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20 Quick Ways to turbo-charge your
online fundraising and campaigning
by combining it with the telephone!
Mike Johnston, HJC and Andrew
Bales, Amnesty International
Canada
A VIRTUAL TOUR
• A warning about both channels:
Obama and Momma’s basement
• We are talking about irritating
things!
• Human Moment
• Hormones
• A French Resistance fighter
• Personal Pages, Recorded
Messages, Paul McCartney,
• An Amnesty International case
study (let’s find our 20 Quick Ways
to…)
• Finally, some check lists
• Facebook and Twitter
• The End
The Internet can lead to
transformative, collective,
and positive change
But the Internet
can also lead to
individual
alienation and
isolation…
THE HORMONAL ADVANTAGE OF THE
HUMAN VOICE…
• Humans are biological, social creatures
• They produce hormones that create feelings
of trust when there are interactions
• When someone opens a letter or opens an
email, there are fewer hormone produced
• Face to Face
• Pregnant mothers
The Human Moment
• THE HUMAN MOMENT AT WORK by Edward
M. Hallowell, The Harvard Business Review –
• The human moment has two
pre-requisities:
1. people’s physical presence
2. their emotional and intellectual
attention.
• Human moments take energy
and that’s why they are often
avoided – email.
The Human Moment
• Nature also equips us with
hormones that promote trust and
bonding:
• Oxytocin / vasopressin
• in-person contact stimulates two
important neurotransmitters:
• dopamine, which enhances
attention and pleasure,
• serotonin, which reduces
fear and worry
The Human Moment
• Carnegie-Mellon study also showed that
people who spend time online exhibited:
• increased levels of depression and
loneliness
• even when only connected a
few hours a week.
HOW TO USE THE TELEPHONE WITH
ONLINE...
10
© 2010 Convio, Inc.
52%
41%
28%
22%
15%
8%
Peer to Peer
Mail
Email
Social Media
Phone
Text
Solicitation Channel Appropriateness
(From charities/nonprofits with established relationship)
% say appropriate solicitation channel
(rank ordered by very important –blue) TOTAL GEN Y GEN X BOOMER MATURE
84% 87% 89% 82% 76%
77% 77% 79% 74% 77%
65% 76% 69% 60% 51%
47% 69% 60% 38% 17%
42% 51% 42% 39% 34%
23% 38% 25% 16% 13%
The Phone can be irritating…
“The bathtub was invented in 1850 and the telephone in 1875.
In other words, if you had been living in 1850, you could have
sat in the bathtub for 25 years without having to answer the
phone”
Bill DeWitt
Life’s biggest irritations ( in order, from least
bothersome to most bothersome):
• opening milk cartons
• Reaching underneath a light shade to turn on/off light
• muzac
• car alarms
• mobile phones in movie theatres
• voice mail
• drivers who drive slow in the slow lane
• junk mail
• SPAM (junk email)
• Getting a telemarketing call during dinner
Clearly, we are talking about a combination of human interactions that have
the potential to really bother people!
The phone (human voice) have power
and resonance
“The telephone, which interrupts the most
serious conversations and cuts short the most
weighty observations, has a romance of its
own”
Virginia Woolf
What is this sound?
Power and resonance?
• Jacques Lusseyran
• At 16 formed Les Volontaires
de La Liberte
• French resistance fighter
• Within a year, he led 600
young men and women
• He was responsible for
interviewing, and admitting,
every single member of his
unit
Power of the human
voice
• Jacques believed that the
human voice resonated with
our thoughts
• It connects to our inner-
most feelings and deepest
of intentions
• Important for fundraising
and campaigning?
What do we mean by the telephone?
The phone and online?
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
90
100
1 2
PercentageofGoalRaised(%)
1: without call; 2: with call
Percentageof Goal Raised- without andwithacall
Percentage ofGoal
Raised
Further tests…
• A phone test was conducted a second year with
online event registrants…
• The test group that received a phone call (2.5
minutes in length) raised $131.42 more than a
registrant who did NOT receive a call
Online pledge pages and
calling….
$722.18
$920.09
$-
$100
$200
$300
$400
$500
$600
$700
$800
$900
$1,000
Not Called Called
AverageRevenue($)
Action Taken
Yoga In Motion
Impact of Calling Participants
Avg. Revenue
Per Participant
Up 27.4%
High touch…high gift
amounts…
• 20 board member pages
• $237,534 raised ($143,000
by one board member)
• Phone used to stimulate,
manage, and help board
members with their
personal pages
Online and telephone integration
Results are Inconclusive
hjc Proprietary & Confidential 23
Average Raised
Including Inactive Participants No Call 1 call 2 calls
$84.01 $187.59 $456.18
Excluding Inactive Participants $140.30 $213.85 $596.54
Quote from donor
survey
“MSF contact was perfect. I received one
call that was meant to answer any of my
questions and assist me in fundraising. It
was great.”
Participant Survey Respondent
The number one rated interaction with MSF was the phone call over
the three month campaign!
hjc Proprietary & Confidential 24
A CASE STUDY IN PHONE
CONVERSION OF E-ACTIVISTS
Andrew Bales
Amnesty International
Canada
Online Fundraising
Coordinator
1000 phone calls – 74 monthly donors giving $9.66 every month
CPMD $75.00
Eactivists to Monthly Donors
In 1998, Amnesty International Canada launched a hugely successful 60-minute
television program that was attracting hundreds of new monthly donors every month.
THE “PRESIDENT” ASKED YOU TO
BE AN AMNESTY MONTHLY DONOR
It was peaceful before the phone
started ringing…
INTEGRATION IN ONE-STEP MONTHLY
ACQUISITION
INTEGRATION ACROSS ACROSS COMMUNICATION CHANNELS
Phone Print Online
COMPETITION
But then along came the multi-channel
television universe … and digital tv … and
web … and social media. TV dried up
Costs per monthly donor:
1998 - $80 2008 - $300
The problem of attrition
Contact = cancellation
No contact = no activism
Ring … Ring
Amnesty International’s Business
& Human Rights campaign
Dora Alicia Recinos Sorto: On her way back from washing
clothes in the river last December, Dora was gunned down.
She was an environmental activist from El Salvador, who had
opposed a proposed Canadian gold mine in her province of
Cabañas.
Activists – especially in Latin America – are being targeted,
harassed and killed
A Pattern – a solution?
June 2009: Gustavo Marcelo Rivera, a well-known
community activist who opposed a Canadian mining
project in El Salvador, was kidnapped and killed.
September 2009: Adolfo Ich Chaman, a teacher, was
attacked with a machete in eastern Guatemala and shot
to death, allegedly by private security guards working for
a Canadian mining company.
November 2009: Mariano Abarca was gunned down in
Chiapas, Mexico. Mariano was a vocal opponent of a
Canadian barite mine near his community.
SEND A FOCUSED MAILING TO
BUILD YOUR LIST
http://www.amnesty.ca/updates/speakout/oct09/speakout_oct09.html
Epetition
Phone number:
or you can’t start!
Counter:
social proof
Comments:
priority for calls
Subscribe:
for cultivation
More info:
legitimacy
http://www.amnesty.ca/urgentappeal/2009/CorpAcct/
Offline-Online integration: the
human moment
http://www.amnesty.ca/writeathon/?page_id=1362
urgent
shareable
video
The power of video: the best
for the human moment
online...
http://www.youtube.com/amnestycanada#p/a
/u/1/nIl7j6z2488
http://www.youtube.com/amnestycanada#p/a/u/1/nIl7j6z2488
Make shareable content
The e-petition …Write for Rights …the
video
were all made shareable on facebook,
twitter & YouTube
Timing: the key moment to
phone…
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico created “peak public
interest”
It was time to arrange for the phone call
1654 emails, with a phone number
- minus a data scrub for good numbers
=1538
- minus recent donors
=1339
1 or 2 days prior to calling, an
email …
http://www.amnesty.ca/urgentappeal/2010/c300/email/index.html
Secure donation form
that builds trust
1/30/2015 proprietary and confidential 41
Monthly donation first
Donor testimonial
Benefits of monthly
Premium
Other: phone giving,
email/phone for
questions, charity #,
secure, clear layout
https://www.amnesty.ca/secure/joinamnesty.ca/
Motivating the
callers
Pre-call training
An Amnesty business &
human rights campaigner did a
training session by phone with
the callers.
The script
-urgency/need
-a hierarchy of asks
1. Monthly donation – any
amount (with minimum of
$5.00/month accepted
2. Single donation
3. Send a pledge package
4. Go online to learn more
(or make gift)
The different
constituencies called…
0.00%
2.00%
4.00%
6.00%
8.00%
10.00%
12.00%
14.00%
16.00%
18.00%
20.00%
18.50%
8%
9%
11%
Recent Lapsed Monthly Donor
Online Petition Only
E-newsletter Subscriber
Lapsed Single Gift Donor
Results
For CPMD of $75.65
$75 / monthly donor vs. $300 / monthly donor
Bonus:
Two part acquisition
strengthens many parts of
your organization
1. Set criteria for campaign
2. Ask for phone numbers
3. Get traffic
4. Manage data
5. Send email prior to call
6. Sort coding
7. Write script
8. Training
9. Pledge packs
10.Assess results
A 10-step checklist for
conversion of e-activists
to monthly donors
Key considerations:
Nice vs.
-Pre-call training*
-Pre-call email
-Online fulfillment
-Cultivation
-Premiums
*a note from our telemarketers!
Necessary
-Collect phone #s!!
-Good callers
-Meaningful campaign
-List growth
-*Quality list* – nice
1/30/2015 proprietary and confidential 47
Lessons
Phoning is a powerful conversion
technique – the human moment
A phone-based strategy forces
integration of fundraising &
activism
Social Media and the Phone
– one cool example!
Greenpeace Chile
• Outbound calling for warm leads
– 1,510 calls (May-December 2009)
• Inbound calling for warm leads
– 503 people filled the form
• Result – 10% conversion
– 193 people converted to paid monthly
donors
Fundraising and Mobile...
Gaza conflict early 2009: Save the Children
UK run National press campaign - text
support for a ceasefire.
Call to action – text CEASEFIRE’ - pass details
onto friends and family .
Campaign goes viral - 182,000 people text -
petition taken to Downing Street.
All supporters were called on their mobile
phones and prior to the call we had no
information (name, address, etc) about these
prospects.
4.7% converted to monthly giving
One million text “votes” in 51 days.
54
© 2010 Convio, Inc.
What do you do with 800,000 new contacts?
You knock down some walls to make room for
another channel…
9.65% conversion
to monthly giving:
15,388
170,658 called on
their mobile
phones
50% converted to
monthly giving7.6 million
dollars LTV
(over 5 years)
Average gift 3.28
dollars/month
UNICEF Pop Up - Spain
• 25% Positive response
• Annual average per donor: 115 euros
• 94% monthly donors
• ROI 1:2.5
Will the phone do EVERTHING in
fundraising in the future?
Let’s make a
list of ALL the
things the
phone will
(could) do in
fundraising in
the future...
Online and the phone will be
increasingly important for major
gifts and legacy giving
Country Legacies
revealed
Legacy leads
Canada 15 103
Canada 22 232
United States 52 164
Mexico 9 1,043
Four Legacy Online
Surveys
Of the 1,043 Mexican legacy leads, over 800 volunteered their telephone
numbers. What would you do?
A VIRTUAL CONCLUSION
• The human voice is potent, primal
and effective when used PROPERLY
• When it is combined with the
online channel’s ability to create
multi-channel leads, It’s a killer
combination
• Use it to help personal fundraising
pages and events
• Use it to convert activists to donors
• Use your checklists to make sure
both the phone and online are in
synch with one another
• WE MUST STEP OUT OF OUR OWN
SHOES!

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Online and telephone integration

  • 1. 20 Quick Ways to turbo-charge your online fundraising and campaigning by combining it with the telephone! Mike Johnston, HJC and Andrew Bales, Amnesty International Canada
  • 2. A VIRTUAL TOUR • A warning about both channels: Obama and Momma’s basement • We are talking about irritating things! • Human Moment • Hormones • A French Resistance fighter • Personal Pages, Recorded Messages, Paul McCartney, • An Amnesty International case study (let’s find our 20 Quick Ways to…) • Finally, some check lists • Facebook and Twitter • The End
  • 3. The Internet can lead to transformative, collective, and positive change
  • 4. But the Internet can also lead to individual alienation and isolation…
  • 5. THE HORMONAL ADVANTAGE OF THE HUMAN VOICE… • Humans are biological, social creatures • They produce hormones that create feelings of trust when there are interactions • When someone opens a letter or opens an email, there are fewer hormone produced • Face to Face • Pregnant mothers
  • 6. The Human Moment • THE HUMAN MOMENT AT WORK by Edward M. Hallowell, The Harvard Business Review – • The human moment has two pre-requisities: 1. people’s physical presence 2. their emotional and intellectual attention. • Human moments take energy and that’s why they are often avoided – email.
  • 7. The Human Moment • Nature also equips us with hormones that promote trust and bonding: • Oxytocin / vasopressin • in-person contact stimulates two important neurotransmitters: • dopamine, which enhances attention and pleasure, • serotonin, which reduces fear and worry
  • 8. The Human Moment • Carnegie-Mellon study also showed that people who spend time online exhibited: • increased levels of depression and loneliness • even when only connected a few hours a week.
  • 9. HOW TO USE THE TELEPHONE WITH ONLINE...
  • 10. 10 © 2010 Convio, Inc. 52% 41% 28% 22% 15% 8% Peer to Peer Mail Email Social Media Phone Text Solicitation Channel Appropriateness (From charities/nonprofits with established relationship) % say appropriate solicitation channel (rank ordered by very important –blue) TOTAL GEN Y GEN X BOOMER MATURE 84% 87% 89% 82% 76% 77% 77% 79% 74% 77% 65% 76% 69% 60% 51% 47% 69% 60% 38% 17% 42% 51% 42% 39% 34% 23% 38% 25% 16% 13%
  • 11. The Phone can be irritating… “The bathtub was invented in 1850 and the telephone in 1875. In other words, if you had been living in 1850, you could have sat in the bathtub for 25 years without having to answer the phone” Bill DeWitt
  • 12. Life’s biggest irritations ( in order, from least bothersome to most bothersome): • opening milk cartons • Reaching underneath a light shade to turn on/off light • muzac • car alarms • mobile phones in movie theatres • voice mail • drivers who drive slow in the slow lane • junk mail • SPAM (junk email) • Getting a telemarketing call during dinner Clearly, we are talking about a combination of human interactions that have the potential to really bother people!
  • 13. The phone (human voice) have power and resonance “The telephone, which interrupts the most serious conversations and cuts short the most weighty observations, has a romance of its own” Virginia Woolf
  • 14. What is this sound?
  • 15. Power and resonance? • Jacques Lusseyran • At 16 formed Les Volontaires de La Liberte • French resistance fighter • Within a year, he led 600 young men and women • He was responsible for interviewing, and admitting, every single member of his unit
  • 16. Power of the human voice • Jacques believed that the human voice resonated with our thoughts • It connects to our inner- most feelings and deepest of intentions • Important for fundraising and campaigning?
  • 17. What do we mean by the telephone?
  • 18. The phone and online? 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 1 2 PercentageofGoalRaised(%) 1: without call; 2: with call Percentageof Goal Raised- without andwithacall Percentage ofGoal Raised
  • 19. Further tests… • A phone test was conducted a second year with online event registrants… • The test group that received a phone call (2.5 minutes in length) raised $131.42 more than a registrant who did NOT receive a call
  • 20. Online pledge pages and calling…. $722.18 $920.09 $- $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $1,000 Not Called Called AverageRevenue($) Action Taken Yoga In Motion Impact of Calling Participants Avg. Revenue Per Participant Up 27.4%
  • 21. High touch…high gift amounts… • 20 board member pages • $237,534 raised ($143,000 by one board member) • Phone used to stimulate, manage, and help board members with their personal pages
  • 23. Results are Inconclusive hjc Proprietary & Confidential 23 Average Raised Including Inactive Participants No Call 1 call 2 calls $84.01 $187.59 $456.18 Excluding Inactive Participants $140.30 $213.85 $596.54
  • 24. Quote from donor survey “MSF contact was perfect. I received one call that was meant to answer any of my questions and assist me in fundraising. It was great.” Participant Survey Respondent The number one rated interaction with MSF was the phone call over the three month campaign! hjc Proprietary & Confidential 24
  • 25. A CASE STUDY IN PHONE CONVERSION OF E-ACTIVISTS Andrew Bales Amnesty International Canada Online Fundraising Coordinator
  • 26. 1000 phone calls – 74 monthly donors giving $9.66 every month CPMD $75.00 Eactivists to Monthly Donors
  • 27. In 1998, Amnesty International Canada launched a hugely successful 60-minute television program that was attracting hundreds of new monthly donors every month. THE “PRESIDENT” ASKED YOU TO BE AN AMNESTY MONTHLY DONOR It was peaceful before the phone started ringing…
  • 28. INTEGRATION IN ONE-STEP MONTHLY ACQUISITION INTEGRATION ACROSS ACROSS COMMUNICATION CHANNELS Phone Print Online
  • 29. COMPETITION But then along came the multi-channel television universe … and digital tv … and web … and social media. TV dried up Costs per monthly donor: 1998 - $80 2008 - $300
  • 30. The problem of attrition Contact = cancellation No contact = no activism
  • 32. Amnesty International’s Business & Human Rights campaign Dora Alicia Recinos Sorto: On her way back from washing clothes in the river last December, Dora was gunned down. She was an environmental activist from El Salvador, who had opposed a proposed Canadian gold mine in her province of Cabañas. Activists – especially in Latin America – are being targeted, harassed and killed
  • 33. A Pattern – a solution? June 2009: Gustavo Marcelo Rivera, a well-known community activist who opposed a Canadian mining project in El Salvador, was kidnapped and killed. September 2009: Adolfo Ich Chaman, a teacher, was attacked with a machete in eastern Guatemala and shot to death, allegedly by private security guards working for a Canadian mining company. November 2009: Mariano Abarca was gunned down in Chiapas, Mexico. Mariano was a vocal opponent of a Canadian barite mine near his community.
  • 34. SEND A FOCUSED MAILING TO BUILD YOUR LIST http://www.amnesty.ca/updates/speakout/oct09/speakout_oct09.html
  • 35. Epetition Phone number: or you can’t start! Counter: social proof Comments: priority for calls Subscribe: for cultivation More info: legitimacy http://www.amnesty.ca/urgentappeal/2009/CorpAcct/
  • 36. Offline-Online integration: the human moment http://www.amnesty.ca/writeathon/?page_id=1362 urgent shareable video
  • 37. The power of video: the best for the human moment online... http://www.youtube.com/amnestycanada#p/a /u/1/nIl7j6z2488 http://www.youtube.com/amnestycanada#p/a/u/1/nIl7j6z2488
  • 38. Make shareable content The e-petition …Write for Rights …the video were all made shareable on facebook, twitter & YouTube
  • 39. Timing: the key moment to phone… The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico created “peak public interest” It was time to arrange for the phone call 1654 emails, with a phone number - minus a data scrub for good numbers =1538 - minus recent donors =1339
  • 40. 1 or 2 days prior to calling, an email … http://www.amnesty.ca/urgentappeal/2010/c300/email/index.html
  • 41. Secure donation form that builds trust 1/30/2015 proprietary and confidential 41 Monthly donation first Donor testimonial Benefits of monthly Premium Other: phone giving, email/phone for questions, charity #, secure, clear layout https://www.amnesty.ca/secure/joinamnesty.ca/
  • 42. Motivating the callers Pre-call training An Amnesty business & human rights campaigner did a training session by phone with the callers. The script -urgency/need -a hierarchy of asks 1. Monthly donation – any amount (with minimum of $5.00/month accepted 2. Single donation 3. Send a pledge package 4. Go online to learn more (or make gift)
  • 43. The different constituencies called… 0.00% 2.00% 4.00% 6.00% 8.00% 10.00% 12.00% 14.00% 16.00% 18.00% 20.00% 18.50% 8% 9% 11% Recent Lapsed Monthly Donor Online Petition Only E-newsletter Subscriber Lapsed Single Gift Donor
  • 44. Results For CPMD of $75.65 $75 / monthly donor vs. $300 / monthly donor
  • 45. Bonus: Two part acquisition strengthens many parts of your organization
  • 46. 1. Set criteria for campaign 2. Ask for phone numbers 3. Get traffic 4. Manage data 5. Send email prior to call 6. Sort coding 7. Write script 8. Training 9. Pledge packs 10.Assess results A 10-step checklist for conversion of e-activists to monthly donors
  • 47. Key considerations: Nice vs. -Pre-call training* -Pre-call email -Online fulfillment -Cultivation -Premiums *a note from our telemarketers! Necessary -Collect phone #s!! -Good callers -Meaningful campaign -List growth -*Quality list* – nice 1/30/2015 proprietary and confidential 47
  • 48. Lessons Phoning is a powerful conversion technique – the human moment A phone-based strategy forces integration of fundraising & activism
  • 49. Social Media and the Phone – one cool example!
  • 50. Greenpeace Chile • Outbound calling for warm leads – 1,510 calls (May-December 2009) • Inbound calling for warm leads – 503 people filled the form • Result – 10% conversion – 193 people converted to paid monthly donors
  • 52. Gaza conflict early 2009: Save the Children UK run National press campaign - text support for a ceasefire. Call to action – text CEASEFIRE’ - pass details onto friends and family . Campaign goes viral - 182,000 people text - petition taken to Downing Street. All supporters were called on their mobile phones and prior to the call we had no information (name, address, etc) about these prospects. 4.7% converted to monthly giving
  • 53. One million text “votes” in 51 days.
  • 54. 54 © 2010 Convio, Inc. What do you do with 800,000 new contacts? You knock down some walls to make room for another channel… 9.65% conversion to monthly giving: 15,388 170,658 called on their mobile phones 50% converted to monthly giving7.6 million dollars LTV (over 5 years) Average gift 3.28 dollars/month
  • 55. UNICEF Pop Up - Spain
  • 56. • 25% Positive response • Annual average per donor: 115 euros • 94% monthly donors • ROI 1:2.5
  • 57. Will the phone do EVERTHING in fundraising in the future? Let’s make a list of ALL the things the phone will (could) do in fundraising in the future...
  • 58. Online and the phone will be increasingly important for major gifts and legacy giving
  • 59. Country Legacies revealed Legacy leads Canada 15 103 Canada 22 232 United States 52 164 Mexico 9 1,043 Four Legacy Online Surveys Of the 1,043 Mexican legacy leads, over 800 volunteered their telephone numbers. What would you do?
  • 60. A VIRTUAL CONCLUSION • The human voice is potent, primal and effective when used PROPERLY • When it is combined with the online channel’s ability to create multi-channel leads, It’s a killer combination • Use it to help personal fundraising pages and events • Use it to convert activists to donors • Use your checklists to make sure both the phone and online are in synch with one another • WE MUST STEP OUT OF OUR OWN SHOES!

Editor's Notes

  1. WOM is seen as the most effective solicitation channel for Gen Y, X, and Boomers For Matures, direct mail is just as effective Younger generations are more open to other forms of solicitation: email (just as effective as dm with Y), social media, phone (though note that they are less likely to have a landline, and we heard in the focus group not as familiar with telemarketing) Mobile solicitation is still its infancy (more on this in a few minutes), but has more acceptance among younger audiences.All generations much more guarded with direct communications if no relationship in place, gets worse as gets older. Mass media the one accepted channel (74% appropriate). Big theme heard in focus groups is Control -- skepticism about getting manipulated. Feel like traditional solicitation channels – phone and mail – are manipulative. They want to feel like they made the choice/they are in control. Giving after hearing a mass media story, and/or being solicited by a friend makes them feel like they made a choice. Prospecting direct mail more acceptable than email across generations by 2:1 (45% to 21%) (different than what we saw on previous slide), but donors described that responding is not always a “feel good” experienceQ22 :Below are a variety of different ways that a charity may approach you and ask for a monetary donation. For each, please indicate how appropriate that approach is.Bold numbering in the table on the right indicates significance at the 95% confidence level
  2. By calling people we made a 20% goal difference.
  3. By calling people we made a 20% goal difference.
  4. I started out with Amnesty International in 1998 working in Member Services, but quickly shifted to the role I’ve had for the past 10 years - as the Online Fundraising Coordinator. This shift was no accident: I’m fascinated by the web and I love integration … and I detest the telephone. As an empathetic person, I figured, “I don’t like it when strangers phone me at home, why would I do this to others?”But I’m a telephone convert. I’m going to walk you through a case study to tell you why I’ve changed my mind.
  5. My case study will illustrate the steps for integrating electronic activism and telephone fundraising. I’m at Amnesty International, afterall – activism is what we do. And with no government funds, we have to be unapologetic fundraisers.I’ll show you the steps that worked for us. And I’ll draw on a few other scenarios so that together we can assess the key ingredients for success.Questions like- is the telephone’s inherent power enough?-what is important about timing – calling right away vs. calling at the right time?- what aspects of web & email integration are critical vs. helpful?
  6. I’ll start with a little context of our fundraising & communication program at Amnesty Canada.Things used to run very smoothly …. Read:In 1998, Amnesty International Canada launched a hugely successful 1-hour television program that was attracting hundreds of new monthly donors every month.This program helped triple our monthly donor file to 30,000 donors, and over the course of 10 years, monthly donors went from a small percentage to our primary source of income.This TV program was a game changer. We had Martin Sheen – “the president of the United States of America” on the West Wing, pre-911, telling YOU to be a monthly donor for Amnesty International. It doesn’t get better than that!Direct mail took a back seat, and the focus of our fundraising program was acquiring monthly donors.
  7. The television program was our core communication vehicle. It made all of our fundraising programs look good – all I had to do to make online fundraising work was integrate our online communications with our tv message and we were attracting 100 new monthly donors every month online.Integration meant:1. Setting up inbound telephone centres to handle calls generated by the TV program2. Revamping our old black & white publications to match the visual impact of our television program3. Introducing email to advertise our tv program and to building a secure online form to allow for fulfillment – and getting this url into the TV broadcast
  8. Read: But then along came the multi-channel universe … and digital tv … and web … and social media. There were just not enough television viewers on the stations we could afford. People were going elsewhere.As we watched TV dry up as a source of monthly donors, we diversified and invested in street canvassing as a new source of monthly donors.
  9. But even with diversifying our source of monthly donors, we couldn’t overcome the problem of attrition. There was nothing we could do with our communications to maintain the emotional power of television. We strengthened our Member Services, we produced beautiful print and online publications. With donors who didn’t understand our work or couldn’t afford to fund it, contacting these donors led to cancellations. So when we were confronted with technical problems related to changes in credit cards, we had to be careful about being pre-emptive in contacting donors. Worse, when a human rights crisis came, we were reluctant to contact our monthly donors – who by this time made up the majority of our membership.
  10. We had no choice but to adapt. We decided it was time to pick up the phone. Fortunately, at the urging of Mike, we began collecting phone numbers, as a routine, about a year and a half ago, in all of our epetitions. And throughout this period, we maintained a strong online activism program for annual donors and our acquisition lists. So we dug into our data and into our campaigning and got back to basics. Here’ s the case study.
  11. Activists around the world, but especially in Latin America, are being targeted, harassed and killed. This is a particularly heart-breaking one. Dora was gunned down while washing her clothes in the river last December. She was an environmental activist in El Salvador who had opposed a proposed Canadian gold mine in her province of Cabañas.Tragically, her story is part of a pattern.
  12. These activists were all killed last year, in Latin America. What they have in common: they raised concerns in their community about the impact of a Canadian mining operations. Typically these are communities in rural areas, whose majority ethnicity is Indigenous.An interesting fact that you’re most like not aware of: Three-quarters of the world’s mining and extractive industries are based in Canada. It has a lot to do with public markets and the fact that the Canadian Venture Exchange has a long history of supporting oil & gas, mining & extractive industries. Another fact that probably won’t surprise you: Canadian-registered companies operating outside of Canada aren’t held to the same standard as in Canada.An elected member of Canada’s parliamentarian is pushing a private members bill to address these problems.The mining lobby is nervous and has been lobbying against the bill. The bill, however, is very close to passing – there’s a vote in Parliament next week.
  13. Here are some highlights of our online campaigning:We started by contacting on e-acquisition list. It’s focused – one theme – 2 options both pointing in the same direction – to take action.This message was sent a year ago October, 2009 to 26,000. The email had a 20% open rate, and a 10% click-through rate – fairly typical these days for us.What did they click on? 2016 take action266 quiz (which led to the action)http://www.amnesty.ca/updates/speakout/oct09/speakout_oct09.html
  14. The recipients were sent to an epetition directed at key Parliamentarians who were on the Committee that reviewed the bill.Note some important aspects to the petition:#1 phone number – we asked. Does this suppress signatures? That’s a debate. We make it a non-mandatory field – and find that about 30% fill it out anyway. It’s worth it#2 counter - why? “social proof”. participants see that 1000s are doing this#3 comments – these are streamed – they build momentum and act as examples – they give participants the confidence to write their own words#4 subscribe – this builds a list for e-cultivation – you can’t use your big list all the time – this filters out the best activists for higher touch cultivation#5 more info – a minor link so as not to distract, but important for legitimacy to show the depth of research/legitimacy of actionother – use of photo, clear action statement, target is obvious, message is clear, opportunity to add personal comments, required fields clearly indicated, link to more comments to increase comfort level of participants3 weeks later, on November 1st, there were 2792 signatureshttp://www.amnesty.ca/urgentappeal/2009/CorpAcct/
  15. More campaigningDecember 10th is International Human Rights Day, and in Canada, we organize an event called Write for Rights, where letter-writing events are held in schools, cafes, community centres across Canada. http://www.amnesty.ca/writeathon/?page_id=1362Thousands more saw this: core activists and a new audienceThe MP spoke at our National OfficeThe Bill C-300 petition was featured as a priority actionWe added a video.
  16. The epetition, Write for Rights, a video were all made shareable on the most important channels for social media:facebooktwitter YouTubeEach of these channels is seen as a support vehicle, not as a campaign tool unto itself: too unproven. Our experience shows that we can have significant success with re-tweeting, facebook postings etc. but with negligible impact on the main action we want people to take.
  17. Now it was time to get to work on the phone. At this stage, we had captured over 5,000 names on this petition. From this, we had 1654 with good phone numbers. And after comparing these names with donors who had made a gift in the last few months, we were left with 1339 calls to make.
  18. This message was sent to the full list. It didn’t mention the phone call. It was sent immediately after the gulf spill and highlighted the shocking fact that every year the same amount of oil as had been spilled in the Gulf is spilled EVERY YEAR in the Niger delta.It gave an opportunity to give immediately through a secure online form. This led to half a dozen monthly gifts.http://www.amnesty.ca/urgentappeal/2010/c300/email/index.html
  19. Aspects of a good donation form:It’s secure: https, verisign, branded, verifiableBest practices: phone giving option, email/phone for questions, charity #, secure, clear layoutGood strategy:-Monthly donation first-Donor testimonial-Benefits of monthly-Premium – t-shirt (reinforced on call)Donation form:https://www.amnesty.ca/secure/joinamnesty.ca/
  20. Now, it was time for the calling.Prior to calling a training session was arranged between our hired callers and the key campaigner. This assured that the callers were motivated to make this campaign work. The script spoke to current news, urgencyAsked first for :1.a monthly gift – emphasizing that it’s easy, if no, 2. a single gift, if no 3. can we send you something in the mail, and4. an invite to learn more by visiting our website
  21. Of all petition-signers, we discovered there were four main segments within the data: -people who only signed the petition, which made up the bulk of the list-people who had also received an on-line newsletter, -those who were once a single-gift donor, and -lapsed monthly donors. Not surprisingly, the lapsed monthly donors had the highest response rate at 18.5 % followed by deep lapsed donors at 11%. Petition signers responded at 7.6% and the people who had also received an e-newsletter had a 9% monthly donor rate.
  22. Can you just call?Not if you don’t have phone numbers!! And to exploit the power of the telephone you need good callers. We use trained professionals.From our experience, the absolutely vital factors for success are:- a meaningful campaign (the feedback from the callers suggests this, felt participation could affect the outcome)-list growth – by whatever means – if social media works for you, fine or video-a quality list is also critical – how do you get it – cultivation by email? Your own donors. But you want a list of people who are pre-disposed to your cause, are capable of giving, are sympathetic to your call to giving. If you’re following this model, where you start by acquiring new people through e-actions, all of the “nice to haves” might be critical in creating the pre-disposition to giving. Cultivation might play a more critical role.