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Why are charities using text-to-donate?

I am sure you often wonder when you’re working within your charity or fundraising role, what is the best way to go with your next campaigns? Or why are charities starting to use SMS donations more and more now?

We have put together a few of our main thoughts as to why charities may choose text-giving over other methods, or else to add to their list of donation collection methods.

User-friendly

Our first thought is that text-to-give is incredibly user-friendly. There are no forms, fuss or verification checks required. The donor simply texts their chosen charities “keyword” to the 5 digit shortcodes and a donation is made.

People don’t often like to partake in anything that takes up too much of their time or requires long-haul forms. It is also user-friendly for the charity. Text campaigns can be created and inactivated in a matter of minutes. This helps to reach deadlines that little bit easier.

Quick and Easy

SMS Giving is also quick and easy to do. It takes around 60 seconds or less to send a donation by text. If someone wanted to give a charitable donation without much effort – SMS is the answer.

Most people within the UK today either own or have access to a mobile phone, therefore, it is one of the most effective ways to make a donation. If you are at an event with no change in your pocket, no problem – you probably will most likely have your phone with you so the donation can be made easily through your phone. Donations can be as little as £1 too.

Detailed reporting on progress

Reporting is so important when it comes to SMS fundraising, you need to be able to monitor the progress and measure the success of your campaigns.

Mobile Fundraising and Engagement with InstaGiv has a realm of various reporting functions from your inbound campaign report, consent and opt-in report, Gift Aid collection report and much more.

Our regular giving reporting displays everything from the number of subscriptions per month, number of new sign-ups, gross donations per donation, number of skips and stops, retention percentages and much more. This is essential and is readily available with InstaGiv campaigns.

These are just to name a few; the reasons are endless as to why charities continue to choose SMS giving as part of their fundraising efforts. Other thoughts we had include:

  • It’s cost-effective
  • Has a fast turnaround
  • Works in real time
  • It can be accessed 24/7 among lots of other benefits

We hope you enjoyed this week’s blog if you have any thoughts you would like us to focus on we would be happy to hear them. Reach out to us at help@instagiv.com.

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Top Tips for your SMS Campaigns

Charities and Social Media

The Growth of SMS 

 

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Top Tips for your SMS Campaigns

We have brainstormed and came up with our top four recommended tips for your SMS campaigns. These tips will help your charity in the long run between gaining an extra 25p per pound donated by adding Gift Aid, to increasing your supporter base by enabling consent and gathering opt-ins.

First things first…

Customise your Response Message

Grab the fact that you get to create your own response message by the horns. The bounce back SMS goes straight to the donor’s handset after a donation is made, this is in place to allow you to thank your donors, you get 160 characters to use so we try to encourage our clients to use up this space wisely. Perhaps also say something like “check out how your donations help”, with a URL to your website, this, in turn, will help drive more direct traffic to your charity’s website. Remember, people tend to read and digest the contents on an SMS received to their phone.

Add Channels

Adding channels to your campaigns brings the benefit of knowing which of your marketing channels are working best for you. You have a number for every marketing channel that you have your text code and campaign advertised. Allowing you to analyse your inbound report and view which channel is reaching the biggest audience and drawing in the most donations. If you are spending your budget on paid ads or expensive advertising, channels are perfect for measuring success.

Enable Gift Aid

Our Gift Aid tool allows you to collect names and addresses from your donors. We have two GA collection methods for you to choose from, both of which records and stores all declarations on your platform. You can then view down downloads this information at any time to send to the HMRC for processing. Enabling Gift aid is recommended as you can claim an extra 25% per one pound that is donated to your charity.

Enable Consent

Add the consent feature to your campaigns, this is where you can gather opt-ins from your donors and supporters. InstaGiv has two methods that you can choose from; Implicit and Explicit. With both, all consent records and stored on your platform where you can easily view and download them. Consent is user-friendly and straight forward, for example, rather than having your donor’s text KEYWORD to donate, ask them to text KEYWORD, YES to donate and opt-in- simples!

Social media for charities

Charities and Social Media

Almost all businesses, organisations, charities and not for profits have a social media presence, why is this? Well because the likes of Facebook has 2.3 billion users, meaning social media is one of the easiest and direct methods of promoting your cause and reaching out to your supporters.

It’s not that easy though, you need a following of supporters who are legitimately interested first, which can be somewhat difficult to build.

To enhance the engagement and conversation on your social channels, it may be a good idea to have cause-related content.

Content

Have content that encourages people to stop scrolling through their feed and stop at your post. Have something engaging, something that is eye-catching and encouraging people to comment or share, which is more likely to spark a discussion among your supporters.

Having content that drives engagement will also give your charity the opportunity to gain feedback, as many people tend to put their thoughts and opinions into the comments section below a post.

Credibility

Ensure your social profiles are credible, when someone visits your page for the first time, they are most likely going to form an opinion or thought instantly, first impressions are everything and all that! So, make sure you have got your page fully up to date, giving visitors an insight into the hard work you do to fight your cause. The use of visuals also ways work a treat – people love images and videos over long reams of paragraphs.

Increasing your Following

Everyone knows how difficult it is to increase your followers and supporters on social media. Engage in conversations and posts related to your cause or sector, this can be sort of like “online networking” as such.

Lastly and most importantly, promote, advertise and scream from the rooftops as much as possible. Try to get your cause into the limelight at every possible opportunity. Have your social icons on everything you do, all merchandise, email footers, advertising materials and so on.

There was a program on BBC 1 NI last night called “The Search”, it was actively advertised and promoted over social media the days leading up to it. The program was about missing people in Northern Ireland. This show zoomed in on the work carried out by the CRS – Community Rescue Service. A charity that is run entirely by volunteers. This was an eye-opener into the work that this cause and these people do, which is all voluntary.

It had encouraged me to donate as well as look into how I sign-up or help to be a part of their rescue team.

A lot can be done when actively promoting your cause as widely and as much as possible.

Check out our latest blog post on key dates for your diary, and you could use some of these in your upcoming social media strategy.

SMS marketing

The Growth of SMS

It’s no surprise that SMS has grown significantly over the last number of years with the massive growth of technology and smart phones.

Almost everyone owns or has access to a mobile device of some description. For many of us, our phone is like an extension of our hand – we physically could not live without it! (I know I couldn’t).

SMS is the one sure way to get your message across effectively. Almost all texts received to a handset, have an open rate of 100%.

We wanted to find out for ourselves

An online survey was recently carried out by our team, with participants across the age ranges of 22-50+ on the use of SMS and mobile technologies.

We will be creating an e-guide will all of our stats collated together and analysed to give an insight into the world of SMS and peoples preferences.

SMS is actively used by many businesses and charities to market their message across to their audiences.
I remember when I first started to receive such communications from businesses.

It was from my dentist, reminding me of the date and time of my upcoming appointment. I instantly thought to myself how handy that was! If you’re like me, you often forget things and are trying to organise yourself at the last minute, so this reminder text was perfect.

Why use SMS as means of communication or marketing?

The list of reasons why is endless but to name a few;

  • Its personal
    The recipient will open and read the text
    There is no junk/spam box on a mobile phone
    Texts are short, sweet and to the point
    It doesn’t cost a lot and is very effective

SMS within business

Text messaging in the business sector is commonly used for brand awareness, offer discounts, reminders, events, lead generation and notifications.

The charity or not-for-profit sector most commonly uses outbound for;

  • Support for petition
    Rallies for last minute disaster appeals
    Event sup ups
    Gathering opt-ins
    Gathering contact details
    Donation requests
    Advocacy
    Cause awareness

SMs is a great all-round tool for anyone wanting to raise either cause or brand awareness and for those who want to get their message out there instantly.
Our upcoming e-guide will outline SMS in a more detailed fashion, giving you the inspiration to go for it.

Dry January 2019

Key Dates for your Dairies

The New Year marks the beginning of all the national awareness days again. There are so many awareness days now that there is probably one to cover the majority of causes throughout the UK.

Does your charity make the most of upcoming awareness days that relate to your cause?

When planning your fundraising and upcoming campaigns, it may be beneficial to keep some of these days in mind. This is a great idea when you are launching a new campaign. You could tactfully plan to launch your campaign on a day that coincides with a national day of awareness to maximise your engagement rates.

There are too many to list, in fact, there are hundreds if not thousands. However, I have listed below some useful articles listing most of the UK’s awareness days. It might be a good idea to keep a note of some in your calendar.

There’s no time like the present – Dry January is currently happening as we speak. This lasts the entire month and is to promote a healthier you for the New Year by cutting out alcohol. Why not incorporate this into your fundraising? Encourage your supporters to donate to your cause as they save some funds by participating in Dry January.

Also in January; National Obesity Awareness Week and Cervical Cancer Prevention Week.

Throughout the Spring of this year we have seen awareness days for; World Cancer Day, Time to Talk, Eating Disorders Awareness week, No Smoking Day, Walk to Work Day, World Health Day, World Autism Month, Mental Health Awareness Week, National Human Trafficking week and Red Nose Day.

These are just to name a few, to help you and your charity begin your preparations for your Awareness Day Fundraising.

The URLs below outline the awareness days, weeks and months for the remainder of 2019, check them out to get yourself involved.

https://www.nhsemployers.org/your-workforce/retain-and-improve/staff-experience/health-work-and-wellbeing/sustaining-the-momentum/calendar-of-national-campaigns-2018/calendar-of-national-campaigns-2017-table

https://changestar.co.uk/charity-calendar/

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from all the team at instaGiv

It is hard to believe that Christmas and the New Year are behind us now after all that excitement over the past 6 weeks.

We are delighted to say that many of our clients who had Christmas fundraising campaigns totally excelled their expectations and raised an amazing amount of money for their festive fundraising.

An incredible December

Our charities raised a combined £160,000 during the month of December and over 350,000 outbound SMS’ were sent. We are delighted with December’s outcome and are striving to be better in January and the coming months.

Raffles and Lotteries

December welcomed many single giving campaigns, the launch of over 5 new Christmas Raffles by our clients and also a number of festive competitions by The Silver Line, Children’s Heartbeat Trust, Mental Health UK and SAMH to name a few.

Our goals for this new year include to continually improve our customer service, continue to improve and provide the most flexible, user-friendly and efficient SMS donations and engagement service to our clients and climb the ladder with our new Raffles and Lotteries via SMS service.

New year, new you?

What has your charity got in the pipeline for your new year fundraising? Throughout the month of January, we will be offering our tailored platform demos again. These demos are designed to zoom into the requirements of your charity and focus on your particular needs for example;

  • Details on our in-depth reporting
  • Regular giving set up, text-to-give for beginners
  • SMS lotteries and much more

Our demos are not sales related and you are not obliged to sign up to InstaGiv after your online demo with one of our team members. It is a free service to help you see how mobile fundraising and engagement work with InstaGiv and the benefits that it can bring to your charity.

So if you’re considering introducing SMS as a fundraising tool or wishing to change providers, we will be happy to assist you with a demo, call or live chat to help aid your decision-making process. If you want to find out any more information about instaGiv and what we can do to help your charity, contact us at help@instagiv.com or fill in the contact us form and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.

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Use PSMS in a broadcast or DRTV appeal

Premium SMS
Premium SMS

Trying to get your supporters to actively engage and donate on a regular basis can be tricky – especially heading into the new year. A great way to get in front of them at the right time is with Premium SMS (PSMS).

You can use PSMS in a broadcast outbound text, DRTV appeal, social event or any type of fundraising activity.

Last minute crisis

Sometimes things pop up last minute or unannounced, like an unfortunate incident. This could result in a disaster appeal and you may choose to send a broadcast SMS to gather donations or actively advertise your text code as widespread as possible, to raise awareness and ask for donations.

In terms of the outbound SMS, if you have a list of recipients or a database of opted-in supporters gathered from using our consent feature. You can use these to send an urgent text asking them to reply with one of your donation keywords, to give to your cause. You can use this as a single one-off donation, or to subscribe your supporters to regular giving which is monthly gifts.

To use PSMS as a standard text-to-donate campaign it is as simple as creating your text code, customising your campaign and advertising it to your supporter base. The journey is very straightforward as we like to focus firmly on the donor experience.

Keyword

Texting a donation is as simple as texting a KEYWORD to 70###. While we have fixed price points for all our donation keywords, we also offer our clients the full flexibility of giving their donors the option to give more or less than the default amount, without having to create additional keywords and campaigns.

All donations and responses to outbound texts are recorded on your InstaGiv platform. You can view your inbound report which captures the finest of details right down to the donation amount, date and time and content of inbound texts.

Our regular giving reporting is something we often get praised on also, keeping tabs on donor retention can be somewhat exhausting and hard to do, with our regular reporting we make it so much easier for fundraisers. Our system is equipped to capture and record data right from the number of sign-ups per month, repeat donations, number of SKIP/STOPS per month, cumulative retention statistics and much more.

Quick turnaround

Our turnaround time is very quick. We aim to have all new requests actioned and set up within the same working day. Often enough, we can do this very soon after the request or registration is received.

Find out more information

If you’d like to find out any more information on PSMS, shortcodes, a member of our team would be more than happy to talk you through the process. Fill in the form on our contact page and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

Alternatively, please contact us directly on 028 7087 8220 or email us at help@instagiv.com.

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Giving Tuesday – Give Back this Tuesday

Giving Tuesday 2018
Giving Tuesday 2018

#GivingTuesday is one of the biggest days of the year in Britain for the charity sector. It is the one day people have the chance to do something kind and give back to charity. Both individuals and businesses get involved, doing what they can to help those in need just before Christmas – one day can make a world of difference.

Giving Tuesday started back in 2014 and since then has grown to be bigger and better every year.

Doing our bit

The team here at InstaGiv and our sister company, Zymplify, are doing our bit for charity on Tuesday the 27th of November.
We have decided that with this time of year being cold and wet out, it would be worthy and beneficial to donate all our old clothes to one of our local homeless charities.

We have been swamped in recent weeks with both supporters and charities enquiring about setting up a text code for their cause in preparation for Giving Tuesday. Text giving is quick, easy, efficient and effortless, which is probably why most charities today have text as a donation collection method.

it’s not too late to set up your text code for the UK’s biggest giving day, with 6 days left it gives you plenty of time to set up your campaign, customise it to suit your cause, and watch the kind donations flow in.

Be quick though, as our “Tuesday” keywords are starting to run out!

Find out more information

If you’d like to find out anymore information on shortcodes, a member of our team would be more than happy to talk you through the process. Fill in the form on our contact page and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

Alternatively, please contact us directly on 028 7087 8220 or email us at help@instagiv.com.

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The Benefits of using Dedicated Short Codes

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Short code

Dedicated short codes are still an incredibly useful tool to raise money for charity. Over half of all worldwide online traffic was generated through mobile phones in 2018. As well as that, over 92% of people in the UK have mobile phones. Because of this, we’re pretty sure SMS marketing is still a really effective way to reach out to people in a personal way.

Wealth of benefits

There is a wealth of benefits that come with SMS marketing. One of those is the use of dedicated shortcodes. Shortcodes are an easy and efficient way to boost donations for any charity. They are short, snappy and are easy to remember. Let’s look at some of the benefits in greater detail…

  1. The 70### shortcode is dedicated to your charity. It’s the shortcode your supporters will associate with you and your cause. When someone sees or hear it, they will know it’s in relation to your charity as no other InstaGiv clients get used of it.
  2. Unlimited keywords. You pay a monthly fee for the ownership of your dedicated short code and with that, you can use our unlimited keywords allowing you to create multiple campaigns at no additional cost.
  3. You can use any of our products alongside your dedicated shortcode. These include; Single Giving, Regular Giving, Registration, Event, Address Capture and our outbound SMS tool.
  4. Having the flexibility of having unlimited campaigns on your dedicated code opens an umbrella of opportunities. You can create and launch as many new text-to-give campaigns as you want to at no additional cost. In turn, you’re helping to increase SMS income and raise further cause awareness.
  5. When using a dedicated short code, you do not have to wait for approval from our end or have to check a keywords availability. It’s your shortcode, so you can create and have access to new campaigns instantly.
  6. Not to mention all clients get full use of our Mobile Fundraising and Engagement platform at no extra cost. Here you can customise the thank-you response message sent to donors, add Gift Aid to your campaigns, send response/donation/address request outbound texts, add consent to your campaigns to gather opt-ins, view totals and inbound reporting in real time and much more.

Find out more information

If you would like to find out any more information on shortcodes, a member of our team would be happy to talk things through with you. Fill in the form on our contact page and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

Alternatively, please contact us directly at any time on 028 7087 8220 or email us at help@instagiv.com.

 

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Gift Aid

Is your charity making the most of Gift Aid?

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What is Gift Aid?

Gift Aid gives charities the opportunity to get an additional 25% for each £1 donated by their supporters.

Traditionally, declarations were collected via forms, with quite a lot of paperwork involved. Nowadays, it is friction-less, efficient and with a much faster turnaround.

Gift Ait is one of the most important tax reliefs for charities and it’s worth over £1.2 million to the charity sector every year, according to HMRC.

Are you promoting your donors?

Research from HMRC shows that people respond the most when they are prompted to include Gift Aid in their donation. They also responded well when they are told exactly how much was claimed the year previous and what the money went to.

You must be transparent with your donors and tell them exactly how this money is spent. Explain what more could be done if everyone claimed it on their donations.

You also need to ensure your volunteers, and supporters fully understand what the Gift Aid system is and the benefits of it. HMRC have also stated that people who understand Gift Aid are more likely to claim it when donating.

Make the right claims

Education is so important when it comes to Gift Aid. You want to make sure your employees or volunteers are explaining it fully to your donors and supporters in order to eliminate any flawed claims.  It is estimated that around £45 million is made in mistaken claims every year – more than £15 million lost due to fraud.

To ensure you are keeping on top of all your donations, regular audits and internal checks are the best practice. You should also contact long-standing donors who claim gift Aid to ensure they are still paying tax.

How can InstaGiv help you?

We have modernised the way you manage your Gift Aid from your supporters, by solely capturing it with SMS. This integrated system is completely automated, that reports in a user-friendly manner to successfully make your Gift Aid claim with HMRC.

There are two ways to capture it, via SMS or via a web form. You can select which one you prefer in the setup of your campaign in the overview area.

For both methods, the Gift Aid ask is sent via SMS at a delay after the supporter receives their thank your response message. Supporters reply to the text with their details, and for the web form method, supporters click the URL and complete the form.

The Gift Aid ask is sent out at a delay, for example, 5 minutes after your donors receive the thank-you response message. Gift Aid can be claimed on future donations and those made in the past four years.

Addresses are captured and stored in a dedicated area of your InstaGiv dashboard, where you can easily download all declarations, in preparations for processing.

Our form has been approved by the HMRC and is fully compliant. Both the form and the SMS capture all details needed and has the appropriate legal terminology.

Book a demo today

To find out more, request a demo or a call-back today. One of our friendly team members will go over everything in more detail with you.

Alternatively, for more information on this additional guidance on licencing, please contact us at any time on 028 7087 8220 or email us at help@instagiv.com.

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