Text Messaging Celebrates 19th Anniversary – SMS Marketing – Infographic

Today marks the celebration that sees the 19th anniversary for text messaging – 19 years ago the first ever text message was sent using a mobile phone. Since then it has revolutionised the way we communicate in the modern world.

Whilst text message, SMS marketing is still rarely spoken about in today’s modern marketing world, it’s still an avenue many businesses find great use for. Let us know if you’re currently or have in the past implemented any SMS, text messaging marketing tactics for your business, and whether it has been effective for your business or not.

In the meantime check out this awesome text-messaging timeline, courtesy if Tatango, showing how text messaging has evolved over the years, and how it has immensely changed the way we have been communicating with each other on a global scale over the last 19 years.

About Samantha Wright

Samantha Wright is the second editor and co-founder of magnet4marketing.net. She was awarded MasterCard Business Woman of the Year in 2007 and now loves to share her knowledge and insights in small business marketing. In her spare time Samantha is also a keen surf photographer, and loves to cook. Samantha currently works for Mole Valley Forage Services as a customer service unit manager. You can follow Samantha on Facebook.


  1. Raj says:

    I am wondering how can someone send 200000 text messages in a month. That’s exactly what we can call a spam bot! Most of the SMS promotional messages are not targeted to the profile of the person using the mobile phone and hence they look like spam. I wish SMS marketers could follow the lead set by their online counterparts.
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    • I agree Raj, I’ve begun receiving text message marketing messages which have absolute no interest to me, which would suggest that some marketers as you say are just out to seek opportunities rather than targeting their audiences.

  2. Wow these are amazing statistics. I never really knew when the first text message was sent but then this has taken me down memory lane. These days text messages have become a way of life in that most people do not go a day without either sending or receiving a text.

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