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6 stellar SMS services that will make you swoon

SMS services (or text messaging services) are exploding, and these startups want to help you do everything from order a cake to solve a complex math problem (or ask about an embarrassing itch). Check ’em out!


Get anything, at the touch of a button

These days just about everyone has a smartphone, so it’s no wonder that text message based services are on the rise. What the Jetson family achieved at home – on-demand services at the touch of a button – real life technology has achieved by connecting cell phone users to service providers via text messaging.

Check out some of the things you don’t have to do the old fashioned way anymore:

Bulk text your clients

Business owners will want to investigate SMS marketing services. Enger is a service that allows you to automate text message marketing. You can write personalized text messages to your customers, then schedule specific days and times for them to be sent. According to Enger, customers open 97 percent of marketing text messages, a much higher percentage than email open rates. Enger gives you an opportunity to try their service for free for the first 30 days.


Instantly ask a medical pro

Meanwhile, with First Opinion you can text a medical doctor for health advice. The free service is available 24 hours a day, and promises responses in 9 minutes from “genuinely concerned” medical experts. Getting some insight into your symptoms may save you a visit to the doctor’s office, or, as the site claims, may be the “perfect way to save the $30 co-pay.”

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Tap into the Stanford brainiacs

For all things academic, try Nerd, an advice service staffed by Stanford students. These brainiacs can tutor you through your homework, review your papers, consult with you about work projects, and recruit new hires or interns. It’s free to chat, and you’ll be quoted for any services offered.

Instant advice for the fellas

SMS services can also be used to obtain advice on everything from dating to disease. Alexis offers free advice for men, specializing in dating, gift ideas, style, and tips for impressing women. She does not offer sex advice, but does have many recommendations for great date spots in New York and San Francisco.

Get a robotic personal assistant

Services like GoButler and Magic can help you with just about any request. Simply text what you need, and operators will find the appropriate service provider to deliver your takeout or groceries, book plane tickets, or send flowers to your sweetheart.

If you’ve got a smartphone, it’s easier than ever to get just about anything else you could dream up.


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Ellen Vessels, a Staff Writer at The American Genius, is respected for their wide range of work, with a focus on generational marketing and business trends. Ellen is also a performance artist when not writing, and has a passion for sustainability, social justice, and the arts.



  1. Broc Seib

    June 1, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Don't forget about, which is a super simple, well priced text message service for your business or organization. My comment is biased though. 😉

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