They say that too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. When it comes to sending out mass text messages to your church, you can send too many. Segmenting your people is the best way to avoid sending too many messages when you text in church.
We'll cover the reasons to segment text messages and show how to use ChurchTrac to segment your bulk text messages quickly and easily.
When you send text messages to people with content that does not apply to them, they are more likely to unsubscribe to your text messages. Once they unsubscribe, they will no longer see any of the text messages that you send them.
Message Fatigue refers to a state of being exhausted and tired of prolonged exposure to messages. It's real, and it's affecting more people than ever. When you send text messages that don't apply to a group of people, they quickly begin to assume that no messages apply and start to ignore all the messages they receive. For example, don't message men about a women's bible study. Likewise, don't message women about the upcoming Men's event.
Though text messages are inexpensive, they still cost money to send. The last thing you want to do is waste money by continually sending out texts to people whom they don't apply.
To segment your people in ChurchTrac, you can use either Tags or Smart Lists. Depending on how you've organized your ChurchTrac database, you may use one or both.
To segment with Tags, you would simply Tag all of the people in your database with whatever Tag you wish to label them as. For example, let's say you have a team of people at your church that help in times of emergency. Create an Emergency Team Tag and apply it to all the individuals on the Emergency Team. When it comes time to message them, you can include only the names with individuals tagged as "Emergency Team". Learn more about Tags.
To segment with a Smart List, navigate to the Smart List for the individuals you'd like to include on the Messaging Tab. Remember, Smart Lists are based on preset criteria that you specify. Learn more about Smart Lists.
Segmenting your text messages is the best way to minimize your unsubscribes, avoid message fatigue, and save your church money. If you haven't yet, go ahead and start Tagging your people or create a few Smart Lists today to maximize the reach of your church text messages.
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