Text messaging is a convenient and cost-efficient way to communicate with consumers. With updated rules, collectors now have the proper guidelines for enhancing their digital communications.
If you’re considering using SMS messages as part of your collections strategy, there are a few things to keep in mind. Text messages are intended to be short so don’t overload your messages with too much information. Avoid including personal information in text messages. Don’t threaten or harass consumers by sending too many messages. Finally, make sure you’re sending text messages to a valid number—verify that consumers haven’t opted-out and the number hasn’t been reassigned within the past 60 days.
Looking for inspiration? Here are a few sample text messages you can try.
Send text messages reminding consumers of upcoming payment due dates. These reminders can include the amount owed and instructions for making a payment. Make sure payment reminders are sent five days before a scheduled payment, excluding weekends and holidays.
After a consumer makes a payment, the collection agency can send a text message confirming the receipt of the payment and providing a receipt or confirmation number.
Negotiation and Settlement Offers
Debt collectors may use text messages to communicate settlement offers or negotiate payment terms with consumers. This can include offering reduced settlement amounts or payment plans.
Request for Contact Information
Text messages can be used to request updated contact information from consumers, especially if their previous contact information is no longer valid.
Debt collection agencies may send text messages with links or attachments to documents related to the debt, such as copies of the original debt agreement or a breakdown of the outstanding balance.
Debt collectors can use text messaging to address and resolve disputes raised by consumers regarding the debt’s validity or accuracy.
Efficient and Effective Communications With SMS
SMS text messaging offers a quick, easy, and cost-effective way to communicate with consumers. They’re convenient and direct. Make sure you’re following the relevant regulations to be respectful of consumers and keep your firm compliant.