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Sign Up Savers

Written by Katie Bryan · 18 October 2013

Your organization can help individuals to save by providing them with the opportunity to sign up as a Saver on your own website using the America Saves pledge form or on our website. When someone pledges to save, they make a basic saving plan, and research shows that people with a plan save more successfully. America Saves will be able to track how many individuals pledge to save on your website and report that information back to you.

Direct people to AmericaSaves.org/pledge or contact America Saves to get a pledge form for your website.

If you would like to include the America Saves pledge form on your website, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with:

  • Your organization name 
  • The website you would like to install the form on
  • Any local America Saves campaign you are working with

NOTE: The pledge form should live on a page dedicated to the form. 

The data we can share with you: Number of people who pledged, zip code, referral source, savings goal, and amount pledged (total and median). You can use this data to describe the savers who pledged through your form, (for example, how many dollars your website visitors pledged to save during America Saves Week). 

What we do with the data: We do not share personal information with anyone. If those pledging to save opt-in, we will send them emails and texts. We also use aggregate saver goals and amounts pledged to show the impact of the campaign.  (America Saves does not track savings accounts.)

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today about signing up Savers!

 

Receive News and Updates

Written by Katie Bryan · 18 October 2013

America Saves wants to support your efforts to encourage financial action and savings behavior change throughout the year. Sign up to receive by email:

  • Quarterly partner resource packets to help you communicate with the public, constituents, and aligned organizations
  • Latest research and news from the campaign
  • Occasional updates and opportunities

Unable to see the form below? Sign up here.


Hold a Workshop or Webinar

Written by Katie Bryan · 18 October 2013

Target Audience: Individuals

Let America Saves be the action component of your financial education efforts. Use our presentations to encourage members, customers, and employees to save effectively. Presentations review why to save, what to save for, and strategies for saving. And they call on individuals to take financial action by pledging to be a Saver with America Saves. When someone pledges to save, they make a basic saving plan, and people with a plan save more successfully.

Target Audience: Organizations

Workshops

Multiply your outreach to individuals by promoting America Saves to colleagues within your organization, company, agency, or sector.

Webinars

If you are interested in holding a webinar for a network with significant regional or nationwide reach, America Saves can work with you to develop a customized presentation. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a webinar.

 

Hold a Competition

Written by Katie Bryan · 18 October 2013

The University of Illinois Saves campaign developed, in partnership with America Saves, an internet-based communication and engagement strategy to reach faculty and students by setting up a competition among the university’s three campuses. The pilot program encouraged and motivated students, faculty, and staff to set a personal savings commitment and make a simple plan to achieve it by signing up as a University of Illinois Saver. The campus with the most Savers won the competition. The pilot demonstrated significant results in participation and sustainability. While the materials focus on students, this model can be replicated across many different organizations and audiences.

 

Text Messages

Written by Katie Bryan · 18 October 2013

Savings Tips and Reminders

Studies show that text message reminders can increase the use of sunscreens, increase the likelihood someone will vote, and have been proven as an economical and effective way to generate increased savings. Research from America Saves also shows that having a savings plan with specific goals can have beneficial financial effects, even for lower-income families.

On April 1, 2013 America Saves launched a new text message service for savers. The service, launched as part of Financial Literacy month, keeps savers who take the America Saves Pledge motivated to save through text message tips and reminders. America Saves uses the goal savers choose when they take the America Saves pledge to help them find money to save and remind them to save for their specific goal.

This initiative is made possible by a generous contribution from Capital One.

Example of Texts

·          With each savings deposit, you are one step closer to getting out of debt.  Have you made your deposit this month?  Reply YES or NO.

·          Automatically transferring $ to your savings acct. is the fastest way to save $500 or more for emergencies. Set up an auto-transfer today.

·          When saving for a down payment, do not take risks with this money. Keep home savings in a money market or FDIC insured account. 

·          It’s National Retirement Planning Week! Take this week to look at your retirement savings plan & see if you need to make any changes.

·          A 529 plan is one of the most flexible ways to save for college & features tax benefits. See if a 529 is right for you. http://ow.ly/boLGQ

·          Rounding debt payments up to the nearest $100 goes a long way toward getting you out of debt faster. Try & round up your next payment.

Results

5,937 people have signed up to receive text messages as of March, 2014. 

Top goals

  1. Emergencies
  2. General (All other goals)
  3. Debt
  4. House
  5. Retirement
  6. Education

Survey of Text Subscribers

On August 29, 2013 America Saves offered, via text, a survey to 2,856 active subscribers who signed up before July 25, 2013. 364 (13%) responded to the survey,

·         58 percent said America Saves texts had been very or somewhat helpful.

o   Of those, subscribers saving toward an emergency fund (73%), retirement (69%), and homeownership (66%) found the texts most helpful.

·         Regarding frequency, 50 percent prefer the frequency of texts to stay the same, while 40 percent would like to receive texts more often.

·         When asked how well they are saving or managing debt since getting our texts, 16 percent said much better and 56 percent said a bit better.

o    Of those saying much better, most are saving toward an emergency fund (19%), paying down debt (17%), and other goals (14%).

o   Of those saying a bit better, most are saving toward paying down debt (60%), an emergency fund (55%), and other goals (59%).

·         Fifty-nine percent said they would recommend that friends or family sign up for America Saves text messages.

Media

  • TIME - Why Your Teens Would Share a Car But Not a Cellphone (1/29/2014)
  • Washington Post - Time to Improve Your Financial Knowledge (4/3/2013)
  • Today Show – Featured in Program (4/5/2013)
  • Cleveland.com - Struggling with saving? America Saves will text you tips: Plain Dealing (4/16/2013)

 

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