The Startup Collaborative’s fellows Luke Armstrong, Leah Buller and Brian Harvey are pushing the bounds together, harnessing their collective know-how to disrupt the lead-generation game. Think of their latest brainchild – TextyPitch – as an interactive, digital business card exchanged via text message.

“TextyPitch came out of desire to find a product for the B2B market that aides in sales and lead generation,” Leah says. “Could we improve the user experience for a sales prospect who wants to express interest in a company while also making it easier for sales professionals to connect with prospects and pitch their products?”

SMS-enabled TextyPitch falls under the TextyPress banner; a company that also includes, the team’s initial exploration. Luke (RenMind) and Brian (Heartland Web Development) first came together in 2017 to develop that concert – virtual neighborhood tours via a text-initiated smartphone app. Leah (Founder Haute Bauble, LLC) joined the team in 2018 to boost sales and serve as TextyPress company president.

By mid-2018, Leah says the Texty team was working on several concepts with a broader appeal and more visible target audience – TextyNews (a modification of the original TextyTours concept) and TextyPitch, which is aimed at companies/sales reps who use presentations or one-on-one networking to acquire prospects.

“Sales and marketing reps can ask interested prospects to text a keyword to their designated TextyPitch number. When the text is initiated, the prospect will receive their contact info and custom-branded pitch all wrapped in a presentable package,” Leah says.

It’s the team’s answer to business cards, long web forms, and other in-your-face sales pitches. Leah says TextyPitch is simple to use and designed for acquiring prospect data with as little friction as possible: “The company gets simple, near real-time insights into prospect behaviors and how they interact with the pitch. Simple metrics, such as how many times a pitch is read to call-to-action click through, will help customers understand if the messaging is effective and how interested the prospects are in learning about the business.”

Leah, Brian, and Luke arrived at TSC over a year ago. Right now, they’re focused on testing TextyPitch for local sales professionals and enterprise-level sales forces.

“Testing the market has been a key factor in letting us know what the end user wants and needs,” Leah says. “As we build traction, we will likely integrate with common CRM’s and expand upon our types of pitches.”

Three innovators pushing the bounds of SMS technology. Leah says the Texty team knew they had something valuable when TextyPitch was tapped for the Cox Get Started challenge – not as a presenter but as a supporting technology.

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