An overview of SMS requirements

Available as an add-on for the following plans:

Marketing Plus, Professional and Enterprise

Sales Plus, Professional, and Enterprise

To better ensure the deliverability of your SMS messages, you need to make sure you are complying with SMS sending requirements and best practices. Below are some of the most important SMS requirements to achieve a good customer experience.

Take Note

  • ActiveCampaign accounts purchased or upgraded on or after January 3, 2023 must purchase the SMS Add-on to use SMS
  • ActiveCampaign accounts purchased or upgraded before January 3, 2023:
    • Plus and Professional plans receive 25 free SMS credits per month
    • Enterprise plans receive 1,000 free SMS credits per month

How SMS consent works

ActiveCampaign requires explicit consent in order to send SMS communication to contacts.  

Contacts must opt-in of their own accord before you send them SMS messages. You need to make it clear to the contact that they are consenting to receive SMS communications from you. You should keep a record of consent for future reference.

Note that a contact's consent applies only to the campaign that they signed up for. You cannot use one consent to cover all types of SMS communications you want to send.

If you do not send SMS within a reasonable time frame after a contact consents, you may be required to get consent again before sending any future messages.

An exception to these consent parameters is if a contact reaches out to you first and opens a two-way, consensual conversation.

How to opt in through SMS

In order to send SMS messages, your contact must opt-in to receive your messages.

Traditionally, you can get opt-in consent through a form which collects a contact’s mobile phone number. The form can include a question that asks a contact to confirm if they would like to opt-in to receive SMS text messages for specific SMS campaign types (e.g. notifications, marketing promotions, product updates).

You can then use the default phone form field to collect the mobile phone number of the contact. The contact’s consent will be valid for the specific SMS campaigns to which the contact confirms consent.

Note that general consent to receive messages will not be considered a valid opt-in.

Required SMS STOP message codes

All SMS senders are required to include a STOP clause to inform contacts how to unsubscribe from SMS communications. ActiveCampaign automatically adds the STOP clause when it’s not detected. To learn more about this and other required SMS message codes, visit SMS STOP clause requirements.

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