Walmart reportedly developing personal shopper experience using MMS

As you know, at Thirdscreen we are always on the lookout for interesting case studies that utilise MMS.

More recently we covered how the insurance industry can use incoming MMS by allowing customers to send picture messages of claims to their agents.

And last year we wrote a specific article on incoming MMS use cases for a variety of other industries as well.

It seems we are not the only ones talking up the benefits of incoming MMS applications.

The world’s largest company by revenue, Walmart is a giant of the retail industry and operates in over 28 countries.

Walmart have a subsidiary called Code Eight, set-up specifically to develop unique personal shopping experiences.

Just last month, Recode reported that Code Eight had recently started testing a personal shopping service for “busy NYC (New York City) moms” that allows them to make purchases simply by using text messaging.  This includes the ability to order products simply by texting a photo of it.

The full Recode article is here;

https://www.recode.net/2017/12/20/16693406/walmart-personal-styling-jet-black-amazon-go-prime-no-checkout-store

The ability to text a photo is of course a feature of MMS and certain providers (such as Thirdscreen) are able to receive MMS messages and then take some action – such as forward the MMS message contents via email, for instance.

In the Walmart example it appears that MMS messages are being routed to customer service agents for manual processing however, more complex handling such as two-way conversations, or automated image recognition, could easily be incorporated.  An MMS gateway such as Thirdscreen’s with the ability to receive MMS messages can help make this happen.

The fact that Walmart, the world’s largest retailer is testing a project such as this shows the value of incorporating MMS into shopping experience in the retail sector.  The ubiquitous nature of both SMS and MMS make such messaging applications not only seamless but highly practical.

If you are an agency or reseller wanting to send MMS campaigns then please contact us for more information and rates. We offer the best MMS rates in Australia.

If you are an existing SMS provider looking for wholesale MMS A2P capability via our MMS gateway – to offer your own customers then please get in touch via our contact form.

To request a copy of our MMS API documentation, for both broadcast as well as inbound MMS (as in this use case example) use our request page here.

If you have any other comments or questions, or would like to share your own successes with MMS, then free to leave a reply in the comment box below.

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Spotlight on MMS for Insurance Industry

In an earlier article in this blog, we discussed how MMS is more than just a broadcast medium.  Indeed, MMS messages such as photos and video can also be received so long as you are using a compatible gateway such as ours here at Thirdscreen.

It was interesting to read a recent article titled, “4 Industries that can make better use of SMS (and how)” by Mobile Marketer which went into further detail of SMS use cases for banking, healthcare, insurance and automotive.

The full article can be found here;

https://www.mobilemarketer.com/news/4-industries-that-can-make-better-use-of-sms-and-how/508592/

Image: Courtesy Mobile Marketer

Interestingly, Mobile Marketer also cite the Insurance use case for MMS that we covered in our earlier article – that is, “Using SMS, customers can send picture messages directly to agents when filing claims.”

Of course, Mobile Marketer is referring to MMS as opposed to SMS, but as far as the use case is concerned we couldn’t agree more.

If you are an agency or reseller wanting to send MMS campaigns, or you have a project with a need to receive MMS – then please contact us for more information and rates. We offer the best MMS rates in Australia.

If you are an existing SMS provider looking for wholesale MMS A2P capability via our MMS gateway – to offer your own customers then please get in touch via our contact form.

To request a copy of our MMS API documentation for outbound (broadcast) or inbound, use our request page here.

If you have any other comments or questions, or would like to share your own successes with MMS, then free to leave a reply in the comment box below.

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How MMS is being used to motivate activists (Daily Action Case Study)

As you know, at Thirdscreen we are always on the lookout for interesting use cases with MMS.

In a previous blog article we outlined how MMS was used by both Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton in the final weeks of the 2016 Presidential Campaign;

http://blog.thirdscreen.com.au/blog/2017/10/06/mms-helped-influence-u-s-presidential-campaign/

In the wake of the election result, many Americans were left feeling despondent.  One of those people was Laura Moser who decided that Daily Action was needed to address her frustrations.

Laura worked with Revolution Messaging who are a full-service agency dedicated to authentic digital story telling (across email, mobile and social media) for progressive causes, based in Washington DC, USA.

The idea behind Daily Action is very simple.  Firstly, to join the Daily Action team, subscribers simply have to text DAILY to a short code.

Each day subscribers to the program receive a brief text message, or MMS, telling them about one quick action.  Subscribers then press a number in the text, listen to a short message about the action they can take and are then routed to an agency or business who wants to hear from Daily Action.

MMS is used extensively for the Daily Action program that has now amassed 250,000 members and growing.

Here are some screen grabs from Daily Action showing some sample text and MMS messages;

Images: Courtesy, Revolution Messaging – https://revolutionmessaging.com/

Daily Action is an interesting example of how MMS is being used to motivate concerned activists into taking action.

If you are an agency or reseller wanting to send MMS campaigns then please contact us for more information and rates. We offer the best MMS rates in Australia.

If you are an existing SMS provider looking for wholesale MMS A2P capability via our MMS gateway – to offer your own customers then please get in touch via our contact form.

To request a copy of our MMS API documentation, use our request page here.

If you have any other comments or questions, or would like to share your own successes with MMS, then free to leave a reply in the comment box below.

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What is MMS? The topic revisited

Textlocal, who are one of the UK’s market-leaders in text messaging, recently published an article on their blog titled, “Lesson 101 – what is MMS”.

You can view the article here;

https://www.textlocal.com/blog/2017/11/14/lesson-101-what-is-mms/

Posted by Daryl Charman, the Textlocal article covers some of the history of MMS and outlines the differences between SMS and MMS.

The article is an interesting read for those new to MMS messaging, explaining how (with MMS) you are able to send multimedia content including images, video and audio providing a much richer customer experience.

At Thirdscreen, we also posted an article earlier this year titled “What is MMS” which you can view here;

http://blog.thirdscreen.com.au/blog/2017/05/23/what-is-mms/

Plus we have also covered topics such as how to Leverage Buying Decisions with MMS and the power of visual marketing.

If you are an agency or reseller wanting to send MMS campaigns then please contact us for more information and rates. We offer the best MMS rates in Australia.

If you are an existing SMS provider looking for wholesale MMS A2P capability via our MMS gateway – to offer your own customers then please get in touch via our contact form.

To request a copy of our MMS API documentation, use our request page here.

If you have any other comments or questions, or would like to share your own successes with MMS, then free to leave a reply in the comment box below.

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Spotlight on MMS for big box retail (IKEA Case Study)

As you know, at Thirdscreen we are always on the lookout interesting use cases with MMS.

In previous blog articles we’ve covered MMS being used for marketing in car dealerships, convenience stores, fashion and beauty and fast food amongst others.

Another sector which is a perfect fit for MMS marketing is big box retailers – for electrical and homewares for example.  In Australia we have the likes of JB HI-FI, Harvey Norman and The Good Guys for example.

We have looked into how the power of imagery can help to influence our buying decisions in an earlier article.

Undoubtedly, big box retailers with their large product ranges and virtually endless lines of stock, coupled with large potential customer bases, can utilise MMS to entice customers into store for seasonal campaigns.

On such big box retailer leveraging the power of MMS is IKEA.

Tatango, who are an SMS/MMS provider in the U.S. document one of IKEA’s MMS Summer Specials campaign here;

https://www.tatango.com/blog/ikea-uses-mms-marketing-to-promote-summer-specials/

The IKEA case study shows an enticing photo of an outdoor furniture setting and includes a link to an online flyer.

When it comes to big box retailers and homewares, IKEA is one of the biggest going around – on a world scale.  The above case study is a great example of how big box retailers can engage with their customers and drive foot traffic into their stores.  Undoubtedly other big box retailers can leverage MMS in a similar way for seasonal promotions, monthly specials, new product announcements and more.

If you are an agency or reseller wanting to send MMS campaigns then please contact us for more information and rates. We offer the best MMS rates in Australia.

If you are an existing SMS provider looking for wholesale MMS A2P capability via our MMS gateway – to offer your own customers then please get in touch via our contact form.

To request a copy of our MMS API documentation, use our request page here.

If you have any other comments or questions, or would like to share your own successes with MMS, then free to leave a reply in the comment box below.

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