Text Message Abbreviations & Their Use

Published by Baasit Khan on

Communicating with others has become or has been made easier with the use of abbreviations. Now, with the addition of shortened words or in the parlance of SMS, text message abbreviations are favored more by the millennials and Gen Z categories.


People tend to respond using commonly used abbreviations and expect the sender to communicate in their preferred method. Slangs and acronyms are also used by businesses while running a marketing campaign. These words keep changing after every decade or so. In order to stay relevant, brands, while carrying out the marketing plans must remain updated with the latest text message abbreviations.

Commonly Used Text Message Abbreviations

Even if you, as an enterprise, will not use these abbreviations while getting in touch with customers, you have to remain abreast with these commonly used text message abbreviations while communicating with clients in general and Gen Z and millennials in particular.

  • ICYMI: In case you missed it
  • LMK: Let me know
  • UGC: User-generated content
  • RCS: Rich communication services
  • ASAP: As soon as possible
  • QOTD: Quote of the day
  • TTYL: Talk to you later
  • LMGTFY: Let me google that for you
  • FAQ: Frequently asked questions
  • IMO: In my opinion
  • IDK: I don’t know
  • TBA: To be announced
  • TBD: To be decided
  • BRB: Be right back
  • BTW: By the way
  • TBF: To be frank
  • RN: Right now
  • TBH: To be honest
  • TL; DR: Too long, Didn’t read
  • TIA: Thanks in advance
  • NA: Not applicable
  • AKA: Also known as
  • NP: No problem
  • DIY: Do it yourself
  • HMU: Hit me up
  • LOL: Laugh out loud
  • OOO: Out of office
  • EOD: End of day
  • CTA: Call to action
  • ROI: Return on investment

All the above-given abbreviations and acronyms are mainly used in Bulk SMS. Knowing them will help you in communicating with loyal and potential customers easily from anywhere in the world. What must be kept in mind is that overuse ought to be avoided and keeping the message simple and personal must be the priority of the marketing team of corporations.

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Baasit Khan

Basit is a tech-enthusiast who likes to write about all things Marketing. I write articles about Marketing, Business Promotion, and Telecommunication here at SMSala.