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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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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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Halloween fundraiser ideas

Halloween Fundraising Ideas

Halloween is fast approaching and there is no time like the present to organise a festive fundraiser. Halloween gives the perfect backdrop for any kind of party or event. Why not spice up your spooky get-together and raise some money for charity too.

To get your creative juices flowing, we’ve come up with 5 great fundraiser ideas. Whether it’s in work or just for fun, you could organise a ghostly gathering this Halloween for a good cause.

Halloween
Halloween
  1. Pumpkin Carving Competition

This is something we’re having in our own offices and I cannot wait. My carving skills are next-level and I think I have a great chance of coming in 1st place.

Get your work colleagues together and gather up your pumpkins and have some fun. Donations can come in the form of an entry fee.

  1. Spooky Sponsored Walk

A well-organised run or walk in your local town is a fantastic way to get everyone together and raise as much money as possible. If you have the funds, you can give out medals to those who cross the 5K finish line.

Again, you can ask people to donate a certain amount to enter the race and ask them to raise their own sponsorship funds a week prior to the event.

  1. Dunking for Apples

If you host a Halloween party every year, why not make it exciting and have a ‘Dunking for Apples’ competition this year. You could ask people to donate for every dunk and raise much-needed funds really quickly.

  1. Pumpkin Pie Bake Off

Forget about the Great British Bake-off, this year it’s all about the Pumpkin Pie Bake Off. Get your friends together and have some fun in the kitchen. After you’ve carved your spooky Halloween decoration, you can use the contents to make a tasty (or not so tasty) treat. The winning pie can win a prize!

  1. Bonfire event

This one might be a bit harder and will only work if you have the space and health and safety for it. A festive bonfire event with sparklers and fireworks could be the event-of-the-year. You could ask your local council are they doing anything for the Halloween holidays and suggest they partner up with a local charity to raise some funds while doing so.

InstaGiv

Using the different holidays throughout the year is always a wonderful way to help promote your cause, by launching a fundraising campaign. At InstaGiv, it is around this time of year that all the different holiday friendly keyword requests start to come in, recently we have had some of our clients request new campaign keywords such as; scary, fright, Halloween, ghost, creepy, Santa, merry, Christmas and much more.

Why are they doing this? Well because SMS is the quickest most effective and user-friendly method of collecting donations. It beats standing out in the freezing wintry weather with collection buckets. In addition to that, each donor gets an instant “thank you” response message, this is fully customisable to the charity, allowing you to increase engagement with your donors further by perhaps, inserting a link into the response message or asking them to opt-in to hear more about your cause.

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.

 

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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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.

Exciting News: Raffles and Lotteries now available with InstaGiv

We have some exciting news to announce from InstaGiv HQ. We have been working very hard developing our new raffles and lotteries via SMS service. We’ll be launching the amazing new feature very soon.

Following pressure from the Charity Sector and AIME networks, they have introduced a new range of shortcodes. Along with the approval of HMRC, these shortcodes (72xxx) will allow SMS entries for society lotteries and raffles to be vat exempt.

Raffles and lotteries with InstaGiv

What will raffles and lotteries with InstaGiv mean?

Do you hold a weekly lottery for your charity? Why not use SMS as your donation collection mechanism. We will collect consent, postal addresses and donations – all you have to do is issue the tickets.

We’ll do all the hard work for you. InstaGiv will collect entries and payments via SMS. This will be done in the same way that donations are currently collected on the 70xxx shortcode range.

In addition, we can collect confirmation of eligibility and the player’s address. This will make it easy for the charity (or ELM) to issue each entrant with their lottery ticket and maintain compliance.

All data will be recorded and stored on your InstaGiv dashboard. This will allow you to easily download, pass the data to an ELM or integrate with your current lottery management system. InstaGiv is one of the UK’s leading providers of mobile and digital fundraising solutions. We currently work with over 500 UK charities and we cannot wait for our clients to use this exciting new feature.

How do raffles and lotteries work?

Society lotteries and raffles via SMS work like sending a donation by text, the individual enters the lottery or raffle by texting a keyword to a 72XXX approved shortcode. The five-digit society lottery shortcodes will be used to take payments from mobile phone accounts to pay for Society Lottery or Raffle tickets. We have developed a fully compliant SMS flow to capture all the information required about the supporter.

Raffles and Lotteries with InstaGiv

This is an exciting new development for the charity sector! In the run-up to Christmas, where you can do prize giveaways and collect donations for each entry into your draws, we think it would be a great asset.

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

How Instagiv use marketing automation to grow their business

We got loads of questions on how our platform actually works after we posted our ‘A Day in the life of Instagiv’ blog post last week. We thought we’d take you behind the scenes again and explain exactly how we help our 300 charity clients.

Marketing Automation

We use Zymplify’s Marketing Automation cloud-based platform for all our marketing needs.

Zymplify’s marketing automation platform help Instagiv run their business every day.

Their all-in-one dashboard helps us integrate and unify our brand, as well as re-purpose content across all our marketing channels.

We often are asked how we create our colourful, bright and attractive landing pages, web pop-ups and social schedules. The answer is, it is all through Zymplify.

Their content creator lets us use our brand colours and develop marketing materials that are synonymous with our brand.

Creating Content

Without this platform, we must say that we would be well and truly lost! We are also able to schedule social posts to go out across all of our social channels two/three times daily, we can upload and cleanse email lists, create specified email campaigns with landing pages as well as post-entry pages and autoresponders.

Zymplify’s Inbound Marketing area

Some other added benefits the software gives us include; the price, its simplicity and intuitiveness, the fact that it’s fully integrated, we can track our web visitors, build and develop our key personas and analyse our paid ads.

The opportunities are endless. In answer to all our inbound messages, we carry out everything we do on our website, social media, email and advertising through Zymplify.

Team Zymplify

We have a dedicated Client Success Executive called Gavin, he’s always at the other end of the phone should we need Team Zymplify to quickly put together a graphic, a designed guide or some tailored content.

Growing every day with marketing automation

Make sure and mention InstaGiv if you contact Zymplify! Check them out here. Leave us a comment below or contact us any time for more information or if you have any questions.

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A day in the life of InstaGiv

Hi everyone, my name is Caitriona and I’m the Customer Service Manager here at Instagiv. As our blog grows, more and more people are tuning in to hear what we have to say. We thought it’d be fun to show you what exactly happens at Instagiv HQ. We often get questions like ‘What exactly does Instagiv do’ so we thought we’d show you exactly what we do.

What a gorgeous view we have from our offices.

8:30 am

Our office doesn’t open until 9, but I like to get in early and get myself organised with a cup of tea before I sit down to catch up on emails. Our office is situated in a lovely seaside town called Portstewart on the North Coast of Ireland. The area is pretty picturesque and the office is along the promenade. There are a number of gorgeous coffee shops, so if I’m feeling lazy I’ll get a takeout coffee as a treat.

The atmosphere every day at InstaGiv HQ is all things fundraising, engagement, charities, SMS giving, and the list goes on, so we have a lot to get done every day.

Our team are always busy looking after all aspects of the business with the most important focus being customer care.

Arriving at InstaGiv HQ bright and early.

10 am

After I catch up on emails and client queries, we have a team catch up once a week to make sure everyone is on the same page.

The amazing view from our wonderful conference room makes our team meetings so much better. The meetings are normally informal because we have a talented team of people who really work well together. However, when the whiteboard is in use, we know things mean business! That’s me telling the team about all the innovative and exciting up-coming projects that we have planned in the coming months -watch this space.

Some of the InstaGiv team catching up and chatting about new marketing materials.

11:30 am

After a team catch-up, I’ll normally have a few calls scheduled for the rest of the morning. You’ll often find our Customer Service team with their head-sets on training new charities, onboarding clients, carrying out platform demos or holding weekly webinars with our existing clients.

Our team in Customer Service will tell you that that no two days are the same because we treat our clients as individuals and look at their specific needs, goals and requirements and create campaigns to suit their fundraising projects.

1 pm

It’s lunch time. Thankfully, we have a great office with loads of space to enjoy a relaxing lunch time. If I don’t go out for lunch, or take a walk along the beautiful promenade, you’ll find me in our ‘greenhouse’ playing a game of pool or catching up with work friends.

2:30 pm

It was a great idea for management to move our Finance office to the ground floor as I often liaise with our in-house accountant, Angela, with regards to client accounts. We work well as a team and have no issues in getting the job done! We’re in deep discussion here, making our way through our daily to-do list. One is for sure, our clients are never waiting for their out-payments.

Me and Angela chatting all things finance.

4 pm 

We have a development team who work tirelessly developing our platform. Without these guys, we would all well and truly be lost.

Not only did they build our wonderful platforms, but they work every day in continuous improvement, making it better and better each day in meeting the needs of our ever-growing customer base.

I normally have something for them to do, so I’ll go upstairs for a quick catch-up, and normally stay for a quick cup of tea too.

The Instagiv development team
One of our development team working hard on the Instagiv platform.

4:45 pm

Our office closes at 5 pm, so before we lock up for the day I like to do a quick re-cap of what I’ve done and what I need to do tomorrow. Everyday is different here and that’s why I love my job. We have between 200-300 clients to look after every day, so we always have plenty to do.

 

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, I 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.