At Instagiv we use 70### short codes for charity donations. These are only used to receive donations and not to give away an item of monetary value.
A shortcode SMS marketing number allows an advertiser to communicate quickly and directly with mobile phones across the globe. They are used for many different things including marketing and advertising, as well as voting, quizzes and other competitions.
We have a number or SMS products available on our 70### short codes such as; Single Giving via SMS, Regular/Monthly Giving via SMS, Address collection, Event Fundraising and Registration keywords which have no donation attached.
We saw a gap for competitions via SMS so over the last few years, we introduced them as a service and they have proved to be very popular with our existing clients. These are not set up on our 70 short codes, they are on additional commercial codes that we have to offer.
Competitions can be set up by any registered charity, in a nut shell they work as follows;
– Entrant texts the competition keyword to the assigned short code
– They get a bounce back message acknowledging their entry and telling them that they can reply CANCEL within 1 hour to opt out of their voluntary donation
– If they reply CANCEL, their entry is still valid and they will get a bounce-back to let them know their donation has not been taken.
– If they do not reply CANCEL, their donation will be taken and again, they will get a bounce-back message to acknowledge this.
With Instagiv, clients can set up their competitions with a voluntary donation amount, edit their bounce-back message, enable Gift Aid, enable a winner mechanism and set a maximum amount of entries. With charity competitions, the donations will always be voluntary.
The opportunities are endless with our competitions via SMS service. It is actively used by many of our clients with excellent success.
For a demo of this service click here to talk to our expierenced Client Success Manager, Caitriona.