The Premium Toll-Free Number (PTFN) service provided by Go4Clients is designed to facilitate high-quality, high-integrity A2P business communications and does not allow spam or unconsented messaging. To protect both networks and consumers from abuse, Go4Clients enforces a basic code of conduct, which provides best practices for sending messages and content generation.
Although these best practices do not offer legal advice or guidance, the messages sent through the Go4Clients network should be consistent with relevant laws and regulations, including (but not limited to) the FCC Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
Go4Clients may, at its discretion, review accounts for compliance with these policies and best practices. Noncompliance could result in the suspension of sending rights for a provisioned phone number; restriction of high throughput access; suspension of provisioning rights for new phone numbers; and/or suspension of all network services.
Repeated non-compliance with these policies may result in termination of all network services.
The following categories have been attributed to be harmful or deceitful to the end consumer and will no longer be supported on Toll-Free Telephone Numbers.
Affiliate Content or 3rd Party ContentMultiple or Rotating Contact Phone Numbers
Debt ForgivenessDebt Consolidation
High-Risk Financial ServicesPayday Loans
Get Rich Quick SchemesWork from Home Programs
PhishingFraud or Scam
Message senders are expected to enforce restrictions on their own networks to prevent onboarding these types of content at the intake source. Upon investigation, if determined to be a part of at least one of the categories above, Go4Clients will request that you stop sending the traffic. Go4Clients reserves the right to all, and not limited to, of the following actions: the suspension of sending rights for a provisioned phone number; restriction of high-throughput access; suspension of provisioning rights for new phone numbers; and/or suspension of all network services.
The Code of Conduct contains five straightforward requirements for message senders:
The message sender must obtain proper consumer consent for each message sent. The type of consent that is required depends on the type of message content sent to the consumer. The table below includes the types of messaging content and the associated consent that is required. Consumers can revoke consent at any time and in any way. Consumer opt-out requests must be honored, whether they are made by phone call, email, or text.
Types of Messaging Content & Required Consent
Conversational messaging is a back-and-forth conversation that takes place via text. If the consumer texts into the business first and the business responds quickly with a single message, then it’s likely conversational. If the consumer initiates the conversation and the business simply responds, then no additional permission is required
First message is always sent by the consumer Two-way conversation Message responds to a specific request
If the consumer initiates the text message exchange and the business only responds to each consumer with relevant information, then no verbal or written permission is required.
Informational messaging is when a consumer gives their phone number to a business and asks to be contacted in the future. Appointment reminders, welcome texts, and alerts fall into this category because the first text sent by the business fulfills the consumer’s request. A consumer should agree to receive texts when they give the business their mobile number.
First message is sent by the consumer or business One-way alert or two-way conversation Message contains information
The consumer should give permission before a business sends them a text message. Consumers can give permission over text, on a form or website, or verbally. Written permission also works.
Promotional messaging is a message sent that contains a sales or marketing promotion. Adding a call-to-action (such as a coupon code to an informational text) may place the message in the promotional category. Before a business sends promotional messages, the consumer must agree in writing to receive promotional texts. Businesses that already ask consumers to sign forms or submit contact information can add a field to capture the consumer’s consent.
First message is sent by the business One-way alert Message promotes a brand or product Prompts consumer to buy something, go somewhere, or otherwise take action
EXPRESS WRITTEN CONSENT
The consumer should give written permission before a business sends them a text message. Consumers can sign a form, or check a box, to allow promotional text messages. Participation in text promotions should never be a requirement.
Consent is only to be obtained from the individual consumer and not on behalf of another individual. Opt-in data and consent may never not be shared, sold or bought.
Go4Clients does recommend obtaining a secondary “Double Opt-In" in cases where the consent was initially collected anywhere but directly from the mobile handset (i.e. phone call, web form, etc.). Double Opt-In is the practice of confirming an opt-in via text by requesting for the consumer to reply with a KEYWORD to confirm in participating in text messaging with the business. This gives the business a confidence in receiving proper subscriber consent and protecting against incorrect mobile number collection during an out of band opt-in.
Examples of Double Opt-In:
Go4Clients supports mandatory opt-out compliance by supporting the STOP keyword at the network level. This opt-out system is active by default across all accounts on the Go4Clients network.
A STOP request blocks all text message exchanges between an individual mobile number and a text-enabled business number. A consumer can opt back in at any time by replying with the original Opt-In KEYWORD
Go4Clients recommends the best practice of notifying the consumer of their ability to opt-out from future messages from the message sender. An example would be to include the sentence, “Reply STOP to stop”, “STOP = STOP” to the end of the message sent to the consumer. We recommend sending this communication on the first message and at least every 5th message or at least once a month for continued consumer awareness, if not on every message.
“STOP” in any combination of lower and capital case
Examples of invalid opt-out messages: “Hey can you stop texting me?” , “Stop it!”
The opt-out confirmation message returned to a consumer is generic and gives instructions on how to opt back into service again with the message sender’s phone number.
Opt-out confirmation message:
NETWORK MSG: You have opted out. No further messages will be sent. Reply “Keyword” to Opt-in again..
“Unstop” in any combination of lower and capital case
Examples of invalid opt-ins: “Hey can you enable me again?” , “Unstop me!”
The message returned to a consumer is generic and informs the consumer they can start two-way texting with the message sender’s phone number again.
Opt back in confirmation message:
NETWORK MSG: You have replied "unstop" and will begin receiving messages again from this number.
Go4Clients will add the opted-out consumer phone number to the black list and it will not allow to send any more messages to the consumer's phone number.
If a message sender is observed performing any of the disallowed sending practices that are listed below, then an account review is performed. The review can result in the suspension of sending rights for a provisioned phone number; restriction of high-throughput access; suspension of provisioning rights for new phone numbers; and/or suspension of all network services.
Message senders are expected to enforce restrictions on their own networks to prevent these sending practices at the intake source.
When a consumer opts out, they should no longer receive messages from that message sender. If they do receive messages, then it’s likely that the opt-out event was either not processed or processed incorrectly within the message sender’s network. Continued sending to opted-out consumer could result in the message sender to be audited or suspended.
Message senders should use the word “STOP” to identify proper opt-out as outlined in 4.2.2 and using other keywords in attempt to avoid opt-out is prohibited. Continued attempts to evade the Stop keyword could result in the message sender to be audited or suspended.
Examples of disallowed opt-out: “Reply 3 to no longer receive messages” , “Reply NO to stop”
Message senders receiving high volumes of opt-outs could be an indication of poor sending practices or that the opt-in data may be in question. When the daily opt-out rate on a sending phone number is 5% or greater, then the account is flagged for monitoring which may result in immediate suspension of services.
The daily opt-out rate on a phone number is defined as the total number of unique consumer phone numbers that received a successful message divided by the unique opted out consumers that were sent messages within a 24hour period.
Snowshoe sending is defined as a technique used to spread messages across many source phone numbers, specifically to dilute reputation metrics and evade filters. Go4Clients actively monitors for snowshoe sending. If we discover snowshoeing, then the sending phone numbers may have their sending rights immediately suspended.
When message senders use URLs but cycle the domain or subdomain for every message, for the specific purpose of diluting reputation metrics and avoiding spam filters. This sending practice may result in immediate suspension of services.
When message senders include a URL in the message and the URL will redirect to another URL and then redirect again and so on. This practice can go multiple layers deep resulting in the consumer not knowing what website they will eventually be taken to. This sending practice may result in immediate suspension of services.
Number cycling is when a message sender uses a number until it begins to show signs of deliverability degradation and then the sender discards the number for a new one and repeats the process. This sending practice results in ruining the reputation of the numbers and may result in immediate suspension of services.
Go4Clients recommends the following best practices when generating content and choosing source phone numbers. High quality, well-formatted content is more likely to be opened and read by a consumer and less likely to be mistaken as spam by consumers, Operators, and Go4Clients.
Go4Clients may require to pre-approve or whitelist messaging content. We may review any message content as part of an account review.
These best practices make messages more valuable to consumers and less likely to trigger real-time content analysis from flagging messages incorrectly as spam.
Each business or program should use one primary phone number. Using a single number for both text and voice calls is recommended. The business can run all of their business traffic on one phone number.
Each program should be associated with a single business’s web domain. Although a full domain is preferred, a branded short URL may be used to deliver custom links. This adds continuity with the consumer to improve brand awareness as well as increases confidence in the link.
You should use natural language in your messages, which means that you do not use non-standard spellings. For example, “H! h0w ar3__you do1ng?” is a nonstandard spelling.
You should collect the consumer consent yourself, and not use consent acquired from a third party. The consumer is expecting a relationship with the business they interacted with.
You should set the proper expectations with the consumer on how many messages they can expect to receive. If you are sending 5 texts a month, then disclosing “5/msg a month” on the first interaction will result in a positive consumer experience.
You should include the business name within the message to ensure that the consumer knows who they are interreacting and not attempt to hide the identity.
SMS stands for “Short Message Service” and this should be taken into consideration when formatting a text message. Even though the concatenated message exist we recommend not sending more than a 250-character message to keep the medium a short message platform.
To ensure that the consumer feels that they have control to remove themselves from text message communication, you should end your messages with the Opt-out keyword “Stop” as defined in 3.2.2.
If a message sender is observed sending any of the below listed disallowed content, then an account review is performed. This review can result in the suspension of sending rights for a provisioned phone number; restriction of high-throughput access; suspension of provisioning rights for new phone numbers; and/or suspension of all network services.
Message senders are expected to enforce restrictions on their own networks to prevent these types of content at the intake source. These categories can change quickly depending on the current market trends. For the most recent list of inappropriate content please send in a request to either reportfraud@Go4Clients.com or noc@Go4Clients.com
Phishing is the practice of sending messages that appear to come from reputable companies but in fact trick consumers into revealing personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.
Any messages that constitute a fraud or scam, which involves wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain, is prohibited. These messages generally involve money and/or some sort of business transaction.
Marketing messages must be truthful, not misleading, and, when appropriate, backed by scientific evidence in order to meet the standard held by the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Truth In Advertising rules. The FTC prohibits unfair or deceptive advertising in any medium, including text messages.
Financial services that are considered high risk to the end consumer are prohibited due to the deceptive or unfair nature of these services. These messages generally involve loans, credit repair or debt forgiveness.
Messages that include information about substances or activates that are explicitly against Federal or State statutes are prohibited.
Go4Clients works with industry leading spam containment vendors and monitors consumer complaints. These practices promote a sustainable model for healthy commercial texting, which is good for both consumers and message senders.
Go4Clients utilizes different methods to gather feedback on adherence to the code of conduct and best practices. Some common methods are listed below.
Major operators in North America support consumer driven spam controls. Their mobile subscribers can forward unwanted or unconsented text messages to a dedicated short code 7726 (it spells “SPAM” on a standard keypad).
Go4Clients monitors consumer complaints sent to this service for numbers on our network. If multiple complaints are received for a sender, then a notification is sent to the message sender that includes the source phone number, destination phone number, timestamp, and original Go4Clients message ID that was given to the message sender upon message submission. Upon receipt, the service provider must provide proof of TCPA compliant opt-in for those specific messages. They must also provide an overview of the messaging campaign and its opt-in process that the unwanted message was a part of.
If a large amount of unwanted or unconsented messages are reported on a source phone number, then that number may have sending rights immediately suspended while opt-in is being confirmed.
Go4Clients tracks the opt-out rate on every source phone number that is active on the Go4Clients network. When the daily opt-out rate on a sending phone number is 5% or greater, then the account is flagged for monitoring which may result in immediate suspension of services. The daily opt-out rate on a phone number is defined as the total number of unique consumer phone numbers that received a successful message divided by the unique opted out consumers that were sent messages within a 24hour period.
Go4Clients works with industry leading risk mitigation containment vendors to analyze message content. Real-time analysis is used to identify if a message falls outside of the code of conduct or best practices. The results of these analysis can result in suspension or termination of message sending privileges on specific traffic and or the entire account.
This section includes links to industry resources that may be helpful as a message sender starts to craft messaging content.
CTIA Messaging Interoperability Guidelines https://api.ctia.org/docs/default-source/default-document-library/170119-ctia-messaging-principles-and-bestpractices.pdf
MMA Best Practices http://www.mmaglobal.com/taxonomy/term/2820
M3AAWG Best Practices https://www.m3aawg.org/sites/default/files/M3AAWG-Mobile-Messaging-Best-Practices-Service-Providers-201508.pdf
Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) Omnibus Declaratory Ruling (FCC 15-72) https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-15-72A1.pdf
FTC Truth in Advertising https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/media-resources/truth-advertising
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