Signal Vine Blog: Text Me Back

Meet Our Mascot: Squiggle the Silkie Chicken

Posted by Paige Altieri on February 9, 2017
It's conference season for Signal Vine, which means a lot of traveling for our team! As we pack our most valuable items and double check our plane tickets, there's one thing that never gets left behind - our mascot, Squiggle the silkie chicken. Keep reading to see where Squiggle is headed next!
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Topics: Signal Vine

Health Education by Text Message: Results from Peer Health Exchange

Posted by Elizabeth Pierce on February 6, 2017
By now, you know that text messaging is a powerful way to reach students. Peer Health Exchange (PHE) is one of the latest organizations to experience the increased engagement of a text messaging program. PHE is a nonprofit organization committed to providing quality health education to students at high-need schools.  Lisa Flynn and Anthony Sawyer from  Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health analyzed the results of PHE's text messaging program, which you can  see here.
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Topics: Research, Texting

#TextingTuesdays: 4 Step Implementation Checklist

Posted by Paige Altieri on January 31, 2017
Welcome back to #TextingTuesdays! This week,  Peter Murray, our Enterprise Sales Manager, expands on four crucial steps to implementing Signal Vine.

Step 1: Develop a strategy for texting.
Step 2: Train your staff.
Step 3: Collect students' phone numbers.
Step 4: Respond to your students.

Watch the video now! 
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Download: Blended Messaging Infographic

Posted by Haley Trost on January 27, 2017

One of Signal Vine's many unique functions is the ability to send scheduled mass messages and have one-on-one conversations all in one conversation thread. There's even a word for this: blended messaging. Learn more about what blended messaging is and how it helps you scale your text messaging program in today's infographic.

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Topics: Higher Education, Texting, Blended Messaging

5 Common Misconceptions About Texting Your Students

Posted by Alex Marmitt on January 25, 2017

For the past decade, email has been the the most common form of communication on most campuses and offices. People are often wary of differing from the “norm.” Texting on college campuses is becoming widely more popular. Still skeptical? See five of the most common misconceptions about texting your students.

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Topics: Texting, Students

The 2017 Student Communications Landscape

Posted by Paige Altieri on January 19, 2017
You know that students are no longer using traditional forms of communication (phone calls, voicemail, email)... but what are they using? Take a deep dive into how students are communicating today with  the 2017 Communications Landscape infographic.  
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Topics: Higher Education, Facts, Texting

#TextingTuesdays: A Big Thanks From Signal Vine's CEO!

Posted by Paige Altieri on January 17, 2017
It's hard to believe that we're almost a full month into 2017! In this week's #TextingTuesdays video, CEO Brian Kathman shares his thoughts on the past year. Tune in to hear Brian talk about Signal Vine's feature in The New York Times, our work with  Michelle Obama's Reach Higher program, and our partnership with the state of Texas. 
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Text Your Way to College (New York Times Recap)

Posted by Paige Altieri on January 13, 2017

A recent op-ed by David L. Kirp published in The New York Times examines how texting programs can nudge students towards better educational choices. Kirp focuses particularly on the use of texting interventions to reduce summer melt and to encourage students from all socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for college. 

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How to Create the Ultimate Intro Text

Posted by Katie Flood on January 10, 2017

Writing an engaging introduction text is the easiest way to grab your students' attention - and keep it! Connecting personally with your students early on keeps them engaged beyond the first message for the duration of your texting campaign. Here's how to write a powerful introductory text message.

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#TextingTuesdays: How to Text Students in Multiple Languages

Posted by Paige Altieri on January 3, 2017
Welcome to 2017! Let's kick off the new year the best way we know how: with a new #TextingTuesdays video. New to #TextingTuesdays? Watch the first how-to video  here, or keep reading to watch this week's video on texting in different languages.
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Topics: Tips & Tricks, HowTo

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