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Listening & Nonprofit Storytelling


Published on This is an updated version of the Social Media for Nonprofits: Listening, Setting Goals, Storytelling presentation from Spiral16's marketing/communications manager Eric Melin. It focuses on starting with a goal-oriented foundation for your social media strategy, covers tips for online listening, and goes into the steps for telling effective stories that will connect people with your mission.

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Listening & Nonprofit Storytelling

  1. 1. Listening & Nonprofit Storytelling Eric Melin @Spiral16 @SceneStealrEric Oct 24, 2012
  2. 2. Spiral16 OverviewSpiral16 provides a robust software platform withcustomized services for Internet tracking, analysis, andreporting.Spiral16 gives companies the key insights they need from theweb and social media to make smarter decisions and gain acompetitive edge.
  3. 3. Nonprofit Opportunity• Online fundraising continues togrow with 73% of organizationsraising more in 2011 than 2010• Online giving continues to growfastest for small organizations• Advocacy continues to play akey role in online engagement- 2012 Convio Online Marketing Nonprofit Benchmark Index™ Study
  4. 4. - 2012 eNonprofitBenchmarks Study, M+Rand NTEN
  5. 5. Start With What You Know You’ve identified your organization’s goals already.Nonprofit goals Social media program Success Now think about how you canachieve those goals through a social media program.
  6. 6. 3 Things to Remember
  7. 7. Social Media is a Component Use it to support your existing organizational strategy.• Create a structure for your program based on theunique needs of your nonprofit.• Build it from the ground up.• The more customized, the better.• Social media does not support every goal effectively.
  8. 8. Social Media Isn’t Free. It takes valuable time.You need human resources for:PlanningContent creationMonitoringMeasurementAnalysisCreative insight…and more.
  9. 9. Tools Are Not Strategies• Twitter• Facebook Being active on• Blogs these platforms is• Forums only important if• YouTube using them helps• Foursquare you reach your goal.• Image-based sites• Pinterest• LinkedIn
  10. 10. Where Do You Start?
  11. 11. The First Step is Listening• Monitor mentions of your organization, common abbreviations• Look for mentions of your events• Monitor keywords around your cause or issue• Find mentions of your executives• Identify how far your other campaigns’ reach is• Learn from language, strategies of similar nonprofits
  12. 12. Insights From Listening• Where are people talking about you and what are they saying? Identify advocates.• Is there a community built up around your events? Should you create one?• Who’s talking about your cause? Can you forge a partnership?• What is the sentiment surrounding your CEO?• Where have you or others’ similar campaigns succeeded/failed?
  13. 13. Data Drives the StrategyListening allows you to identify opportunities.Knowing the online space will inform how you build every facet of your social media program.
  14. 14. examples to start with
  15. 15. Practical Applications for Social Media - Blackbaud , Social Media Learning Series: Marketing Communication
  16. 16. Research Community Around Your Issue/TopicUsing keywords that relateto the issue and NOT theorganization, the client couldsee where to prioritizeengagement.
  17. 17. Research Your Digital FootprintUsing organization-related keywords, theclient was able tocompare the volume ofthe issue vs. theorganization itself.They found that onlineforums contained tonsof discussion.
  18. 18. Prioritize EngagementBlogs made up 46% of onlineactivity. The challenge for anyorganization regarding blogengagement is TIME.It’s important to figure out whichblogs merit the effort and time ofthe team. While every blogger isimportant and every voicecounts, some voices are morepowerful than others.
  19. 19. How to Engage?People will forget what you said.People will forget what you did.But people will never forget howyou made them feel. - Maya Angelou
  20. 20. Stories Convey Passion
  21. 21. Stories AreInspirationalStories ConnectPeople to Your CauseStories Raise MoreMoney and MoreAwareness
  22. 22. Storytelling TipsNonprofit stories have the unique ability to allow peopleto feel and want to be a part of something bigger.• Think about the stories that surround your mission.• Hold a monthly event where you gather your employees to share inspiring stories.• Create an organizational story bank to record them.• Be patient. The best stories aren’t always the ones that jump out at you. Sometimes the real stories are the ones you only notice after interacting with people several times.
  23. 23. Telling a Story With PicturesMay/June 2012Site AssessmentTrip toGuatemala
  24. 24. Challenge: Explaining What We Do What works better? This:AboutOur PASSION is to make a difference! Engineers Without Borders-USA: Sunflower State Professionals is a non-profit humanitarianorganization of Kansas professionals established to supportcommunity-driven development programs worldwide.MissionEWB-USA supports community-driven development programsworldwide by collaborating with local partners to design andimplement sustainable engineering projects, while creatingtransformative experiences and responsible leaders.
  25. 25. Or This:
  26. 26. Reach = # of people who have seen postEngaged Users = # of people who have clicked on postTalking About This = # of people who shared, liked, commentedVirality = % of people who have created a story from postLate April/Early May Daily Averages:Reach: 78Engaged Users: 3.7Talking About This: 1.8Virality: 3.1%
  27. 27. Human Interest w/ Captions
  28. 28. Tapping Into Curiosity
  29. 29. How Culture is Different
  30. 30. Daily Averages for Guatemala Photo Album:Reach: 355 (+277 people)Engaged Users: 116 (+112.3 people)Talking About This: 26 (+24.2 people)Virality: 7.2% (+4.1%)Photos introduce then reinforce the message of the group and… humanize both the organization and the Ch’orti’ Maya.
  31. 31. Before & After Photo Album Stats700600 Matasano photo album begins500 Daily People Talking About This400 Daily Page Engaged Users300 Daily Total Reach200 Daily Viral Reach100 0 5/2/12 5/7/12 6/1/12 6/6/12 4/22/12 4/27/12 5/12/12 5/17/12 5/22/12 5/27/12 6/11/12
  32. 32. Ideas for Video Storytelling• Use video for emotion and motion.• Keep it simple and short—break longer stories into shorter ones, each with their own arc.• Leave statistics out of videos.• Don’t fear the close-up. Exaggerate emotion for the audience.• The best videos go beyond tragedy – moving forward to transformation – to create hope.• Watch other videos for inspiration.
  33. 33. steps to tell great stories
  34. 34. 1. Connect the string of facts to find the story.2. Push beyond the facts. Tell a simpletruth of your organization and/orhumanity. Get creative.3. Think of the difference you make as a movie—with a beginning, middle and end.4. What is catalytic? What brings people together? - Dan Portnoy, The Non-Profit Narrative
  35. 35. Effective Storytelling ―The Force‖ Volkswagen commercial
  36. 36. 1. Facts: Passat demo – nice house, family, children of the 70s. Benefit: remote start.2. Push beyond the facts: Passat makespeople feel good about themselves, cancreate special moments with your family.3. Beginning: Kid with imagination. Middle:Kid struggles to feed imagination. End: Kidsucceeds and is stunned!4. Truth about being human: Imaginationrewarded: Moments like this bring peoplecloser together.
  37. 37. Social Media Case StudyStorytelling & Call to ActionThe Goal: The Hurdle: A two-stepWin the contest registration process & single-to open for vote limit.
  38. 38. Social Media Case Study Storytelling & Call to ActionGoal: Get more online votes than the other four bands.Strategy: Mobilize friends and family to spread the word onFacebook/TwitterAssets: Links to our music, blogs on my site, band siteProblems: Voters have to register as a FoxFanatic first andconfirm through their email. Then they could only vote once.Not easy to explain, too many steps, not easy-to-shareinstructions.Bottom Line: We needed to tell a story that would resonateenough to make strangers want to register, vote, and share.
  39. 39. 1. Facts: The Dead Girls are big KISS fans and would make an excellent opener.2. Push beyond the facts: They are allhuge KISS fans, have been since theywere kids. Help make a dream come true.3. Beginning: 7-year-old kid dresses up asKISS. Middle: KISS inspires him to playmusic, which he does for almost 20 years.End: Give the story a happy ending.4. Truth about being human: As cheesy asit sounds, you can make a dream cometrue.
  40. 40. Visuals Make the Story Eden Prairie, MN at Granny’s HouseWe had yet to hear KISSmusic, but I knew themfrom the KISS cards I hadgotten at the grocerystore.So we lip-synced andmimed our "instruments"to the only 45 record Ihad--Glen Campbells"Rhinestone Cowboy."
  41. 41. Tapped Into Nostalgia and Basic Human EmotionsWe knew the SpaceAce, Catman, andDemon, but no onewanted to be Paul Stanleycuz he only had a star onhis face and we didntknow his name (It wasStarchild!).Our cousin Julie had totake his role, it wasdecided, and we calledhis character"Poopyman."
  42. 42. Put a Face on the Campaign(Or a Blank Slate Anyone Could Identify With)Placemats fordrums, crayons for sticks,Lite Brite logo:Ready to rock!
  43. 43. The Result? Dreams Do Come True /
  44. 44. Thank you from Let us know how we can help! Eric Melin @Spiral16 @SceneStealrEric