Text Message Marketing in the US Virgin Islands

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84444 text marketing works in the US Virgin Islands


A month or so ago, we got a call from a group that wanted to know if our 84444 text message marketing site worked in the US Virgin Islands.

I had always heard that our short code worked in the US Virgin Islands, but in the many years that we’ve operated 84444.com, I hadn’t had any direct experience attributable to the US Virgin Islands so, quite frankly, I didn’t know for sure.

Well, we are happy to report that the service works flawlessly in the paradise of the US Virgin Islands.  So much so, in fact, that the political customer that first signed up with us is using it more and more.  The great news is that the short code based text messages really stand out in the US Virgin Islands, because people simply don’t get as many messages there as they do elsewhere.

84444 has long stated that one of its “special sauce” is that it has the same short code 84444 in both the United States and Canada, thus making it easy for border and international advertisers to use our site and gain opt-ins on both sides of the border with no need to create costly advertisements for both countries.  Now, perhaps there’s a new special sauce that we discovered and its the US Virgin Islands!

You won’t believe how many employees have volunteered to visit to do additional testing.

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Text Message Marketing for Retail Stores

The Mobile Marketing Knowledge College

Scott Bronenberg Discusses Texting in the Retail Environment with Brad Bierman of 84444.com

Scott Bronenberg is one of the most knowledgeable businesspersons in the country when it comes to text message and mobile marketing for retail stores.  Retail has been one of Bronenberg’s areas of specialization for the company and in this video he gives some of his best advice to retailers wanting to sell more through the use of SMS marketing in the United States.

Special areas of emphasis include:

  • How texting fits into an overall mobile marketing strategy.
  • Incentives to obtain an opt-in from retail customers.
  • How retailers can get started in SMS marketing.
  • Legal items that retailers should understand before doing text marketing.
  • How text messaging can be used to increase holiday retail sales.
  • Ways to combine the use of video with text marketing.
  • Gaining the best ROI for retailers using SMS.



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How to Market Your Business by Text Message

The Mobile Marketing Knowledge College

Bob Bentz of 84444.com Discusses Text Message Marketing with Brad Bierman

Bob Bentz is a veteran in the text message marketing industry and in this video, part of the Mobile Marketing Knowledge College, Bentz gives advice on how to use SMS marketing as part of your business marketing plan.

Bentz gives tips on:

  • developing a mobile strategy
  • best ways to increase opt-ins
  • whether mobile coupons still work well
  • how texting also works for B to B
  • the best times to send broadcast text message marketing
  • what the future holds for text message marketing

Hear Bob’s tip on the single most important thing to do when introducing a new mobile marketing campaign and learn why he believes text message marketing is the single best ROI that any advertiser can do for his or her business.



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Text Message Scavenger Hunts

Text message marketing from 84444 is more than just interactive and broadcast text messaging for businesses.  It also can be used for some pretty cool promotions for jewelers, auto dealers, or even as orientation at colleges.

Every year, our technology goes to Chicago for the annual Razny Ring Race and 2014′s version of the event was one of the best ever.


What a great promotion.  Thanks again Razny!

Want to watch the 2013 Razny Ring Race, click here:

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Couple Uses Text Message Marketing Plan To Share Important Information With Their Guests

In July 2014, Chris Althoff married the love of his life in Maui. He and his partner knew that they wanted to have a hashtag on Instagram for their wedding, but they also wanted something more engaging and that was able to keep people informed.

“Texting was an easy way to organize people who were scattered about the island,” Althoff said. “We had quick instructions on when to gather up, where shuttles were going, and we were able to keep everyone easily assembled.”

Althoff set it up so he was able to send reminders to his guests about where to go, what time they should be at specific locations, and they also suggested some hot spots around the area. To prep for the text message marketing campaign, Althoff and his partner also researched some nice places their guests could see while in Maui.  “Each morning, we would greet everyone with an ‘Aloha. Hope you have an awesome morning,’ here’s a couple of things to do,” Althoff said.

Their plans to incorporate text message marketing into their wedding was a last minute idea.

“I Googled ‘quick and easy text blast’ and Bob Bentz’s [text message service] was one of the first ones that popped up,” Althoff said. “I’d send out a couple of texts without having to invest lots of money.”

Althoff would recommend 84444’s text message marketing plan to anyone planning a destination wedding. 


Evidently, Althoff and his fiancé received so many compliments about how great it was and how it truly was a simple, fun, and effective way to get people together.

“It’s not too complicated and was really, really useful,” Althoff said.  “It was an awesome way to get people together and stay connected.”

Text message marketing is the perfect tool to have for those wanting to stay organized, have their guests in the loop, have their guests reminded about where they should going and the things they can do.


Plus, when you aren’t necessarily familiar with where you’re headed to (such as a destination wedding in Maui) staying in touch via text message will make it less stressful! Therefore, couples won’t have to panic when their guests aren’t sure of where to go or what to do!

So, that’s why Althoff and his partner used 84444.

84444 supplied them with a way to keep guests and family happy by sending dates, times and quick instructions via a mobile device. Also, it’s a clever way to use technology!


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Now that’s a Text Message Promotion I can Relate To

Football and Beer

The 1933 Pub in Clearwater, Florida is having a lot of fun with text message marketing for bars and restaurants at 84444.com.

1933 Pub Clearwater
Well worth getting this text!
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How To Get More Opt-In Customers to Your Text Messaging Program

One Study Says Mobile Coupons Will Help the Most

No matter what you do, not everybody will subscribe to your brand’s text message marketing program.  But, the good news is that half of your customers will.  The top reason that they will subscribe: mobile coupons (at least according to this study).

Mobile coupons drive text messaging.
OPT-INS: To get more, offer a mobile coupon.

While mobile coupons are certainly an important part of gaining new opt-ins, they don’t work as well in all markets.  At 84444, for example, we’ve seen that pizza restaurants in wealthy areas haven’t really had much success with mobile coupons.  What has worked in wealthy areas, however, has been more new product introductions.  (See mobile coupon use by age here.)

Sweepstakes are also a great way to build your opt-ins for your text message marketing program.  In fact, our own internal study at 84444 showed just how important sweepstakes can be.  Towards the end of this video, see the stats on the percentage of programs on 84444 that over-achieve in terms of response rates and you’ll just how important contests can be.

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Why Not Host A Mobile Scavenger Hunt?

Scavenger hunts are always a fun way to get others involved in a group activity. You can provide clues and hide items for people to locate. If you think that’s fun, why not make it better by creating your own scavenger hunt using your mobile device?

Most of us constantly use our cell phones to text or browse the web. Text messaging is an instant way to communicate with someone else.  84444.com– a text message marketing company that helps promote businesses by sending coupons, sweepstakes, deals or specials via text– suggests setting up a mobile scavenger hunt. Why not create a series of trivia questions and host a treasure text event? It’s an exciting way to get people involved in a group activity. No matter what, you must provide your phone number in order to participate. We all use our phone, so why not utilize it as a way to win a prize?


For example, Jewelers are now sponsoring mobile scavenger hunts that give participants a chance to win a beautiful ring. Often times, the man who wins the ring will get down on one knee and propose to his girlfriend. Therefore, 84444 considers it a win-win situation. Participants are given clues via text and must go to the designated location provided. This will allow participants to bond and work together using their mobile device. It’s entertaining and gives you the chance to win a prize and on the other side gets more people to opt in to the service for the business, which can later send future communication that will lead to future business!

Another avenue to use text message marketing is for when universities hold orientations, they can set-up a mobile scavenger hunt in order to get students acquainted with one another. This would be the perfect way for students to get to know each other by working as a team. Take scavenger hunts to a whole new level by utilizing your cell phone and at the same time universities can send future mass text messages to its students when needed.

If you’re in search of a creative way to obtain possible clients and hold a mobile scavenger hunt, 84444 can assist you with this event!  To find out more about their mobile scavenger hunt, check out http://www.84444.com/scavenger-hunts.

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Miss Virginia Results

Caitlin Uze has been crowned Miss Virginia.

The 22-year-old James Madison University graduate from Arlington won after being the second runner-up in 2009. She competed as Miss Greater Richmond.

Uze earns a $16,500 scholarship for the achievement as well as a $500 scholarship for capturing the swimsuit competition.

Advanced Telecom Services and 84444.com provided text message voting for the audience and for the viewers watching on 9 television stations in Virginia.  The interactive television product allowed viewers to text VA plus the number of one of the 11 semi-finalists to 21001 to vote for their favorite contestant.  Premium text message voting cost .99 per vote.

The winner of the text message voting was Rosemary Willis.  Ironically, Willis, although the people’s choice via text message voting, was not selected by the judges as one of the 5 young women to make it to the finals.  Willis won a $500 scholarship for winning the text message voting.

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