Ask 10 people what Bulk SMS is and you’re likely to get 10 different answers. Most of them though, will probably include some sense of sending a large amount of SMS messages. But beyond that it can get a bit confusing.
Traditionally the term Bulk SMS referred to mass messaging available at cheap prices. Usually the routes for the messages were inferior (hence the cheap) with unreliable deliveries. Now though, if you Google the term you’ll get both reputable service providers as well as many more dubious ones promising to send lots of messages for the cheapest pricing.
The term has also gained in popularity with the rise of mobile marketing. And to many, Bulk SMS is synonymous with mobile marketing with SMS messages. It’s not the same thing. Or at least it doesn’t have to be. The problem is probably made worse by definitions such as the one on Wikipedia:
“Bulk Messaging is the dissemination of large numbers of SMS messages for delivery to mobile phone terminals. It is used by media companies, enterprises, banks (for marketing and fraud control) and consumer brands for a variety of purposes including entertainment, enterprise and mobile marketing.”
It’s really hard to read that and not associate bulk messaging with mobile marketing. For anyone just starting out learning about mobile marketing, or SMS messaging in general, it can leave the wrong impression. When that person goes searching on Google, they search on bulk SMS and not something like SMS marketing. The later is a better term for using SMS messages to market your business because mobile marketing includes many different things that have nothing to do with SMS.