Recognize the people who did the homework / pre-work and select the raffle winner.
Direct mail is still the dominant channel for giving and for new donor acquisition. More and more, first time donors are coming in online. An integrated fundraising strategy revolving around a central donor database and multiple outreach tactics is becoming more the norm.Our staff hasn’t necessarily expanded to match the changing fundraising world, so as the means of communication expand, we wear more hats … we’re going to focus on some key areas: offline/direct mail, email and web
The Internet is a successful acquisition channel but it has not proven to be an effective one for retention. It is the ability of online-acquired donors to become multichannel donors — that is, to start giving through direct mail — that significantly boosts the retention and long-term value of this group of donors far beyond what they would be if online giving were the only channel available.Giving stats per the Blackbaud 2011 Multichannel Fundraising Report
NPOs that interact with supporters based on their channel preferences will build engagement, trust, and involvement. Let’s break it down into the component parts:
GII has its own style guide. It won't be 100% transferable to the member agencies. But, can provide some direction and a format to use in developing your own.
GII has provided all the member Goodwills with a list of URLs that link directly to the member agency's Blackbaud form.
Yes, social media marketing has become insanely complicated. You also need to be on all of these channels – get a Facebook account, use it “for work”. Get Twitter, ditto. Pinterest, etc. What’s play for some is medicine for others: take it. Best strategy is to focus on channels that make the most sense to pursue. Where are your customers, donors, volunteers and prospects?Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/social-media-marketing-landscape-complicated-2012-5?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+businessinsider+%28Business+Insider%29
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In the Goodwill world, a lot of revenue comes from donations of goods and from direct government and foundation grants. In much of the nonprofit world, two forces have conspired to ensure greater growth of online revenue. First, the tools are readily available, and people are online. Let’s go meet them there. Second, government grants have been less available in the recent economic climate, and replacing this revenue takes nonprofits online.
It’s becoming increasingly common for new donors to give their first gift online. Online channels are becoming an effective for donor acquisition
Source: Target Analytics 2011 donorCentrics Internet and Multichannel Giving Benchmark ReportDonors are changing, and each generation has a preference for means of communicationGiven the high average age of donors to many benchmarking organizations, the online channel’s ability to attract younger donors is very appealing.
Online acquired donors have a higher lifetime value than donors acquired offline through traditional methods
The only donors who do significant multichannel giving are new donors acquired online, who switch in large numbers to direct mail giving in subsequent years.
This eye chart the migration of illustrates the migration of donors from online to offline channel. All of these donors were acquired online; those who were retained in large part migrated to offline giving channel. When online-acquired donors move offline, they tend to do so quickly, in their first renewal year. They then continue to give offline in similar proportions in subsequent years. After three or four years, about half of all online-acquired donors are giving offline gifts and over 40% are giving exclusively offline, primarily through direct mail.Also, for new donors who were retained in their second year (here, in 2008) are far more likely to still be giving four years later (in 2010) than donors who lapsed in their second year. In fact, of the 2007 online-acquired donors who were still giving in 2010, more than half of them had given for all four of the years they had been on file. Most donors give consistently over consecutive years or they lapse out and do not return. Donors who skip years — who have a pattern of lapsing and reactivating — are relatively rare.
Another view of this ‘channel migration”
This is showing general trends – online to offline migration is an strong indicator of future longevity of a donor – there are other paths for retention, including recurring online giving.
Linking of online and offline efforts for stronger overall individual fundraising program.Identifying team members who need to be involved.Examples of best practices: Email, web pages, forms, confirmations, social media, direct mail, in-store efforts.
Personnel silos – people don’t talk or coordinate
To develop multi-channel marketing, there must be sharing. Communication. The future will be multichannel and integrated. Constituent relationship management data is key. You want to be able to know who your donors are, what channels they respond to.You want to be able to plan cohesive campaigns, not a series of independent efforts. A donor can hear about your event or campaign through multiple channels.
The key is integration. It doesn’t always mean switching systems completely. Those silos may become something beautiful through integration and design. Sometimes this is technology, sometimes it is PEOPLE talking with each other. We can all develop ways to play together … and find a set of solutions that facilitate the maximum amount of data sharing.
Yes, it’s ironic, and yet our success in our jobs depends on this in the future. http://www.flickr.com/photos/clairity/152421481/
Boomers: Those 45-65 showed strong growth in the online space in 2010Gen “I” and “C” – the youngest and rising generations are growing up with social mediaPhoto: Francine Dufour Jones - http://artbyfrancine.com/
What you say, and how you say it will vary by type of audience. You might use Twitter to attract Young Women, but not for Bequests / Planned Giving EmailEnewslettersSocial mediaFacebookTwitterRSSYouTubeFlickrLinkedIn Tactics Efforts Results
Linking of online and offline efforts for stronger overall individual fundraising program.Identifying team members who need to be involved.
Highly recommended authoritative analysis of multichannel fundraising
Not high tech? Word calendar template works just fine, too.
Thanks to Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota – microsite, emails, GiveMN.org, print ads, print mailer, and Facebook – all part of “Share Goodwill” campaign.
The Salvation Army’s Bed & Bread Club has raised more than $100-million nationwide in the last 25 years by persuading people to give monthly.The charity asks donors to give at least $10 a month, or $120 for the year. More than 19,000 people are now making gifts, and nearly 70 percent of them give additional gifts that exceed the minimum annual requirement. (Source: Chronicle of Philanthropy)One of the most successful is the one in the Army’s Eastern Michigan Division in Detroit, where the concept originated. That city’s Salvation Army added the Bed & Bread logo to its mobile food trucks, which helps publicize the club, and also started a Jr. Bed & Bread Club for elementary and middle-school students.The Detroit Salvation Army uses direct mail to recruit new club members. Among the recipients of its first appeals was Dick Purtan, a Detroit disc jockey who decided to hold an annual radiothon to get people to join the club and give a year’s worth of dues. The radiothon has since raised more than $26-million.This year, in conjunction with the radiothon, the Detroit Bed & Bread Club held a “tweetathon” on Twitter. It generated 16,000 tweets about the club and a $50,000 donation from the Ford Motor Company. The Ford gift was matched dollar for dollar by Mr. Purtan, the now-retired disc jockey, which provided a $100,000 contribution.
Franks part – slides to come
What can you do now to ramp up for end of year fundraising?
Understanding when your giving happens is essential. Spreading the risk throughout the year is an essential goal!
Including landing pages – here GII has some help for you: Web ads. GII developed 3 web ads that tie financial giving to the opportunities it creates for the people we serve.
Clear path to the cheeseDonate versus financial giving
The public is trained to “donate goods” to Goodwill. Be sure to distinguish “Financial gifts” or “Give online” and “Donate goods”
One-time giftMonthly recurring giftHonor/tribute giftEcard gift
Some changes needed when re-using print copy for online: http://www.useit.com/alertbox/print-vs-online-content.html
Create a Successful Multi-Channel Fundraising Strategy
Create a SuccessfulMultichannel Strategy Presenters: Frank Barry, Digital Marketing Director, Blackbaud Kathryn Hall, Senior Client Success Manager, Blackbaud Debbi Stanley, Client Success Manager, Blackbaud Facilitator: Jenna Gebel, Resource Development Program Manager, GII
Agenda• Welcome and introductions• Group interaction: Discussion of “pre-work”• Trends and opportunities: Why a multichannel approach is key• Discussion: Build a plan for multichannel success• 10 things you can do today• QA and Closure
Learning Objectives• Learn why and how to create a multi-channel individual giving strategy.• Understand the fundamentals of an effective individual giving strategy, and how to tie in online and social media to your fundraising strategy to make it multi-channel.• Leave with a blueprint for a comprehensive fundraising strategy at your Goodwill.
PresentersFrank Barry Kathryn Hall Debbi Stanley, CFREDigital Marketing Director Sr. Client Success Manager Manager, Client SuccessBlackbaud Blackbaud Blackbaud
The Evolution of Fundraising• 15 years ago: Gather names/addresses, send mail, collect donations, refine and repeat• 5 years ago: Gather names/addresses and emails, send mail and email, collect donations, refine and repeat• Today: Gather names, emails, Likes, Follows, Retweets, shares, SMS phone numbers, pins … push out appeal to all of those channels … collect donations, analyze, refine and repeat
What Is Multichannel Fundraising?• Multichannel fundraising cultivates individual donors to give through more than one method, principally: – Direct mail or “offline” – Events – Online • Website • Social media • Mobile• Multichannel communication is key to multichannel fundraising, but they’re not the same thing. The goal is to communicate with donors through multiple channels, and get them to give through multiple channels.
Success in Multichannel Fundraising• Success = get online donors to give OFFLINE.• What?• Yes. – Online donors often give more at first. – First-time online donors give nearly double the amount of offline first-time donors: $62 versus $32.• But online donors can be one-hit wonders, unless you convert them to offline giving channels. Then their lifetime value can be much higher.
Branding• No matter what communications are going out – everything should be consistently branded!• Put together a style guide with your logo, font types, font sizes, logo guidelines and “voice.” This gives staff an easy-to-use reference guide and reduces inconsistencies.• Apply these guidelines across all channels• Pay attention to conventions of each channel: web and email content is pithier than print copy
Print• Direct mail is still king.• The majority of gifts are still received offline.• This is also the strongest channel for retention.• Print advertising reaches some demographics
Email• Email is effective, inexpensive way to reach donors and prospects• Communications can be segmented.• Similar to direct mail there are lots of options for personalization, with lower cost.
Website• An up-to-date website that provides information about your organization is vital.• Add regular news items, showcase sponsors, volunteers and donors• Ensure minimum number of clicks to donate• Make contact information easy to locate and accurate.
Social Media• Creating a page is the first step in connecting with your supporters.• Assign someone in your organization to be responsible for social media.• Update your pages at least once a week with happenings within the organization.• Make an effort to connect with the supporters that are following your page.
New online donors skew younger • Online-acquired donors have different demographic profiles and different giving patterns than traditional, primarily direct mail-acquired donors. • Most notably, online-acquired donors are significantly younger.
New online donors skew toward higher income• Online donors also tend to have higher household incomes than mail-acquired donors.
Online acquired donors have highercumulative value
But they have lower retention rates• Online-acquired donors tend to have slightly lower retention rates than mail-acquired donors.• This is also generally true even when controlling for the age and income of the donor.
of online donors switch channels and give offline the next yearSource: 2011 donorCentrics Internet and Multichannel Giving Benchmarking Report
True Multichannel Success• The key statistic in ensuring higher lifetime giving seems to be conversion of online-acquired donors to offline donors.• Direct mail is a very effective method of getting repeat gifts from donors.• Over time, the high giving amounts of online donors coupled with the high donor retention rates provided by direct mail make for a powerful combination.
INCREASINGLY PERSONAL …An explosion of social tools sets an expectation forincreasingly personal interactions and communication. http://www.flickr.com/photos/clairity/152421481/
CHANNELPREFERENCES …Each demographic group may have unique communicationand channel preferences. Photo: Francine Dufour Jones
Each generation has unique interests,communication preferences, andpreferred giving channelsYour audience Demographics• Shoppers • Baby Boomers• Donors • Generation X• Volunteers • Generation Y• Program participants • Generation “I”
Know your audience Channel for Communication Web / SocialAudience Segment Direct Mail Microsite Email Media Phone StoreDonors/Supporters x x x x x xProgram x x x xParticipantsStaff/Volunteers x x x x xBequests/Planned x x xGivingPress/Media x x x• Each generation and audience segment has a way they prefer being communicated with.• Strategy will vary by type of audience. You might use Twitter to keep in touch with Young Donors and Volunteers, but not for Bequests/Planned Giving• For each event or campaign that you plan, consider efforts in each category• Results measurement should be part of the plan
“We must, indeed, all hang together,or most assuredly we shall all hangseparately.” - Benjamin Franklin to the Continental Congress just before signing the Declaration of Independence, 1776.COOPERATE
Assign staff responsibilities ResponsibilityDepartment or Role Direct Mail Website Email Social MediaMarketingDevelopmentWebDatabase“Jane the Intern”• Multi-channel fundraising often means drawing new lines of responsibility and interconnection• Cooperation is essential• Database is key – “one point of truth” for knowing your constituents
Campaign calendar from The Art & Science of Multichannel Fundraising,Published by DirectMarketingIQ - www.directmarketingiq.com
Creating a plan1. Set fundraising goal2. Where is it going to come from? Events Individual donors3. Select and budget for the appropriate activities to reach all types of donors4. Determine marketing activities
20 years Planned and Deferred Givers Major Givers Annual / Recurring Givers Occasional Givers, Event Participants
No time like the present5 THINGS TO DO IN JULY
Online Fundraising Cycle• 35% of online giving happens in the final three months of the year• 20% happens in December
The Next 7 Months Online / Offline Fundraising Plan June July August September October November December Offline Communication Offline EventsOffline Fundraising FocusWebsite UpdatesEmail CampaignsOnline Fundraising Focus Peer to Peer Fundraising Social Media Campaigns
1. Prepare campaign calendar• Plan activities for 3rd quarter as well as year end (4th quarter)• Include: – Outgoing messages – online and offline – Landing pages – Home page features – Transactional forms – Social media – Acknowledgements and follow-up communication cycle• Coordinate message and creative between marketing and development
2. Tune up website• Set a clear path to financial gift – 1 or 2 clicks• Is the brand message clear? Goodwill = Jobs• Distinction between “Donate Goods” and “Monetary Giving”• Create a landing page to support a campaign or “monetary” giving in general• Focus on “tweaks” to streamline the website – a redesign can take a year, we have a couple of months
3. Plan for online to offline engagement • Create landing page with options for financial giving: – One-time gift – Monthly recurring gift – Honor/tribute gift – Ecard gift • Prepare channel for offline follow up: – Thank you letters – Phone call – Direct mail • Communicate online – Add to newsletter list – Segmented communications for financial supporters
5. Collaborate• Marketing, development/fundraising, IT/technical, executive management all have input• Make success someone’s job: Who “owns” the results?• Plan for the time commitment each person will need to make this plan a success• Share copy and creative to make the best use of available resources, with adjustments for online: http://www.useit.com/alertbox/print-vs-online-content.html• Set up regular check-ins and plan refreshes