Signal Vine Blog: Text Me Back

#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

#TextingTuesdays: How To Use Your Time Wisely

Posted by Paige Altieri on December 6, 2016

Welcome back to #TextingTuesdays! Today, you'll learn strategies for using Signal Vine more efficiently. Texting doesn't have to take up a lot of time, as Joe Weinstein, our Director of Operations and Planning, shares on the blog.

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Topics: Tips & Tricks, Video, Platform

5 Ways to Use the New MMS Feature

Posted by Stephanie Sickler Sweetland on December 5, 2016

Texting with your students is more fun and effective than ever before with the addition of MMS to your Signal Vine account. What is MMS? It stands for Multimedia Messaging Service, meaning you and your students can share images and GIFs. Remember: a picture is worth a thousand words!

GIFs help make the world go 'round.

This new feature gives students the ability to text back with a picture/gif! Read on to learn how to use MMS to improve student retention rates.

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Topics: Tips & Tricks, Retention, MMS

Mythbusting: The 160 Character Limit

Posted by Miranda Palter on September 28, 2016
“How long can my text messages be?” We’ve been hearing that question a lot, and as experts in higher education texting, we want to set the record straight. All of your questions about text messaging lengths and limitations are answered here!
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Topics: Tips & Tricks, Best Practices, Texting, Character Limit, Mythbusting

To Abbreviate, or Not to Abbreviate?

Posted by Jessica Perkins on September 8, 2016
It can be tricky to craft the perfect text message to students. You have a lot to say, not much room to say it, and on top of that, you don’t want to be seen as trying too hard. This is where text abbreviations come in - when used appropriately, they can go a long way with students, but they’re so easy to misuse. Here’s my advice for abbreviating text messages:
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Topics: Tips & Tricks, Texting, Abbreviation

Your Essential Guide to Using Emojis

Posted by Jessica Perkins on September 6, 2016

You’re on the right track if you’re already texting students, but you may not realize that the way you text students can make or break your texting relationship. As students, we know when a text is coming from a machine and when it’s coming from a person, and we want to talk to real people at our colleges to help us get through the processes and deadlines we deal with every day. One fun and easy way to make texts more personal and build stronger relationships between staff and students is to use emojis in your texts.

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Topics: Tips & Tricks, Texting, Emojis

How to Write Texts that Get Students to Respond

Posted by Arianna Hartmann on August 17, 2016
 Are you texting students, but they’re not texting back? If you answered yes, these tips are for you! Here are four small tweaks you can make to your texts that have a huge impact on message response rates:
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Topics: Tips & Tricks, HowTo, Texting

Why You Should Text Students First

Posted by Arianna Hartmann on April 1, 2016

There are a lot of questions that come up when an organization decides to start texting students, and we hear them all! When should I send messages? Who should respond to students? How many messages is too many messages? The list goes on and on. One of the most common questions we are asked is whether students should opt in or opt out. What's the difference, and which should your program choose?

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Topics: Tips & Tricks, Opt-out, Opt-in

The Do's and Don'ts of Texting Applicants

Posted by Haley Trost on March 2, 2016

Spring is upon us, and you know what that means: National College Decision Day is almost here! May 1st is the deadline for college-bound students to make tough choices about where to enroll in college. By now, most students have submitted their applications and are anxiously waiting to hear back.

The next two months are a critical time for colleges and universities to process applications, get students excited about college, and ultimately enroll a brand new class of students. Text messaging students as they transition from prospect to applicant to admit eases the process for both sides. Before sending that first text, admissions offices should consider the following do's and don'ts of texting applicants: 

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Topics: Admissions, Enrollment, Tips & Tricks, Higher Education, Best Practices

6 Questions Your Team Has About Texting

Posted by Sahil Mehra on February 18, 2016

You've read the research, seen the demo, and now you're ready to start texting your students. The only problem? The rest of your team isn't on board yet. Come to your next team meeting prepared to handle these frequently asked questions: 

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Topics: Tips & Tricks, Best Practices, Q&A