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A Holiday Message From Our Founder 2020

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🎄 A holiday message from our founder:

The Pandemic has hit us all hard. A lot of folks are hurting now. As leaders, it is essential to remember that we have a responsibility in times of trouble to lift the spirits of and give hope to people.

When I created Hit Em Up back in 2013, I helped a young entrepreneur and go-getter engage his customers better and save his team time texting. However, as the app gained popularity and our customers (you) told us what a blessing the app has been in their lives, I knew that Hit Em Up needed to reach more people.

I'll never forget one call with a customer back in the early days who gave us feedback on the app. He was a life coach and clergyman. To be honest, his call nearly brought me to tears... He explained that he used the app daily to motivate at-risk folks to help them rebuild their lives. He felt that the Hit Em Up texts kept their spirits high. Each day he would wake up at 4:00 AM to prepare his daily inspirational message to his few hundred in his flock. He included their name in each message, so they knew they were not alone in their journey and that someone truly cared about them. He felt that Hit Em Up allowed him to communicate that they are individuals of worth and potential.

This customer's call made me realize Hit Em Up was more than just about texting. Hit Em Up is about enabling leaders to lift people up. In so doing, Hit Em Up makes you a leader.

So yes. We love to hear the stories from you about how you have increased your sales, saved your businesses during the Pandemic, and communicated mission-critical information.

But Hit Em Up is so much more. Let it be a stepping stone for you to become a stronger and better motivator in your communities.

 Your letters, calls, and fantastic reviews on the app store are what drives us each day to serve you. But, it's not how much you love the app which inspires us. It's what YOU HAVE DONE WITH THE APP that humbles and inspires us.

No matter where you are in your journey as a leader, I want to let you know I am proud of you. Also, I have a challenge for you in the coming weeks as the Pandemic continues to hurt many families across the country.

In your pocket, you have a mass text app that has enabled you to improve your life quality and save you time. But let's reimagine what you can use it for and what role you can play in your community with such a tool.

This holiday season: let's focus on making you a leader of your community above all else.

Good leaders understand that acknowledging others' suffering during times of hardship and offering a helping hand is the best way to lift spirits. Give the people in your community a shoulder to lean on.

My challenge to you is as follows:

Send a text message using Hit Em Up that inspires your audience through a humble message that brightens people's lives.

Here are some suggestions I have made just for you:

Hi [firstname], I know the Pandemic has been hard on all of us, and I want to let you know I am here for you always. If there's anything I can do, even if you just need someone to talk to, I am here.

Hi [firstname], I wanted to see how you are doing. I know this holiday season is like no other because of the Pandemic. I'm not sure if you're one of them, but some folks can't visit with their families now, and I wanted you to know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. We are going to get through this together.

Hi [firstname], 2020 has been a tough year for us all, but I wanted to let you know I am here for you, and you are not alone. We are going to get through this. Hang tight and let me know if you need anything, even if it's just a virtual hug. We are stronger together. 💪

Feel free to take and modify these suggestions to fit your needs and audience. You can save them to a template in Hit Em Up by copying and pasting them into the app's chat input and pressing the paper icon in the lower left.

If you are already leading people using Hit Em Up and have suggestions for the thousands of others who use the app, please leave a comment below. Your tips can help us all pay it forward and improve the lives of many.

I want to let you know that you motivate us when you share your Hit Em Up success stories with us via the support chat and especially in reviews on the app store. You also are helping other Hit Em Up users learn to be better leaders too through your example. Thank you. 

Happy holidays and happy sending.

Regards,

Zak Kline

Founder @ Hit Em Up

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  1. Zak, I love your app and it has helped me in my direct sales business. I just wish it wasn’t called “Hit Em Up”. That title makes me feel like I’m “hitting up” my friends for sales. I wish it were something like “Shout Out”. If there were a different name, I would include your logo with my texts but just can’t do it when I’m sending texts to my customers.

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      Hi Marilyn,

      We are grateful to have you in our community. The name Hit Em Up is actually the inverse of “Hit Me Up,” which is a colloquial way to ask to be contacted and included in future plans, typically via text message or phone call. Hit Em Up allows you to include many people in your circle, which is where the name comes from. I truly appreciate your feedback. If the app is useful for you we always appreciate it when you share it and maybe now that you know the origins of the name it will feel a bit more wholesome! 🥳

  2. Dear sir! Thanks for the message! I too use your APP to reach 244 people everyday with a devotional that I write Mon thru Fri. Thanks much and Merry Christmas! Ben

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  3. I have AML and I’m currently undergoing a bone marrow transplant. Keeping family and friends updated on my condition was difficult. I was really happy to find your app so I could update everyone daily. It has reduced the number of calls we make and take tremendously.

    Thank you, Aldog

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      Hi Aldog,

      When it comes down to it: Friends, family, and community are the source of strength and joy in life. We are happy to have you in our community and that the app has brought loved ones closer to you. We wish you success in getting through this challenge.

      I know that feeling when life turns itself on a pin’s head, and you feel like everything is in slow motion and out of sync as your mind shifts to the big picture. In such moments of reflection, the memories that stand out and feel too short are those with loved ones.

      In my trial moments, I have found that they are breakthroughs through the liminality of routine life. It is both hair-raising yet liberating. Situations like yours and others who face trials can be moments of supreme clarity. To know what’s truly important and why we’re here. Such tests have the power to raise your spirit to a higher plane and live more genuinely from the renewed perspective of how and with whom time should be spent. At least, that has been my experience.

      Thank you for sharing your story with us and reminding me what’s important. Like many others, this holiday season has been testing for me. I am physically apart from my friends and family for the better part of a year. I consider you and the folks who use Hit Em Up a part of my community. So even though I am away from home, you make me feel connected. I am grateful for the opportunity to hear from you and the other folks who have contacted us directly in the support chat to tell us their stories. You have lifted my spirits. Thank you, Allen. My thoughts are with you, and I appreciate you for taking the time to leave your comment.

      Fight on and be healthy! 💪

      Best,
      Zak

  4. Thank you for that thoughtful message! Merry Christmas to you and yours too! Great suggestions! I love the App and have been sharing it. I use it with my wellness and fitness clients and my church ministry groups. Love it! Thank you!

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  5. Happy Holidays to You and your family. May you be safe, happy and blessed as we end 2020. Best wishes for the New Year. thanks for the memos that you shared that we can use for our customers. glad to be part of Hit em Up it’s been so helpful.

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      Hi Vicky!

      Thank you for your kind words and taking the time to read and comment. We are thankful to have you with us. We wish you a joyful and safe new year!

      Best,
      Zak

  6. This app has been a blessing to me to communicate with a massive amount of people on a weekly base. In the future I look forward to seeing the product move toward pushing one button to create with the massive. My weekly contacts range from 100 to easily 1000.

    Thank you for all your efforts and looking forward to the future. Please include me in for any beta testing that is coming up. I am ready to renew for another year.

    God Bless!
    Merry Christmas
    Pastor Kelvin L. Baker
    The Way Fellowship Church
    http://Www.the way fellowship.com

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