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Text to donate

How often do you contact your donors?

Text to donate
Text to donate

With all the hype about GDPR and opting in vs opting out, many charities refrain from communicating with their donors and supporters. We believe it is essential to stay in contact with those who give to your cause, to keep them in the loop about how their donations help, what projects you are working on, upcoming events and much more.

Automated updates

Our system is designed to allow you to send your donors on an SMS journey, you can begin with a Single Giving campaign with consent enabled to gather opt-ins and from this, use our outbound SMS tool to keep in contact with them. Also, with having consent enabled on your campaign, you can also make use of our “extra response SMS” tool which allows automated texts to be sent to your opt-in donors weekly, monthly or at a delay of your choice.

When someone opts into future contact by your charity using InstaGiv’s SMS services, they are always sent a text in response, to acknowledge their consent preference and to give them the opportunity to opt-out again.

Recorded and trackable

All SMS correspondence between any mobile and your text campaigns with InstaGiv are fully recorded and stored on your account within the mobile history section; this information is stored for the benefit of the charity should they ever need this traceability information, and acts as an additional safety net. Our system has the intelligence to block any mobile number from receiving any SMS’ from you if they have opted out at any time post opting in.

When someone opts in, and their mobile number is on a recipient list for you to use within outbound SMS, if any mobile number, later on, opts out again, you do not need to scan through lists upon lists to remove their mobile number.

85% of people prefer SMS

From a recent survey carried out, we discovered that over 85% of people prefer SMS communication over phone call, I suppose it is because people do not need to take much time out of their day to read and respond to a text message, however an information call can take up to 30 minutes on some occasions.

From some client research, we can also see a trend in the times of outbound SMS’ being scheduled; most clients tend to send or schedule their sends for the late evening time after 6 pm.
At this time, most people are on the tube, trains, bus or at home, so they have time to check their phones.

Keeping in contact with your donors has never been easier, let us know if you would like one of our friendly advisors to give you a 1:1 demo.

Written by Caitriona McCarry
Client Accounts

Event Fundraising can really boost the cash you take in from your events

How can our charity use Regular Giving?

Regular giving, also known as monthly giving, holds several benefits for any charity.

To begin; we often get asked how our charity clients can upgrade their single donors to a monthly giving subscription? There are many ways you can do this; however, our most recommended and successful is by using our outbound SMS tool.

How can my charity qualify?

To qualify to be able to send your single donors an outbound SMS up upgrade them to a monthly gift, you must have first enabled our consent feature on your initial campaign. Our consent feature allows you to explicitly gather opt-ins and consent records from your donors, allowing you to use their mobile number for future marketing & communication.

From this, you can extract all opt-in mobile numbers, create a recipient list and send them a message asking them to reply to subscribe to a monthly gift of say; £3 per month to your cause.
All recipients who reply will then get an SMS in response to acknowledge their new subscription. Every month after that they will get a reminder SMS with the option to SKIP or STOP that month’s payment.

Customise

Your charity can fully customise all of these messages that go out to your subscribers so you can make them that little bit more personal. Some of our clients add live URLs to either their social channels, websites, videos or infographics to help drive more traffic to those direct channels.

The reporting side of things of regular giving is a different topic; it is up there with one of our main USPs due to the final detail it gives.

Contact us for more information on our entire regular giving package.

SMS analytics

An insight into the reporting for SMS campaigns

All clients get an overview of the total amount raised and the total amount of texts received.

Our platform works in real time, so you can see donations flowing in instantly. This is great for helping you measure the progress of your campaigns, and also very useful as it will allow you, at a quick glance, to view your fundraising stats thus far as soon as you log in.

You get access to stats on the number of unique mobile numbers which gives you information with regards to how may mobiles numbers donated more than once.

Top tip

This is useful when scoping out the possibility of having a regular giving campaign. If you see that their several individuals are donating to your campaign on more than one occasion, it may be beneficial to upgrade them to regular giving, where their payment is taken each month automatically.

You can schedule your inbound reports to be sent to either yourself, a colleague or a call centre via FTP or email. If you have consent enabled on your SMS campaigns, schedule for all opt-ins to be sent to the applicable parties for follow up. This takes out the stress of logging in and doing it manually or giving additional people access to your InstaGiv account.

There are 22 columns of data on your inbound report, and you get full data ownership.
Using our CSV tool, you can download your report at any time. This allows you to analyse and evaluate your SMS campaigns effectively and, in a user-friendly fashion. More importantly, you can add and remove columns from your inbound report to suit your requirements, so you download a report with only the columns you need, making it efficient and applicable.

As well as your inbound report, you also have access to a response SMS report.

This shows you all messages that have been sent to anyone who has engaged with or donated to your text campaign.

This is useful as it allows you to see that everyone who has donated, has received the thank you bounce-back message. Also, if you have Gift Aid enabled on your campaign, you can see that all donors have successfully received their Gift aid ask. All of our campaigns have an additional tool called “extra response SMS”. What this is for is if you have consent enabled n your campaign and you want to create an SMS journey for your opt-in mobile numbers, scheduling SMS’ to be sent to them later on, you can certainly do this.

For more information contact us for a copy of our brochures.

Charity donations

Why is Donor Engagement Important?

Creating relationships and maintaining donor and supporter communication is essential for charities. You want to build a solid, credible supporter base. The best way to keep them in the loop is to have a strong communication process in place.

Why is this important?

Appreciation

Your supporters like to know that they are appreciated. After events, big campaigns or any other charity happenings involving your volunteers, donors and supporters, follow up with them either via SMS or life the telephone to show your thanks. This way, they will know that their efforts are being recognised.

To show how their money has helped

Follow up with your single or regular donors to show how their generous donations have helped your cause. You should always be transparent when it comes to your donations. People like to know that their charitable donations are going to good use. Make it clear where the donations go, and it may also help with donor retention.

To keep people up to date with your cause

People like to know the progress of the cause that you are fighting, especially if it is something that is close to their heart. Maintain communication and tell your supporters a story, show them what your next campaign is going to be and give them an insight into the positive work that you are doing. People like to see active charities continually working towards something better.

Repeat Donations

If you have a donor base who give to your charity on a one-off basis, by maintaining communication and keeping them in “the know”, may help you upgrade them to perhaps a regular gift. By showing recognition and engaging with your supporters either directly or indirectly, will always have its benefits.

We hope you enjoyed this week’s blog post. If you have any thoughts on what you’d like us to talk more about in our blog, we’d love to hear from you. Alternatively, if you have any questions about this week’s post, get in touch today. Reach out to us at help@instagiv.com.

 

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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8 sleeps until Christmas

17th of December – how has that happened already?

How has Christmas came around so quickly?
How has Christmas come around so quickly?

This year has flown in for us but then again, time does fly when you are kept busy. We are beyond delighted to see the success of our client’s festive Christmas campaigns for this year and they’re not over yet.

This time of year brings out the generosity in many people. According to the Charities Aid Foundations Annual Giving Report for 2018, November and December are the two peak months each year for charity giving.

People are more generous in November and December

This shouldn’t come as a shock as these months have Movember, Giving Tuesday and countless Christmas appeals. This year, we saw a rise in the number of campaigns being created by our clients in preparation for Giving Tuesday and in addition to that, there have been over 200 Christmas keywords requested in recent weeks.

Almost every type of our SMS fundraising range being used this season from Single Giving, Raffles, Lotteries, Competitions, Event type, Outbound SMS and Registration campaigns.

CAFs giving report also illustrates the different age groups and how often they tend to give to charitable causes. This is a great starting point when going into the year with fresh fundraising and campaign ideas as it allows you to aim to provide each of your demographics with the different ways to give that suit them best. See the end of this article for the link to the full report.

With just over one week to go, we would like to wish everyone the best of luck with their remaining fundraising campaigns. We can’t wait to hear how you all got on with your fundraising efforts.

Happy Christmas from instaGiv

From all of us here at instaGiv, we hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. If you need any help or assistance over the festive period with your fundraising campaign or would like to set up a last-minute fundraiser contact us on help@instagiv.com.

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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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