Mobile Direct Dialing
How can you reach mobile phone users?
Our flagship Teletownhall forums have been limited in the past. Some clients can only legally dial mobile phones that have opted-in through our P2P Text Alert service or Web Registration service. Telephone Town Hall Meeting introduced Web Registration and Text Alerts specifically to provide legitimate ongoing opt-in processes for clients seeking to reach mobile phone users. TTHM continues finding new ways to achieve compliant outreach to mobile users, especially with the steady rise of mobile-only households.
Enter Mobile Direct Dialing for Teletownhall events. This option for mobile outreach allows us to utilize a virtual hold room to welcome mobile phone users to the live forum. The TCPA forbids calling mobile phones with a recorded message unless the recipient has opted-in for contact from the calling entity. Our virtual hold room allows a TTHM Operator to read a brief 10-15 second script as mobiles answer our outbound Teletownhall call. Once a group of inbound mobile phones have heard that live message from our Operator, they are moved automatically to the live Teletownhall event.
Clients like labor unions, utility cooperatives, health care providers and active legislators are often reaching out to a membership group or constituency that has already opted-in through membership or for which a TCPA exemption exists. For those client types, Mobile Direct Dialing is typically unnecessary. For the many other markets we serve, Mobile Direct Dialing offers one more option for making sure messaging reaches mobile users.
Does Mobile Direct Dialing replace Peer-to-Peer Text Alerts?
We do not see Mobile Direct Dialing entirely replacing our P2P Text Alert service that generates mobile opt-ins for a series of Teletownhalls. Many of our municipal, transit and government clients use Text Alerts to ask targeted mobile users to opt-in for all of their future TTHM forums. That process has generated substantial ongoing opt-in lists of participants who are interested in forum content and want to participate in every virtual event produced by TTHM for a given client. Text Alerts that ask for opt-ins from mobile users can also deliver important websites, phone numbers, and updates in the same message.
Some of our clients use Text Alerts to simply deliver important notifications or to promote an upcoming Teletownhall. Our Text Alerts do not require an opt-in and can be used to deliver messaging for every client type. For that reason, SMS/MMS P2P Text Alerts will always have a place in the TTHM Toolbox.
Why should you use Mobile Direct Dialing?
Mobile Direct Dialing offers the ability to invite an enormous audience to your live event by dialing mobile phones directly along with landlines and opt-ins. This mobile dialout takes place during the general Teletownhall dialout to landlines and opt-ins, and TTHM can help source data targeting a specific audience based on location or a variety of demographic details. That means adding a large target audience to your outbound Teletownhall call across any mix of landline and mobile phones.
No voicemails are left for mobile users who have not opted-in for the call to ensure that we are compliant with the federal regulations that guide responsible telecoms outreach. We also continue to require STIR/SHAKEN and 10DLC registration for outbound calling and for peer-to-peer texting respectively. Compliance with the TCPA and with industry-led registration protocols will always be mandatory at TTHM, because that is what separates our legitimate outreach initiatives from the fly-by-night operations and flash-in-the-pan campaigns that give our industry a bad name.
Getting important messaging to mobile users is increasingly critical as landline phones are phased out. Consider Contacting Us to discuss your mobile outreach options. We customize every outreach event and service to the specific goals of our clients, and are always happy to help you dial-in on the tools that best fit your needs.
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