Community texts/emails

Discussion in 'Gaming and Software' started by skintboymike, Jul 26, 2009.

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  1. Hello ladies and gents, I'm not sure where to put this one so I'll just spread my bets and post it alles über die platz. :)

    I've been involved in several community projects in and around my station, but to date I have been rather underwhelmed by the amount of people taking part in them. It's not that people aren't interested - I'm often told by Doris/Janet etc that they and their tribes would love to take part, but they never hear about events until it's too late, if at all.

    The publicity for many of these events is achieved by publishing an advert in magazines, or putting posters up in NAAFIs and cookhouses, but this isn't cutting the mustard. As an example, there is an advert in this month's copy of our local community magazine to advertise a Masterchef competition that I've helped organise. The magazine only arrived through letterboxes in some areas today, but the competition starts tomorrow morning so I will be very surprised if anyone turns up at all.

    I'd like to try to put information out instantly in the form of a regular text or email service for the local military community and their families, but apart from messaging everyone individually I'm unsure where to start. Does a facility exist whereby I can send regular emails/texts to registered members? If it does, can anyone help me to set it up, or even just signpost me to examples which are in use already?

    Cheers in advance, SBM
  2. SBM,

    Armynet has an SMS system for use by Units, might be worth a look.

  3. SBM,

    How many numbers?
    How often?
    Whats your budget?
  4. 1. I would expect to register about 100 numbers tops. (I can't tell if this is being pessimistic or optimistic yet :) )

    2. Whenever an event needs announcing, anywhere from 5-10 messages a month.

    3. Me personally, nothing. This would be set up as a welfare facility, so if a fee needs paying it should be paid by the station. Having said that, if it costs too much then no one would want to get involved, and I have no idea how much this would cost.
  5. Sixty

    Sixty LE Moderator Book Reviewer
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    You'll need people to do a one-off registration of their email addresses but after that you can do a mass email whenever you wish.
  6. I had a bit of a dig around on this issue for a work related issue.
    I wanted to try and get better comms with staff who were lone and remote working in an area where texts were reasonably reliable but cellular voice was iffy. So not the numbers you were expecting but a higher rate of sending.

    I ended up using my phone with the client software that allows me to generate SMS on my laptop and send the via the phone. Low setup costs as you just need the appropriate phone to PC cable and the softawre which was free to download.
    I also happened to find a professional SMS packageLINK in the bargain bucket at PC world which I had a bit of a mess around with. It looked good but because it was commercial the deleted the 100 free texts pretty soon after I registered the software. I don't know what the charge schedle is like but I assume they discount for higher volumes.