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Lesson 101 – How to use SMS attachments and Shortlinks

Lesson 101 – How to use SMS attachments and Shortlinks

Marketers are finding creative ways to fit more in just 160 characters. What if I told you that you don’t have to worry about that anymore – With Textlocal, you can easily attach and send images, flyers, menus, brochures, videos and more in your texts at no extra cost!

How to insert an attachment?

As you would with an email, select and upload the file you want to send from your computer and Textlocal will convert this to a clickable link/URL in the body of your text message.

Advantages of SMS attachments

  1. Bring email-like attachment functionality to your high engagement SMS campaigns. Send PDFs, images, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, audio/video files and many more as Textlocal SMS attachments! The possibilities are endless.
  2. Faster go to market. No more waiting for IT/development teams to host the file or create a webpage for your marketing offers and flyers. Just upload and send via Textlocal.
  3. Gain valuable insights into customer behavior. Track how many opened the attachment, who opened the link at what time, the recipient’s mobile number, location details and device characteristics.
  4. Create highly effective SMS campaigns. Using click data from attachments as an indicator for customer engagement, you can now draft the right message with the right offer and send it at the right time. Maximize your marketing returns.

Measure Campaign Effectiveness with Textlocal Shortlinks

Textlocal makes it effortless to insert any URL in your message and deliver it as a short link. Unlike other URL shorteners (e.g. Bitly), Textlocal shortlinks can be sent as unique/trackable links to millions of recipients in your bulk campaigns.

How to insert a short link?

While composing your message, simply click on the ‘link’ symbol and type in or paste your weblink. Turn on tracking to ensure every recipient is sent a unique shortlink.

Know how Textlocal SMS attachments and shortlinks work: download our how-to guide.

Advantages of Shortlinks

  1. Shorten the URL and save valuable space. Every character counts in an SMS and hence, using shortlinks can be quite cost effective.
  2. Get granular click metrics. Unlike other URL shorteners, Textlocal can track who opened the link, their mobile number, time of the click, device characteristics and more!
  3. Create highly effective SMS campaigns. Using click data from shortlinks as an indicator for customer engagement, you can now draft the right message with the right offer and send it at the right time. Maximize your marketing returns.


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