When you need to text your church people, ChurchTrac makes it easy to message the masses. That being said, some churches experience situations in which their messages don't get delivered to their people. This can lead to missed ministry opportunities, wasted money, and #frustration.
We'll cover everything you need to know about undelivered text messages and give you the 5 most common reasons why your text messages aren't being delivered.
Despite the growth of popular messaging apps like WhatsApp, Snap, Kik, and Telegram... text messaging is still the most popular form of communication between individuals. In North America alone, more than 81% of the population texts regularly. In the same way people have opted into newsletters and email blasts, we're seeing individuals opt into marketing text messages too.
Text messages have an open rate of around 90%. This is almost triple the open rate of email! Unlike email, these text messages are typically being read within a few minutes. That being said, text messages and email have something big in common; they both can be marked as Spam or Scams.
When someone sends you emails that are marked as scams or spam by your email provider, they often end up in your junk mail folder. If a text message is marked as a scam or spam by a carrier, it goes nowhere. It's simply just not delivered to the person(s) it was sent to. Carriers do this to protect their customers from unsolicited Spam, scams, and other fraud. Despite their best efforts, perfectly legitimate text messages being sent to your church people can trigger their system to not deliver your message.
There are many culprits that can cause a text message to be undelivered to your congregation. Here are the top 5 that we have encountered:
URL shorteners such as bit.ly, TinyURL, and others are often used by scammers to insert malicious links and spam messages. Avoid using a URL shortener in your text messages, as it will most likely raise red flags with the carrier.
If your message contains grammar that sounds somewhat robotic or contains misspelled words, it may be marked as a scam by a carrier. This is because of the prevalence of scams made by individuals in other countries using a language translator to craft their messages.
Sending a large volume of back-to-back messages can cause your messages to be marked as Spam. Instead of sending multiple messages, try including a link to your web site or Connect Page. Keep in mind that text messages are for short messages, not long announcements.
Using CAPS in text messages will almost always raise a red flag. Avoid using CAPS in your text messages, despite how much you may want to emphasize something.
Sending the same text messages week after week can raise flags for carriers, as it looks like spamming. Craft your messages to be distinct from each other as you share announcements and updates.
Undelivered messages affect less than 1% of churches using ChurchTrac Messaging. Regardless, it's always a good idea to send yourself a test message. If you fail to receive the message, it may mean that you need to tweak the message so that it passes the carrier filters (If you do encounter messages not being delivered, please reach out to our Support Team for further investigation.) Though there is no 100% full proof way of avoiding having an undelivered text message, we've found that simply sending a test message to yourself can often catch it. Another bonus of sending a test message is that it's another opportunity to catch any errors before you send a message to a large group of people like this 👇👇👇
Though undelivered text messages are not very common when texting in church, remember to avoid these culprits that could affect the deliverability of mass messages to your church. Always send yourself a test message to help safeguard you from undelivered messages and mistakes too.
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