Tuesday, 19 April 2016

A Guide to Online Bulk SMS


Bulk Short Message Service (SMS) is a good way to reach large number of people within in a moment and at a low cost. You want to send season greetings to your numerous customers or inform them about new offers or services, bulk SMS is the best way to do it. There are many other options that can be used to reach out to people through the internet like using a mailing list, Facebook page and the likes but bulk SMS comes in handy when your recipients are to receive your message on the fly. Not everyone checks his/her email or login to social network all the time but almost every adult has a phone ready to receive SMS as long as there is some power on the device. In this post and the next I’ll demonstrate how to send bulk SMS online using mobile transfer or deposit on the ebulksms.com platform. The company in charge of this platform is Human-Aware RTS Limited.

How Does It Work?
Sending bulk SMS is really not a big deal. There are many companies out there behind the business with different price per SMS. To make things easier for people, these companies make available different payment options. Basically you register using the company’s (ebulksms, smsafricang and so on) online platform and make payment online, through the ATM/mobile transfer or bank deposit. Your account will then be credited with some SMS units based on the amount paid. The number of units credited is usually amount paid divided by price per unit. For many platforms, the price per unit drops by some percentage as you buy more units. The figure below shows price per unit options for ebulksms.

Setting Up Bulk SMS Account
Like I said, the online platform ebulksms.com is our case study platform. To set up an account on this on ebulksms.com follow the steps below:

  1. On your browser visit ebulksms and sign up by providing necessary data in the signup form provided on the homepage. Make sure you have a working email address
  2. Click the “Register” button when you’re done entering required data.
  3. A confirmation message will be seen congratulating you for successful registration and that an email has been sent to you. A screen will appear with which you’re to edit your profile. Some inputs in the form are optional while some are not. Provide at least the necessary ones and click the “Update Profile” button.
  4. If the data you entered is successfully updated you’ll be redirected to the homepage and logged in with the username you registered with.
  5. Your account will be credited with just two units. Once logged in you can buy units.

How to Buy SMS Units Online
SMS units can be bought in two ways, one is by paying online with a credit card (Master card, Visa card and so on). The other option is to make transfer (through mobile or ATM transfer) or deposit (by going to the bank and using the deposit slip). Most people prefer the second option as it is the easiest. The first option usually requires a token but many Nigerians are not registered for internet banking.

I will have to break this bulk SMS guide at this point and continue in the next post where I’ll show you how to make payment using the transfer or deposit method as well as how to send bulk SMS.
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