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Texting Consent

  • Understanding Texting Consent

We feel it’s our responsibility to be transparent with you about the responsibilities of sending text messages. As the text message sender, it is your responsibility to secure consent. This is not legal advice. It’s only our way of giving you a heads-up. Consult with your legal counsel if you have additional questions.

To get started, here's a simple way of looking at why you need texting consent:

Think of it this way — How would you feel if someone texted you and you had no idea how they got your number? Probably pretty angry. It's happened to all of us. Don't make that same mistake, especially with your business or brand. Get permission. It's not hard and makes all the difference in the world.


Why do I have to get consent?

You cannot send text messages just because you have someone’s number — you must have consent. The Federal Communications Commission (”FCC”) enforces rules under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (”TCPA”) to protect consumers from unwanted calls or text messages. Most of the rules are pretty simple, but organizations that call or text consumers should know about them. Violation of the TCPA is a serious matter, with statutory damages between $500-$1,500 per violation (text or call).


What are the benefits of consent?

Consent creates a trusted connection between you and the audience you're texting, ultimately increasing comfort levels and decreasing opt-outs. These will be your very best contacts, people who want to hear from you, your raving fans. They will tell others about you and help you grow your list over time the right way.


Types of messaging and required consent

There are three categories of text messaging that all come with different types of consent. They are conversationalinformational, and promotional.


Conversational Messaging

This is a two-way conversation over text messaging. If the customer texts you first and you respond with a single message, it’s conversational.

Implied Consent
No verbal or written permission is required as long as the customer initiates the text message conversation and you only respond to each customer with relevant information.


Informational Messaging

This is when a customer gives you their number and asks to be contacted in the future. Appointment reminders, welcome texts, and alerts fall in this category because the first text sent by the business fulfills the customer’s request.

Express Consent
The customer should give permission before you text them. They can give permission over text, on a form or website, or verbally. Written permission also works.


Promotional Messaging

This is just what it sounds like– a sales or marketing promotion. Some examples of promotional messaging include adding a call-to-action like a coupon code, a message about a sale, or even a message about a service or product.

Express Written Consent
The customer should give written permission before you text them. They can sign a form, text a double opt-in keyword, or check a required box to allow promotional text messages. Participation in a text promotion should never be a requirement.


Don't ever use a third-party list

Consent can’t be bought, sold, or exchanged. Third-party lists of phone numbers are strictly forbidden. This includes purchased or rented lists, lists collected by someone other than you or your company, and lists scraped from third-party sources, including public websites. Your audience should be gathered and consented entirely by you.

Required information

If you're going to use a mobile keyword or collect contacts from your website, you have to include some vital information for your contacts. This also shows them you're a trusted sender. Here is a sample:

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