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    Shine Brightens Your Day with Inspirational Texts

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    Can a little AM encouragement change your entire attitude? The cofounders of Shine, a new text messaging service, believe that a simple text can transform your day. Shine sends its subscribers motivational texts every morning at 8:30 AM. It’s a brief snippet of insight and inspiration to help brighten your day. “We try to affirm…

  • Your Weekly Mobile News!

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    SMS News OpenMarket Releases New Infographic Demonstrating Massive Opportunity for Financial Institutions to Engage with Target Consumers via SMS – 35-55 percent of people prefer to receive SMS alerts for bank activity compared to 27 percent of the general US population. 30-35 percent prefer to receive fraud alerts through SMS versus 23 percent of the US population.…

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    7 Tips for Engaging Donors on the Move

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    It’s becoming clearer and clearer every day. Mobile isn’t just a fad; it’s here to stay! In fact, digital media mogul Mashable recently issued a statement saying that nonprofits should be focusing more on mobile. Their conclusion was drawn from a study of nonprofit email campaigns. While email list sizes grew in general, open and…

  • Vanity Fair Says the Flip Phone Revolution is Back!

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    Last month the Wall Street Journal wrote that flip phones are making a comeback. They’re convenient, they’re cheap, and they can help eliminate some of the distractions of modern life that a smartphone exemplifies. Now Vanity Fair is reporting that flip phones aren’t just convenient – they’re also a status symbol: Just last year, Hollywood…

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    Mobile Messaging News Roundup

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    All About Twilio Will Twilio reopen tech IPO window? – Twilio, a big messaging API provider, has revealed its IPO filing, and it could enter the public markets by next month. Notable in the context of a lot of recent tech IPO failure. T-Mobile eases into IoT through Twilio’s new Programmable Wireless service for developers – T-Mobile US will power a…

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    BeneStream Uses Text Messages to Make Health Insurance Enrollment as Simple as Texting with a Friend

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    There are many barriers to public benefits enrollment. Low income workers who qualify for these benefits often don’t have the time to take off work and spend hours navigating the complex system. In some cases, people can save significantly on healthcare costs by enrolling in Medicaid rather than their company plan, but going through the…

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    Mobile Messaging News Roundup

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    This NYC Startup Just Raised to Send You THIS Text Message Everyday – it’s our awesome customer ShineText again, making headlines! Karan Brar Reveals the Text Message He Totally Regrets Sending – Actor Karan Brar talks about his Context Clues campaign (which encourages students to read over the summer with a fun texting mystery game) with our awesome customer DoSomething. How…

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    Mobile Messaging News Roundup

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    This brilliant app will send you a positive text message every morning – A wonderful article about ShineText, a service sending positive affirmations daily via text. Stay inspired! 25 Best Practices to Drive Mobile Engagement in 2016 – Some good strategy tips for messaging engagement! KAYAK now offers flight information through Amazon’s Alexa – KAYAK and Amazon are bringing flight planning to…

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    Mobile Messaging News Roundup

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    Mobile on the Campaign Trail Meet the San Francisco team behind Bernie Sanders’s killer organizing app – An article about Hustle, which helped the Sanders campaign connect with young supporters and recruit volunteers using text messages. Presidential Campaigns & SMS Best Practices – Through a mixture of SMS and broad-based digital strategies, each candidate is relying on mobile to increase…

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    WWF Uses Text Messaging to Help Celebrate the 10 Year Anniversary of Earth Hour

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    Earth Hour – a global movement organized by World Wildlife Fund – encourages people around the world to do something simple: turn off their lights. Every year, towards the end of March, Earth Hour asks people and organizations to join together for one lightless hour as a symbol of their commitment to the environment.  As…

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