Collecting customer data for your contact list is key. When building your contacts database, you have to ensure that you follow the regulations by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and The Privacy & Electronic Communications Regulations 2003. Under GDPR, you are the Data Controller. However you choose to compile your database, legal compliance is paramount.
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has determined that an organisation cannot send a text message if the recipient has not agreed to it, unless:
For more information on compliance, please visit the ICO site.
If you are sending texts to existing customers, then follow the above rules. If you are sending texts to prospective customers, then you require them to have opted in to receive them first.
Our portal provides you the opportunity to include a simple opt-out message in every SMS broadcast. All numbers that request opt-out are immediately added to your account blacklist.
In addition, we ensure you remain compliant. Our system is designed to ensure that you are unable to send opted-out customers a message any time in the future – even when those numbers are then included in subsequent contact lists.
Our system also has the facility for you to manually add numbers to your blacklist, if, for example, a customer phones up to ask to be removed from all future campaigns.
An additional benefit of responsible and legally compliant campaigns is that it can actually improve your customer response and conversion rate. To get the most out of your campaign, take a look at our 10 Best Practice Tips.
In summary, consider the following: