Every TextPower account includes the use of all of our other services at no additional charge other than the cost of the messages. You can use our AlertManager web app to send messages to your members by simply logging in, typing a message, sending it immediately or scheduling it for later and determining whether to send it to the entire list or to a subset (a 'group') that you define easily when you enter or upload numbers.
You can see a video of how our AlertManager application works here:
Opting into receiving these notifications is simple - you would have a keyword (available at no charge) such as 'AcmeBeatThePeak' and tell customers to either text it to the shared short code you are using or the dedicated code you have arranged to use through us (which could be either a short code or a toll-free number) or use the HTML code we provide to embed a signup widget right on your own web page. Alternatively you may have chosen to have a list uploaded through TextPower's Communications Assurance Program (CAP) and so all of your customers' cell numbers you provided to us in the initial spreadsheet, and those that have been added in updates, are in the list.
You should note that according to the FCC and the TCPA regulations you can send messages with informational content - such as a 'beat the peak' message- to anyone who has provided you with their cell phone number in the normal course of doing business without requiring them to opt-in. You can choose to have them opt-in if you wish, of course, but this is not a requirement for this type of message - opt-ins are only required for messages containing marketing content (e.g., 'The summer heat is here. Use your coop discount card to purchase an air conditioner at Joe's Hardware on Main Street.')
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Every current pricing plan includes a volume discount for messages. If you begin sending out large quantities of messages we will be happy to provide you with a higher-volume package that may better suit your needs.