Colleges Send Messages to Students and Alumni with Online System in Minutes

There's no need to buy expensive hardware to remind college students when registration starts, when tuition is due, or when the next home game is scheduled.  In fact, you don't need any hardware at all.  Everything you need is already in the cloud -- all accessed online with a friendly user interface that will enable you to communicate with more students, in less time, and at less cost, than ever before.

Monarch Broadcast is one of the nation's leading messaging services and we are proud to be the vendor of choice for dozens of colleges and universities across the United States who distribute hundreds and thousands of recorded phone messages and texts to students and alumni.  Just give us a call today at 888-387-8636 we'll explain how the system can get important notifications to students and alumni in minutes.

We think you'll be impressed, not only with how inexpensive it is to reach your students (just pennies a message) but at how convenient and easy it is.  What used to take hours or days, can now take less than 10 minutes, especially when it comes to special reminders.

Our college clients use the service for many applications -- mostly notably for reminder calls regarding payment and registration deadlines.  But it is also popular for alerting alumni to special events and functions as well.  Actually, the uses are unlimited -- everything from urgent emergency calls such as storm closings, to athletic program news, to informing parents about Parent's Weekend.  Anything and everything that a college population needs to know can be the subject of a phone or text broadcast.

What can we do for you?  Here's a quick run-down:

-- We can provide you full service and do all the work for you, or you can opt for self-service and launch all of your own jobs on our easy-to-use online interface.
-- You can record your messages on the phone, or create your own .wav file and upload it yourself.
-- There is no extra charge for data and list management.
-- We can work with multiple-users on your campus, since every department or division will have its own needs.
-- Our customer service has been acclaimed for its superior and personal assistance -- you'll come to appreciate it during an era when good customer service is hard to find.
-- Our online system is robust and can process thousands of calls in just a few minutes. If you need to get a message out quickly, there is no better way to do it.
-- We have a variable pricing model which means you'll save a ton of money because you only pay for the services you use, when you use it.  There is no set-up fee, no equipment to purchase, no special software to buy and no monthly or annual minimums you have to worry about.  If you don't use the service, there is no charge.

What do we need from you?  You'll need a database of phone numbers, so make sure that you have been compiling a list and storing it properly.  You'll want the area code and phone numbers in one column within your spreadsheet.  Excel works fine if that's what you are familiar with.  After you have up-to-date phone numbers, and can isolate the group you want to call, the rest is very easy.

You'll find our automated broadcast messaging services are a powerful tool in improving your campus communications and we're happy to help you every step of the way in integrating this technology into your culture.

You can get more information about our college services here: http://www.monarchbroadcast.com/schoolalerts.html

Mass Bulk Texting Service Gets Messages Out Fast


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Using mass or bulk texting services to distribute messages quickly is growing in usage and popularity. There are five compelling reasons why organizations are turning to texting, also known as SMS (short message service), to get information out to their contacts.

First, it's easy. You can upload your list of opt-in mobile/cell phone numbers online and send your message with a click of the mouse. Your contacts receive their text immediately.

Second, it's the preferred method to receive information. For speed, convenience and deliverability penetration, nothing comes close to texting. Email use is now considered by many to be "too slow" and for a number of people, email is rarely checked. (Most people have been turned off to email because of the spam and junk emails they receive and don't want to be bothered spending their time sorting through their email.) However, nearly all cell phone users check their text messages. Moreover, most people have mobile text capabilities installed on their phones and service plans.

Third, it's inexpensive. Text reminders, notifications and other messages can be sent for pennies, and at a fraction of the cost of such other methods as postage.

Fourth, it's interactive. Texting can be a 1-way or 2-way means of communication. Not only can you send a text message to a group of people, but you can also receive text messages back. This is ideal for instantly gathering polling information or getting feedback, and works exceptional well for such things as large-scale voting. For instance, a stadium of 80,000 fans who are asked to pick a sporting event's Most Valuable Player, or a music concert where fans are asked to choose the final song for the evening.

Fifth, there are limitless applications. The use of mass texting is only limited by your imagination. Text marketing is growing by leaps and bounds as commercial businesses use it to stay in touch with their customers. Universities and colleges are using it to improve notifications to students about emergencies, events, deadlines, alumni relations and even parking alerts and closings. Professional sports organizations are using it to sell tickets, announce special events, and polling fans. Electric utility companies are using SMS texting to inform people of outages, and even alerting customers about the best times to consume power when rates are lowest. And, restaurants use it to offer coupons and let their customers know what's on the plate for the daily lunch special.

Overall, mass texting is considered the most effective and easiest way to notify large groups of people and will be permeating the business models and cultures of most organizations in the next couple of years as it is adopted into the mainstream for marketing and communication purposes.

There is one big caveat. Those who use the technology need to be very careful about securing collected data and insuring that all recipients have opted-in to receive messages and that no one ever receives messages who hasn't asked to be put on a text list. There are several ways to compile your opt-in and a professional text messaging service can help you.

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College Texting Service Keeps Students In The Loop And Requires No Hardware Or Software

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College and university texting (SMS) services are quickly becoming the gold standard of campus communications. While email is widely used to disseminate information and notices, it has been found that many college students rarely check their email these days and that the only reliable way to insure they get a message is by texting them. The vast majority of students have text capable mobile devices and cell phones and check their text messages dozens of times a day, almost instantly upon receipt.

Fortunately, colleges and universities do not have to invest in expensive hardware or equipment to implement a texting notification program. Fact is, the technological infrastructure is already in place and educational institutions can tap into it and begin their text programs immediately with very little or no ramp up time by outsourcing to a text service bureau. Because the text service is online, colleges only need to upload their list of opt-in phone numbers to begin texting messages at will.

Colleges are using texting for many applications and across divisions and departments. For example, SMS (short message services) texts are being used to:

-- texting incoming students on application, registration and payment deadlines. 
-- recruiting students advising them of the latest college offerings 
-- alerting students about closing or delays because of weather conditions or power outages. 
-- instant updates on traffic and parking status for students and faculty and staff 
-- campus event notifications, club announcements, concert ticket sales 
-- notices about food service and daily menus 
-- campus emergency announcements and instructions 
-- text reminders about assignments, test dates and homework

Colleges are compiling mobile and cell phone databases by collecting cell numbers various ways, including capturing numbers via webpage sign ups, getting expressed permission on hard copy forms or sign up sheets, and/or promoting and advertising codes that the students or interested parties can text to a short code (a 5 or 6 digit number) which both automatically responds with a text message and enables them to double-opt-in to put their number on the list. Laws require that any contact you text must have opted-in to join your list. You cannot send out spam texts.

You can have any number of lists -- from a general campus wide list with everyone's number on it, or sub-lists for specific departments or divisions. For example, you may want a general list for a college wide message, a more specific list for athletics and an even more specific list for the baseball team.

Once you have your lists compiled (you'll always be adding more numbers as you go along) you can upload them to the Internet and type your message online that will go out to one list, or all lists, whatever you prefer. Because your contacts will receive your messages quickly and conveniently, they can take whatever action is necessary to respond to your notification.

Overall, college texting services will be leading way in distributing important information to hundreds and thousands of students, faculty and staff who depend on getting timely updates that directly impact their work, studies and life.

Give us a call today at 888-387-8636 and we'll be happy to help you with any questions you may have.