Change of Executive structure at aimm

As announced to members last month, the new aimm Board has decided to change the executive structure to ensure that the diverse needs and the concerns of all of the aimm membership are understood and accurately reflected.

Rory Maguire, after 5 years at the helm of aimm will be stepping back at the end of June to focus on his consultancy business, handing the baton to General Manager Joanna Cox who starts in August.

Fonix partners with Soccer Aid for Unicef, allowing viewers to donate to the charity via SMS

Fonix, the tech company for acquiring and engaging consumers through their mobile phones, has announced today that it will be providing a mobile donation mechanic for Soccer Aid for Unicef, the biennial British charity football match which raises money in aid of UNICEF UK.

The game kicks off at Old Trafford on 10th June, and both the England and World XI teams include a host of impressive celebrities – including Usain Bolt, Sir Mo Farah, Gordon Ramsay, Michael Owen and Jamie Redknapp.

Fonix will be providing a mobile payment mechanic to the charity, allowing viewers to give to the charity via SMS in £10 and for the first time, £20 amounts. Fonix will also be managing Gift Aid donations, by sending reminders to donors to add Gift Aid as well as building a dedicated microsite for them to make a Gift Aid declaration.

The UK government will match every £1 donated by the public through its UK Aid Match scheme, doubling the difference for children in danger around the world.

Fiona Robertson, Head of Charity Projects at ITV said “We chose to work with Fonix on Soccer Aid for Unicef because we know that they have extensive experience running large-scale mobile charity campaigns.”

“Mobile billing has been incredibly effective with regards to donating to charity. Consumers clearly like to make payments via SMS, and for Soccer Aid for Unicef it will certainly have a positive impact upon conversions and the overall amount raised.”

Stephen George, Business Development Director at Fonix, said “Soccer Aid for Unicef is such a fantastic campaign. We’re so pleased to be introducing the £20 price point this year, as it clearly demonstrates that consumers want to give more to charity by mobile. Most importantly, we can’t wait to watch the game!”

Suzanne Ryder Richardson, Program Lead at UNICEF UK said “We know the public really get behind Soccer Aid for Unicef and that it’s a tremendously popular show, particularly with the fantastic line-up that it has. Encouraging viewers to donate to the charity is easy when there’s a frictionless payment mechanic that simply allows them to text to donate – it makes so much difference.

“Equally, the Gift Aid reminders and the landing page for collecting Gift Aid will increase the overall amount donated and this can only be good news for Unicef”.

International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, said: “We are excited to be involved once again this year in what promises to be the biggest Soccer Aid for Unicef to date. The UK government will match public donations pound-for-pound, meaning that, together, we can double the difference for children around the world.”

The international friendly match will take place at Old Trafford on Sunday 10th June, just four days before the FIFA World Cup in Russia begins. Tickets are on sale now and the game will be broadcast live on ITV. Kick-off is scheduled for 20:00 BST.

Soccer Aid for Unicef is the original England vs. Soccer Aid World XI charity match. It was launched and co-founded in 2006 by Unicef UK Ambassador Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes and has previously featured A-list stars such as Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, Mike Myers and Niall Horan, plus footballing royalty including Maradona, ZinedineZidane, Luis Figo and Ronaldinho.

Unicef, the world’s leading organisation for children, has joined forces with ITV to make the pro-celebrity football match bigger and better than ever, with more potential to raise money and vital support for children in danger. Soccer Aid for Unicef is produced by Initial, part of Endemol Shine UK, for ITV.

100% of all public donations to Soccer Aid for Unicef will be doubled by the UK government, up to a total of £5 million through its UK Aid Match scheme, and will go towards supporting the vital work protecting children around the world. So far £24 million has already been raised through Soccer Aid over the last 12 years.

Visit socceraid.org.uk to find out more and follow @SoccerAid on Twitter and Instagram, ‘Soccer Aid’ on Facebook and use the hashtag #SoccerAid for regular player and match updates.

Fonix powers billing and messaging for Jamie Oliver’s 5-day Veggie Challenge

14th May 2018

Fonix’s carrier billing and messaging solution enables 5-day veggie challengers to discover new recipes and to receive text messages from Jamie.

Fonix, the tech company for acquiring, engaging and monetising consumers through their mobile phones, has been selected by Jamie Oliver to power the billing and messaging service for Jamie Oliver’s 5-day Veggie Challenge. Jamie’s 5-day Veggie Challenge starts today and challengers simply sign up and pay £2, which is charged to the mobile phone bill, without needing to enter credit card details.

During the challenge, an email will be sent every morning containing the day’s meat-free meals, along with extra tips and videos for a super-tasty day. Plus, through Fonix’s messaging platform, Jamie will be in touch throughout the week to share even more veggie inspiration.

Jamie’s colourful meal plan guarantees at least five portions of veg and fruit each day, plus a healthy balance of all the main food groups and nutrients.

Stephen George, Business Development Director, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Jamie Oliver with this challenge. Everyone knows how important healthy diet and lifestyle are and technology should always seek to make these easier to achieve. By making payments for the 5-day Veggie Challenge as frictionless as possible, Jamie Oliver will be able to help more people to get better food into their diet.”

Linda Davidson, Director, Digital Product, Jamie Oliver added: “We’re very proud of this challenge, we want to inspire everyone and provide them with a great experience from start to finish.

“The 5-day Veggie Challenge is a great way to have a bit of fun and get healthy; making the payment process to access content easy, is just the cherry on top. With a payment mechanic as simple as this and with tips and recipes from Jamie throughout the week, there’s no excuse not to join in the challenge.’’

Jamie Oliver’s 5-day Veggie Challenge coincides with this year’s National Vegetarian Week, 14-20 May. To sign up visit here.

 

Ofcom publishes best and worst broadband and phone service quality data

Ofcom today publishes research revealing which broadband and phone companies are falling short in serving their customers, and those who are setting a strong standard for satisfaction.

Our comprehensive survey of telecoms customer service shows how each major provider performs on measures including customer satisfaction, complaints and call waiting times. It also shows how likely customers are to recommend their provider to a friend.

The report provides vital insights into what level of service phone and broadband users can expect, helping them shop around for a provider that meets their needs.

A news release is available summarising the findings.

Fonix takes carrier billing for theatre tickets to the West End, powering payments for Young Frankenstein

The Fonix Carrier Billing solution enables patrons to purchase theatre tickets seamlessly from their smartphones.

London: April 2018:  Mobile payments and messaging specialist Fonix, has been selected to power the carrier billing service for Young Frankenstein theatre tickets, which is yet another deal signed in the ticketing sector; earlier this year Fonix announced the UK’s first carrier billing ticketing deal with the Cowes Floating Bridge.

The musical comedy, Young Frankenstein is currently playing in the West End at the Garrick Theatre. Utilising the mobile network operators’ marketing channels, consumers will be driven to a bespoke landing page, built by Fonix which will enable customers to purchase up to two theatre tickets effortlessly from their mobile phone.

The service uses Fonix’s Carrier Billing product to seamlessly charge the Young Frankenstein tickets straight to the consumer’s mobile phone bill, without the need to enter credit card details.

Anthony Baladi, the Commercial Director of Fonix, said: “Mobile really is the primary consumer touch-point for brands and organisations. As a result, consumers now expect brands to offer a mobile experience which is as frictionless as possible.

“This is a dynamic solution that Young Frankenstein clearly understands and we are excited to be partnering with them, to enable consumers to purchase theatre tickets in a totally quick and slick way.”

Paul Hicks, Ticketing and Revenue Consultant on Young Frankenstein, added: “User experience is everything, which is why carrier billing was such a natural choice for Young Frankenstein as it enables customers to purchase tickets with just a couple of clicks.”