SMS Messaging Offers Opportunity for Fundraising
Is your charity taking advantage of mobile fundraising? A report from ThirdSector indicates 55% of charities aren’t doing so, which creates a huge opportunity for those that do. In the UK, almost three quarters of the population, 72%, use smartphones. And one of the most active donating demographics, 54 to 65, are using smartphones in ever greater numbers. Almost 55% of the older Brits are becoming tech savvy and mobile.
There are many mobile strategies available, but one of the most effective is SMS messaging. SMS giving is probably the most well known use of SMS for charity fundraising. But it’s difficult to do except for the largest organisations. It requires coordination with the network providers to collect money on behalf of the charity. Also the charity doesn’t always receive a record of the numbers who donated, and there is no way to track how the donations were made. Did they come from the radio or TV advert? Did the donor see an online ad? There’s just no way to know without more information.
So while SMS giving can be an effective way to gather donations for certain organisations, it doesn’t help create a relationship between the charity and the donor. But you can use standard SMS messaging to engage your existing donor database. You can also create campaigns to grow your donor list, and then engage them in all your fundraising efforts.
And that’s another thing that most charities don’t do according to the ThirdSector report. Over 63% of charities have not integrated their fundraising efforts across all their different channels. Fortunately, SMS messaging is so easy to get started, simple to integrate into applications, and to track responses.
If you’re one of the charities in the UK that hasn’t started using mobile for fundraising, get in touch with us to find out how you can get started. Just grab us on live chat anytime, email or call to see how easy it can be to help your cause raise funds using SMS messaging.
You can also pick up some great ideas from our Business Sector Report on Not-For-Profit Organisations.
Most youth and community groups are volunteer-led, and either charitably funded or run on donations, so communications need not only to be effective, but they also have to be easy, and quick for volunteers to use, and low cost. That’s where SMS comes in…
So many of us are used to having our mobiles around nearly 24 hours a day that it’s easy to forget it’s still a growing industry. And though SMS has been around for over two decades, the ways we use it and people’s willingness to use it continues to grow. So for this blog I picked out five facts about mobile and SMS that really make the case that SMS for business has come of age. Let’s see if you agree.
For decades, all kinds of emergency personnel relied on pagers to communicate with each other and their organisations. The system was created long before the days of mobile phones or even text messaging. But now things are changing, as we explain in this blog post.
Most of us are familiar with SMS marketing in a commercial context. Many organisations use text messaging as a powerful means of creating brand awareness, enticing people to buy, and as a way of promoting special deals and new products. The charity sector can also benefit hugely from regular SMS campaigns.
Raising awareness of their causes and encouraging donations is key to the mission of charities and not-for-profit organisations. Whilst marketing is an essential part of the equation, the challenge – especially for smaller organisations – lies in ensuring the largest possible amount of money goes directly into the causes they support and promote. SMS Marketing offers a great opportunity to reach new audiences, encourage and facilitate donations and increase reach – all at a minimal cost.
The focus for advertising campaigns today is often mobile, web, or digital. It’s certainly true that more and more people are using technology for just about everything. But with all that technology, it’s easy to overlook another, more traditional form: Print!
SMS messaging supports all sorts of use cases. Most of the time, businesses consider it an expense. But for some businesses, there’s a method that could turn that expense into income. See some examples of how it works, and if it might be for you in this blog.
SMS is a cheap and ethical way for charities and organisations to communicate with their supporters, notifying them of upcoming events or keeping them informed of what work they have been doing ‐ this makes the supporters feel more connected to the cause and more likely to contribute in the form of volunteering and donating.
Twitter is a great place to quickly scan and see what is going on in the world, or in a particular niche topic. I was looking around at SMS related topics the other day and found many good (and some not so good) articles. But I also found many more pleas for votes from musicians, bands, and even illustrators.
There are just shy of 200,000 registered charities in the United Kingdom. Between them, they spend around £80 billion per annum. SMS marketing for charities is coming of age as an important tool for reaching supporters and benefactors alike, and there are a few important things that charities should be bearing in mind if they are to make the most out of this fact.