Sending text messages with Light Blue
Light Blue allows you to send text messages to your clients, which is great for appointment reminders and marketing.
There are two different ways of sending text messages from Light Blue:
- Via our dedicated number service, which is available in most countries.
- Or, if you’re based in the UK, Ireland, or Australia, you can send messages that appear to come from your personal mobile number or a short name.
Dedicated number service
With our dedicated number service, you rent a phone number from us. The text messages that you send from Light Blue come from this number, and any replies that your clients send will appear in the Inbox in Light Blue.
We can also forward clients’ replies to your personal phone number if you want to know about replies as soon as they arrive. This will cost you credits, because we’re effectively sending the message out again.
If someone tries to call your dedicated number, they’ll get an automated message saying that it can’t take calls. We can customise the message for you: just tell us what you’d like it to say.
This service is available in most countries. Renting a dedicated number from us costs £5 per month, and text message credits 7p each for UK numbers (please contact us for international pricing).
If you would like us to set up our dedicated number service for you, please get in touch via email!
Sending text messages that appear to come from you
Customers in the UK, Ireland, and Australia can use a version of our text messaging service where messages sent from Light Blue will appear to come from either your personal phone number or a short name.
This service can work in some other countries, but the local phone companies might change the number that the message appears to come from.
There is no monthly fee for using this version of our text messaging service, and text message credits cost between 7p and 9p depending on the quantity that you buy.
Using a “from name”
If you’re using a From Name, text messages appear from a name that can be up to 11 letters and numbers without spaces. Your customers can’t reply to those messages, because SMS only allows you to reply to a phone number. This is useful when you want to display your business name as the sender and don’t want/need to receive replies.
Using a “from number”
If you’ve set a “from number”, text messages appear to be sent from your own mobile phone number. Replies will go to your own mobile phone number just like any other text message, but replies from your clients aren’t imported into Light Blue (you need to use the dedicated number service in order for your clients’ replies to arrive in Light Blue).
How to send text messages from Light Blue
There’s a short tutorial showing how to send text messages from Light Blue, here:
You can set up text messaging from Light Blue via your account page: