mass texting is an awesome tool to have in your arsenal because it allows you to reach much bigger audiences, but still be able to have that personalized touch that a normal text would have.

Whatever you do though, don’t shoot out a bland text that people will quickly realize has been sent to 500 other people. Still give it a personalized touch where you can, in the voice and tone of your message. People don’t want to be just another face in the crowd, so be sure to insert some personality so their presence at your event genuinely feels wanted.

Send Follow-up Texts

Like with most outreach strategies, you’re going to need to follow up with people to ensure you get the turnout you want. However, unlike a follow up email that rarely ever warrants a response, a follow up text is much more likely to get results.

The classic wait-a-week-before-follow-up rule still applies when using text message marketing, but it’s undeniably a better choice than email. Which is why, next time you host an event and need a crowd, rely on texting to send out your invites and generate interest. It’ll get more people out of the house, and ultimately, make for a much more jam-packed venue.

 

 

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  • Marsia

    Many people still get charged per text, so I will stick with email and a program like Evite.

    • Thanks for your comment! We recommend using multiple channels to capture people wherever they are. Some people don’t use Facebook for instance, and some don’t check their emails. If they don’t want texts, they won’t opt in to receive them. The best strategy is to use the right technologies at the right time for your audience – and this may include email, event platforms like Evite, social media channels and text.

      • Marsia

        You left out of the article the need to have your mailing list opt in to send texts out, and the need use a program to send out texts. There will be people who will try to do it in the cheap and will just send out to those mobile numbers they have. Perhaps add that to the article?