Personalization for your Mobile Marketing Practice

Enhancing Communications with Munvo’s SMS Gateway

The ‘mobile-first’ mentality has permeated all facets of marketing operations, such as website-building, ecommerce via mobile applications, and the ongoing growth of digital wallets. Smartphones now dictate the way that businesses market themselves and personalize their branded communications. As such, it is crucial to connect with the customers whose handheld devices seldom leave their side.

According to Gartner, SMS open and response rates remain as high as 98% and 45%, respectively, compared to figures of only 20% and 6% for email. For this reason, Munvo developed the SMS Gateway, a flexible software that serves to facilitate intuitive mobile dialogue between businesses and their targeted consumers in near-real time.

With the SMS Gateway, you can convey relevant information and remain in close contact with a set of current or prospective customers. The product’s main features – from its connectors and conversation trees to messaging templates and MMS options – fortify the power of advanced personalization at a speed and capacity that is unprecedented. In this article, we will demonstrate how our team has harnessed this innovative product to support businesses in the pursuit of personalized marketing campaigns.

Find out how Munvo’s SMS Gateway refines mobile marketing practices across all industries to:

Personalize Customer Check-Ins and Travel Offers

Traveling, whether for work or leisure, often requires advanced arrangements that can include lodging, flying, touring, and dining. Travelers want to make the most of their time away – and in the tourism, entertainment, and hospitality industries, their convenience should be your company’s first priority. For instance, when an international airline sought to deploy SMS offers to travelers for exclusive packages from partnering hotels, rental companies, and restaurants, the SMS Gateway prompted our client to look back at each customer’s previous travel history, before finally directing them to the deals or excursions that best suited their interests.

Geotagging can also be implemented to reach travelers when they enter the terminal of an airport. Once they log on to the airport’s free Wi-Fi, the SMS Gateway can initiate a conversation with them via SMS to bring their attention to various promotions. For example, you can solicit customers to purchase roaming data packages from partnering mobile providers. The resulting “Success/Failure” status (based on each customer’s response) can then be saved for future reference.

Personalized SMS messaging ensures that customers stay on top of their itinerary, while granting them the flexibility to modify their plans for a more fulfilling experience, hassle-free. Whether traveling on a family vacation, as a corporate group, or backpacking individually, it is vital to get to know your customers’ distinct needs, or as another one of Munvo’s clients required: to establish communication between their hotel brand and the people checking in. With its ability to form tree-like conversation paths and push lists of SMS numbers to a given short or long code, the SMS Gateway allowed our client to relay key details and limited-time offers to hotel guests; a time-saving initiative that kept them up to date. This information ranged from Wi-Fi passwords, hotel amenities, and room service, to breakfast and pool hours/locations, check-out details, and special event notifications.

SMS Gateway's Intuitive Conversation Tree
In any case, Munvo can assist clients and capitalize on the SMS Gateway’s connector to leverage HTTP protocol and near-real-time communication functionalities, with the general aim of accommodating their respective customer base. The connector’s use of HTTP corresponds directly to your Mobile Messaging Provider (MMPs like Twilio©, Sinch/CLX©, or AWS Pinpoint©), which can alter message performance according to volume and encourage consumers to actively engage. By enabling a link between the airline and hotel’s respective marketing automation solutions and their SMS providers of choice, they were able to develop unique SMS strategies that specifically worked for them. They even customized mobile templates that could be reused as digital assets down the road. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for personalized mobile marketing – and the flexibility of Munvo’s SMS Gateway reflects that reality.

Capture Customer Feedback Instantly

The SMS Gateway enables you to incorporate response-tracking within your marketing automation solution. Current SMS providers lack the ability to support this task, so Munvo took the initiative to bridge that gap.

By surveying customers and gaging their responses through the messages that they navigate within their conversation trees (referred to as nodes within the actual product), we have been able to intuitively reach desired audiences, record their transactions for reference (inbound, outbound, batches), and reassign customers to different messages within their current conversation.

In other words, Munvo’s SMS Gateway gives our clients the agency to capture customer feedback and move the conversation forward based on the data that is provided. It’s no wonder that marketers who employ SMS marketing strategies are on average 79% more likely to adopt additional mobile-specific tactics into their marketing operations, due to the near-immediate results and receptivity of SMS messaging.

Create Customer Profiles Based on Two-Way Dialogue

In light of the SMS Gateway’s advanced customer feedback, you can also draw from, or build on, previous interactions to develop comprehensive customer profiles. This is especially useful in the retail industry, where it is imperative to market the right item to the right person at the most optimal moment. Munvo’s SMS Gateway makes it easy to retrieve and gather end-customer data, and so, enrich your knowledge of targeted consumers, their interests, and basic buying habits.

If, for example, customers purchase an item that makes them eligible to sign up for a specific membership card, the SMS Gateway can ensure that this message is rapidly transmitted to them. The customers would then be prompted to answer with a “Yes/No” opt-in response, in order to receive the mobile wallet card, also sent via SMS.

With adaptable messaging templates, you can even repurpose material that contains personalized customer information. These templates, which are triggered with a webhook, allow you to distinguish and set parameters when requesting customer data directly from your marketing automation software. Afterward, your marketing team can quickly plug retrieved data into future messages or campaigns for effective interactions that are more likely to result in sales.

In one instance, we implemented the SMS Gateway’s connector and integrated Adobe Campaign with Twilio to facilitate real-time, event-driven messaging through the HTTP protocol, in lieu of our client’s REST (Representational State Transfer) connector. We subsequently established a workflow for our client to verify whether certain targeted mobile numbers were already in their database, in order to create new customer profiles or better target existing ones. This is precisely why personalized mobile marketing is one of the best ways to get to know your audience and effectively humanize your brand.

Personalization and the State of Mobile Marketing Today

At a time where we are all increasingly motivated to access digital platforms using our smartphones, it is vital to get to know your customers, their preferences, needs, and impulses. Munvo’s SMS Gateway not only expands and enhances the mobile marketing channel for more direct and engaging interactions, it empowers its users to make relevant changes, or updates, almost immediately. By taking the necessary steps to decipher and learn about today’s consumers, you will naturally heighten their experience and refine your overarching mobile marketing practice. That is how Munvo’s SMS Gateway leverages personalized messaging to strengthen brand reliability, and in turn, build long-term customer loyalty.

About Munvo

Munvo is a leading consulting firm helping clients improve their marketing capabilities through a combination of technology implementations, management consulting and marketing run services. In addition, Munvo Lab develops products and connectors for Adobe, SAS, and Unica Marketing Solutions.