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Gravis Festival Checklist 2018

While our team is well known for the work it does in the political field, there are many of the tools the team uses in politics that can be used for your event or festival in order to professionalise it, promote it and ensure that you get the upswing in interest in your event that you are looking for. 

These tools bring together all of our skills from phone services through to the printing of merchandise all the way to the writing together of grant applications. 

So as we head into the Christmas season, we have decided to publish a checklist for all of the festivals and event organisers can start to think about where they need help/take action and know that our team is here to help. 

  • Printing of merchandise: Whether this is pull up banners, marquees for stalls at your event or festival shirts for your volunteers. No matter what you need, we are here. For more information please click here to see our Gravis Merchandise web portal.
  • Digital presence: Whether it's your event website, social media platform or the both. Our Gravis Marketing team is here to build you what you need on the budget that suits your event. For more information click here.
  • Communications: We have seen many events use community SMS alerts or robocalls to drive awareness of events to the surrounding community. We have great phone lists and can ensure that your event gets the most connections with the community they are placed in. For more information on these services click here.

If you have any questions or have anything else that you want to ask our team about; please feel free to contact us and our team will be in touch

 

Social Enterprises: Points of failure to protect against

The growing trend in the NGO sector is to develop Social Enterprises as a means of alleviating the load of NGO balance sheets from an ever shrinking government funding pool. However, there are many pitfalls that these businesses get into (not unlike normal businesses) that need to be guarded against.

Before getting into the topic, I would like to mention two rules of thumb. Some ideas work and others don’t – that’s the first one. Knowing something that you shouldn’t do is more worth than knowing what you should do – and that’s the second rule of thumb. The purpose of mentioning these points is actually to relate the concept of successful and failed ideas that arises in every newly born enterprise. Talking specifically about the social enterprises, there arises numerous ideas for the welfare purpose and most of them gets failed due to some technical and managerial reasons (mentioned below), and when ideas gets failed, the purpose of a particular social enterprise gets failed and hence, when purpose gets failed, the enterprise as a whole gets failed.

Remember: Social Enterprises are businesses that provide a social dividend back to the NGO that owns them; often in both 'soft' (business being utilised by clients) and 'hard' (cash) returns.

Faulty Foundations: Get your foundations right before you start. You need to finance yourself, not just your social enterprise. Too many entrepreneurs equate starting a business with getting a job. They take a salary from the business increasing its chance of failure. The business is spending cash it can't afford, reducing the time available to develop a profitable product.

Beware the Love-struck Founder: Love-struck founders need to be balanced out in any social enterprise. Most people that are involved in NGOs are some of the most passionate, amazing people you will meet when it comes to their cause. That is what attracts them to the NGO in question. However, we need to remember that Social Enterprises are still businesses. They still need to make money in the real marketplace and they need to be run as such. Social enterprises will fail the same as normal business without experienced management. 

Due Diligence: If you were going to buy a house, car or business, you would do due diligence on the asset. Before entering into any new social enterprise, you must engage in a quality due diligence process. In order to do this properly, the 'owning' entity needs to enter into an independent due diligence partnership; for this, our Gravis Risk team needs to be engaged.

Cross Subsidisation: There are plenty of NGOs that go into the social enterprise of their choice as a means of ameliorating the pressure on their budget bottom line with the ever present pressures from a shrinking pool of social services funding from the Federal and State Governments. Then, for a variety of reasons they find themselves in a position where they are cross-subsidising the operating budget of the social enterprise instead of the other way around. This is unsustainable and needs rectifying ASAP.

Growth Strategy: Like all things in business, unless you plan to grow, stagnation will follow. The peculiarity of social enterprises are the number of entrepreneurs that pursue ideas that only work at a large scale. This means that social enterprises need to be moving into a scale where they are sustainable. 

For a consultation on your idea for a social enterprise, your social enterprise that is up and running and needs to be taken to the next level or your social enterprise that is 'stuck in the mud' - get in touch with the Gravis Risk team today by clicking here.

Gravis Predictive Dialing Solution

The hosted predictive dialer is predictive dialing software, enabling call centers or political campaign volunteers to reach up to 300% more callers.  The  predictive dialing system uses a computer-based algorithm that automatically dials your telephone numbers and then connects those live answered calls to your available representatives.

Instead of using a traditional hand-dialed phone, the only hardware needed for the Gravis hosted dialer. The software screens out those unwanted calls such as answering machines and unanswered calls so productivity increases dramatically and your volunteers/agents are able to reach more people and deliver your message with more precision.

Gravis can also provide you with an easy to use laptop with the hosted VOIP dialer software and headphones as a turnkey solution.

  • Speak up to 300% more people using the hosted predictive dialer.
  • No dialing, no busy signals, no answering or fax machines.
  • Hosted predictive dialer has fast and easy setup with no special hardware needed.  Only a headset, a computer and internet connection is needed.
  • Unlimited calling. No need to purchase extra minutes
  • Manage your lists efficiently
  • Hosted predictive dialer is perfect for large numbers of phone calls, surveys, fundraising, etc.
  • Hosted Outbound dialer eliminates the need to purchase expensive phone systems.
  • Custom dispositions to fit YOUR needs
  • Hosted predictive dialer collect information, such as emails, surveys results and polling data, with easy downloads.
  • Receive inbound calls on the Gravis Hosted Predictive Dialer

The Gravis Phone can be used for:

  • Political Campaigns
  • Fundraising
  • Telemarketing
  • Get Out the Vote
  • Lead generation, business to business sales, appointment scheduling, collecting payments
  • Marketing Research/Polling
  • Charities: RSVP for special events and fundraising
  • Schools and School Districts:  Alerts for closings and emergency notifications, PTA events
  • Service Desks and Customer Service
  • Appointment Reminders
  • Businesses or campaigns which you make many outbound calls  
  • Collections