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Competitions via SMS with Instagiv

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At Instagiv we use 70### short codes for charity donations. These are only used to receive donations and not to give away an item of monetary value.

A shortcode SMS marketing number allows an advertiser to communicate quickly and directly with mobile phones across the globe. They are used for many different things including marketing and advertising, as well as voting, quizzes and other competitions.

We have a number or SMS products available on our 70### short codes such as; Single Giving via SMS, Regular/Monthly Giving via SMS, Address collection, Event Fundraising and Registration keywords which have no donation attached.

We saw a gap for competitions via SMS so over the last few years, we introduced them as a service and they have proved to be very popular with our existing clients. These are not set up on our 70 short codes, they are on additional commercial codes that we have to offer.

Competitions can be set up by any registered charity, in a nut shell they work as follows;
– Entrant texts the competition keyword to the assigned short code
– They get a bounce back message acknowledging their entry and telling them that they can reply CANCEL within 1 hour to opt out of their voluntary donation
– If they reply CANCEL, their entry is still valid and they will get a bounce-back to let them know their donation has not been taken.
– If they do not reply CANCEL, their donation will be taken and again, they will get a bounce-back message to acknowledge this.

With Instagiv, clients can set up their competitions with a voluntary donation amount, edit their bounce-back message, enable Gift Aid, enable a winner mechanism and set a maximum amount of entries. With charity competitions, the donations will always be voluntary.

The opportunities are endless with our competitions via SMS service. It is actively used by many of our clients with excellent success.

For a demo of this service click here to talk to our expierenced Client Success Manager, Caitriona.

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Start 2018 Right with instaGiv’s Text Giving Products

Any regrets of Christmas parties or Christmas overindulgence is fading and people everywhere are starting 2018 with earnest resolutions. It’s a great time to think about how to boost your charity’s donations.

SMS Marketing could be just the thing. It was predicted recently that it will become very big in 2018.

The State of SMS report revealed that 93% of people in the UK now own a mobile phone and if sent a text message, 98% of them will read it by the end of the day.

The report also said that around 50% of companies use SMS Marketing at the moment. This is expected to continue to grow, reaching as high as 92% by the end of 2018.

Why not get ahead of your competition by sorting out your SMS Marketing with instaGiv’s range of Text Giving Products?

Text Giving Products – Single Giving

Single Giving involves texting a code to make a one-off donation. This proved to be one of the most popular products with clients in 2017.

It really comes into its own at big fundraising events. Instead of dealing with loads of forms and cash, you simply ask people to send a single text to short number.

It’s also great for raising funds in response to emergency situations.

Text Giving Products – Regular Giving

Regular Giving is a quick and easy way to sign up donors to donate a specific amount to your cause at regular intervals.

It’s a feature that doesn’t take much time or effort to get ready and can be fully automated once it’s all set up.

Visit our blog on Regular Giving to find out more.

Text Giving Products – Ready for Gift Aid

Our system also makes it easy to manage Gift Aid. This allows charities to receive an extra 25p from the government for every £1 they receive in donations.

Using instaGiv’s platform it only takes 90 seconds for a supporter to donate and sign up for Gift Aid.

Check out our Gift Aid blog for more information.

Text Giving Products – Competitions

Our Competitions feature gives supporters the ability to create and customise contests via SMS. The system can even automatically pick winners for you.

If you have some prizes which you think will peak your supporters’ interest, take a look at our blog on SMS Competitions.

Text Giving Products – Consent

Our Consent Feature helps to ensure that charities have documented consent from their supporters for all of their campaigns.

This is particularly important ahead of the General Data Protection Regulation. The GDPR, which comes into effect in may, will mean that companies need to rethink how they deal with the personal data of EU residents.

Read more about how instaGiv can help with GDPR Compliance in our blog on our Consent Feature.

Find Out More About instaGiv’s Text Giving Products

We are of one the UK’s leading providers of mobile and digital fundraising solution, working with more than 300 UK registered charities.

InstaGiv are passionate about securing as much funds as possible for charities using our mobile and digital tools.

That’s why we have simple and transparent pricing structure that allows charities to scale their fundraising efforts to suit their needs.

Create Compelling Competitions with instaGiv

Why not try some competitions with instaGiv?

Everyone loves a good contest. There’s such excitement when you enter and you get that dizzy confidence when somehow you manage to come out on top.

There’s no reason why your charity can’t harness that enthusiasm when it comes to raising money.

Using instaGiv’s text Competitions Feature you can create your own competitions as a way of reaching new donors.

Setting Up a Competition

Our Competitions Feature allows customers to create and customise their own competitions.

You can choose when the competition begins and ends, as well as how many entrants – and winners – there can be.

You can also personalise automatic responses to texts that acknowledge competition entries and thank people for their donations.

There are two types of competition for you to choose from.

First someone can text a keyword to a short code to have the chance of winning a prize randomly.

Or, the competition could require entrants to answer a question (A, B or C) along with their keyword.

Picking Competition Winners

You can also set up the competitions so that the system will automatically choose winners for you.

The ‘Pick a Winner’ mechanism will generate 3 random supporters to be the winner of your competition.

Then your happy winners will be notified. If they’re willing to send in a few celebration photos, you can make good use of them in further marketing.

Lets win some competitions

All you need to worry about is picking a good prize!

Collecting Donations from a Competition

Competitions can also be used to collect donations. However, there are some regulations that must be considered if you plan to do this.

Charities cannot charge directly for competition entry as all donations must be voluntary.

Instead, you can set up your competition, so that a potential supporter gets an text asking them for an optional donation at a later date.

All of instaGiv’s competitions also give supporters the option to cancel their donations within a scheduled timeframe.

 

For more information about instaGiv’s Competition feature and other services, visit our website, or get in touch.