A common short code is a five to six digit number that will enable you to directly receive text messages regardless of your mobile service provider. A common short code number is regularly used by companies for their mobile marketing campaigns. Other revenue generating opportunities have found more effective uses for common short codes for commerce, advertising, and entertainment. With the number of people using text messages to connect with other people, common short codes are practical tools for increasing awareness and reaching more targeted consumers in an instant by immediately accessing content. Here are the steps on how to get our own short code, sms text number.
- Think of a number combination that will be easy to remember. You can choose a number combination that will reflect your business or marketing and advertising thrust.
- Go to the Common Short Code Administration (CSCA) website and register for an account by clicking the Get an Account Now tab. Fill up the online form and submit. There is a fee that you will be required to pay for the lease of a common short code number. You also have to define the type of category wherein you will this common short code. Their FAQ section will give you more information on the requirements.
- Use the Search tool in the CSCA website to check the availability of the number combination that you have chosen. If the number combination is not that specific to your campaign, the CSCA can generation a random combination for you.
- As soon as you have your code, log in to your account and click the Apply for New CSC tab. Fill up the online order form and submit it. You have the option to lease a maximum of twenty CSCs in one order and each CSC will be assigned its own account making it easier for you to track each one.
- A code can be leased for three, six and up to twelve months and can be renewed if you want to continue your campaign. Random codes are currently charged five hundred dollars per month while a special or specific code is charged one thousand dollars per month. The fees are non-refundable even if carriers will not activate the code. The fees must be paid in full within sixty days from when you placed the order otherwise the number will be placed back into the pool.
- Once you have paid the lease fees, you need to log in to your account once again and define your campaign. You have to provide all the details involved in your campaign before it can be processed and approved by the CSCA.
- Upon completing and submitting all related information the CSCA customer service will review your application. Once accepted it will be forwarded to all the wireless carriers for another round of review and approval. A copy will also be forwarded to the CTIA Monitoring Agency.
Make sure that you have a clear cut plan for your project campaign from start to finish and provide the CSCA will all pertinent details related to your campaign as this will ensure that you will get your common short code and your campaign off the ground without any hitch.