MOBILE ACCORD RECEIVES MOBILE MARKETING ASSOCIATION AWARD FOR SOCIAL IMPACT
Historic Text ALIVE Challenge Honored; Raised $660,000 for Keep a Child Alive through Mobile Giving
DENVER, Colo., November 19, 2009 — Mobile Accord has received the Mobile Marketing Associationâ€™s 2009 Global Mobile Marketing Award for Social Impact in recognition of the companyâ€™s historic mGive mobile giving campaign for Alicia Keysâ€™ Keep a Child Alive foundation.Â The Text ALIVE Challenge call to action during Keysâ€™ May 13 appearance on â€œAmerican Idolâ€ raised $450,000 in $5 donations within minutes from more than 90,000 mobile donors contributing via cell phone.Â In total, the campaign raised $660,000 in micro-donations.
Co-founded by Keys, Keep a Child Alive (KCA) provides life-saving anti-retroviral treatment, care and support services to children and their families in Africa and India whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS.Â The May 13 call to action was the largest nationwide, primetime mobile giving initiative for the organization and the U.S. wireless market.
Keys asked â€œAmerican Idolâ€ viewers to use their mobile phones to give $5 by sending the text message â€œALIVEâ€ to 90999. Seconds after texting in, donors received a return message asking for confirmation. Mobile donors confirmed by replying â€œYESâ€ via text message, adding a $5 donation to their next phone bill.
Leading up to â€œAmerican Idol,â€ KCA issued the Text ALIVE Challenge across all traditional media channels and social media using mGive mobile solutions developed by Mobile Accord.Â Innovative tactics included a custom Facebook Giving application, viral Flash based web application, and mobile donation action page (http://keepachildalive.org/widgets/mobile.html) promoted via Google Adwords. Through mGive, KCA gave supporters the ability not only to make a $5 mobile donation online, but also to share the opportunity on social networking sites and blogs.
The Text Alive Challenge targeted a younger demographic online, using various social networks (Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Ning, etc) to engage supporters and solicit donations, giving users the ability to donate in ten seconds without having to deal with credit cards.
Mobile Accord founder and chairman James Eberhard said, â€œWe are very proud of the Text ALIVE Challenge, which dramatically demonstrated the potential of mobile giving.Â It is an honor for Mobile Accord and mGive to have supported a cause as worthy as Keep a Child Alive, and we are thrilled that the Mobile Marketing Association has recognized our efforts.â€
The MMAâ€™s fifth annual awards competition attracted hundreds of submissions in twelve categories from companies across the globe. Winners were selected by the MMA Awards Selection Committee comprised of global industry leaders from wireless carriers, technology and content providers, agencies and industry publications.Â Global Mobile Marketing Award recipients were announced November 18.
About Mobile Accord / mGive
Mobile Accord is the pioneer and leader in mobile technology for nonprofit organizations, powering mobile donations in the United States.Â Founded in 2005, Mobile Accord was the first company in the U.S. to offer mobile tools specifically built for non-profit organizations.Â Mobile Accord serves more than 200 leading U.S. philanthropic organizations.
Mobile Accordâ€™s mGive service enables charities to collect donations and manage campaigns via mobile phone. Mobile Accord also offers volunteer by text programs, mobile web page solutions, CRM management/integration, smart phone applications, mobile content management, advocacy alert programs, web based flash tools and social networking applications all designed for the nonprofit communityLearn more: http://www.mgive.com/
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