SMS is still one of the top ways to communicate with people and in 2012, over 2000 billion SMS messages were sent in the USA. Apart from chat and messaging, SMS can be a great alternative to push notifications and a fantastic reminder service. SMS is simple and always integrated into smartphones, which means users can receive updates and interact with your apps even if they do not have the app downloaded and running on the device.
We have put together 20 basic ideas on how you could add SMS in your apps, and take advantage of its potential.
If a website has a new blog post or is offering a discount on a product a user is watching, send an SMS to notify the user and make the sale
Simple notification to say what color and registration the car is and what the driver is called.
Remove unnecessary emails and send an SMS when employees need to complete their expenses or other company paperwork
Integrate SMS with a 3rd part API like Yelp to give a super simple Q&A service. For example, a user sends SMS with the question “where is the best place to get pizza”. The system checks a service like Yelp and the user receives an SMS with the top result
These types of events are popular amongst students. User register to a 30 minute club, and at a random time the service (or organizer) sends an SMS with a event and location to be at in the next 30 mins
Let users create a birthday card online and send the card via SMS. The recipient receives a message via the online system with a link to the ecard to view or download on their smartphone
A user sees an advert in a newspaper and sends a SMS to request more info. This is an idea from Steve Polands – http://www.stevepoland.com/idea-26b-auto-details-and-photos-to-your-cell/
Using the classic two factor authentication system, add an additional layer of security to your user accounts
Create a simple SMS booking system where users can book a table and restaurants can update customers, all via simple SMS
Users receive an SMS when their utilities usage is higher than normal to help them keep costs down
Using location services, users would receive an SMS when they enter an area with high crime rating. See more info on http://www.ideaswatch.com/startup-idea/violent-neighborhood-notifier
A simple server where a user could send an SMS with a word to a receiving number, and then receive an SMS with some alternatives
When selling items on a marketplace, sellers could receive an SMS when someone has made a bid or send an email for more information
Send an SMS with coffee credit when running late for a meeting. This is something that really impressed us at the TechCrunch Hackathon – http://challengepost.com/software/delayed
A simple service that would send an SMS when the number of unread emails goes over a certain threshold or when emails marked as important have not been read or replied to
Send a SMS to someone invited to a meeting who has not logged in or registered as attending
Send an SMS when a delivery is close –to keep customers informed
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