7 Steps to Creating an Online Group Collection

In the past, group collections have involved the hard time-wasting process of collecting cash from a group of people, keeping track of payments, and depositing the funds into an account. However, there are now online collecting platforms, such as Collection Pot, that enable you to collect monetary contributions in a streamlined process. Sounds great, doesn’t it?! Below we have provided some steps regarding how you go about creating an online group collection. 

1. Create your account

First, you need to create an account with your chosen collecting platform. When using Collection Pot, you can sign up with an email and password or using one of our single sign-on methods such as Microsoft. Then we are all set!

2. Choosing your type of Pot

Pick the Pot that works for you

Once you’re logged in, you will need to start your collection by clarifying whether you need a Standard or Set Price Pot. Our Standard Pots can take contributions of any size starting from £1, whereas our Set Value Pots are for when everyone has a set amount to pay in. We typically see our Set Value Pots being used for events such as dinners and stag do’s where all participants would be expected to pay the same price.

3. Enter your Pot details

Make it personal

Next, you will need to enter the details of your collection. This will include the title, a description of what you are collecting for as well as other factors like the closing date of your collection. Most platforms follow this process, but the setup can differ from time to time. An important tip for you, make sure you create an enticing title and description to encourage people to make contributions. Many people make the error of just throwing Pots out there without considering the wording and reasoning for their collection.

4. Make it stand out

Upload your own images and videos

In addition to providing your Pot details, you also have the opportunity to add images to your page. Collection Pot provides unique and fun cover photo options depending on the occasion you have selected. You also have the chance to upload your own images to make your collection that little bit more personalised!

5. Choose your recipient

Furthermore, you will need to decide who the collection is being sent to. Collection Pot has a unique feature that allows you to either send a Pot directly to the recipient once the collection closes using an email address. Other platforms will only allow you to withdraw the funds to your existing account. 

6. Share, share and share some more

Once live, you can share your Pot link to collect monetary contributions. There is the option to share your collection across multiple social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter. However, if your group collection is a surprise then you can select individual email addresses to send the Pot link to, therefore no surprises are ruined!

7. Spend

Lastly, when your Collection Pot closes you can then spend the funds as you wish. Collection Pot have several exciting options including; if the Pot has been set up for someone else, you can send the Pot directly on to them and allow them to choose how to spend their Pot. Alternatively, you may choose to withdraw the funds yourself to purchase a present you had in mind for them! If you don’t have a present in mind, why not review our exclusive catalogue of gift cards. After all, who doesn’t love a John Lewis gift card!

Making group collections simple

Now you understand the processes involved in creating an online group collection, why not get started by setting up your own Collection Pot. Take advantage of our awesome features and create your Pot today! As previously mentioned, you can also use Collection Pot for charity fundraising activities. Keep all your Pots in one place with Collection Pot.

Elaine Keep

Elaine Keep is an accomplished content writer with over 15 years of experience in the field of marketing and content creation for many leading brands, where she shares her passion for research and helping others through her articles. You can also find her in 'mum mode', walking in the countryside or enjoying the dreamy combo of a new non-fiction book with a tea and chocolate bar to hand.

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