So you’re all ready for the new school year – new stationery, new textbooks, new students – but are you still using the same old ways of communicating with your parents and staff? Letters sent home with students have a way of ending up sitting at the bottom of a school bag for weeks on end, and if you choose to post them, you’ve got the ever-rising cost of stamps to consider.
Text messaging is an easy way to reach your contacts fast, with guaranteed delivery direct to their phones. Here’s how a number of schools are using SMS already:
1. Send out alerts to parents & students
If bad weather forces a school closure or some of your students aren’t up to date with their payments for a trip, the quickest way to let people know and trigger action is via SMS. Our platform guarantees that your message will be delivered within 5 seconds, and research shows that over 97.5% of texts are opened within 5 seconds of being received.
2. Promote school events
Encourage attendance and participation at school events by sending information out by text. Once people have signed up, send booking confirmations or event reminders to make sure that your students get the most out of their school experience.
3. Send out reminders to parents
We know how easy it can be for parents to forget permission slips or payment for school trips, or the dates of teacher training days. Sending a quick text to parents can make things run a lot smoother, and with Messenger it’s easy to organise your numbers by tutor group or any other criteria to make sure your message goes to exactly the right people.
4. Integrate with school software
An integration with your existing school management software is easier than you think – our simple API gateway can connect Messenger to a huge range of platforms, allowing you to send messages without ever opening our website. It’s so successful, countless schools in Northern Ireland are already benefitting thanks to our integration with the C2K Project.
Make sure you’re setting your school up for the most successful academic year yet, and get started with SMS today.