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How to run a SMS Quiz Contest – SMSLane.Com

As we alway say, Trend with Technology !, we really mean it.
Thanks to the SMS Long Code service. Now setting up a running a SMS Quiz contest is just a matter of Five minutes.  All you need to run a contest is a Keyword.

Create SMS Quiz Contest With This Simple Steps :

1. Just register yourself at our Long Code service.
2. Login and add a new Keyword to your account say QUIZ
3. Now create Four sub-keywords as  A , B, C, D
4. Thats it ! Now publish your keyword and Long code number to your viewers
e.g “What is the capital of India ? A-New Delhi, B- Kolkata, C- Chennai or D-Banaglore. SMS QUIZ <space> <Your option such as A/B/C/D> and send it to 09639566677 ”
5.  Now its the result time . Once the contest is finished, go to Reports – Datewise –Remember to check the Include sub-keyword option to view all entries.
6. Click on Export to Excel and results are there in your hand with the mobile numbers and answers.
Thats it.

Technical Information

Incoming SMS API for PHP

We receive lot of inquiries from our users asking about how to receive incoming SMS to their application. I think our developers are expecting it to be very complicated than it is. We have made our incoming sms api extremely simple and user friendly.
Actually all you are doing is setting up a web page to which we send the incoming data to through an HTTP GET. Whatever your web page displays, is sent back to the phone.
In order to give our developers an open hand, we have also given an option to setup their web page URL on which they want to receive their incoming data.  (Add/Edit keywords in control panel)
Here is a sample PHP script which you can put to your webpage.
$smssender = $_GET[“who”];
$incomingMessage = $_GET[“what”];
echo(“The sender is $smssender, the message is $incomingMessage .”);
// Here you can also echo a dynamic auto reply based on incoming message and sender.
It doesn’t get simpler than that! Create a page with this in it on your web site called smshandler.php.
Go into our control panel an put the full URL in the URL Post box.
When an incoming message to your keyword comes in, it will be sent to your URL as follows (with the real values) –
The variables we send to you on the query string are:

  • who – phone # of the incoming sms
  • what – the complete message

It really is that simple. In your script, you do whatever you need to do to create the return message, and simply echo it back to the browser.
If you call the script in your browser with the query string, you should see the message returned.
Make sure there is NO HTML at all in the response.
Thats it! Now don’t wait ..  just create an account for ShortCode or Long code and have a THREE days of FREE Trial on your favourite keyword .
Team SMSLane