Quitting smoking isn't easy. There are plenty of methods to help people with their efforts – ranging from chewing gum to hypnotism – but none of them are fool-proof. Ultimately, individuals trying to quit need strong will-power and support. That may come in the form of SMS reminders.
As previously mentioned in this blog, this service has proven to be valuable to those needing assistance with taking their medication, but it can also be used to provide inspirational messages to those trying to get over a bad habit. A text message stating "One month smoke free! Way to go!" on the one-month anniversary of the last puff can really help recipients who may be seeking extra motivation with their quitting efforts.
The healthcare research firm Cochrane recently conducted a study of users receiving text messages to help them quit smoking versus those using traditional methods and found the results to be extremely positive. According to the research, the quit rate of those using text messages doubled.
An article in the online publication Geek.com examines the effects of using text messages to help those in need of assistance and argues that convenience and simplicity push SMS in the forefront.
"The benefits of a text-based approach are clear," Raby writes. "Of course, people take their mobile phones everywhere. Having a website with a lot of information on how to quit smoking is great, but when you're having a craving that website is pretty useless. If a text message popped up when you were stepping outside though, it could be the difference between lighting up or making it through another day."
We've all been in this situation. You park your car outside the mall, go inside to shop and get lunch and by the time you come back out to the parking lot, you have no idea where your car is. It's frustrating, can cause people to waste a lot of time looking for their vehicle and, depending on how busy the lot is, could be dangerous.
As the holiday shopping season approaches, it is becoming increasingly important for people to spend as little time as possible looking for their car because the crowds and traffic are just going to get more congested. Any service that can help people find their cars would be incredibly beneficial this time of year.
The Mall of America in Minnesota is hoping to solve this issue. A group affiliated with the mall is implementing a service that sends shoppers a text message reminder to let them where they are parked once they return to the MOA's expansive lot.
"Have you ever made the trek back to you car after a long day of shopping at the Mall of America and realized you have no idea where you parked?" writes Kaitlin Stevens, a reporter with the St. Paul/Minneapolis ABC affiliate. "The MOA has a plan for that."
Once parked, shoppers will be able to send a text to the mall's service number including the section and space number where they have left their cars. When they are done shopping, that number will respond with the same information, so users can simply head to the designated section and quickly find their car.
This is one of many innovative services companies are adding by using text messaging. As more people buy mobile phones, the more effective these type of programs will be. Swift SMS Gateway offers tools businesses need to initiate all kinds of SMS services.