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    The New Yorker: Phone Calls are the Most Effective Way to Petition the Government, “Short of Showing Up in Person”

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    Over the past few months, The New Yorker writes, so many people have called the government that “voice mail filled up and landlines began blurting out busy signals.”  January 31, February 1, and February 2nd were three of the busiest days in the history of the Capitol switchboard. But with that deluge, do the phone calls…

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    The Institute for eHealth Equity Combines the Power of the Pulpit with the Power of Text Messages to Help People Live Healthier Lives

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    Problem: How do you reach an underserved community with vital health information? Underserved community members and community members of color often face system-based barriers to accessing healthcare and health-related information. As a result, they are subject to chronic diseases like asthma and diabetes, and their health care costs are significantly higher than other demographics.  Moreover,…

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    Top 5 Mobile Articles to Read This Week

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    1. Google Leads Businesses Beyond Standard SMS The search giant recently announced the availability of its new platform for businesses. With this new offering, nearly any business will have the capability to move beyond the traditional SMS texting promotional efforts. Companies deciding to utilize Google’s new platform will be able to use it for group texting,…

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    7 Ways for Businesses to Use SMS

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    SMS marketing is a simple way for any business to engage with its consumers. You can send out offers and opportunities, and easily communicate with your target audience.  Indeed, studies have shown that half of consumers actually get mad if your business won’t let them text with you. But what many businesses want to know is –…

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    Top 5 Mobile Articles to Read This Week

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    1. RCS, Google’s answer to iMessage, expands to 27 more carriers and OEMs Google is making a play to help carriers raise their own native messaging game, and stay in the messaging game itself in the future, by expanding RCS – its “Rich Communication Services.” 2. Google Brings ‘Android Messages’, A RCS-Based Default App For Text Messaging…

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    Wired Explains What Happens in Congressional Offices When You Call – And Why A Phone Call is So Effective

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    We’ve heard again and again (for example, on this blog!) that phone calls are the best way to influence legislators.  But when you call Congress, what exactly is happening at the other end of the line? An article in Wired walks through the process from the Congressional office’s perspective. First and foremost, Wired notes, phone…

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    Top 5 Mobile Articles to Read This Week

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    1. A U.S. senator reveals calls to the U.S. Capitol switchboard have SHATTERED the previous record Never in the history of the country have more people contacted their elected representatives than they have recently. 2. Messaging is missing from luxury brand’s social strategies: report Facebook Messenger is the clear winning platform for B2C communication capability, causing 81…

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    The New York State LGBT Health & Human Services Network Is Using Text Messages to Connect Vulnerable Populations with a Life-Saving Drug

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    Problem: How do you provide a vulnerable population with access to a life-saving drug? PrEP, a prescription medicine that can help reduce the risk of HIV transmission, has the potential to save lives. But many of the people most at risk face barriers when attempting to access the medication. They often are not aware that…

  • Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) speaks during a press conference at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley Regional Academic Health Center on Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 in Harlingen, Texas. Cornyn was joined by Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, and Texas Governor Greg Abbott for a tour of the Harlingen VA facility and UT-RGV Smart Hospital. The panel also engaged in a discussion with local veterans regarding problems faced in seeking healthcare at the local clinic. (Jason Hoekema/Valley Morning Star via AP)

    Top 5 Mobile Articles to Read This Week

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    1. Poor John Cornyn: His pesky constituents keep calling Cornyn, the three-term senator from Texas, reported that his offices were flooded with constituent calls opposing the nomination of Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education. A great reminder that phone calls work! 2. A Low-Tech Guide to Becoming More Politically Active “In an era that…

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    Top 5 Mobile Articles to Read This Week

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    1. T-Mobile may be following Sprint and Rogers to offer RCS in Google Messenger RCS is the next-generation of text messaging — you can send messages longer than 160 characters, have improved group chats, read receipts, high-resolution photo sharing, typing indicators, and more. But it’s not data. 2. Trump’s New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai May Drain the…

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