Finding the Best Mass Texting Service For Your Ministry

Brian Sun

Finding The Best Mass Texting Service For Your Ministry.

We’ve sorted through the billions of mass texting services (see the complete list at the bottom) out there and chose the two most stable and solid web-based options for your ministry: Signal and Tatango.

How Signal And Tatango Are Different.

Signal

Tatango

  • Free for up to 500 subscribers
  • Easy to use
  • Includes tools for email and social media
  • Requires trickery to send texts from smartphone.
  • Costs $24/mo for 0-250 subscribers
  • Easier to use than Signal
  • Specializes in mass texting
  • Can easily send texts from a smartphone.

If you want the simplest solution, you’re primarily going to be sending from a smartphone, and you don’t mind paying, go with Tatango.

If you don’t mind a little simple smartphone trickery, you don’t want to pay anything, and you want something easy to use, go with Signal.

How-to guides for both are next.

 

Note: There’s a service called GroupMe that’s free, easier to use than both of these, and has apps for every platform imaginable. But, it’s not a broadcast service–it’s more of a chat service. Every person on the list can send a text to everyone else. So you might want to consider using GroupMe in smaller, trusted contexts, similarly to how you might have used a listserv in the past.

Here’s a list of the mass texting services we checked out for this post:

Texting services:

By Brian Sun | Posted: Feb 15, 2012
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11 Comments

  1. February 15, 2012, 11:21 am | Permalink

    Just checked out the Signal website and are you sure it’s FREE for the first 500 subscribers? I’m seeing that 0-1000 subscribers is $30 per month…

    http://www.signalhq.com/plans-and-pricing/

    Just wanted to raise that to verify your post’s accuracy or clarify how you can get it free. Love the blog and content you folks write!

    Reply
    • February 15, 2012, 11:26 am | Permalink

      Hey Greg, great question! There will be more details available tomorrow, but here’s an image showing you how sneakily they hid the free plan on their pricing plan:

      http://cl.ly/3O2m1W0O3E0q2V3K2D1N

      Thanks for the kind words!

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      • February 20, 2012, 6:25 pm | Permalink

        Hey Matt,

        We weren’t being sneaky, we just prefer people pay us money because we have a business to run (which means people and bills to pay). Feel free to sign up for the free plan – that’s why it’s there.

        Thanks,
        Jeff

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        • February 20, 2012, 8:42 pm | Permalink

          Hey Jeff,
          No worries. I run a service with a similar pricing plan. “sneaky” is definitely tongue in cheek–and don’t worry, most Staffhacker readers know my sense of humor enough to not take it as anything else. Either way, though, thanks for your clarification!

          Reply
  2. February 15, 2012, 4:02 pm | Permalink

    how does Signal stop you from using a smartphone? Do they just not have an app? Or do they actively block mobile browsers? Can user agent spoofing bypass it?

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    • February 15, 2012, 7:53 pm | Permalink

      Hey Brad,
      Brian took a look at it, and it looks like they just chose not to put a login link from the home page. But if you directly visit the app.signalhq.com domain from your smartphone, you should be able to get in fine. Thanks for your vigilance–post updated!

      Reply
  3. February 20, 2012, 7:18 pm | Permalink

    I just wanted to say thank you for including us in your review, we really appreciate it! As a heads up, we’ll be releasing a mobile optimized version of the product soon. We also support sending a message via text message directly…I’ll put a video together and post it when ready.

    Reply
  4. August 23, 2012, 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Hey guys,

    I just wanted to make sure for anyone reading this thread that our product is optimized for smartphones, thus you can easily login, create and send text messages via your phone.

    Thanks,
    Jeff

    Reply

  5. Brandon Robison
    July 29, 2013, 10:50 am | Permalink

    Tatango must have gotten rid of some plans because now their lowest plan is $499 a month! Even talked to someone their and confirm that I wasn’t missing something… Sad

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    • July 29, 2013, 11:09 am | Permalink

      Hey Brandon, I wrote this post in February 2012 and Tatango has changed their service since then. Sorry for the confusion! I’d recommend checking out some of the other services I linked to. Hope that helps!

      Reply
  6. August 8, 2013, 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Hello all, I came across this thread while browsing, and wanted to put my service out there for you all to consider. I have a mobile website/mareting and communcation package deal that I sell, but I can also do texting/social media platform by itself, and it is based on number of subscribers, as follows:

    0-200 $40/mo.
    201-400 $80/mo.
    401-800 $120/mo.
    801-1200 $160/mo.
    1201-1600 $200/mo.
    1601-2000 $240/mo.

    Now this is for texting platform by itself, if purchased with the mobile website ( with app-like functionality) I have lower prices.

    These prices are based on # of subscriber only! meaning, If you have 1500, and you text them 10 times a month, thats over 10,000 messages and the price stays 200.

    Thanks

    Ben

    Reply

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