Whether you’re sending an appointment reminder, or you have a compelling marketing message you want to share with your customers, there’s a brand-new Excel plug-in for SMS designed to save you valuable time and effort.

When it comes to business, time is precious. Issues like missed appointments, unfilled bookings, outstanding information and late payments need to be successfully communicated and dealt with to keep your business running smoothly.

The ease of sending out a message is also highly important – especially when you’re in a rush to get results or responses. Luckily, there’s a new tech feature in town, and it’s called Excel to SMS. The plug-in that allows businesses to send text messages directly from their Excel spreadsheets.

It was developed by Textlocal and their Malvern neighbours, borwell Limited. This innovative new app combines the power of mobile communications with the familiarity of Microsoft Excel – delivering you the best of both worlds.

The question is, how do you use Excel to SMS and, if you’re not using text messaging already – why should you?

A simple SMS tool anyone can use

With Excel to SMS, you can create personalised messages using the phone numbers and customer details you keep in your Excel columns. You just need to select the cells you want to include and type your message in the Textlocal panel within Excel. This means you won’t have to reformat, merge and transfer data from your spreadsheets to your SMS account – saving you time and keeping things nice and simple.

If you have a time sensitive message, the good news is that you can schedule your SMS in advance. You can even check the cost of your messages before you send them so you can stay in control of your SMS budget. Excel to SMS allows you to send thousands of personalised text messages in seconds.

Why SMS?

If you’re new to SMS, you might be wondering why text messaging and not email or social media. Well, according to a recent survey carried out by mobilesquared, SMS is the fastest growing marketing and communications channel.

Text messaging also provides an unprecedented marketing opportunity for SMEs, with an average response rate of 32%, in comparison to a peak of 22.87% for emails.

Text messaging is also a useful tool for sending reminders. Car garages, dentists and other businesses that operate a booking system could reduce the number of missed appointments by sending out one simple message, while accountants could use SMS to remind their clients to send tax returns, receipts or monthly payroll information. The list is truly endless.

By combining SMS with Microsoft Excel, you not only raise the possibility of your message being read, but you can enjoy the ease of sending it from a piece of software we all know and love.

You can try Textlocal’s online platform and download Excel to SMS for no cost at all. You just pay for the text messages you send.

Get started with Excel to SMS today and start communicating with your customers the easy and effective way.