Gone are the days when texting was purely for talking to friends and family. You’ve probably texted colleagues, clients, or potential clients in the last 24 hours.

Today, 68% of businesses use some form of texting to reach their customers. With SMS open rates as high as 98% it’s no wonder why texting has become the next frontier for marketers.

Using text message templates can improve your workflow and free up your time to focus on other projects. You can easily find many examples of text message templates for SMS marketing campaigns, text automation, loyalty programs, appointment reminders, etc; however, these are often robotic and can harm your business relationships. To help you create a more tailored, personal experience, we’ve decided to share some templates for effective business communications.


Why you should use text message templates

When messaging for business, having access to the right tools is important.

Text message templates are pre-written answers to common questions. Using text templates (also known as snippets, canned responses, saved replies, message templates, etc.)

Here are three reasons why you should use text templates.

1. Speed up replies to common questions

Setting up replies to common inquiries will save you and your team time. Which means you’ll be able to get back to your customers faster. Win-win.

2. Ensure consistency across the team

You’ll want to make sure responses from your team members feel coherent and coordinated. Templates help your team maintain a consistent, “on-brand”, voice.

3. Onboard new team members faster

Sharing templates with your new team members can help quickly bring them up to speed. Through using templates, new colleagues learn how to best respond to common questions or issues.


25 SMS templates you can use today

Sales

1 – Follow up after leaving a voicemail

80% of calls go to voicemail and the average voicemail response rate is 4.8%. What if you sent a text instead?

Hi {{First Name}}, this is {{Your Name}} from {{Company}}. Just called and got to your voicemail. I’m reaching out as you left your number on our site and mentioned you’d like to learn about our services. When will be a good time for a call? Thanks!

2 – Follow up on missed calls

Turn missed calls into potential new business.

Hey! Thanks for calling {{Company Name}}. Sorry to miss your call! We’re happy to assist via text or if you’d prefer a callback, please pick a time that suits you best here – {{Calendar Link}} Thanks!

3 – Respond to a request for a quote

If you’re offering a service, you’ll likely get requests for quotes. This snippet will help you streamline this process.

Hey {{First Name}}, thanks for your interest in {{Company Name}}. We’d be happy to provide you with a custom quote. Would you mind answering a quick form so that we can provide you with the most accurate estimate? Here’s the link – {{Link}}

4 – Respond to a request for a consultation

If your client intake process includes a consultation, use this to direct folks to your booking page.

Hey {{First Name}}, thanks for your interest in working with me. I’m booking consultations for August. You can pick a time that works for you here – {{link}}. Looking forward to talking!

5 – Comparing pricing plans

If you offer multiple pricing plans, this will be handy.

Hi {{First Name}}, our Basic plan starts at $X/month and our Pro plan starts at $Y/month. Our Basic plan is best suited for individuals. Our Pro plan is optimized for teams and has some amazing collaborative features. Are you looking for an option for yourself or your team?

6 – Comparison to competitors

Be prepared for any competitor comparison questions.

We get asked this pretty frequently. For starters, all of our products are proven to be safe to use around coyotes, while Acme Corp can only guarantee the safety of roadrunners. We also have this detailed guide where we further compare us to Acme – {{link}}

7 – Webinar/event reminder

You spend so much time promoting your event, but many folks who’ve registered don’t show up. Don’t let your event get lost in their busy inbox.

Hey {{First Name}} – {{Your Name}} at {{Company}} here. Just sending you a note as we’ll be starting our webinar in 10 minutes. Hope to see you there! The link to join is in your email – let me know if you have any issues joining.

8 – Customer re-engagement

Use this message to re-engage with your customers.

Hi {{First Name}}! This is {{First Name}} from {{Company}}. I wanted to reach out in regards to having you join us for {{Event Name}}. Would that be of interest to you?

The snippet above was inspired by this great text I’ve received from Ritual Yoga. 🧘‍♀️

Marketing

9 – Ask your customers for a review

88% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations. But many businesses don’t ask their customers for reviews.

If you’d be so kind, we’d greatly appreciate a review on Google. Reviews help us get feedback to improve the service and get more people to discover {{product name}} Here’s the link – {{link}} Thanks a lot! 🙏

10 – Social media follow

Think your customer would enjoy your content on social media? Let them know.

Great talking to you! Would love to stay in touch with you on social media. Thought you’d enjoy the content we share on our Instagram page – {{link}}

Customer onboarding

11 – Personal welcome message

Want to impress your customers? Send them a personal welcome text message.

Hey! This is {{Your Name}}, one of the founders. I wanted to personally welcome you to {{Product}}. How’s it going so far? Let me know if I can help with anything as you get started.

12 – Feature request tracked

Don’t let a piece of feedback slip away.

“Hi {{First Name}}, thanks for your feedback. We have shared it with our team. Feature requests are very important to us, and they are implemented directly into our product roadmap. While we don’t currently have a timeline on this feature, we’ll reach out to you once we do.”

13 – Feature request on the roadmap

Are you working on the feature your customer asked for? Let them know.

Hi {{First Name}}, thank you for your feedback. You’ve asked and you shall receive! We’re planning on releasing that feature in the next release. We’ll let you know when it’s ready!

14 – Share standard policies or procedures

If you need to follow any policies, create a snippet your team can easily share.

We’re looking forward to having you visit. Please note that a face mask/covering is mandatory to enter the property. Thanks for helping keep us all safe!

Customer service

15 – Introduction / greeting message

First impressions are important, even when texting.

Hi there! {{Your Name}} here from {{Company Name}}. Is there anything I can help you with today?

16 – Directing customers to support documentation/help articles/FAQ

Use this snippet when you need a little more time to investigate an issue or respond to a question.

Hi {{First Name}}, thanks for reaching out. I’m happy to help with your question, but first, have you had a chance to check out our Knowledge Base? {{link}}

17 – Tracking customer bug reports

If you offer a software product and provide support via SMS, you’ll likely get bug reports through text.

Hi {{First Name}}, thank you for letting us know about this issue. I’ve notified our team and we hope to resolve it very quickly. We’ll reach out to you once we have an update or if we need any additional information.

18 – Asking for a clarification on an issue

When helping your customers via text, getting clarity is key.

Hi {{First Name}}, I’m sorry to hear that you’re having issues. Could you please clarify the problem that you’re experiencing? What steps did you take before it occurred? Thanks!

19 – Updating customers about ongoing issues

Keep your customers posted on any issues they might have reported.

Hi {{First Name}}, thank you for your patience. Our team is still looking into your issue. We hope to have a fix soon, and we’ll reach out to you if we need any more information.

20 – Updating customers when issues are resolved

Share the good news when you’ve fixed the issue.

Hi {{First Name}}. We’re reaching out to let you know that the issue that you previously reported has been resolved. Please give it another try and let us know how it goes. Fingers crossed! 🤞

21 – Resolving billing issues

Billing issues are fairly common.

Hi there, it looks like the credit card on your account has been expired. Would you still like to keep your service active? If so, could you please update your payment information on file? Here’s the link – {{link}} Thanks!

22 – Refund issued

Handle refunds with class and empathy.

We’ve refunded your purchase. The funds should show up in your account in 5-10 business days. Please let us know if you have any questions or if there is anything else we can do for you.

23 – Subscription canceled

Treat your customers well, especially if they leave.

Hi {{First Name}}, we’re sad to see you go. I’ve gone ahead and canceled your subscription. Could you give us any feedback as to how we can improve? Thanks a lot!

24 – Customer follow-up

Keep follow-ups short and friendly.

Hey! I wanted to make sure that all of your questions have been answered. Please let us know. Happy to help with anything else.

25 – Ending conversations

Wrapping up a conversation on a positive note is as important as a good start.

Glad I was able to help you out. If you have any further questions, please be sure to let us know. We’re happy to help and are available here between 9 AM and 5 PM PST daily. Have a great day!

How to create SMS templates

Your default messaging app (e.g. iMessage) doesn’t support templates. You’ll need to use a business service like OpenPhone. Sign up for a trial here.

To create a snippet (or template) in OpenPhone, launch the web application. Type /snippets into the message box, and you’ll see the option to add a snippet.

How to create or insert a snippet on OpenPhone

Want to learn more about setting up snippets on OpenPhone? Check out our guide – How to create, share, and use snippets. ⤴️

Start texting with OpenPhone

Why should you use OpenPhone for texting? OpenPhone is the business phone system for modern professionals. It comes with advanced SMS features in addition to all you need in a modern phone system. This includes:

  • Local and toll-free numbers in the US and Canada
  • Calling and messaging (SMS & MMS)
  • Auto-attendant and call routing
  • Ability to share responsibility for a phone number, like an inbox
  • Call recording
  • Slack & email integrations
  • Mobile apps for iOS and Android
  • Web-based app for all browsers

More importantly, we have a service customers rave about and we’re constantly implementing customer feedback into the product. Check out our changelog to see what we’re up to.

Ready to try it out? Get started with a free trial of OpenPhone.


Thanks to Ty Hill for reading drafts of this and contributing examples.

We’d love to share more examples of great text templates created by our customers. What kinds of snippets have you created in OpenPhone? Text us an example to 855 746 6304 or post in the comments below. ✌️

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