See fmSMS at the 2016 FileMaker Developer Conference

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We’re excited to announce that we will once again be exhibiting at the 2016 FileMaker Developer Conference where we will be showcasing fmSMS, our 2 way SMS solution for FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Go, FileMaker WebDirect and FileMaker Server. This year’s DevCon (the 21st) will be held in the same location as last year – Las Vegas, Nevada – from July 18-21, 2016.

The Exhibitor Hall will be in the Gracia Ballroom this year, which is the same location where breakfast and lunch are served. This is the same format from previous DevCons so you can grab lunch then spend some time visiting the exhibitor booths.

fmSMS allows you to send an SMS from FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Go, FileMaker WebDirect and FileMaker Server to almost any mobile phone in the world, reaching over 800 networks in more than 200 countries. fmSMS v3 was completely rewritten from the ground up for FileMaker Pro v12 and is compatible with FileMaker Pro v12 – v15.

If you’re coming to the conference please stop by and say hello and we can demonstrate how you can send and receive SMS/TXT messages using FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Go, FileMaker WebDirect and FileMaker Server. We hope to see as many of you there as possible and look forward to answering your questions about FileMaker and SMS integration.

fmSMS and FileMaker Pro v15

We’re pleased to report that fmSMS v3 is compatible with FileMaker Pro/Pro Advanced v15 that was released today. We haven’t encountered any issues so far in our testing and have been able to send single and bulk messages successfully.

If you encounter any issues with fmSMS v3 and FileMaker Pro v15 please let us know.

New SMS Gateways Added – over 70 SMS Gateways now supported

We’ve just finished updating fmSMS to support 3 more SMS Gateways:

  • ClickSend – a global SMS Gateway (head office in Perth, Australia)
  • directSMS – an Australian based SMS Gateway
  • Wholesale SMS – another Australian based SMS Gateway

That brings the total number of supported SMS Gateways to over 70. If there are any SMS Gateways that you would like us to support please contact us and let us know the details – we can usually add a new SMS Gateway in a few hours.

fmSMS End of Year Xmas Sale – Everything 20% Off

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It’s time for the fmSMS End of Year Xmas Sale – All fmSMS Licenses are now 20% Off. The sale runs until the end of the day on the 31st December, 2015 (Australian Eastern Daylight Time).

All our prices are in Australian dollars – if you’re purchasing from outside of Australia you’ll also get to take advantage of the low Australia dollar (1 Australian Dollar equals approximately 0.72 US Dollars).

Discounts are applied automatically – no coupons required! Click here to start shopping.

New SMS Gateways Added

We’ve just finished updating fmSMS to support 2 more SMS Gateways:

That brings the total number of supported SMS Gateways to over 60. If there are any SMS Gateways that you would like us to support please contact us and let us know the details – we can usually add a new SMS Gateway in a few hours.

fmSMS and the Twilio SHA2-signed certificate update

On December 1st, 2015 Twilio will be updating api.twilio.com with a SHA2-signed certificate – a significant improvement in encryption technology which most online services are in the process of implementing. We’ve done some tests using fmSMS v3 and are pleased to report that fmSMS is already compatible with the updated Twilio endpoint when it goes live later this year – no further action is required.

We will run some further tests on December 1st, 2015 when the changes go live – if you encounter any issues please contact us.

FileMaker Developer Conference Show Specials – 10% Off

Databuzz will once again be demonstrating at the annual FileMaker Developer Conference this week in in Las Vegas, Nevada. To celebrate we will be offering a DevCon show special for the entire week – all versions of fmSMS will be discounted by 10%.

The discount will be applied automatically so no need to enter any coupons and it will run from July 20 – July 26, 2015.

You can purchase fmSMS from the fmSMS online shop.

If you’re attending the conference please stop by our booth and say hello and we can demonstrate fmSMS in person.

New fmSMS Videos Available

We’ve been busy recording a number of new and updated videos that demonstrate particular features of fmSMS:

Introduction to fmSMS

Trial Version Setup

Message Status Updates/Delivery Receipts

Sender IDs Explained

2 Way Messaging Demo

fmSMS and FileMaker Go

fmSMS and FileMaker WebDirect

You can find a list of all the videos on our fmSMS Videos page. We’ve also embedded the videos where appropriate in each of the Getting Started Guide pages.

Using SMS Marketing to Drive Revenue

There’s an interesting article on the Xero blog about using SMS marketing to drive revenue – How to increase sales on a budget.

The article illustrates how an Auckland hair salon came invested $45 on an SMS marketing campaign to their existing customers to promote another one of their services that generated $24,000 in short-term revenue and up to $451,955 in long-term revenue.

This demonstrates an effective and appropriate use of SMS marketing to your existing customers – something fmSMS integrated with your FileMaker solution was designed to do.

Telstra SMS API

Earlier this year Telstra, Australia’s biggest mobile phone operator, announced a preview of their new APIs website. I was pleasantly surprised that the first API that they were previewing was an SMS API which they were making available to a limited group of developers. I quickly signed up for the preview and started working out how to add support for the Telstra SMS API to fmSMS – within a few hours I had it successfully sending messages and receiving replies. During the Preview Telstra were not charging for use of the SMS API, however there were a few limitations:

  • you could not send more than 1000 free SMS messages per month
  • you were limited to 100 messages per day
  • you can only send messages to Australian mobile phones

Telstra have recently opened up the SMS API Preview to all developers and it’s still free, subject to the same original limitations. We’ve released an updated version of fmSMS with support for the Telstra SMS API so you can take advantage of the free messaging to Australia numbers during the preview.

You can download a trial version of fmSMS to test the Telstra SMS API Download Trial Version.

Full details about the Telstra SMS API are available at:

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