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Beatson's First Virtual Burns Night a Hit

Beatson used Good Thyngs to make their Burns night virtual, with donors from all over the world interacting with their QR codes.

How mobile-friendly QR codes increased engagement for those at home

2021 was to be the 5th annual Burns Night fundraiser held by Beatson Cancer Charity. Each Burns Supper celebrates the life of esteemed Scottish poet Robert Burns, and is different every year. Amid the pandemic, January 2021 marked their first virtual event for Burns Night.

Hosted at Crossbasket Castle outside Glasgow, "The Bard and His Belles” event streamed live to ticket holders. In a new format on-screen, the Beatson team recreated a Burns supper for hundreds of viewers. Donors enjoyed traditional celebrations such as an auction, raffle, and a Burns-themed quiz in new, innovative and exciting ways.

Speaking Good Thyngs

"The Good Thyngs platform enabled us to drive crucial donations as well as be creative with our audience through interactive selfies and campaigns. The support from the team has been simply incredible. It's been a challenging time for everyone but with this team guiding you your campaign will be a success."

Charlene Low, Beatson Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser


A Burns supper is an evening for cheer and a celebration of the arts, and Beatson needed to replicate that for its audience at-home. The challenge was to livestream a fundraising event for the first time and keep engagement high, despite supporters being at home.

The Solution

Interactive QR code experiences are an easy and effective way to keep supporters engaged with on-screen events. Beatson presented fun and rewarding experiences for supporters to access using nothing more than a smartphone. All experiences were easy to create and used ready-made templates found on the platform.

Multiple QR codes were presented on-screen for viewers to scan and engage with throughout the night. To keep it interesting, there were multiple experiences for supporters to engage with. They could make a quick donation, enter a raffle, and enter a live auction.

Prior to the event, Beatson used the platform to create a bespoke tartan-themed** selfie experience**. The QR code was shared on social media platforms to promote the event. An effective way to create online buzz, expand charity awareness, and bring supporters together.

beatson selfie collage

During the event, host Alison Walker would draw attention to the QR codes on-screen and explain how to interact with them. Keeping viewers informed, educated and satisfied throughout the event.

Donations, Gift Aid and engagement data was accessible in real-time on the platform. This was an effective way for the auctions and raffles to be monitored during the event. It also gave the opportunity to announce the amount raised in periodic stages of the live event. A good way of increasing support, creating excitement, and thanking donors instantly.

The Unique Benefits

  • A virtual event enables the opportunity to reach a larger audience, as the friction of transport and location is eliminated. Beatson Cancer Charity saw supporters tune in from across the globe.
  • Good Thyngs QR codes work with all smartphones. This meant that all supporters with a smartphone were able to interact with the experiences presented on-screen.
  • The solution gave a simple way for supporters to donate using their trusted mobile wallet or card.
  • The experiences are mobile-optimised. This meant that supporters were able to access the digital experiences without a fuss and increase conversions.
  • Rewarding incentives such as raffles helped keep supporters engaged throughout the event.
  • Real-time analytics meant that supporters could be thanked and encouraged both during and after the event.

The Outstanding Results

  • £15,985 total donations raised online * Including website donations
  • 100% of Good Thyngs Donations went further with Gift Aid
  • Average donation £16.39
  • Selfie experience: 304 interactions
The Bard & His Belles

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