Why SMS Alerts are key to any delivery experience
Some delivery businesses we work with at GetSwift have their doubts about SMS Alerts. One common worry is: “If I send SMS alerts, will I bother my customers?”
In a word: No. Predictable delivery is not just a convenient, nice thing to have anymore—it’s expected. Your customer is building how they spend their day, night, or, in the case of large delivery like a couch or a refrigerator, their week around this delivery. Text messages are a great way for customers to manage their time, interact with your brand, and even get prompted to contact your team if they need to change the delivery time.
Text alerts have also become common courtesy. Remember the days of sitting on your couch wondering when your Chinese takeout will arrive and having no idea if you can take a shower or walk the dog—or not? Those days are long gone.
The best part? Automated SMS alerts can be set up in minutes on GetSwift. You can learn how easy that is on our support page.
As you set up SMS alerts, here are some awesome things you do to add a flourish to your messages:
First, you can automatically personalize each SMS Alert just by adding a field for the customer’s name and the driver’s name when you set up your alerts. You can also choose to add links to a Live Tracking Map, Live ETA, or a feedback form.
Second, you can add your own branding. Write the message in your tone of voice and choose the name of the sender that pops up on your customer’s phone.
Third, you can choose which events will trigger an SMS alert. Here are the events that could trigger an alert: New Job Started, Task Accepted by Handler, Delivery En Route, Delivery Completed, and Delivery Cancelled. Choose all 5 or just one.
In sum, giving customers an accurate prediction of when their delivery will arrive is a must-have for delivery businesses, and SMS alerts a great way to do it. With GetSwift, you can customize those messages to your needs so that your customers are kept informed, at ease, and, most importantly, excited about your products and their delivery.