Agenda Optimizing your Website Attracting Donors/Support through Social Media Collecting Information on the Web Making your Database Work for You Communicating with New/Existing Donors
How is the Economy Affecting Giving? Image Source: http://www.emu.edu.tr/mbalcilar/econconference/index_files/global-economy_0.jpg
How is the Economy Affecting Giving? 52.3% of donors are still planning to give the same amount or more in donations for 2009—only 17% are planning to give LESS Donors plan to give less through direct mail, telemarketing, door-to-door canvassing and MORE through online giving and in kind gifts instead of cash *Overall Online Gifts have increased 26% in 2008 THE MORE PEOPLE DO WITH YOUR ORGANIZATION, THE LARGER THEIR GIVING AND ENGAGEMENT! Source: Philanthropy In A Turbulent Economy: Penelope Burk March 2009 * Source: NTEN Benchmark Study 2009
The Rules Still Apply (It’s all about relationships…not technology)
Keys to Building a Successful Web Site 1.Learn from your content (Start with Google Analytics to see how many unique visitors you have, how they found you, what they viewed, where they stayed the longest, and what content produced actions.) 2. Make your content easy to consume (Always offer RSS feeds in addition to various subscribe options. Make sure they are easy to find and use.) 3. Make your content ever changing (Be brave enough to blog, show responses, share viewpoints, and utilize forums. New information needs to be added daily or weekly by you and your community. Why do you think millions go to Facebook or Twitter by the minute?) 4. Make your site easy to find (Every NPO and those serving NPO’s should have a social web presence. Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter and Flickr are your outposts linking back to the web site hub!)
Google Grant/Sponsored Links—How to increase your web presence/visibility
They’re at your website, now what do they do? Can they engage? Can they add content? (Web 2.0) Can they give or volunteer? Your goal – to get something from them!
Keep it simple & Make Integration a Focus Website Constituent Use Email Gather Information Database Database
Do you have an Online/Social Media Strategy? Social Networks E-mail Campaigns Google Adwords Media & PR Banner Ads on Homepage, Blog and eNewsletter Integration with Direct Mail
What is Social Media? Social media is online content created by people using highly accessible and scalable publishing technologies. Social media is a shift in how people discover, read and share news, information and content; it's a fusion of sociology and technology, transforming people from content readers into publishers. Social media has become extremely popular because it allows people to connect in the online world to form relationships for personal, political and business use. Source: Wikipedia, 2009.
Growing in popularity and becoming more accepted in the NP world as a method for reaching constituents
April 2009 Data comScore Video Metrix Service Video now bigger than Search: 12 Billion Videos per month vs. 10.5 Billion searches conducted 78.6% of total U.S. Internet audience viewed online video. Average video viewer watched 385 minutes of video, or 6.4 hours 107.1 million viewers watched 6.8 billion videos on YouTube.com (63.5 videos per viewer) The duration of the average online video was 3.5 minutes Source: BrightRoll
Video is a Magnet forYour Web Site!“Most viral videoof all time!” Could her storybe told in any other manneras strongly?
Real Life Example…. Dec 11: Subject line: Urgent Appeal: Your gift to CRS is vitally important! Straight Appeal Static donation form Raised $112k Source: Laura Durington: CRS Social Media Presentation-AFP Maryland
Dec 29: Subject line: Only 48 hours left to make a tax-deductible gift! Added “hotspot” text Added video message from our president (that plays right on the donation form) Added a strong pull-quote Raised $112k Source: Laura Durington: CRS Social Media Presentation-AFP Maryland
Dec 31: Subject line: Final Deadline: Last chance to make a tax-deductible gift New “hotspot” text Kept video message from our president New pull quote Raised $119k Source: Laura Durington: CRS Social Media Presentation-AFP Maryland
The Results… Was CRS’s most successful online fundraising campaign to date (non-emergency). Three e-mail messages in this campaign (based on a direct mail piece) Posts on social networking sites advertising campaign Coordination with Google AdWords This campaign raised $594k online. Source: Laura Durington: CRS Social Media Presentation-AFP Maryland
YouTube Takeaways… “SHOP” Others Identify a few constituents who would like to share their story with others & record a few different testimonials each year Integrate with your website and eNewsletter blasts Get Creative!!
FACEBOOK What is Facebook?? A FREE, online social networking site that connects people through online communities Facebook started out as a service for university students but now almost one third of its global audience is aged 35-49 years of age and almost one quarter is over 50 years old. Non profits can use Facebook to: Connect Brand Share your story Fundraise
FACEBOOK Pages Cont… Group/FanPages=Tool for gathering people w/ like interests TIP:
Ask supporters to start groups related to your Charity
FACEBOOK Takeaways… Real Life Application The Nature Conservency’s “Lil Green Patch” Case Study Built a cause page on FB to attract users to support the Adopt an Acre program to conserve rainforests in Costa Rica & fight global warming 20K new cause members and $33K in support since Feb 2008 These results will most likely NOT be the case for your organization… HOWEVER, creating an online, Facebook presence will not hurt Creating a group of fans/people that advocate for your cause WILL increase your giving and support POST YOUR ONLINE GIVING PAGE LINK ANYWHERE YOU CAN ON FACEBOOK Have an intern or student volunteer create these pages foryou—they typically have the most knowledge and insight into what will sell to their generation of internet users!
Flickr, Podcasts, Message Boards, Blogs Flickr—Photo Sharing Application Podcasts—Short recordings about a variety of different topics that can be purchased, downloaded for free, or posted on a web page Message Boards—A segment of a website that hosts an open discussion amongst users Blogs—A portion of a website (or a separate entity altogether like Twitter) in which an author posts discussion topics or information to be shared with followers Personal Blogs=Online ‘Diary’ Organizational blogs=Information sharing/News Updates
Social Networks: Hints for Success It is not FREE, resources are required Being present is not enough, engage Be authentic, otherwise you will be exposed fast Endorsements matter, think forwarded emails! Measure Have something to say, must be regular or it dies fast Stephanie Miller, Email Insider, 2009
“Web Site Story Continued” Charity: water * 11 Employees * 500,000 Followers on Twitter * 500 Donors Cover all Admin Costs * Donors can Locate Their Well on Web via Google Earth
“Web Site Story Continued” Charity: water * Raised $250,000 via Twitterfest * Raised $965,000 via Sept. Birthdays * Tons of Video * Easy to Engage * Giving is Joyous * Infectious with Youth/Boomers!
charity: water Was the $250,000 raised via Twitter the key fact? Was the $975,000 raised from Sept. birthdays the key fact? Is the way they have harnessed web/video technology the key? How about how they show impact via Google Earth? Communicating daily w/ 500,000+ followers!
Collecting information on your website Ecommerce / Online Giving Personal Fundraising Shopping Cart
Ecommerce & Online Giving Important Functions of your Online Donation Page: Integrates directly into donor database Requires no additional manual entry Customizable Are your website and database integrated?
Key ingredient to sustaining long term donors and constituent loyalty
Matching Gifts Does your organization have a Matching Gift Campaign? Do you know which companies in your area having a Matching Gift policy? How do you track which donors work for a Matching Gift corporation?
Personal Fundraising Give your volunteers and members the opportunity to JOIN you in fundraising for the mission. Capture the information of everyone who donates for future solicitation. Does not have to be “event” related.
Personal Fundraising Volunteers send an average of 40 emails. Almost all volunteers meet their fundraising goals. The average online donation through personal fundraising is $57. Source: Kintera
Personally manage items and inventory directly from the database.
Where does the information go? How do you track all of the information you know about a donor? Can you store their interests, historical conversations, and all contact points in one location? Is your institutional memory protected? What are the benefits to combining all this information into one location?
Relationships How would tracking relationships increase your fundraising success?
Reporting LYBUNT Last Year but Not This Year SYBUNT Some Year but Not This Year How does your organization identify Lapsed Donors? Can you run a report to tell you who the Top 10 donors are in your database?
Reporting How do this year’s donors compare to last year’s?
Database = Fundraising Tool Only works if used daily by all Must be consistent/accurate Powerful Memory Supplement Technology makes it easy
On the Road Does your organization have multiple offices? Can you access your organizational data from anywhere? How do you track notes from major gift visits or events? What needs do your organization have for accessing your development database?
Communications People are connected 24/7 How can we be expected to communicate with so many people? How can we personalize our message?
Why Has Email Become So Important? People are busy…they want to communicate/interact on their own time Email is inexpensive… Email provides virtually instant access to friends and supporters Email is a great equalizer Email is measurable
Grow Your List Online Direct staff and other close supporters (board, volunteers, etc.) to include subscription links in email signatures Use Search Engine Optimization/Marketing to increase traffic and subscriptions Investigate alliances or partnerships with similar or complementary organizations to reach common supporters Advertise your newsletter/services/cause through a 3rd party list
Grow Your List Offline Ask for email addresses at every touch point Instruct staff to capture email addresses over phone when appropriate Include your website address on all printed materials Offer an incentive to register (contest, raffle) to collect emails
Now that I have permission… Hook them early, and keep them engaged over time Optimize the welcome message Send follow up message within a week (or less) After a few months of active email, survey lists to see if you are meeting expectations
Why Segmentation is Important Segmentation breaks your audience into manageable parts If the goal is building relationships, it helps to know who you are talking to Segmenting your list will lead to more targeted messages If you don’t segment, you are treating every one of your recipients like they are the exact same type of person
How Important is that Header? 80% of respondents decide whether to click on the "Report Spam" or "Junk" button without opening the actual message 73% based that decision on the "From" name 69% percent based the decision on the subject line Source: 2007 Email Sender and Provider Coalition (ESPC) study
In addition to testing email browsers, test messages in handheld devices
A Few Email Design & Usage Tips Keep truly important items above the fold Ask subscribers to add your from address to their address book Host images on your web site rather than embedding them Links to resources and to special landing pages on your web site are powerful (Especially “tell a friend” functions) Develop your own writing style that readers will learn to love (people adore stories, so tell many . . . )
What Now? 1. How do we stack up? 2. Written Plan 3. Continuous Evaluation of Tools/Technology 4. Have FUN
Resources Getting Started with Facebook Beth Kanter Blog – How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media Jay Love Blog – CEO eTapestry --- Jay Love Twitter Page Blackbaud – Raising Money During Challenging Times Getting Started with Google Analytics LotusJump – Website Marketing Made Easy eTapestry Home Page Contact eTapestry for Guidance