While the online sign-up page provides a space for your subscribers to enter their name, you may want to collect your subscribers' names when they're texting in a keyword to subscribe as well.
First Reply as Name
You could manually ask people for their name upon sign-up; or your Mobile Text Alerts account can be enabled with a feature that will take the first message people respond back to your text and will capture it as their name in your system.
For example, you could set up an auto-response for your keyword that says something like, "Reply back with your name." Then whatever people respond with will be captured as their name.
So, if your keyword was "Sale" on the number 74121, the workflow might look like this:
- Your subscriber would text the world "Sale" to 74121.
- The subscriber would receive whatever auto-response you set up, which may include "Reply back with your name."
- The subscriber responds back their name, "John Smith."
- John Smith would then be automatically added as their name in your database.
If you'd like to get your account enabled with this feature, let us know at email@example.com and we can get you set up!
Text in to Longcode
Another way that subscribers can input their name is by texting in your longcode keyword instead of using your shortcode.
Your account will come with at least 1 free keyword on a shortcode (5-digit number) and most of our customers prefer to use the shorter number to get people to subscribe. (For example, "Text 'sale' to 74121 to subscribe," etc.). But your account also includes free keywords on our long 10-digit number 6622004303.
If someone is texting in a keyword to the longcode number they can include their name in the following format: Keyword FirstName LastName.
For example, if "sale" were your keyword, people could text "Sale John Smith" to the number 6622004303. They would then be added to your subscriber list and their name would be designated as John Smith in your system.
This method of collecting subscribers' names only works through using the longer text-in number.
(You can view and manage your keywords under the Keywords->Manage Keywords tab.)