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In the age of instant messaging and social media, SMS messaging might seem like a thing of the past. However, it remains a viable solution for business messaging, even in the face of cheaper OTT messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Viber. In this blog post, we’ll explore why SMS messaging is still the most reliable and cost-effective option for businesses.

1. Widespread Adoption

One of the most significant advantages of SMS messaging is its widespread adoption. SMS messaging is supported by every mobile phone, including feature phones, which means that businesses can communicate with their customers without having to worry about compatibility issues or app installations. Furthermore, while smartphones and messaging apps are becoming increasingly popular, not everyone has access to a smartphone (or messaging app). There, SMS messaging can still reach a much wider audience than OTT messaging apps.

2. Reliability

SMS messaging is a reliable form of communication. Unlike OTT messaging apps, which require a stable internet connection, SMS messaging can work in areas with poor connectivity, making it a more reliable option for businesses operating in remote or rural locations. Additionally, SMS is not affected by app crashes, server outages, or software updates, making it a more dependable option for businesses to ensure their messages are delivered.

3. Security

SMS messaging is also a more secure option for businesses. SMS messages are end-to-end encrypted, which means that the content of the message is protected from interception and decryption. Furthermore, businesses can also ensure that their SMS messages comply with data protection regulations, such as GDPR, by ensuring that they obtain explicit consent from their customers to receive SMS messages.

4. Cost-Effective

While OTT messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Viber are often touted as cheaper options, SMS messaging can be a more cost-effective solution for businesses. SMS messaging allows businesses to reach their customers without the need for a data plan or Wi-Fi connection, making it an attractive option for customers who might not have access to these resources. Additionally, SMS messaging plans are often cheaper than data plans, making it a more affordable option for businesses who want to reach a wider audience.

5. Direct Marketing

SMS messaging also allows businesses to communicate directly with their customers. Unlike social media or email, which can easily be ignored or filtered out, SMS messages are delivered directly to the customer’s phone, ensuring that the message is seen. Additionally, SMS messages have higher open rates and response rates compared to other forms of marketing, making it a more effective marketing tool for businesses.

While OTT messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Viber are popular, SMS messaging remains a viable solution for business messaging. SMS messaging has a wide adoption, is reliable, secure, cost-effective and allows businesses to communicate directly with their customers.

SMS messaging remains the most effective method for businesses to communicate with their customers.

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