Lloyd Cotler, SMS Campaign Manager for Hillary For America

I’ve been in to a lot of the guests that have come on The Chat Bubble podcast, but I think this episode is the best story we’ve heard so far. On today’s show we are speaking with Lloyd Cotler. He was the SMS Campaign Manager for the Hillary Clinton campaign, sometimes referred to as HFA. As we’ll discuss in the episode, the Hillary campaign did things that no other mobile campaign had ever done. They did it at a scale that most mobile campaigns never reach and they did all of this on a timeline that’s almost impossible.

The campaign had some amazing talent. Specifically Lloyd with his understanding of how to launch, grow and execute on messaging initiatives. The other thing that the HFA messaging campaign had was buy-in at the highest levels. We talk about how that worked and the type of results that the campaign saw which caused them to double down on mobile messaging efforts.

Also, the campaign had a really good platform called Mobile Commons. I want to mention that company. Full disclosure, I used to work there and I own some stock. Not sure if I have to mention that, but everyone seems to do that on podcasts.

Anyway, there is so much in this conversation I’ve listened to it multiple times. I was obviously at the recording, I listened to it during the edit, and this is the first episode that I listened to a third time. Some of Lloyd’s casual remarks are absolutely golden and approaches that I had never thought about.

Finally, we are breaking this up into 2 parts. So if you’re not already subscribed, do that now on itunes or wherever you listen to podcasts.

And a little promotion before we start. I’ve launched a Playbook for Messaging. It highlights the top 4 marketing use cases for Facebook Messenger, and lays everything out in a step by step guide so that marketers can launch messaging campaigns and stay focused on their existing KPIs. You can get the guide by clicking here and messaging in to our facebook Page.

The Playbook Overview: The 4 top marketing use cases for Facebook Messenger

We’re releasing a Playbook for Messaging. The focus is making messaging a marketing channel. It highlights the top 4 marketing use cases for Facebook Messenger and lays everything out in a step by step guide. 

The hope is to share an approach that digital marketers haven’t heard before. Instead of leaving Messenger to the customer service bots or operations teams, the marketing department is actually in the best position to capitalize on messaging immediately. 

The best way to get the playbook is to message in to The Chat Bubble – click here, and then the Get Started button. http://m.me/thechatbubble?ref=cb_blog 

Sandi Fox, Founder of Smart as a Fox shares the organization’s perspective on SMS

On today’s show we have Sandi Fox. She is the founder and principle at Smart as a Fox, which is a Digital Strategy agency.

Recently on the show, I’ve been talking to people that really know the messaging space, but they’ve all been vendors. On this episode we have someone that really knows about messaging, but she’s coming from the client side and the consultant angle. Sandi worked for a non-profit where she took control over the text messaging campaigns and oversaw tremendous growth and success. After that, in the last 6 months or so, Sandi has launched Smart as a Fox, which is an agency that helps organizations with mobile campaigns and of course can help with all kinds of digital and communications needs.

So we talk about all of the SMS stuff that we’ve been discussing recently, but from the organizations perspective rather than the vendors. It’s going to be a really good compliment to the last 5 or 6 episodes.

Alright, a little housekeeping before we start the conversation. To all the new listeners, Welcome. There has been a spike over the last few weeks. People have also been messaging in to the Facebook Page. It’s really interesting to hear what everyone is up to so thanks for connecting. I’ve checked out a few demos and had some excellent conversations about messaging. If you have thoughts, feedback, questions for me or questions that you’d like me to ask guests, message in. The way to do this is send me a message on Facebook.

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Max Kamin-Cross from Hustle discusses Peer to Peer SMS

On today’s show we have Max Kamin-Cross from Hustle. Officially, his title is Director of Product Partnerships, but he was the first DC employee at Hustle, and has been a big part of building everything they’re doing in Washington DC.

If you haven’t heard of Hustle, they’re a pretty big deal. They are definitely a darling of the messaging space, and have done particularly well with Peer to Peer SMS campaigns for non profit and political campaigns. They are one of the few companies that are venture backed and also doing a lot of business with campaigns and non-profits.

We talk at length about how P2P SMS works, the type of results that an organization can expect, and where the space is heading.

To check out hustle, visit their website – it’s simply hustle.com

As always, message us on Facebook with questions, comments or feedback.