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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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Short code

The Benefits of using Dedicated Short Codes

Short code
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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Overwhelming Support for Raffles and Lotteries

Raffles and lotteries
Raffles and lotteries

It’s been over 2 months since we launched raffles and lotteries with InstaGiv and we are overwhelmed with how it has gone down with our clients.

Having recently launched this new product, the response has been massive. We spent months developing the latest development and we’re so glad you guys love it too.

Following pressure from the charity sector and AIME networks, they introduced a range of shortcodes during the summer. Along with the approval of HMRC, these shortcodes (72xxx) now allow SMS entries for society lotteries and raffles to be vat exempt.

Find out all about it

In case you’re still not in the loop, we recently held a webinar where we covered all things raffles and lotteries. In the webinar, we discuss:

  • how you can introduce this into your fundraising
  • how you can incorporate SMS with your current offering
  • what license you need
  • what an ELM is and much more

We are happy to schedule calls with any UK registered charity who is interested in learning more. We take pride in the fact that we guide you step by step through your SMS fundraising and engagement journey with InstaGiv.

Catch up on demand

If you missed our webinar last week, luckily, we have recorded it and uploaded it to our YouTube channel. Here, you can watch and listen to the full recording filled with facts and FAQs. Watch our Raffles and Lotteries webinar here.

Have you downloaded our brochures on Raffles and Lotteries via SMS yet?

Many UK charities hold their own weekly or monthly lottery or one-off raffles with us. At InstaGiv, we are giving you the opportunity to use SMS as a means of collecting entries and monies.

With our built-in address verification system, the only thing the charity needs to do is issue tickets and contact the winner. It’s that easy! At present, we have two price points for you to choose from along with many thoughts and ideas to share with you.

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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Bake for a Day Off MacMillan Coffee Morning Success

Last week we hosted our first ever coffee morning and we were delighted with how the event turned out. We raised a massive £330 from all our cash and SMS donations. Thank you so much to everyone who got involved and donated.

To make things more exciting, we teamed up with two of our neighbouring companies to organise a bigger coffee morning with extra the fun. LANDED and Zymplify are situated in the same office as us, so we thought why not get together and host something exciting?

We mightn’t have an in-house Paul Hollywood, but we still had our own Bake Off, but with a twist. We got everyone involved in an exciting competition where they would all ‘Bake for a Day Off.’ The winning cake would win a free day of annual leave to use whenever they wanted – who wouldn’t want to enter?

Some of the silly contestants – you can tell they are all taking this very seriously.

The Big Event

We asked everyone to donate £5 to enter the competition and saw loads of people entering. We were shocked by the amount of cake that arrived on Friday morning. Shocked, but loved it!

The Contestants

We had over 15 entries that were all equally delicious. We sampled several different Cheesecakes, a few Duffins (that’s a muffin that tastes like a doughnut in case you didn’t know) and a few traditional Victoria Sponges.

The winner

Our Graphic Designer, Johnny, blew every other contestant out of the water and won the competition with his Pavarotti’s Pavlova.

The winner!

It was sensational! In joint second place was a Flake and Crunchie Roulade by our Client Success Executive, Grace McGinnis and a Victoria Sponge by our Head of Finance, Michael Green.

Joint 2nd place went to a Victoria Sponge and a Roulade.

 

Third place went to ME! My Cookie Dough Salted Carmel Brownies went down a treat with our audience.

And I came 3rd!

 

After all the eating and voting, we had a raffle because what fundraiser event is complete without a raffle? Loads of our friendly neighbouring businesses donated prizes including Campsie’s Electrical, Bonds Jewellers, Super Valu, Bob and Bert’s, Jam Jar and The Anchor Bar and Restaurant. Thank you so much to everyone who donated prizes.

How much did we raise?

Between the Bake-Off competition and the raffle, we raised an incredible £330. We were so pleased with the final result and again, would like to say thank you so much to everyone who donated.

The money raised from the national Bake-Off events goes straight to MacMillan’s pioneering charitable services. So far, £3,099,459 was raised from all the coffee mornings hosted across the UK. To give you an idea of how much this will help, it costs just £28 for a MacMillan nurse for an hour to help people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.

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Top tips when organising a fundraiser event

Organising an event can be stressful and frustrating, never mind organising a charity event. Not only do you have to think about the basics such as venue and invitations, but you also have to worry about collecting cash.

As the age old saying goes, if you fail to prepare you can prepare to fail. (Sorry for the cliché, but it really is true). To help you prepare and get the most out of your fundraising event, we have come up with our 5 top tips that will help you along the way.

Fundraising event

Top Tips

  1. Draft a budget

A budget is important for any event but even more so with a charity event. You need to ensure you are minimising expenditure and maximising the fundraising.

  1. Ensure you have enough time

Time is everything, and if you try and launch your fundraising event too quickly you will only add to the stress and frustration. Give your self a realistic time frame. An absolute minimum of six months is recommended. In this time, you will be able to take care of sponsorships, vendor bookings and selling tickets.

  1. Pick your venue carefully

Location is everything, and you should look at a few different ones before making up your mind. The location will impact the atmosphere of the event and will add to the overall theme so choose carefully.

  1. Look for sponsorship

The more money you can get from sponsors, the more opportunities you will have. The less money you spend on things such as venue costs, printing, marketing materials, refreshments etc, the more money you will have raised for the charity. Spend wisely and try your very best to get a sponsor on board. Don’t be scared to approach business, they might be more than happy to be involved.

  1. Assess your available resources

Do you have enough resources on hand to execute your event? If you need help, make sure you get it and don’t try to do everything yourself. However, before you start to outsource, make sure you research and budget.

 

If you follow our top 5 tips, we’re pretty sure you’ll organise the best fundrasing event possible.

You’ve got it!

How can InstaGiv help

Our Event Fundraising tool is used for several types of campaigns among our charity clients. If you have supporters fundraising on your behalf, you can easily issue them with a

unique text code, allowing them to gather donations via SMS for your cause.

Unique codes are typically attached to a keyword and you can generate over 100, 000 codes at no additional cost. Each supporter is given a fundraiser code, attached to a keyword such as GIVE_H7Y5, which acts as a tracking device that captures their fundraising journey directly on the platform.

In real time, you can see who is raising which funds and when. We also have what we call, a totaliser page. This is displayed as a search bar and when a keyword + fundraiser code is entered, the total raised will be displayed.

This is commonly used by charities to give to their corporate partners. Our event fundraising tool is used for some of the UK’s biggest annual fundraising campaigns, such as Macmillan’s Coffee Morning. Each year we issue Macmillan with their keywords and unique codes to add SMS as a donation collection tool for their UK wide campaign.

We can create hundreds of thousands of unique codes, and with our built-in formatting and reporting, there are various elements you can use for tracking and matching records on your end such as adding supporters’ full names and giving each code a custom reference.

Find out for yourself

To see a live demo of our software and how easy it is to use, contact us at any time. A team member will be more than happy to schedule this in at a time that suits you.

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Integrate your SMS campaigns with your call centre

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Charity call center

With our built-in report scheduler, you can easily set-up our system to securely send your call centre inbound reports for each of your SMS fundraising and engagement campaigns.

Many charities do not have the time or resources to follow up with each of their supporters via phone call, so they outsource a call centre. We have an excellent feature on our platform that allows you to send inbound reports to the applicable third party.

Any campaign you have on your InstaGiv dashboard will have this tool. This will automatically send any selected contacts the required information. This is an effortless, seamless and efficient way of ensuring your call centre receives all supporter mobile numbers who have opted in, without anyone within the charity having to manually send anything.

Simple and straightforward

It’s straightforward so that you simply give your scheduled report a title, select the report type you would like to send i.e. donation data, address data or new records only, select the frequency, enter all contact email addresses and select your preferred send method. It sounds complicated but it’s really simple when you are using our dashboard.

You can either select the send to via FTP or email. All sent records will be password protected with a password that you choose and use via your platform.

It’s that simple and your call centre does not need access to your platform. All new records from live campaigns that are scheduled to be sent will be seen at the frequency you select, viewed by Microsoft Excel.

Find out for yourself

To see a live demo of this feature on our platform, contact us at any time where a team member will be happy to schedule this in.

July 2018 Newsletter: Another fantastic month of fundraising

Hi everyone and welcome to InstaGiv’s July Newsletter. We have had another fantastic month of fundraising. InstaGiv is thrilled with the amount of money our charity clients have raised. We now have over 300 charity clients that use our services every day to raise vital funds for charities across the UK. We’re really excited to see how much more they can raise in the run up to Christmas.

July 2018 fundraising statistics
July 2018 statistics

July statistics

We saw 115,785 inbound texts being sent throughout the month and 509,441 outbound texts. This effort saw an incredible £610,778 raised in July – I’m sure you’ll agree that this is a phenomonal effort. Well done to all our charity clients!

Single Giving

As many of you know, Single Giving is our one-off donations service. This is where your supporters can send a donation to your charity using your chosen text code from us. Our monthly subscriptions are easy, efficient and frictionless for both the donor and the charity.

One of our amazing clients, British Red Cross, use InstaGiv to process single donations via SMS. Supporters text a keyword to donate a specified amount. This has worked really well in emergency fundraising as it’s simple and immediate for both the supporter and the charity.

Another fantastic example of the Single Giving feature is the Ice Bucket Challenge. The famous fundraiser raised over £4.5 million in a matter of days. With our Single Giving product and the use of social media, the sky is the limit with any of your future charity campaigns.

Our charity clients just have to log on to the system, set a donation value and customise the messaging. You can send a unique and engaging message out to your supporters when asking them to donate. InstaGiv’s platform eliminates unnecessary time as your own dashboard will be updated in real time.

Competitions via SMS

Our second most popular product was our Competitions via SMS. This feature has really taken off in recent months with more and more charity clients getting involved with competitions, collecting entries and offering voluntary donations. Its simple and effective and InstaGiv make it really easy for you to do.

Inspire your supporters to enter a Competition via SMS to win a prize. We understand that fundraising has been modernised, so we have developed this unique and effective function on the software platform. This mechanism will allow your supporters to text to enter and give a voluntary donation also.

Let me briefly explains what the entire process looks like. A supporter can enter the competition by answering a question with either A, B or C with the keyword i.e. WIN C.

In both instances, a supporter is given the option to cancel their donation to the charity within a scheduled time frame as the donation is voluntary. You can also activate our ‘Pick a Winner’ mechanism that automatically generates 3 random entrants to be your winner of the competition. Whether you are announcing it over the radio or online, you can see within seconds who has entered via our online reporting tool. Introduce this product into your next marketing strategy on social media and watch your followers grow, tag their friends and aim to win the prize on offer.

Why Instagiv?

Instagiv works with over 300 organisations as one of the UK’s leading software providers for the charity sector.

We help them develop their engagement with their supporters and raise as much money as possible for their cause. Our range of tools – like the ability to run competitions, register supporters for events and more – means there are always new ways available to boost donations.

If you’d like to find out more about InstaGiv and what we can do for your charity, check out our services page here.

If you would like to take a tour of the platform, our Customer Accounts Manager, Caitriona can give you a personalised demo whenever a time is convenient for you. Fill in your details in the contact us page.

June Newsletter: Another fantastic month for Instagiv

Welcome to the June newsletter, we have loads of exciting news to tell you! June was, yet again, another fantastic month for Instagiv and all of our charities. We have continued to grow and help our them raise an amazing amount of money for some of the UK’s best charities.

We’re delighted to say we welcomed 9 new charity clients in the last 30 days. We cannot wait to see them grow and use our services and software to raise lots of much-needed funds.

Unfortunately, we only have one more month of the Summer left to enjoy. Have you been using the sunshine to your advantage for summer fundraising events? If not, you still have time. Why not organise a local coffee morning or a sponsored walk? Check out our summer fundraising ideas here.

How much did we raise?

June 2018

We have consistently seen the number of outbound texts climb above 200,000 which is amazing! This is through our outbound SMS tool, which is something we would heavily encourage all clients to use. It has various different options and charities can send outbound texts such as donation requests, response requests, address requests or just standard text messages. Outbound SMS and Single Giving were our most popular products in June.

Don’t understand our latest stats? Let us explain:

Amount raised – £62607

This is the amount raised by all of our clients through SMS fundraising in the month of June

Number of inbound texts – 42243

this is the number of messages sent from the public (supporters) to our charity clients making a donation.

 Number of outbound texts – 204771

This amount is massive. This is the number of texts sent out from the InstaGiv platform from our clients to their supporters.

 

Quarterly meeting

We had our quarterly meeting last week, where we looked at Instagiv’s performance over the last 6 months and what we hope to achieve in the coming months. We are so proud to announce that Instagiv is growing rapidly every day, and we cannot wait to see where it will go in 2019. We also have some exciting news to share with you all in the next few months.

Since Instagiv started in 2010, we have helped over 300 charity clients raise over £7 million for great causes all over the UK.

June statistics
Quarterly meeting

Why Instagiv?

Instagiv works with over 300 organisations as one of the UK’s leading software providers for the charity sector.

We help them develop their engagement with their supporters and raise as much money as possible for their cause. Our range of tools – like the ability to run competitions, register supporters for events and more – means there are always new ways available to boost donations.

Benefits of SMS Giving for the Charity and the Donor

text to donate
Text to donate

Raising donations by text holds many advantages for both the charity and the donor. Below is only some of the benefits, we like to keep it short and sweet!

Fast and efficient way to collect donations

In less than a minute, your donors can quickly text your keyword to its assigned short code to donate. With InstaGiv, there is no fuss with the donor having to write the donation amount in their message as we have a default price point mechanism. An example of the donor journey would be; Text GIVE (Keyword) to 70XXX (short code) to donate £3 (default price point).

Real Time Reporting
Every client, regardless of how big or small your charity is, gets full use of our online mobile fundraising platform and dashboard. Here, you can view all of your active text-to-donate campaigns, make any necessary changes such as; editing the response message sent to donors, adding Gift Aid to your campaign, enabling Consent and much more. Our platform works in real time, so you can log in at any time and view the success of your campaigns as well as access all inbound campaign reports with our full data ownership functionality.

You have a variety of options
We have various different SMS services to offer our charity clients. You can make use of Single Giving, Regular Giving, Competitions via SMS, Event Fundraising, our outbound SMS tool, Registration via SMS and Address Collection. As well as that, we have many additional features that you can add to you campaign if you wish which includes; channels, Gift Aid, additional response messages and consent. The opportunities are endless with InstaGiv and a big bonus point is that it is cost effective with no yearlong contracts or anything.

Benefits to the Donor
They can donate quickly with minimal effort or fuss. They do not have to lift money from the bank machine, fill out any forms or give debit/credit card details. They simply text your keyword to a short code, and a donation is made. The donation is taken from the donor’s phone bill or mobile credit which is user friendly and effective. This technology enables the supporters of your charity to give at any time, from anywhere.

Text is Simple
Almost 100% of the UK population either own a mobile phone or are familiar with sending a text message. It is not something they need to learn how to use, they can give very easily via a convenient method to them.

GDPR
Our mobile fundraising software is GDPR friendly and is mobile regulatory compliant. Your donors do not need to worry about their mobile number being used without consent, we have a new consent feature which allows you to collect permission from your mobile donors to use their mobile number for future communication. This feature records all opt in and opt outs as well as having many other methods to make your donors feel safe with SMS donations such as texting; STOP and NOINFO to ensure they are not being marketed to.

The above is only to include a few, there is so much to learn with SMS giving and so many benefits to all parties involved. For a copy of any of our e-brochures, contact 028 7087 8220 or help@instagiv.com at any time.