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Qittle Software Upgrade now includes SMS, Email and Social Networking

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The months of May & June have been a very busy time here at Qittle. Our development team and customer support team have been working very hard to make the switch to our new Qittle 1.0 software. First off let me take a moment to say thank you for working with us during this transition as I know it has not been with out hiccups. We would love to hear from you about how we can continue to improve our software and make your experience as easy as possible.
Our new software includes the ability to manage your SMS, Email and Social Networking campaigns all from your Qittle account. Feel free to give us a call and let us walk you through the new software. We have heard a lot of feedback that it is much easier to use. We appreciate your business and look forward to helping you accomplish your goals through SMS, Email and Social Networking.
Casey McConnell
CEO of Qittle
Qittle features
Social Networking

SMS – Send Text messages to unlimited contacts or groups right from our web based software. Manage your contacts, set up specific groups and schedule messages. Reporting so you can see who got your message. Set up an auto reply to a text message that way consumers can get a special offer or coupon right on their mobile phone. Check out the City of Aspen’s campaign for Ride The Rockies.

Email – We’ve partnered with one of the Industries leading email providers, Icontact. Now you can manage your existing Icontact account in your Qittle account or you can set up an email account. The benefits, now you can manage all of your communications from one location. All of your contacts will be in one location and your sign up forms on your website will push all of the data back to your Qittle account. We think you’re really going to like this.  You’ll find the pricing is very competitive and is easy to use with full reporting so you can see who opened your emails and clicked on links. Give us a call if you have questions.
Social Networking – There are literally hundreds of social networking and social media sites on the internet today. As you can imagine, certain sites are more popular in some parts of the globe than others. That’s why you Qittle! We have a simple tool that can update 30 of the most popular Social Networking sites out there right from your Qittle account. It makes Social Networking easy to manage. There is a 1 time set up fee to connect your accounts then this service is included with your account.

“We have been thrilled with the immediate success and response to this new marketing strategy. We are able to reach our customers when they are thinking about food and getting hungry. Our redemption rate in the first month has been around 14-15% whereas our print coupon marketing yields a 1-2% redemption rate,” said Josh Martino, Vice President of Operations and Legal Counsel for Bono’s , of Qittle’s SMS services. http://bonosbarbq.com/

Written by Casey McConnell

June 17, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Marketers Looking Beyond Slump

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by Tanya Irwin

Marketers plan to hit the ground running once the economy takes off.

For now, however, they are in a holding pattern of short-term strategies, according to a study by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and ‘mktg,’ a marketing services company.

Media budgets will be increased as conditions improve, according to more than two-thirds of the respondents (68%) to an April online survey of members of the ANA Brand Marketer Leadership Community panel. Forty-one percent said they will step up social networking/word-of-mouth, and 40% intend to raise spending for innovation and testing/learning.

Almost three-quarters of the respondents (73%) said they hope to employ these increased marketing activities three to six months before the recession ends, and by an additional 16% as soon as it ends.  Read the full article here

Qittle offers a fully integrated solution that allows you to update 30 social networking sites right from the Qittle platform. Click here to learn more Qittle Social Networking

Written by mattfraser

June 1, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Recession Fuels High-Tech Conversion

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Think your business is communicating fine without a mobile presence? Think again.

For the first time ever, the number of cell phone only households outnumbered landline users. A Center for Disease Control report released May 6, 2009 found that cell phone only households increased 3% over the first six months of 2008, the largest increase since data collection began in 2003. Other findings include households with no cell phones was only 17%. Compare these numbers with the 2003 stats of cell phone only households at 3% and the number of households with purely landlines at 43%.

The report findings included the fact that 15% have both cell phones and landlines, but these were mostly because they receive their internet connection via their landline. This means that one in three households are exclusively reachable via their cellphones.

Couple this report with the decline of readership within the  newspaper industry and you can begin to see that the best way to reach prople today is by cell phone and Social Networking websites.

There is an answer, however.  Qittle can provide your business with the tools to easily reach your core audience through permission based text messaging and social networking.

For information, contact Matt Fraser at 828.545.9744 or matt@qittle.com.

Recession Fuels High-Tech Conversion

Businesses to Use SMS for the Hearing Impaired

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Many businesses in today’s world deal directly with the deaf and hearing impaired. While technology has recently begun to aid in this demographics specific needs, SMS messaging is still the current solution for communication. There are drawbacks to SMS messaging technology such as a the availability of talk plans that just offer texting, limitations to the length of messages, and a lack of true emotion. Text messaging however has mobilized the world of deaf and hearing impaired persons.

With this in mind, it is easy to see why any business would want to incorporate a SMS messaging device for communication with their customers.  Appointment times, updates, and confirmations could all easily be sent via SMS to existing customers.  Marketing materials could all incorporate a text call to action to help build a new client database and send out coupons.   In all cases, the hearing impaired can effectively communicate with a business using the most effective tool available to them- SMS.

Businesses to use SMS for the Hearing Impaired

Written by mattfraser

April 29, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Gym Mobile Marketing Presence

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These days, it is harder to get information to people due to the vast amounts of spam filters guarding email accounts. Even email that people want doesn’t seem to make it to most accounts. In fact, about 2% of marketing email is being opened. Add to this our propensity to always be on the move throughout our day, and it is easy to see the need to get information to customers cell phones.

Anyone that has shown up for a regular scheduled spin class or yoga session knows the feeling of discontent when they find out it has been canceled after they arrrive. “If only I had been notified BEFORE driving all the way here…” Mobile is the answer.

Permission-Based Text Messaging is rapidly becoming the communication device of choice for businesses and people alike. In addition to sending out vital information as mentioned above, texting is becoming the marketing tool of choice as well. Gyms can simply and easily fill up dead times throughout your weekly schedule. For example, do you have a class that isn’t quite as full as you like? Send out a text to you members offering a “VIP Special” for that time slot. Maybe run another special to members for “Bring a Friend Week”. Your options are unlimited.

SMS texting is also a two-way communication device. Fitness instructors sometimes need to know how many people will be showing up to class. Students can RSVP to a class confirmation text message.

Finally, texting offers the most bang for your buck . For just pennies per text, gyms can easily incorporate a texting service into their membership prices, and their clients will gladly pay for and appreciate the communicability!

For more information about Club Mobile, give Matt Fraser at Qittle a call at 828.545.9744 or email at matt@qittle.com.

Written by mattfraser

April 23, 2009 at 4:33 pm


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Energy programs, news and general communications via mobile

Aspen, CO (4/10/2009) –Energy Outreach Colorado is now using mobile as a “green” way to get their message out to consumers and donors.

EOC is the only independent, non-profit organization in the state that raises money to help limited income Coloradans afford home energy. They will be using Qittle’s mobile services to reach more Colorado residents who might need energy assistance in their homes.

“As an organization we are excited to be working with Energy Outreach Colorado. The good work they do for the people in the State of Colorado, helping people get through tough times, educating consumers about energy efficiency opportunities and making our State greener is something we’re passionate about,” said Casey McConnell, CEO of Qittle.

Since 1989, EOC has distributed about $100 million to fund energy bill payment assistance, energy efficiency upgrades for affordable housing and non-profit facilities, energy efficiency education, and advocacy on behalf of low-income energy consumers. EOC relies on private donations, corporate contributions and foundation grants. http://www.energyoutreach.org

“We look forward to working with Qittle to reach more people who can benefit from our energy programs and support our mission of helping all Coloradans be able to afford home energy,” said Skip Arnold, executive director at Energy Outreach Colorado. “With Qittle’s assistance, we hope to provide as many Coloradans as possible with access to the new energy technologies available today.”

Qittle helps businesses create, customize and manage a mobile marketing initiative. The company serves as an SMS OEM to the software and services industry. It has signed up numerous clients including MindBody Software, Snowmass Village, YNot Advertising, Grocio, ResortQuest, Joie de Vivre Hotels, Bono’s BBQ and The Aspen Club & Spa.

If you would like more information on Qittle, or to schedule an interview with Casey McConnell, please contact Erin Robinson at 248.515.0955 or erin@qittle.com

Written by Casey McConnell

April 10, 2009 at 12:21 am

Top 10 Mobile SMS OPT In Strategies

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O.k so you have a SMS campaign and you are wondering how do I build a SMS data base who I can send messages too? Great questions and probably the most important one you can ask.

1. Add a sign up form to your website. You have web traffic and all of those visitors should be signing up for your Mobile Alerts. You’ll need to offer something to get users to sign up. Offer VIP announcements, you get the latest breaking news 1st. Click here to see an example of a mobile sign up form

2. POS, when someone is checking out or paying for an item offer to enter them into your Mobile Data Base.

3. Social Networking. It’s free and it’s where everyone is at online. Create a Facebook group, add it to your profile and your staffs. Check out this feature, you’re going to love the ability to update multiple Social Networking sites all from one location click here Qittle Social Networking Service

4. Staff buy in! This has got to be one of the most important things at your company. You have to get your staff to realize this is a part of your businesses success and you need everyone talking it up. Think Grassroots effort.

5. Email marketing, if you have a good email list and send out emails this is a great way to build your mobile list. Place your mobile sign up form right in the email or just have a text call to action. Text Bonos to 32075 to save

6. On your Business card. Offer something via your mobile data base. Free day pass to the Aspen Club and Spa or a free drink with the purchase of a meal.

7. On all marketing collateral. This is effective for 2 reasons. First to build your mobile data base. Second track the effectiveness of those marketing spends. Be more efficient in this environment.

8. Discounts via SMS. Stop offering discounts without opt in. Make SMS the way people redeem their discount.

9. Contests, create something exciting and really go all in. Text Contest to win …… This is highly effective as people will talk it up to friends making it viral. Get word of mouth working for you.

10. Be Patient!!! This is a long tail strategy, not an over night success. Go into Mobile knowing it’s going to take time but having an effective in house data base will put you far ahead of the competition and save you money in the long run on marketing.

At Qittle we partner with our Clients to make your mobile campaign successful. Click here for a free 30 day trial or give us a call at 1.866.606.7151

Top 10 Mobile SMS OPT In Strategies

Written by Casey McConnell

April 7, 2009 at 10:27 pm