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Milaap: Transforming Fundraising Communications with WhatsApp Business

Milaap: Transforming Fundraising Communications with WhatsApp Business

We helped the South Asian crowdfunding platform find a more effective way to reach and engage its donor community. 

Challenge

India crowdfunding platform needs effective way to engage donors

Milaap is South Asia’s largest crowdfunding platform for personal causes and healthcare emergencies.

The platform is transforming the way India gives to those in need, allowing anyone to create a fundraiser for free and benefit from campaign management tools to promote their project.

Getting campaign messages to Milaap’s community of donors – 60% of which is based in India – is key to securing donations and informing donors about the fundraising causes they support.

But with relatively low delivery and open rates for SMS and email, Milaap needed a more effective way to engage donors, drive traffic to the platform, and help increase donations.

To achieve this goal, the crowdfunding platform needed a digital messaging solution that enables fast, secure, two-way communication over a digital channel with wide consumer adoption in India.

Solution

WhatsApp Business API brings efficiency and interactivity to donor messaging

WhatsApp is the fastest growing channel in India. What’s more, Milaap fundraising projects typically receive twice the amount of donations when they’re shared amongst donors’ friends and family via WhatsApp.

Powered by Infobip, WhatsApp Business was therefore an ideal choice for Milaap, and provided a multitude of benefits:

  • Engaging experiences: WhatsApp enables real-time rich notifications, featuring the likes of video, images, and downloadable content, as well as two-way, customer-initiated conversations.
  • A trusted channel: WhatsApp Business is a widely adopted and trusted channel in India. Easy onboarding and verification codes provide a reliable verification system using two-way communication.
  • Secure donations: the channel integrates with major payment gateways for a secure and seamless donation journey.
  • Efficiency gains: conversation flows and templates, for the likes of onboarding newly registered users, bring efficiency and automation to campaign management.

We used the Infobip WhatsApp Business API to design a customized WhatsApp Business solution tailored to Milaap’s requirements and use cases.

These use cases including facilitating key activities and tasks across the donor user journey, such as:

  • Onboarding: easy onboarding using automated welcome messages.
  • Making a donation: enabling donors to make secure donations with confidence.
  • Getting real-time alerts: giving donors real-time alerts, including donation receipts.
  • Getting ongoing campaign content: updating donors on the campaigns they support, with rich media content and downloads.
  • Sharing campaigns: making it easy for donors to extend the reach of fundraising campaigns by sharing information with friends and family via WhatsApp.
  • Asking a question: enabling customer-initiated, two-way conversations.
India crowdfunding: example of a Milaap WhatsApp use case
Donors can easily access campaign information, share campaigns, and start two-way conversations

Results

New messaging solution drives uplift in engagement and volume of donations

It’s still early days, but the WhatsApp solution is driving a clear uplift in user engagement, click-through rates, and gross dollar volume (GDV) payments.

The ease with which donors can share campaigns amongst friends and family means that WhatsApp now drives a quarter of all traffic to the Milaap platform.

Company profile

Milaap

Milaap is South Asia’s largest crowdfunding platform for personal causes and healthcare emergencies. Its community of more than 300,000 donors spans more than 130 countries and has contributed to more than 250,000 causes across India – from the Chennai and Kerala floods, to the global pandemic. Headquartered in Bangalore, Milaap is transforming the way India gives to those in need.

Milaap's Manya Sharma
Manya Sharma
Product Manager

Infobip’s WhatsApp solution is transforming the way we engage our wonderful donor community. Allowing users to donate and get real-time information on the causes they support – all within a channel they already use – means we’re able to grow our active users, boost engagement, grow donations, and build lasting customer relationships.