Tired Of Making Calls?
Try A Messaging Service To Communicate
Are the fields swamped and you have to cancel practices at the last minute? Do you have to remind the many parents in your Region that registration deadlines are coming up?
An easier way for communicating with your coaches, parents, referees or all of these, is through messaging services like SendZa, Call Fire and Calling Post. With these services, you only need to make one phone call or type one message, in order to get in touch with everyone.
What are these services?
SendZa, Call Fire and Calling Post are Web-based mass messaging services. Because they are Web-based, there is no software to download for either service. With SendZa, you can even use your Microsoft Outlook address book to organize your recipients' information. Calling Post uses its own address book. If you are intimidated by technology, both SendZa and Calling Post promise their users that you don't have to be tech-savvy to be able to use their products.
With Call Fire, you can upload your list directly from eAYSO.
How do they work?
These services work by taking a recording of your message, which is then electronically relayed as a phone, text or e-mail message to everyone you designate as a recipient. All three services also offer a text-to-voice service that allows you to text or e-mail a message that will then be converted into a voice message.
How much does it cost?
Although these services are not free, they are a relatively inexpensive way to keep in touch with everyone. There are no sign-up or subscription fees, but both SendZa, Call Fire and Calling Post charge per message received. Each service ranges in price from as little as $0.035 per message received to $0.12 per message received. The expense may prove worth the saved time to make multiple phone calls. For example, a coach needing to cancel practice might spend three minutes on the phone with each of her 10 team families. This would result in spending 30 minutes on calls!
More information on these services can be found at their Web sites. There are also other similar services out there - it's just a matter of finding the one that works best for you.