Last week I receive more than a dozen calls from friends in the Seattle area asking if Tatango.com was responsible for the SMS SPAM below that Jiffy Lube sent to their customers.
My answer was HELL NO, Tatango never allows businesses to send SMS campaigns to customers that haven’t opted-in to receive them. This type of SMS SPAM is a violation of FCC regulations, CAN-SPAM and the carrier guidelines. What counts as an opt-in for SMS campaign? It’s very simple. A customer must text message a mobile keyword like JIFFY, to a SMS shortcode, which is a 5-6 digit phone number. (i.e. Text JIFFY to 68398) That’s the only thing that counts as a true mobile advertising opt-in. Things that don’t count.
While this definitely has hurt Jiffy Lube, I wouldn’t put all the blame on them. The rules and regulations for SMS marketing are extremely confusing and most big corporations work with an SMS provider to launch their campaign. It looks like whoever Jiffy Lube was using gave them the wrong information and lead them down this destructive path.
I still think SMS campaign for Jiffy Lube would be a huge asset, if done correctly. With that being said, I want to extend an olive branch out to Jiffy Lube with this blog post.
* Update – It seems like this might have been a nationwide campaign as I’ve had friends from across the country tell me they also received this SMS campaign.