Many charities, not-for-profits and sporting organisations, tend to run raffles and recurring lotteries in support of their causes, or as part of a corporate partnership.
Traditionally, raffles and lotteries were carried out by collecting cash and handing out tickets from cloakroom books. Since technology and the world of digital has rapidly grown, these can now be carried out through SMS.
Getting in front of your audience via SMS
Why not consider using text messages to gather raffle lottery entries? Well, to begin with, 95% of UK households own a mobile phone, or 5 billion people globally (that’s two-thirds of the world’s population). Mobile phones are the most convenient tools for almost anything in today’s society. If you don’t have cash or card on you, no problem! Pay with your phone or enter a raffle/lottery with your phone using SMS.
Your entrants can enter, confirm their age and location, pay and receive ticket numbers all via SMS. There is no chance of them misplacing their ticket or not having enough cash on them to purchase. There are no cards, fuss or forms with SMS, it is an instant process with the full journey being through text. We can offer this through our partnership with Zaffo, also known as Capen; an external lottery manager, based in London.
Your SMS could get in front of the right person, at the right time
Research has shown that on average, people in the UK check their smartphones every 12 minutes of the day. People rely on their mobile devices so much that now is the right time for organisations who offer raffles and lotteries to go mobile also. Not to mention the cost of these things, while we do have charges, sending ticket numbers by text is much cheaper, effective and efficient than sending them via post.
You can cut out the hassle of collecting postal addresses, SMS also supports carbon footprint with this method being entirely paperless. Contact us for more information.
It might be hard to believe, but summer is almost here, and if you haven’t already, you should start to think about your fundraising ideas for the next few months.
While it might be effective, standing on the street with collection buckets in the pouring rain just does not sound appealing to anyone. Fortunately for us, there are loads of other fundraising ideas that don’t involve a raincoat and an umbrella.
Institute of Fundraisings
According to the Institute of Fundraisings most recent giving report, SMS donations are on the rise, and with the help from Instagiv, we can help you get the most out of your text message campaigns. By creating a fundraising campaign with us, you can take the time and hassle out of fundraising, freeing up your staff and volunteers to use their time much more effectively.
They’re quick and easy, as well as being user-friendly and have a very fast turnaround. Not only that, but Instagiv’s mobile fundraising and engagement platform will let you send donors a response message instantly, thanking them for their donation. You can enter information relevant to your charity response message, as well as adding a short URL link directing more traffic to your website if you wish.
Track in real time
By using Instagiv’s platform, you can log in, receive SMS donations from your keywords and track the progress of the campaigns in real time. Another great feature that we can offer you is to send outbound text messages to anyone who has previously donated and given consent to your campaigns so that you can create a long-standing relationship with your supporters. A quick text message can prove too much more effective and prompt donations than a phone call. Just upload a list of phone numbers to the Instagiv platform, and you can start to send out and schedule messages in advance, which is great when you are busy with other fundraising campaigns.
90% of texts are read within three minutes
While it might seem that text messaging is a thing of the past, 90% of texts are read within three minutes of being sent, and the end of the day will have read 98%. It is still an extremely effective marketing channel, which is also cheap and easy to set up and maintain. The great thing with SMS donations is that no matter how old it is, any mobile phone can receive a text message.
Regular giving, competitions via SMS, address capture, response SMS’, bulk outbound sends – we have it covered.
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.
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.
Mobile-fundraising is a fantastic tool used by charities and not-for-profits around the world to raise donations. Donors are given the opportunity to donate money through their mobile phones. These can be smartphones or tablets, and the whole point of mobile-fundraising is to making donating quick, easy and straightforward.
People can give to an organisation from anywhere in the world, through their mobile phone. We use our mobiles for everything in the world, so why not for charity fundraising too? It’s an amazing tool, that can help your charity raise more donations than ever.
In this short blog, we’ll give you five ways in which instaGiv can help your charity in 2019 with mobile-fundraising.
Bulk Outbound SMS tool
Upload your recipient list and send your supporters bulk outbound SMS texts. This can be used to inform your supporters about an upcoming event, marathon, support for a petition and much more. This tool allows you to stay engaged with your donor family, keeping them updated on recent news or requesting a donation. This bulk outbound SMS does not cost the supporter anything to receive; it’s free to the user and allows you to target an audience suited to your charity.
With the built-in consent feature tool on the InstaGiv online platform, you can ensure you are always compliant with the latest GDPR polices. You can enable the consent feature tool on all of your campaigns, giving your supporters the option to either opt-in or opt out of future communication. The system automatically groups the mobile numbers of donors who have opted out into a separate list allowing you to differentiate between those who have given consent and those who have not.
The new Gift Aid Feature
We have recently just launched our new Gift Aid collection mechanism. We will now automatically match your Gift Aid declarations to SMS donations collected on the platform and provide straightforward tools that allow you to download batches of donations for processing with HMRC. Gift Aid declarations can be collected from supporters via SMS or through our new mobile-optimised form – both of which we have ensured are compliant with the relevant regulations.
Clients get full ownership of all data and activity on their instaGiv dashboard and platform. The InstaGiv platform has many features allowing you to see detailed statistics on your fundraising campaigns as well as supporter information on all donations and SMS’ received. The platform gives you the ability to download all your campaign data in report form using the download CSV tool which brings several benefits. Having the ability to download your campaign data and donation amounts allow you to effectively analyse your different campaigns and see which works best for your Charity.
When you log in to your InstaGiv account one of the first pages you will see is your dashboard with all your donation and campaign activity – updated in real time. There are graphs, charts and statistics illustrating the success of your campaigns, how much money each different campaign has raised, top campaigns, incoming activity, monthly donations, and overall amounts. You can instantly see any incoming donations with options such as viewing how many times a supporter has donated.
We have something a little bit different for this week’s blog post and it’s all about April Fools. It’s almost the end of March, which can only mean one thing – April Fool’s Day is almost here!
It’s on Monday in fact, and we’ve already been discussing ways in which we can prank our office friends at instaGiv HQ. We work in shared office space, with two of our sister-companies; Landed, a recruitment software provider, and Zymplify, a sales and marketing automation SaaS product. As you can imagine, there are a lot of us floating about the office, and the banter can be brilliant at times. We all get on so well, and we know exactly how to wind each other up, so we often play practical jokes on each other. (We do work from time to time as well, we promise!)
A select few of us have already been discussing our April Fool pranks for Monday, and we’ve come up with some hilarious ideas. We thought we’d share them with you, in case you’re stuck for some ideas this year.
*Disclaimer: We will not accept responsibility for any of your office banter blankets who won’t take well to an office joke.
Make a nickname for someone in the office, but don’t tell them
Our Head of Development is called Martin, who loves a good joke just as much as the rest of us. We thought it would be hilarious to get everyone in the office to call him ‘Marty’ on Monday, but we obviously wouldn’t let Martin in on the joke. It’ll be funny to see how long it takes him to catch on. Let’s hope he doesn’t read this blog post.
Add more cards to a standard deck of cards
We often play cards at lunchtime in the office, typically a game of Jack Changes always creates a bit of fun. If you’re familiar with the game, you’ll know that the dreaded ace of hearts means the next person has to pick up five cards. You always know who has it, because they are smug and are waiting for their chance to ruin someone else’s chances of winning. We thought it’d be funny to add a few extra aces of hearts into the deck we normally use to create even more fun.
Create a fake parking ticket
We often park right outside our offices, which has hourly rates and we are forever swapping spaces to ensure we don’t get stung with a parking ticket. We think it would be hilarious if you pranked a team member with a fake parking ticket and record their reaction.
Trick someone in your office with a sweet treat, with a twist. Give them a rotten piece of candy or cover onions in chocolate and fool them into thinking it’s chocolate apples. More suggestions in our office include:
Take the white part out of the Oreo and fill it with toothpaste before putting them back together
Fill doughnuts with mustard instead of jam
You might think we’re evil, but it will be hilarious! Watch this space; we might have a social post up next week on the reactions to our practical jokes. Let us know if you use any of our ideas.
Email is usually the medium of choice for marketing. Most people find that they receive a couple of marketing emails daily and ignore quite a few of them. Or they spend their lifetime sitting in an inbox, with the ‘intention’ of being followed up on. But that never really happens.
SMS, on the other hand, remains a much more intimate way of getting in front of your target audience. It’s usually a quick message from a friend or family member. With more and more people using their smartphones for their everyday business, people tend to look at their phones much more than they will look at their emails.
SMS marketing campaigns have increasingly become a quick and cost-effective marketing platform. And when you look at how audiences respond to SMS marketing, you may be surprised to see how well it competes with email. Let’s look at some of the main advantages of an SMS marketing campaign, compared to an email marketing campaign.
SMS can reach more people than any other platform
Email can reach anyone with an internet connection, but what about those who don’t have access to it? Of the 7.5 billion people in the world, less than half, which is around 3.7 billion have access to the world wide web.
Mobile phones are a very different story.
According to GSMA real-time intelligence data, there are now over 9.01 Billion mobile connections worldwide, which surpasses the current world population of 7.67 Billion implied by UN digital analyst estimates.
Just think about it, people may have one or two mobile phones and generally use them every day. It’s not uncommon on the other hand for people to have a couple of email addresses, some of which are rarely used. They might use just one regularly, meaning your marketing messages may be getting lost in transmission.
Higher open rates for SMS marketing
Common sense can tell you that people are more likely to open an SMS than an email. According to a new research study, Americans check their phones an average of 80 times a day while on vacation, with some checking their screen more than 300 times each day.
Opening your inbox and finding five or six marketing emails can make you unlikely to click any, especially if you have lots of other emails coming in for other reasons.
Email marketing can prove difficult when people receive so many emails. An SMS, on the other hand, is so short that most people will take the time to read it. Recent research showed that the average open rate in the UK for emails was just under 25% while estimates for SMS marketing in recent years state that as many as 98% of phone owners open an SMS message, usually within a few minutes of receiving it.
Higher click-through rates for SMS
The data also shows a much higher click-through rate for SMS messages compared to emails. The most recent research shows that email marketing tends to generate a click-through rate of around 4.2%, compared to 36% for SMS messages. When you work that out, that means around one in every 25 people will click-through when they get an email, compared to one in three for an SMS. SMS is a much more effective way of driving potential customers towards your website.
Quality Over Quantity
As people’s email inboxes take in more and more messages for all angles, the chances of your email sitting there unnoticed are quite high. This means that email marketers tend to send quite a lot of emails, hoping to eventually catch the attention of their target with one or two.
For SMS, you know the open rate and click-through rate is high, so you have to work on crafting one or two good messages. That’s simple too as you only have a small number of characters to fill. You just put the most important information in your text and get right to the point straight away. Campaigns that adopt SMs marketing often prove to be much cheaper than email marketing campaigns.
SMS is Cheaper
It’s a much cheaper medium, as you are sending out fewer campaigns. It should also be more cost-effective, as a high click-through rate should lead to some sales. This means the SMS campaign should soon pay for itself.
They also take much less time to create. You don’t need to worry as much about the design as in an email. You also don’t have to worry about how it will appear on different devices. InstaGiv can help your charity create SMS marketing campaigns that work. We work with more than 300 charities to help boost their fundraising with SMS. To find out more, check out our Services page or Contact Us.
In this week’s blog post we have come up with the main reasons why we think that awareness days are important and the importance of promoting them.
The purpose of awareness days is generally to give knowledge to the public about various health, social, humanitarian and cultural issues.
There are various awareness days for all types of causes throughout the UK.
They not only help raise the awareness of what they are, but they help raise cause awareness also. Do you think I have used work awareness too much?
Well, what we mean by this is, for example; from the 1st – 31st of March is Ovarian Cancer Month, this is the perfect opportunity for cancer-related charities and not for profits to get their message out there, shout from the rooftops about the work that they do and how it helps. This is a great way to spam your social newsfeeds with your upcoming campaigns projects, fundraising events and ways for your supporters to donate to your charity.
They make the public more aware of “what to look out for” in terms of their health
What we mean by this is, awareness days give us an insight into the signs of the likes of breast cancer, prostate cancer when someone is having a stroke and much more. Campaigns for causes such as these educate us on what to look out for and how to recognise when something isn’t right.
They encourage your supporters to participate in a fundraising event or do their activity to help raise funds and awareness for a cause.
When people are reminded of a good cause, it often inspires them to do something to help that cause or charity out. It may be a good idea to have an event or fundraising campaign running alongside the dates of the awareness days that suit you. This can be something as small as a sponsored walk, no sugar for a day, no alcohol or a week or a larger event like a fun run, sleepout or a fashion show. People like something that gets them out of the house and out of their comfort zone. I am the worst footballer, and I am not a great cook either, but I would still make a good attempt at a fundraising Five Aside Match or Come Dine with Me!
We hope you enjoyed our thoughts and took something positive away from this blog. Let us know what you would like to see next!
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.
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:
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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!
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;
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 contact details
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.
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