How Social Media Can Support Your Volunteer Efforts


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How Social Media Can Support Your Volunteer Efforts

  1. 1. How  Social  Media  Can  Support  Your  Volunteer  EffortsGwen Woltz, Co-founderWahine MediaSocial media strategy, training& implementation for business @wahinemedia @gjwahine @karenweikert808 744-9269Internet password: 99000062888867 Photo:  hp:// slides: newsleers/2011/volunteer_109186408.jpg
  2. 2. Planning is key to social mediaBe  Strategic success. Without a road map, how you will you know where you’re going, and why you’re going there?
  3. 3. Photo:  hp://gkr-­‐ Be  Strategic Set specific goals Define your message What is your capacity? What are the best platforms? Who is my audience? Where is my audience?
  4. 4. Photo:  hp://gkr-­‐ Set  specific  goals • I need 10 more volunteers for _______ program • I need 25 more attendees to my event than last year • I want to create a greater understanding about ______ program • Only with specific goals can you measure whether you reached them
  5. 5. Photo:  hp://gkr-­‐ Define  your  message • What is your organization’s mission statement? • What do you want people to remember you by? • When people think of ______, they think of you!
  6. 6. Photo:  hp://gkr-­‐ What  is  your  capacity? • How much time do you have to dedicate to social media? • With practice and training, 3-4 hours a week can go a long way • Are there others (volunteers) who can help produce content? • Often times the richest stories are not told from internal sources
  7. 7. Photo:  hp://gkr-­‐ What  platforms   should  you  be  on? • Facebook: best for reaching larger groups of people and posting robust content • Twitter: best for one-on-one personal relationship building • Instagram: best tool to share photos and automatically feed to Twitter and Facebook • Microsites and local networks
  8. 8. Photo:  hp://gkr-­‐ Who  is  your  audience? • Starts with your existing network: volunteers, sponsors, donors, event participants • Your personal and professional network • Social media has no boundaries, expand your audience to: similar nonprofits, social media influencers, local businesses, people in the physical vicinity (Hawaii)
  9. 9. Photo:  hp://gkr-­‐ Where  is  your  audience? • Start your search with Google • Set up a listening station • Google Alerts, Twilerts, Social Mention, Twitter Lists, Hashtags, keyword search • Get to know your audience • Google Analytics, Facebook Insights
  10. 10. Building   Building community takes time and effort, but most importantly it takescommunity a genuine interest in others
  11. 11. "The  value  of  social  media  comes  down  to  people,  relationships,  and  the  meaningful  actions  between  them."  —The  6  Pillars  Of  Social  Commerce:  Understanding  The  Psychology  Of  Engagement  by  Brian  Solis
  12. 12. Photo:  hp://gkr-­‐ Building  community Outreach: Show interest in others first Engagement: build relationships and keep the ties
  13. 13. Photo: Outreach • Now that you’ve defined who your audience is... • “Like” other pages on Facebook • Follow others on Twitter and Instagram • Invite current contacts • Twitter lists,, storify
  14. 14. Photo: Engagement • Regularly post relevant and inspirational content • It doesn’t always have to be YOUR content—the art of curation • How is it valuable to your community? • EVERY post is an opportunity to engage—include a call to action • Photos help your audience VISUALIZE who you are, and how THEY can fit with your organization
  15. 15. Photo: Engagement • Tell stories • Volunteers will be your biggest asset to collecting stories • Make it easy for volunteers to share • Send follow-up email with survey or questionnaire
  16. 16. Photo: Engagement • Producing your own content: how will it help people remember you? • Pictures say a thousand words • People want to know the leader of an organization. The CEO should consider contributing to a blog • Share original content multiple times— can be scheduled
  17. 17. Photo: Engagement • Consider Facebook groups for volunteers • Must be part of the on-boarding process • Keeps the conversation targeted and relevant • Can be kept private, or membership upon approval
  18. 18. Photo: Engagement • Spend time in your home feed! • Comment and like other posts • Share other posts to your wall (curate) • Re-tweet influencer’s tweets • Tweet relevant articles
  19. 19. Photo: Engagement • The power of hashtags • Always tweet with a hashtag • #giveback #volunteer #activism #causes #charitytuesday #csr (corporate social responsibility) #fundraising #nptech #sm4sg #socialgood • Join relevant conversations—builds a targeted community surrounding similar interest
  20. 20. Photo: Engagement • Enewsletters are not outdated! • Great way to keep your organization top of mind, and to keep volunteers engaged • Remember your newsletter is NOT about YOU. It’s for your audience, it’s your give back • Content can already exist: popular blog posts, featured volunteer profile, Facebook post of the week
  21. 21. Photo: In person events are one of theEvents most effective opportunities to engage new volunteers
  22. 22. EventsFacebook eventsEventbriteSubmit to local calendarsCreate hashtagLive tweet and postFollow through with follow-up
  23. 23. Facebook  events• Create the event several weeks (or months) before.• Have all who are involved (including volunteers) invite Facebook friends• Make regular updates on the event— prompt notification• Always thank your volunteers, sponsors, donors, participants
  24. 24. Eventbrite• Make it EASY to register, donate, or volunteer—include ALL details• Remember that 1/3 of your ticket sales will happen in the last week• Ranks well on Google• Takes payments easily
  25. 25. Submit  to  local   calendars•• Create your own on Yelp• Honolulu Magazine •• Honolulu Weekly ••
  26. 26. Create  hashtag  • All tweets and/or Instagram photos under same hashtag• Easy to track •• Make it short and easy to remember• Use during live-tweeting/posting
  27. 27. Live  tweeting• If you don’t have one, create Instagram profile to post photos• Always use hashtag in tweets or Instagram posts• Pre-schedule tweets to thank volunteers, sponsors and donors
  28. 28. Follow-­‐up• Thank you posts with highlight photos• Post photo album• Tag your friends, have all who are involved (volunteers) tag• Storify
  29. 29. When  do  you   The ask can only be as big as themake  the  ask? trust you’ve built
  30. 30. Now  that  I  know  your  name,  can  I  borrow  $100?
  31. 31. Making  the  ask • When you make an above and beyond effort to reach out to a donor or volunteer, the effect will not be ripples, but more like a tsunamiPhoto:
  32. 32. Making  the  ask • Giveaways, contests, donation drives • Who can tweet the most using your event hashtag? Host a social media scavenger hunt involving local businesses. Hold a trivia contest with prize as donation to a charity of their choice in their name. Have 15 second video contest using your mission statement • 3rd party app builders: ShortStack, OfferPop, NorthSocialPhoto:
  33. 33. Photo: Tools will not do your job, they willTools  and  resources only help you do your job faster
  34. 34. Tools• Hootsuite • Schedule tweets • Listening station dashboard• Sprout Social • Nonprofits save 50% • Keep track of every conversation • Great at-a-glance analytics• Twitter lists• Scheduling in Facebook
  35. 35. Resources• Beth Kanter •• Social Media for Nonprofit Conference •
  36. 36. National  Geographic
  37. 37. Kiva
  38. 38. The  Story  of  Stuff
  39. 39. Donors  Choose
  40. 40. Keep  in  touch!Wahine Mediaweb: wahinemedia.comblog: @wahinemediaphone: 808 744-9269email: info@wahinemedia.comGwen Woltz: @gjwahineKaren Weikert: @karenweikertDownload this slideshow: