Thursday, October 19, 2006

Texting For Your Business

Teenagers text almost as much as they talk, IMing quick messages from computer to computer, and SMSing weird abbreviations on cell phones and pagers. They’ve made texting wildly popular—is it possible they’re onto something useful?
A text message has many advantages: it is less intrusive than a phone call, but more immediate than an email. It is quiet and discreet, so you can receive and respond to messages in situations where you couldn’t take a call, like meetings and seminars. You can even set your status to “busy” to cut down on unnecessary interruptions.
How can you use it in business? Technology guru Wendy Gauntt, owner of St. Louis-based CIO Services, offers the following ideas:
* Stay in touch with coworkers in the office and on the road.
* Set it up for a client so that you can communicate and share project information updates with ease.
* Schedule a meeting while you’re in front of your calendar, without picking up the phone.
* Send special alerts to your cell phone, like notification of urgent messages.
* Get quick answers to questions with minimal interruptions.
* Communicate important information to someone in a meeting who can’t answer a phone call.
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