I am interested in starting a local service that would help local businesses (restaurants, bars, clubs, etc) with sms and email marketing. I want to approach them with the idea that I can help increase their sales and build a steady clientele for them. Off the top of my head, this would work well for a local Chinese take out place where I could send an sms or an email to people stating "receive 25% off your order tonight with this coupon code." You could use a variety of promotion methods. My question to you gurus is whether this idea is doable and if so, can it be profitable? I live in the U.S. and I can offer this service for a one time setup fee along with a monthly fee. For email marketing, should I use the services of aweber and make it automated or is there a better solution that is cheaper and would work in my benefit? Do you have any suggestions for companies that do sms marketing? I saw one online (http://www.textsmsmarketing.com) that charges $50 for 5000 messages. I recall someone here had made a software that allowed you to send messages from your computer or gmail account. If someone can point me in the right direction to a software that is available for sms marketing, that would be much appreciated. Thanks for the advice!