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That time of year always comes and goes so quickly. Higher education facilities start preparing for before the previous school year even ends: admissions and the back-to-school season. But did you know that SMS and texting in college admissions processes could help ease stress and increase engagement with new or prospective students?

At SendHub, we understand that higher education recruiters and admissions staff work tirelessly at communicating important deadlines, events, and celebratory messages with future students to make their transition to college easier. That’s why we’ve created this list of 10 sample SMS messages for admission and recruitment; to make the lives of admissions staff and recruiters easier, too.

1 – Send Appointment Reminders

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Students, whether they’re new or not, are busy. But for new recruits and admissions, it’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of a new school year, especially if they’ve moved out-of-state for their education. Use bulk SMS messages to send appointment reminders to help students stay on schedule.

2 – Communicate Important DeadlinesCapture-2.png

During the application process, there are countless deadlines that have to be met to ensure an easy enrollment for the student. By sending an SMS to all the students that have to pay attention to that important deadline, they’ll have a reminder of the information that they need to succeed.

3 – Send Links with Important Information

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As you communicate these important deadlines, you can include links to official educational content that provide a more comprehensive outline of the information you that needs to be shared. This is higher education texting at its finest.

4 – Engage with Interested Prospects

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Stay in the minds of prospective students by sending out bulk SMS messages promoting your school, interesting programs, and unique services and facilities that your educational facility offers. Automate your text messages in your college admissions office so that you can efficiently communicate with prospective students who are visting your website and applying online.

Use text messaging as a way to keep in touch with your online applicants. You can send them text alerts about the status of their application and reminders of further materials that need submitted to complete their application.

5 – Send Fee Reminders

Financially speaking, sending out fee reminders is imperative to collecting the funds necessary to run your educational facility for the year. Help students and parents alike remember important fee deadlines by sending out fee reminders via bulk SMS messaging.

6 – Communicate Tests and Exams

For certain programs and faculties, there are required tests and exams necessary for admission. If this is the case for one of your faculties, make sure that you SMS message all interested applicants for that program, reminding them of the time and date on which the test or exam is to be held.

7 – Outline Housing Requirements and Rules

Once a student has been accepted into your educational facility, they’re going to start thinking about where they will live during their time at your school. By sending out an SMS link surrounding housing requirements, rules, and deadlines, you can help ease the process for both your housing department and the students themselves.

8 – Make Your School Stand Out During Recruitment Time

Although it may only seem like its students competing to get into their school of choice, educational facilities are also competing to be the school of choice. To stand out during recruitment time, send interesting facts about your campus, articles about successful alumni, and what a student has to gain by enrolling at your school, with SMS messages for admission.

9 – Provide Students with Helpful Tips

During the application process, you can send out bulk SMS texts to interested applicants that will help them speed up their application process. Make sure to include what documents they need to send in, quick routes to access the admissions office, and of course, the appropriate deadlines for applications.

10 – Send Celebratory Messages Along with Orientation Reminder

You’ve finally made it to the end of summer! Before your successful applicants and future students arrive at the campus, send a bulk SMS message saying congratulations, and a friendly reminder of where and when your school’s orientation will be held, if applicable.

At SendHub, we want to make your business communication simple. With our out-of-the-box business SMS solutions, you can connect with prospect students and build a sense of trust and professionalism. Want to try SendHub for yourself? Start a free trial today!

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Whether you’re a large high school in a big city, or a smaller public school in a rural area, having a trusted method of contact with your students and parents is of dire importance in the case of an emergency, school event, or important deadline.Texting app for teachers

 

With a text message service for schools, such as SendHub’s innovative and simple SMS solution, it’s easy for school employees to send text alerts and messages to hundreds of students and parents all within moments. So how can bulk text messaging help your school, and how can you utilize this innovative solution to stay in touch with students and parents alike?

What is Bulk Text Messaging?

Bulk text messaging is the distribution of a large number of text messages to a mass of individuals, usually surrounding a specific topic or outlining important information. At SendHub, we make these services easier to access through a simple, out-of-the-box SMS solution that helps businesses, companies, and educational institutions keep in touch with customers, vendors, and other important groups of individuals.

How Can a School Benefit from a Text Messaging Service?

With a bulk text messaging service for schools like SendHub, teachers and school administrative staff have the opportunity to share information with parents and students securely, privately, and instantly. With a text messaging service, schools are able to connect directly with either parents or students, as organized groups can be created to quickly send out information to the right recipients.

By sending out class updates, reminders about extracurricular activities, projects, or important school events, every parent and student will have access to the necessary information that makes a child’s educational experience a success.

With SendHub’s school text message service, parents or students can send back images of documents they’ve signed or other important information via MMS, and can be received either online or from one of our iOS or Android apps.

How You Can Make Sure Everyone Gets Important Text Messages?

Here are some helpful tips for schools to ensure that recipients always get your important text messages:

  • During school registration, try and collect the cellular numbers of both parents and students on your registration forms.
  • In elementary and high schools, be sure to discuss the text messaging service, and how it works, with parents and students alike so that they’re comfortable using the service, and know that the information can be trusted.
  • Make sure to promote the fact that you will be sending important school information via text to parents. This can be done on your school’s website, during announcements, during parent teacher meetings, and in monthly newsletters. This way, they know they can expect to communicate with you efficiently on their cell phone.
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In the early to mid-2000s, entertainment apps like Angry Birds overran app stores. But during the past couple of years, business apps have grown far faster than other types of apps. Between 2014 and 2015, developers built more than 128,000 business apps — a 210 percent increase from the previous year.

Now that enterprise companies have latched on to the app world, the question is no longer, “Is there an app for that?” Instead, today’s business leaders should ask themselves, “Do I really need an app for that?”

Communication is one of the biggest hurdles of business. You need to reach out to prospective customers, contact existing customers, and spread the word about your company. Business leaders face three great hurdles when getting their messages out.

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SMS is an important, effective, and safe communications platform for businesses, and it will stay that way. In this contributed article we share our insight into how SMS can be used in the enterprise. Read on to get our thoughts on the reasons why companies want to use SMS and also three ways enterprises can stay safe when using SMS for their business.


Staying safe with SMS

So why are some businesses still skeptical about SMS? I commonly hear these three security concerns:

1. Control of data

Most information sent via SMS isn’t sensitive. Typically, messages direct the reader elsewhere. But companies still want to be in control of the data. They want to make sure that they can get it out of the SMS system and incorporate it into their workflow while ensuring that the data itself is secure. The proliferation of companies offering business-oriented SMS services means managing this data has never been easier….

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