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message from the president of
As a secretary of a sports club in SA we are always looking for funds to support our activities from
corporate sponsorship and from fundraising efforts. Some fundraising products can be difficult to
sell, but not MPV. I'm pleased that we found My Phone Vouchers as it must be the easiest
fundraiser that we have ever been involved in and the profits are far above our expectations.
Our members loves discount vouchers and we had a good response from the Entertainment
Book® but MyPhoneVouchers just takes the Discount Coupons concept and makes it better.
Despite being lower cost for our members than the Entertainment Book® My Phone Vouchers is
also a single system right across Australian with more than 3000 businesses involved, which
means that our supporters can always find a discount coupon near them at home or when they
travel for business or fun. When MyPhoneVouchers says local they don't mean any particular
location but wherever the user happens to be and the area around them. The "Local area" is
simply how far a member is willing to travel from where they currently are where that may be. The
second improvement is subtle but also profound. Some discount providers offer a smaller
discount but makes them available more often. So rather than the offer being "One Free Coffee"
the offer might be "Two Coffees for the Price of One" so in effect the discount is the same value
($4 for the coffee) but the first is 100% discount (Free) and the second one is 50% (two for one).
But in My Phone Vouchers the lower discount coupon value is generally made available daily,
weekly or monthly. This means that instead of a single voucher worth four dollars there may be up
to 365 vouchers worth four dollars. If MPV produced a physical coupon book the number of
available discount vouchers when this is taken into account, the numbers are overwhelming, more
than 52,000 discount coupons available for the members. MPV, they also tell us that at 80GSM
(the thickness of normal paper) that to print a book of vouchers would be more than three metres
thick. It's no wonder that other solution have to limit the number of discount vouchers available.
So how does it work for us? Well we simply print a note to let our members know of our fundraiser
and what the funds would be used for and ask them to purchase a MyPhoneVouchers
membership via the My Phone Vouchers website and nominate us as their supported group. More
than 90% the funds come with no further action. MPV then handles the whole thing and we get a
cheque at the end of the month. (They send us and email and we invoice them that they pay
promptly) The only complication we got was that some people didn't have a credit card to do the
transaction or was uneasy about putting their card details into the web site. After discussing this
with the technical people at a My Phone Vouchers. As a supported group we can add MPV
members, our members, our supporters directly to the MyPhoneVouchers system via the website
and we charge the $39.95 to our supporters (usually in foldies) and then send 19.95 to
MyPhoneVouchers.com by the end of the month. We have never actually sent them money as
they just took it out of what they owed us and sent us the balance. The second part was also easy
to overcome. My Phone Vouchers uses a very well respected organisation to process their credit
card transactions and in fact one of the only credit card facilities that are recommended by all
Australian Banks. MPV does not store the credit card details and once it is approved only a
reference number given by the credit card processing facility is stored. The whole attitude of My
Phone Vouchers is interesting too, they are really interested in help us raise funds and it seems to
be their primary concern.
The biggest comment that we get from our supporters is that "it's so convenient". When you use
the entertainment book® you have plan where to go and ensure you have the book etc. With MPV
if you have your phone with you and who doesn't you can be out and about and think "gee a
coffee would be nice" but first you don't know where to get one and secondly with
MyPhoneVouchers you are going to get a discount.
We can't wait until next year when our supporters re-sign and we get paid again. We get access
to the database of our members so we will give a little gentle prompting…but that's what
fundraising is all about.
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