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The Top 3 Ways How to Collect SMS opt-ins for Text Message Marketing

Updated: Nov 7

SMS - text messaging is a great way to engage people - text messages get read quickly, and people respond fast, which is not surprising when you realize that 6 billion text messages 💬 are sent per day in the US alone.

But how do you build up your mobile subscriber list? 🤔 Here are a few different tactics. Continue reading to learn more.

The Top 3 Ways How to Collect SMS opt-ins for Text Message Marketing

Top 3 ways how to collect opt-ins for SMS text message marketing:

  1. Have your customers text you - list your Pony Express HQ number publicly and have them send a text to you to opt-in for your text message marketing.

  2. Install the Pony Express HQ web widget on your website! It is an embeddable form to automatically collect users' full name and phone numbers on your website. You can copy & paste the basic HTML and CSS code and further customize the form according to your website's design. Web widget subscribes users to the group you selected.

  3. Go old school; ask and collect phone numbers in-store with a pen and paper from your customers. 📝 Please make sure you are clear that you will be messaging them.

When messaging potential subscribers, be sure to: 💡

  • Remind them who you are! Especially with your first message to anyone. (If this is your first contact or if they didn’t save your number)

  • Clearly explain the incentive for opting-in 🗣

  • Define the frequency at which you will contact them.

  • Be respectful. ✅ This is their personal phone number. Treat this privilege with care.

Here are a few examples of how you can text customers to get their permission to opt-in:

“Join the club! 🙌 Text YES to sign up for the Pizza 🍕 Pony Express mobile text messaging 💬 list for weekly promos on delicious pies.”

“Respond VIP to join the mobile text club of the Wild West Cinema and Theater. 🎬 As a VIP member, you’ll get early access to shows and events. 🎟 You'll also receive occasional text messages about the latest premieres and debuts.”

“This is Bill’s Saloon. 👨🏻 Text DAILY to get daily updates or WEEKLY to get weekly updates on our events and happenings.”

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There's huge potential for SMS text message marketing. In a survey, only 54% of people said they opted-in to receive SMS text messages from a brand. Of those people, 91% of users said they found the text messages to be useful.

Do you want to know what the 6 reasons why people opt-in to receive SMS text messages are? See the details in our previous blog post and learn deeper about why people opt-in to receive the text messages.


📍 Don’t forget to allow customers a way to opt-out of mobile text messaging at any time - it’s the law. 🙅‍

No worries, though; Pony Express HQ helps you be compliant - when you text from the dashboard, the first message you send to people automatically includes instructions on how to unsubscribe by texting “STOP.”


For more details about how to opt-out from text message campaigns, you can read our blog post.
Learn how to be TCPA and CTIA Compliant when text message marketing!

Ready to start texting? Sign-in now and get 100 free text message credits.🎉

Happy texting!✨

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Pony Express HQ is a 100% opt-in service.
Please see our Privacy Policy, Terms Of Use, Anti-Spam Policy to learn about our position on spam and the privacy of your data.

Pony Express HQ has a zero-tolerance policy for text messaging spam and reserve the right to immediately cancel the account for any user that does so. Don't be that person. 🙅‍

Standard message & data rates may apply. For help, text "HELP". To opt-out of any Pony Express HQ related group list, text "STOP" or contact Support, contact@ponyexpresshq.com​.


Pony Express HQ neither provides lists of phone numbers nor do we give access to our clients’ contact lists.