Case Study: Harlyn Surf School

Are you looking for a real example of how SMS can work for you? You’re in luck as we’ve been chatting to Chris Rea at Harlyn Surf School about his SMS campaign and he told us why it is a successful tool for his business.


The Objective

  • To increase repeat business with previous customers in and out of Cornwall.
  • To offer an easy and convenient way to communicate with customers and take enquiries.

The Plan

Chris wanted to set up an auto response for all bookings made to improve communication with customers. The message confirmed details and sent reminders to customers, he was able to provide map details, hire information and even follow it up with a friendly message the next day.

He advertised their dedicated number on the website and all printed material to provide an additional way for customers to get in touch.

“We are pretty much converting every text enquiry into a booking which is great!!” – Chris Rea, Owner, Harlyn Surf School

Chris had collected mobile numbers from all previous customers and wanted to get in touch to remind them of his services and encourage them to come back.

He created an exciting text message with a 10% discount offer on repeat bookings. The message was simple, friendly and clear and included a link to the website, contact details and an opt-out.

Chris was able to use the real-time reports in his FireText account to track when the messages had been delivered and if anyone had decided to opt-out.

The Message

“Hi, it’s Chris from Harlyn Surf School (Cornwall). I’m stoked you booked with us last year – hope you were too. I wanted to offer you a 10% discount to share with your friends on bookings made before 1st April. Feel free to call me on 07980658371. Simply quote Mobile Offer (Stop: Text STOP to 01841510510)”

The Results

Chris was pleased to see an instant response. In fact, he took a £300 booking 8 minutes after the text was sent – all for just £25.

On top of this, Chris had a whopping 98.8% retention rate of customers on his subscriber list after the text was sent, which must only mean one thing – his customers love receiving SMS offers from Harlyn Surf School!


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