Category Archives: Text Messaging

AV Dept Ltd help Radio Lollipop with SMS Text service.

AV Department Ltd provides an SMS text service to the Edinburgh Sick Kids hospital radio station Radio Lollipop.

Here at AVD we do what we can to help. In the case of Radio Lollipop we currently help their listeners connect to the Radio Lollipop studio to make a request via our  SMS Text service (Deletext). 

Radio Lollipop provides Hospital radio services to the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh. The SMS service allows the kids to make a request from their bed and also allows parents to send a request from out side the hospital. All they have to do is text the word ‘studio’ followed by their request to the short code 80010. The request comes up on their email system.

I popped along the other day to see how they operated… and they gave me an impromptu interview ! As well as a nice photo opportunity.

Mark visits Radio Lollipop

Mark visits Radio Lollipop.
The shirt seemed appropriate…!

I am wearing my Hawaiian ‘Radio’ shirt which is covered in colour full Bakelite radio sets from the 40’s and 50’s. It seemed appropriate at the time.

This is a very cost effective way to allow an audience to stay in touch with you, and  the service once set up just runs… The SMS Text service ‘Deletext’ is available to your events too, prices start from £100 for an event or £30 per month for a subscription. How much does radio Lollipop pay? Nothing! Well it’s for the Kids! As we said anything to help. 🙂

Bovis Lend Lease charity event raises over £16k on Silent Auction

The annual Bovis Lend Lease ‘Guvnor’s Club’ charity event went well again this year. AVD’s involvement, now in its 3rd year, is to supply the Silent Auction service ‘txt bay’. This year the silent auction raised over £16,000! An excellent result for the charities supported.

Our silent auction service ‘txt bay’ allows guests to bid on items using their own mobile phones from the comfort of their table. This means there is no expensive keypads to manage or hire so allowing more of money raised to go to the charities rather than on equipment hire. The lot items status is updated on screens around the room to increase bid cycles and revenue.

Bovis’s repeat business is testament to it effectiveness and it has now been used by their London charity dinner. Contact us for more details.



Silent Auction exceeds expectation

Recently AVD were proud to provide a Silent Auction service to the Water & Waves Gala Dinner supporting the Seaman’s Mission and Air-Sea Rescue Trust. The service enabled guests to text bids, using their mobile phones, during the dinner. The bids were updated live on screens, increasing competition for items so pushing up the prices and generating more funds.  The Silent Auction raised 25% more than expected and at a fraction of the cost compared to a keypad based service.

Bid Screen

Bids are clearly displayed on screens

Traditionally Silent Auctions were run using pen and paper and more recently keypad based systems provided a convenient solution but at greater expense.  However using our service the Water & Waves Silent Auction enjoyed the convenience of keypads but minus the cost and headaches of managing expensive equipment. See here for more details

Tech monitors

Our technician monitors and updates the bids

This year we anticipate increasing demand for this service as charities seek to reduce costs and increase revenues.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us to find out how we could assist you to do just that at your next event!

SMS voting improves for conferences and events

AV Department Ltd’s ‘Deletext’ sms and voting service gets an upgrade that removes the need for technicians and keypads to be on site to run simple voting. Mark Kisby explains the improvements made.

SMS voting display

SMS voting can do away with keypads and technicians on site

We have been promoting the use of SMS messaging and voting in conferences and events for a number of years now but the voting element has needed an upgrade for a while to make the service truly usable as a remote offering. By this I mean with the upgrades implemented we no longer need to be on site to interpret or reformat results to display on large screen displays, this means you can now run a voting session with out having to hire keypads or have technicians on site for voting only. This makes the service viable for large events where polling the audience is not viable for keypads due to the number of participants or the low number of questions to be polled.  This makes the service ideal for competitions where an audience votes on a favourite (battle of the bands / dance competitions etc..).

No Keypads! Deletext uses the sms technology in your delegate’s mobile phone to allow them to vote by texting a simple code to a short code telephone no. This saves a huge amount of money as you don’t have to hire 100s or 1000’s of keypads. (Prices start from just  £100 + Vat)

No Technicians on site! The questions are prepared in advance of the  session and given as a URL showing the vote results live. All you need is a laptop connected to the internet to view and display the results as they come in.

It is in the display of vote results where the improvements have  been made. The displayed  pie chart can now show the pie labels in various font sizes to aid legibility on screen. Frequency can now be shown as numeric and percentage value. Percentages can now be displayed to 2 decimal places. Charts can display the original question and be personalised with a logo.

No venue restrictions! Delegates can express an opinion from any where in the UK not just in the room where a voting system is installed. Multiple sites can vote on the same issue and be centrally displayed for all to see.

No time restrictions! Delegates can vote at any time 24/7 once the poll has been made live. This also allows for pre event testing to give complete peace of mind. Roadshows can also poll questions and have the results displayed as a rolling total.

Multiple votes simultaneously! Run several votes at the same time. View results from any where in the world.

Our messaging services are used for silent auctions, top table questions, and media messaging. Contact us to see how we can help you.

This service requires enough mobile phone coverage to send a text message and internet connection to view results.

Silent Auction adds to CHAS total

AV Department Ltd provided silent auction services to CHAS’s & The Scottish Sun’s Miss Scotland Tiara Ball and Auction. The glamorous star-studded evening held at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel was hosted by Lorraine Kelly and Miss Scotland Nicola Mimnagh and raised a fantastic total of £70,000

Tiara Ball

Guests bid on displayied lots using their mobile phones

Just 8 lots in the silent auction contributed a very healthy £4,531.00 to the evening’s total.

AVD advised on the introduction of the silent auction and on how to bid together with AVD’s extensive FAQ on the service this allowed the client to produce clear instructions for the Lot catalogue.

During the dinner, guests (using their own mobile phones) texted their bids to a 5 digit short code text number ‘80010’ the text bid followed the format of the lot number ‘Lot5’ followed by the bid value and, if required, an identifying name. If a name is not provided the last 4 digits of the sending number are displayed ‘…7662’.  The received bids are then displayed via a moderated display.

All submitted bids were confirmed by a reply txt thanking the bidder for their support and giving further contact details.

The key advantages over paper based auctions are:- No need to leave your table to bid, No bits of paper to collect, Fast bidding process, Time stamped bid tracking, Bid confirmations. The advantages over keypad based auctions are:- No proprietary keypads are needed, Always the correct number of handsets available, Greatly reduced costs, Multiple cost and service options available.

CHAS hope to use the technology again in future events.

“Thank you so much for everything on Saturday you were fantastic, the whole team felt you were very professional and did a brilliant job.”

Criona Tate, Corporate and Events Fundraiser


The evening raised £70,000 for CHAS