Can I Run SMS Competitions with InstaGiv?
The answer is, yes, you can.
If your charity has something to give away to its supporters, here at InstaGiv we can provide you with the text software allowing you to gather competition or prize draw entries.
Another added benefit of this is that you can also add a voluntary donation element to your campaign. Entries are not subject to whether someone has donated or not, however with our campaign setup, you can give them a choice.
At InstaGiv, we use 70### shortcodes for charity donations; these must only be used to receive donations and not to give away an item of monetary value. We have several SMS products available on our 70 shortcodes such as; Single Giving via SMS, Regular/Monthly Giving via SMS, Address collection, Event Fundraising and Registration keywords which have no donation attached.
Competitions and free prize draw campaigns are set up on commercial codes beginning with 84###, allowing us to allow our charity clients to gather entries and, if they choose to do so, add the optional donation tool.
Our campaign setup allows you to set the start and end date and time of your draw as well as pick a mobile number at random for the winner.
If you want to spice things up a little for your supporters, you can add the “element of skill” functionality to your campaign. This means that to enter the draw, they must answer a question.
What is the capital of Ireland?
Your supporters would then have to text your chosen keyword, i.e., ENTER + A, B or C
Our system will then gather all correct entries into an inbound report and pick a number winner on your chosen end date and time.
However, if you wanted to keep it as simple as possible, you can have your supporters text the keyword only, without the element of skill tool.
With both instances, there is a full inbound report available. Once someone enters, they will receive an acknowledgement thank you SMS instantly, and it is your choice if you want to add the optional donation to this text. You can customise this bounce-back text on your InstaGiv platform.
View your total number of entries and total donations raised at any time and in real-time via your platform.
For more information, a copy of our brochure or a free 1:1 demo, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.