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MyCharityConnects Barrie - Back to Basics: Developing a Social Media Strategy for your Organization


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Join Kirstin Beardsley, Marketing & Communications Manager at CanadaHelps, and Kara Golani, Nonprofit Training Associate at CanadaHelps, for a morning of social media strategy training.

Back to Basics: Developing a Social Media Strategy for your Organization
You’ve dipped your toes into social media: you’ve got a Facebook page, Twitter feed, YouTube channel, and CEO blog set up. But now what?

Back up.

Social media is about free and open conversations online but your organization still needs to have a plan of action. Take a hold of your communications plan and start afresh. This workshop is for organizations that dipped (or maybe dove headfirst) into social media, but are now wondering what the next steps are and how they can make their social media investment more focused and worthwhile.

Attendees Will Walk Away With:

- Knowledge of how social media is changing the way nonprofits operate and what it means to be a networked nonprofit
- Tips on how to determine which social networks your organization's key audiences are using and how to create a social media strategy
- Information on receiving buy-in from staff, management, and boards

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MyCharityConnects Barrie - Back to Basics: Developing a Social Media Strategy for your Organization

  1. 1. Back to Basics: Developing a Social MediaStrategy for Your Organization April 26, 2012
  2. 2. What is CanadaHelps? A public charitable foundation that provides accessible and affordable online technology to both donors and charities.For Charities A cost-effective means of raising funds online.For Donors A one-stop-shop for giving. CanadaHelps is a charity helping charities. CanadaHelps is giving made simple.
  3. 3. Who are you?
  4. 4. Basic Social Media Strategy
  5. 5. It’s time to get deliberate about our use of social media
  6. 6. The #1 factor fordetermining successon social media:having a strategy.
  7. 7. • Canada leads the world in online engagement• Focus on video: Canadians love YouTube
  9. 9. Strong GoodCOMMUNITY CONTENT Supported by: • Structured PLANNING • Social CULTURE • Willingness to MEASURE & LEARN • ACTIONS
  10. 10. AgendaBe Social Planning Community ContentMeasure & Learn
  11. 11. Source: Beth Kanter,
  12. 12. BE SOCIAL
  13. 13. Letting Go • Control • YOUR attachment to the organization • Doing what “we’ve always done”Opening Up • To meaningful involvement from donors, clients, volunteers, public etc…
  14. 14. YourYour CAUSE INSTITUTION
  15. 15. Source: The Networked Nonprofit by Allison Fine and Beth Kanter
  16. 16.  8pm July 6thStory posted 5am July6th
  17. 17. Where Do You Fit?
  18. 18. • How is your organization embracing the social culture shift?• What barriers do you face? Culture Shift
  19. 19. Tips for Getting Buy-In• Sign people up for tools to reduce fear (Twitter, Google Reader, alerts etc…)• Seek out example organizations and show their success• Search for your organization & show the conversation’s already happening
  20. 20. Bust Myths• Bust myths: – 73% of donors gave online in 2010 – Baby boomers are the biggest cohort of online donors in Canada – More than 17 million Canadians use Facebook – Per capita, Canadians watch more YouTube videos than any other country
  21. 21. Think Social• Conversation, not promotion• Show personality• Be quick• Add value
  22. 22. Always Be Listening• Google alerts• Follow example brands and nonprofits• Google Reader, Twitter, e-newsletters
  23. 23. Plug In to Networks• Join and participate in conversations happening online
  24. 24. Social By Design (not by accident) • Put people at the heart of your campaign design
  25. 25. PLANNING
  26. 26. How your organization uses social media • Marketing and publicity • Fundraising, donor engagement and retention • Connecting with others around your cause • Building relationship and online community • Collaboration and collective action • Sharing expertise on our issues • Movement building and social change
  27. 27. • Gain exposure • Engagement • Influence • Action • Create lasting impact • Offer supportSet Goals From Don Bartholomew:
  28. 28. EXAMPLE #1 Collaboration and collective action around an unfair piece of legislationGOALS • Connect with like-minded organizations to coordinate actions • Energize an online community to take action
  29. 29. Pick the Right Tools• Which tools best support your goals?• Where’s your audience?• What capacity do you have?
  30. 30. EXAMPLE #2 Share expertise on our cause within our local community.GOALS • Use our blog to position ourselves as the go-to source for local media on our issue • Lead conversations with other local organizations about key issues relating to our mission.
  31. 31. Tools You Can UseTHE BIG FOUR:• Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTubeOTHERS TO EXPLORE:• Blogs, Google+, Tumblr, Foursquare, Pinterest, Instagram (now owned by Facebook)
  32. 32. Fish Where the Fish Are• 25% of all time online is spent on Facebook• Survey supporters about the tools they use
  33. 33. Define Roles• Determine the right people for executing social media• Train accordingly
  34. 34. Draft your Social Media Guidelines • Responsibility • Transparency • Copyright • Proprietary Information
  35. 35. Social Media Guidelines • Privacy and personal information • Respect • Good judgement • Productivity • Personal use of social media
  36. 36. COMMUNITY
  37. 37. Role of Community Manager• Understand & advocate for the community• Listen & engage• Problem solve & prevent crises• First point-of-contact• Lead the community to action
  38. 38. Characteristics of a Good Community Manager• Have a personality• Be passionate about the cause• Care about the community• Leadership• Don’t try to control• Be prepared
  39. 39. Have a Vision for Success• Strong online communities have a clear rallying cry and committed members• What would your ideal online community look like?• What actions would they take?
  40. 40. • Who are they? (Middle-aged men, young mothers, teens from Parkdale etc…)• Motivations• Other communities & online activities Know Your Community
  41. 41. Source: Beth Kanter,
  42. 42. Nurture All Community Members Happy Spreaders Donors Evangelists InstigatorsBystanders Engaging, Regular Reasons to Resources & Ongoing interesting communication give tools support content Links to easily Peer-to-peer Recognition Thanks and share content fundraising praise! Good stories Creative ideas Stories about they can the impact of spread their giving Opportunities to engage offline
  43. 43. • Statement of purpose for the community• Community rules around respect• Moderation and deletion of comments• Privacy statement• How you will use the posts (i.e. marketing material, fundraising etc…)• Prohibited posts Terms of Use
  44. 44. Think Multi-Channel• Engage on other media• Collect contact information when possible• Provide offline opportunities when possible
  45. 45. Look Outside• Find your ideal community on other networks• Join the ongoing conversation• Mobilize fundraising campaign with existing network
  46. 46. CONTENT
  47. 47. Know Your Audience• Define your key audiences• Describe them – Get specific – What do they do? – What do they care about? – What moves them to action?• What do we want them to do?
  48. 48. Messaging that Gets Remembered • Simple • Unexpected • Concrete • Credible • Emotional • Stories
  49. 49. More Principles of Social Content• Short• Personal• Shareable• Easy calls to action
  50. 50. STORIES!• Stories often make the best content, but charities are really bad at telling them
  51. 51. Tim Horton’s
  52. 52. • Remember the number ONE • Focus on HOPE, HUMOUR, SURPRISE, EMPATHY [less on fear, anger, hurt] • Appeal to IDENTITY (from Made to Stick)PRINCIPLES OF GOOD STORYTELLING
  53. 53. Other Good Social Content• Resources, useful information, educational… but make it stick• Events/urgencies• Controversies, thought-provokers• Reviews• Questions, conversation-starters
  54. 54. Stats & Data • Use with caution • Make them concrete • Make them relevant • Focus on one stat at a time
  55. 55. The rule of thirds
  56. 56. • Re-use existing content, ADAPTED TO SOCIAL PLATFORMS• Use content across platforms Recycle Content
  57. 57. Content for Fundraising• Stories about impact• Peer-to-peer campaigns• Clear, concrete calls to action
  58. 58. MEASURE & LEARN
  59. 59. STEP 1: Set Clear Objectives• Review your goals• Set measurable objectives that will allow you to achieve your goals
  60. 60. Smart Objectives • Specific • Measurable • Actionable • Realistic • Time-specific
  61. 61. EXAMPLE #2 Share expertise on our cause within our local community.GOALS • Use our blog to position ourselves as the go-to source for local media on our issue • Lead conversations with other local organizations about key issues relating to our mission.
  62. 62. Smart Objectives• Increase blog subscribers by 50% over the next 12 months• 30% of blog posts contain active discussion in the comments about the issues raised – more than 3 comments• Increase website traffic from blog by 100% over next 12 months• Increase media calls related to blog topics by 25% over the next two years.
  63. 63. STEP 2: Select Metrics
  64. 64. Social Media Data• Subscribers/ Unsubscribes• Followers/ Unfollows• Comments/ Unique commenters• Favourites• Video/photo views• Retweets• Likes• Page/post views• # of posts
  65. 65. Social Media Data• Most popular posts• Conversations• Feedback• Repeat supporters• Comments• Recommendations• Click-throughs• Donations• Sign-ups
  66. 66. Your Measurement Tools• Google Analytics• Google Alerts• Twitter search• Facebook Insights• Blog statistics• Hootsuite• & other link trackers (• Surveys
  67. 67. Spreadsheets!
  68. 68. STEP 3: Learn & Take Action!
  69. 69. Take Action• Listen, learn, and adapt.• Which posts generate conversation and sharing? Which don’t?
  70. 70. Try an Experiment! • Try a time-limited experiment on one of the tools • Reflect on what worked and what didn’t
  71. 71. Strong GoodCOMMUNITY CONTENT Supported by: • Structured PLANNING • Social CULTURE • Willingness to MEASURE & LEARN • ACTIONS
  73. 73. www.mycharityconnects.orgfree online resources Information about technology and social media Webinars Past webinar slides Learning opportunities Events across the country
  74. 74. MyCharityConnects Conference 2012 JUNE 12 – 13 | Allstream Centre, Toronto Collaborate to build a stronger sector. Innovate to solve complex problems. Celebrate our work and the difference we’re making.• Join non-profits from across Canada and social media experts for the premier social media and online fundraising learning opportunity of the year.• Registration opens in February
  75. 75. 2012 MyCharityConnects Webinars us for these FREE online information sessions that cover topics relating to online technology,social media and fundraising. Registration is open to employees, volunteers, and board members ofCanadian charities and nonprofits.April 25 - Essential Twitter Tips for Your CharityMay 9 - Preparing for a Website RedesignMay 23 - Editorial Calendar Essentials: Organize &Plan Your Online CommunicationsJune 27 - Elements of a Great YouTube Video
  76. 76. for more great resources…
  77. 77. Questions? THANK YOU!