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.

Over £12.9m raised for BBC Children in Need appeal through SMS donations

Mobile payment specialist Fonix has announced that it processed over £12.9m worth of text donations for this year’s BBC Children in Need fundraiser.

Fonix said that the £12.9m that its payment platform processed surpassed the 2016 total of £7.64m and contributed to an overall total of £50.1m raised for BBC Children in Need on the night of the 2017 Appeal show.

Across a number of campaigns such as the Countryfile Ramble and the Rickshaw Challenge, as well as through a specially created fundraising campaign on the night of the show (Friday 17 November), mobile donations were gathered using a choice of three charity donation price points: £5, £10 and £20.

Karen Bass, Chief Operating Officer at BBC Children in Need said:

“We’ve been delighted by the response to this year’s Appeal and are grateful to everyone who has helped raise this amazing sum to support disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.  We want to make it as straightforward as possible for our supporters to make a donation and our ongoing relationship with Fonix has enabled us to achieve this through text-to-donate.”

Rob Weisz, Chief Executive of Fonix commented:

“When it comes to donating to charity, SMS has proven itself to be an ever-growing donation channel. Our solid working relationship over the last 3 years has really focused upon increasing the money raised from mobile, whilst making it as easy as possible for consumers to donate to this fantastic cause.

“For this year’s campaign, text-to-donate was promoted throughout the whole night to cater to growing demand.”

Children in Need is the BBC’s UK corporate charity, which raises money for disadvantaged children and young people around the country.

 

BBC Children in Need’s vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential.  The charity will realise this vision by supporting, promoting and publicising work that addresses the challenges that children and young people face and work that builds their skills and resilience.

 

BBC Children in Need is currently supporting over 2,600 projects in communities across the UK that are helping children and young people facing a range of disadvantages such as living in poverty, being disabled or ill, or experiencing distress, neglect or trauma.

 

Further information about BBC Children in Need can be found at bbc.co.uk/Pudsey 

 

Oxygen8 announce major changes

Oxygen8 are delighted to confirm exciting changes to their business and to its core areas of focus moving forward.

Oxygen8 has now commenced a re-brand exercise to Dynamic Mobile Billing (DMB).

With an experienced management team across the globe, DMB have an established footprint in its key billing markets such as Australia, Canada, Caribbean, Ireland, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and the UK whilst it continues to expand its footprint further in Africa throughout 2017.

Kev Dawson steps into the role of CEO for the DMB business, a well known face within our industry and current board member of AIME, he will spearhead a billing centric, globally operating business that will support DMB’s established and new clients in the micro-payments landscape as it evolves, develops and grows.

Supporting multiple payment and engagement technologies across SMS, USSD, DCB, Voice and E-Money solutions, underpinned by local regional offices and personnel that deliver ‘best in class’ levels of support, DMB will continue to be the market leading, optimised and trusted billing partner of choice to valued merchants.

DMB are re-branded, re-focused and re-energised to open new dialogue with VAS merchants.  Speak with them to explore a more successful partnership in the future.

To learn more visit their site: www.dynamicmobilebilling.com

 

RSM 2000 acquires text donation business from Vir2

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DIRECT DEBIT AND CARD PAYMENT SERVICE PROVIDER RSM 2000 LTD HAS ACQUIRED THE BUSINESS ACTIVITIES, STAFF & BRAND OF THE UK CHARITY TEXT DONATION AND MARKETING SPECIALIST, VIR2.

 

At a time when charities are worried about reputational risk from their suppliers, the purchase is the first time that a charity text donation provider has been bought by a fully regulated & compliant payment service provider. RSM 2000 can now provide a full range of payment solutions including text donation to charities under one roof and tick all the boxes for compliance and expertise at the same time.

For the full press release please read here: RSM 2000 acquires text donation and SMS marketing business from Vir2 final

Oxygen8 shares Customer Success Stories

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Oxygen8 have recently produced 2 case studies which show two different customer success stories which you may find useful. Both are attached below for reference

The first features Experian: Experian Automate SMS to improve call centre efficiency

The second features Freeads: Mobile,voice and payment services provide competitive edge