1. GOOB: ImRaising Sync

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    Last year, ImRaising was barely updated. We were a bit overwhelmed by our influx of users (thanks!) and a bit embarrassed by our lack of polish (yikes!). But this year, we have a new motto at ImRaising: GOOB! GOOB stands for Get Off Our Butts. 

    I tried shouting a few different acronyms at our team, like DSWA (Do Some Work Already) and DSOE (Do Something Or Else), but ultimately, GOOB just felt right.

    So how are we putting GOOB into practice?

    Well, Evan left school and Ethan left his part-time job to work on ImRaising. We also hired Chad as our second programmer, which expanded our tiny team from two to three. Our main problems last year were our lack of time and man power, so these changes have already helped us tremendously.

    Over these past few weeks, we haven’t STSD (Stopped To Sit Down)! Evan has been working on the ImRaising SDK and the new dashboard (which are both coming along swimmingly!), and Chad has been working on ImRaising Sync (which he released today!).

    Sync is an awesome application that alerts you when you receive donations by automatically updating text files, which you can import into OBS or XSplit. There’s custom sound support, and there’s no screen-capturing!

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    Click Here to Download Sync

    We’ll be posting a follow-up blog, in addition to two tutorial videos, to explain the ins and outs of Sync.

    Last year was roughbelieve us, we knowbut it’s all smooth sailing from here. So thank you for sticking with ImRaising. We really, really appreciate it.

     

  2. Custom Sound Files on Live Bars

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    We plan to let you add custom sounds to Live Bars from within manage.imraising.com; however, we won’t release this feature for quite awhile. In the meantime, you can add custom sounds to your Live Bar by following this easy tutorial. It should only take about 10 minutes.

    Step 1: Enable Live Bar Sound

    1. Log into manage.imraising.com.

    2. Click My Widgets.

    3. Find your Live Bar and then click Edit.

    4. Scroll to the bottom of the page. Under Animated Messages, set Live Bar sound to True.

    5. Click Publish.

    Step 2: Copy Live Bar

    1. Click My Widgets.

    2. Find your Live Bar and then click View.

    3. Right click the page and then click View Page Source.

    4. Copy the entirety of the text.

    Step 3: Enable Custom Sound

    1. Paste the text into a text editor that supports numbered lines. Notepad++ is a free, suitable text editor for Windows. jEdit is a great alternative for Mac and Linux.

    2. Find lines 188-190.

    3. On lines 188-190, you’ll find the following snippet of code:
      var mySound = new buzz.sound( “http://imraising.com/common/audio/chime”, {
      formats: [ “ogg”, “mp3” ]
      });

    4. Replace http://imraising.com/common/audio/chime with the URL of your custom sound file. Your custom sound file must be in the mp3 file format. Additionally, delete the file format (i.e. .mp3) at end of the URL.

    5. Delete lines 29-32.

    6. Anywhere on lines 29-32, type: var deltaTime = 0

    7. Save the file in the .html file format. If you don’t have the option to save the file in this format, when you’re saving, add .html to the end of the file name (i.e. test.html).

    8. To view your Live Bar locally, open the file in your preferred web browser. To view your Live Bar online, upload your file to a website, and then view the file.

    When you’ve completed all of these steps, your Live Bar will play a custom sound file every time you receive a donation. Please note, only your edited Live Bar will play the custom sound file. The Live Bar hosted on manage.imraising.com will continue to play the default sound file.

    If you have any questions, please email: contact@imraising.com

     

  3. Donation Pop Ups on Streams

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    Donation pop ups are great, because they help you instantly thank your donors on your stream, which makes them feel appreciated, and when your donors feel appreciated, they donate more.

    You can add donation pop ups to your stream by following this easy tutorial. It should only take about 5 minutes.

    Step 1: Create Event

    1. Go to manage.imraising.com and then Sign Up.

    2. Click My Events.

    3. Under My Events, click Create Your Event.

    4. Go to Account Settings.

    5. Under Change Active Event, select your Event.

    6. Under Confirm Current Password, type your password and then click Apply.

    Step 2: Create Live Bar

    1. Click My Widgets.

    2. Under My Widgets, scroll to the bottom of the page and then click Create Live Bar.

    3. Under Content Style, set Background Color to Lime.

    4. Scroll to the bottom of the page. Under Animated Messages, set Background Color to White.

    5. Click Publish.

    Step 3: Screen Capture Live Bar

    1. Click My Widgets.

    2. Under My Widgets, scroll to the bottom of the page, find your Live Bar and then click View. A Live Bar Webpage will open in a new tab. Don’t close your Live Bar Webpage.

    3. Open your preferred broadcasting program. XSplit and Wirecast are paid, suitable broadcasting programs. OBS is a free, comparable alternative.

    4. On XSplit, Wirecast or OBS, use a Screen Region to capture your Live Bar on your Live Bar Webpage. While you’re streaming, never close your Live Bar Webpage.

    5. On XSplit, Wirecast or OBS, use Chroma Key to select the Lime Background Color of the Live Bar.

    When you’ve completed all of these steps, a pop up will slide up on your stream every time you receive a donation.

    If you have any questions, please email: contact@imraising.com

     

  4. Meet ImRaising, the Smart Fundraising Widget

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    Fundraising should be simple yet smart. The ImRaising widget helps you collect donations, track your progress live and acknowledge your donors.

    You can choose the colors of your widget, so when you embed it into your website, it fits perfectly.

    The widget displays a title, thermometer and description.

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    When you click the arrow to the right, the widget displays the number of donations and total raised.

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    When you click the arrow to the right again, the widget displays the top and latest donor.

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    When you click the donate button, the widget displays fields for the donation amount, display name and comment. Pay Now re-directs you to PayPal.

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    ImRaising makes smart fundraising simple, and you can create your own widget for free.

    You can see a working ImRaising widget here.
    You can create your own ImRaising widget here.
    You can learn more about ImRaising and our features here.

     

  5. Meet the Live Bar, the Streamer Widget

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    Viewers watch your stream, so shouldn’t you put your widgets on it?

    The Live Bar is a powerful widget that helps you track your progress and engage your donors.

    It displays donation statistics and animates to thank donors. The
    Live Bar is built for streamers, so everything updates live.

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    Before I give you the rundown, you should know three things.

    1) ImRaising lets you personalize content, size, colors and fonts. This includes stat titles (i.e. re-name “Top Donor” as “Favorite Person”).

    2) The Live Bars in this article display 4 stats, but ImRaising lets you display as few or as many as you’d like. There are 12 stats in total.

    3) Adding a Live Bar to your stream is as simple as a screen capture. You can add it to your site with a copy and paste.

    Alright, here’s the rundown:

    Total Raised
    A live updating total of donations

    Local Time
    An incredibly accurate clock

    Time Played
    A live updating total of time played

    Top Donor
    A live updating spot for the top donor
    This encourages large donations.

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    Animation
    An optional animation that thanks donors
    ImRaising lets you customize the entire message. Donation amounts and display names are optional.

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    Goals Met
    A live updating total of met goals

    % to Goal
    A live updating percentage that shows your progress toward your goal

    Next Goal
    A live updating donation amount needed to reach your goal
    If your goal is flexible, hitting your goal will unlock another.

    Latest Donor
    A live updating spot for the latest donor
    This encourages frequent donations.

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    $ to Custom Amount
    A live updating donation amount needed to meet a custom amount
    It could signify raffles, giveaways or another hour of streaming. This encourages constant donations.

    Custom Amounts Met
    A live updating total of met custom amounts
    This is perfect for charity. Raising donations to feed impoverished villages? Re-name “$ to Custom Amount” as
    ”$ to Feed a Village”, and then re-name “Custom Amounts Met” as “Villages Fed”.

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    The Live Bar helps you engage your donors, but more importantly, you never need to refresh the page, so you can focus on your game.

    With a Live Bar, viewers will instantly know when you’re fundraising. Simply screen capture the Live Bar, create a contribute button, and watch as viewers compete for your Top Donor spot.

    You can see a working Live Bar here.
    You can create your own Live Bar here.
    You can learn more about ImRaising and our features here.

     

  6. Fair Pricing: Free Doesn’t Mean Good

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    When you donate to a private interest, ImRaising applies a 2.9% + 6¢ fee. Donors have the option to cover this fee.

    Understandably, this fee has concerned some of you. ChipIn was the standard, and that standard happened to be free.

    But free doesn’t mean good. You get what you pay for.

    ChipIn was unstable.
    You shouldn’t have to worry about downtime. ImRaising is hosted on Amazon Web Services, which is used by Reddit, Netflix and Pinterest.

    ChipIn offered no customization.
    Your widgets should reflect you. ImRaising lets you personalize content, colors, fonts, pictures, sizes and sounds.

    ChipIn updated slowly.
    You shouldn’t have to refresh the page. ImRaising updates live, so you see donations and support instantly.

    ChipIn didn’t support mobile devices.
    Your widgets should work anywhere. ImRaising runs on your mobile device and in your browser.

    ChipIn offered no incentives.
    You should engage and recognize your donors. ImRaising thanks donors, arranges them by donation level and displays their comments.

    ChipIn offered no analytics.
    When it comes to donations, you should know the who, what, where, when, why and how. ImRaising helps you track your progress and understand your donors.

    ChipIn was unreliable and unfriendly, so why would we clone a service like that?

    ImRaising seamlessly integrates streaming and fundraising. We’re stable, flexible and mobile, and if we didn’t apply a fee for private interests, we would end up like ChipIn.

    Additionally, we promised to apply zero fees to donations for non-profits, and we’re committed to keeping that promise. In just two weeks, ImRaising widgets have helped raise over $46,000 for Child’s Play Charity. If we didn’t apply a fee for private interests, we couldn’t continue our support.

    ImRaising is a brand new service with brand new features, the likes of which the Internet has never seen.

    All we ask is that you give us a chance.

     

  7. ImRaising Supporting Minecraft Marathon

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    This Friday at 12 pm PST (-8 GMT), the second annual Minecraft Marathon benefiting Child’s Play Charity goes live. If you’re not familiar with Child’s Play, they’re a registered charity that contributes toys, books and games to hospitalized kids worldwide.

    Minecraft Marathon will feature raffles, auctions and guest appearances from CaptainSparklez, Guude, SkyDoesMinecraft and more. The event is coordinated by Marc Watson, the Customer Support Manager of Mojang.

    Child’s Play provides a wonderful service, and the charity holds a very dear place in our hearts, so when we heard that Marc needed contribution widgets, we delivered.

    This weekend, Minecraft Marathon will use ImRaising widgets to raise contributions for the kids. We won’t apply any fees, so contributions will go directly to the charity.

    We promised to apply zero fees to contributions for non-profits, and we’re committed to keeping that promise.

    For more information about Minecraft Marathon, visit their site: minecraftmarathon.org