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SMS marketing one of the most potent channels in the UK

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When it comes to mobile marketing, there is a lot of room for growth among UK businesses, according to a new report from Textlocal (opens in new tab).

The report, based on a poll of 1,000 users, says Britain has roughly 80 million active mobile users, but just 50 per cent of businesses are using SMS for marketing. 

However, that is about to change. SMS-based mobile marketing is expected to rise, from 37.2 million customers this year, to 48.7 million before we reach 2020. 

If this trend continues, SMS marketing is set to become the fastest growing marketing channel in the UK.

Ofcom’s numbers are saying that 93 per cent of the UK’s population has a mobile phone, and the majority has it on them for more than 16 hours a day.

The study also points just how potent this channel can be - -98 per cent of branded, or business-related SMS messages are opened, and 90 per cent get read within the first three minutes.

Textlocal managing director Jason Palgrave-Jones said: “By their very nature, mobile phones are to hand and provide an unrivalled platform for brands to communicate directly with their audiences.  These are exciting times for those involved in the mobile industry as the benefits to businesses and consumers are realised.”

Direct Marketing Association managing director of the medium Rachel Aldighieri added: “The medium [SMS] is already widely used for sending marketing messages, however as technologies grow we expect to see an exponential rise in its use amongst businesses and consumers.”

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Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.