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    Text hotline answers teens’ questions about sex, drugs, and gangs

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    Questions about your sexual health can be embarrassing. But with Alexandria, VA’s Teen Text Message Line, teens can ask them in a way that’s private and easy – via text message. By texting SEX to 30644, teens enter a conversation with a counselor who will answer their questions within 24 hours. Teens can ask about…

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    California Poison Control System Sends Daily Tips Over Text

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    Get timely tips about preventing poison sent straight to your phone. The California Poison Control System runs an innovative campaign, in English and Spanish, to keep families informed about poison threats to their homes and lives. The “Home and Family Safety” campaign launched in National Poison Prevention week in 2010. As the press release describes it,…

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    TxTina Lets Teens use SMS to get Advice about Sexual Health

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    Teens seeking the scientific facts behind difficult sexual health issues can get direct, personal responses through the channel most comfortable for them – SMS. The Iowa Department of Human Services’ TxT (Talking Sex Together) program is dedicated to providing teens the straight facts about their sexual health, and helping them make smarter choices about safe…

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    DoSomething.org CEO Nancy Lublin’s TED Talk on a Teen Crisis SMS Hotline

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    In a new TED Talk, DoSomething.org CEO Nancy Lublin unveils a world-changing idea: a text crisis hotline for teens. Lublin is working to launch a service where teens can text in their urgent issues and receive immediate help from a counselor. “I think [a mobile phone] might be a lifeline. I think it might be…

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    Jed Alpert featured in Mashable on SMS Vaccine Reminders

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    Today our CEO, Jed Alpert, was featured in a Mashable piece about the power of SMS vaccine reminders. The article highlights how effective SMS reminders can be in getting parents to vaccinate their children – potentially saving thousands of lives. “The great thing about mobile is when you send messages, they’re designed to have an…

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    Are you sure you want to eat that? Text to find out!

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    If you walk into a dining hall run by Bon Appétit Management Company, you can find out exactly what you’re eating – just by sending a text. BAMCO, which runs college dining halls across the country, is giving students the power to manage their nutrition with an easy text service powered by Mobile Commons. The…

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    Hear Jed Alpert on the Brian Lehrer Show

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    Our CEO, Jed Alpert, went on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show to talk about texting, mobile engagement and his new book, The Mobile Marketing Revolution: How Your Brand Can Have a One-to-One Conversation with Everyone. Lehrer and Alpert talk about the power of mobile engagement, particularly when mobile is integrated with other media; how mobile communications…

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    Selena Gomez Raises Awareness About the Sahel Food Crisis

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    Actress and recording artist Selena Gomez is using her star power to raise awareness about famine in Africa. Gomez is an ambassador for UNICEF, and has recorded a PSA asking young people to text in to donate $10 to fight the Sahel food crisis. In the PSA, Gomez gives a brief overview of what’s at…

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    TechCocktail Features the Mobile Marketing Revolution

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    TechCocktail, a website dedicated to emerging technology and innovation, just had a great book preview of Jed Alpert’s new book, The Mobile Marketing Revolution: How Your Brand Can have a One to One Conversation with Everyone. The post, titled “Social Media Isn’t Enough,” excerpts a chapter of the book that discusses how aggressive social media…

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    How To: Setup a Phone Opt-In Path

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    In this How To video, we walk you through how to setup a phone opt-in path from the Mobile Commons system.

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