How to increase donations via Social Media

22 August 2017

How to increase donations via Social Media

Fundraising is a pretty incredible thing to do. Not only are you raising money for a cause you care about, you’re also helping to educate and inspire others. However, it isn’t an easy thing to ask people to donate their hard earned dollars to help you reach your fundraising goal.

Thankfully Social Media has helped close the barrier between fundraiser and donor! These simple ‘tricks of the trade’ are a fool-proof way to increase your donations without having to awkwardly ask outright. Make sure you follow this advice in the final week before Pub2Pub to ensure you get the most out of your fundraising efforts.

FACEBOOK

Raise 67% more just by sharing your page THIS way.

Though Elton John might have us think that ‘sorry’ seems to be the hardest word… if you’re fundraising the hardest word is often ‘please’. Let’s face it – asking people for money can make you feel a little awkward. But it doesn’t have to be if you do it the right way.

Some of our most successful fundraisers have told us that one of the BIG things they struggled with was choosing how to share their fundraising page in a way that would help them raise the most funds.

Pst… here’s a little Facebook secret!

Using a Facebook Group to unite your family and friends around your fundraising activity and as a direct way of asking for their support is key!

Research across our platform has found that fundraisers who share their page through a Facebook Group they’ve created raise 67% more than those who don’t. That’s right…67%!

And the reason why? Because you’re including people in a special group designed with one purpose – to support your fundraising and keep up to date with your progress.

Facebook Groups are great for fundraising because they create a more ‘personal’ environment where you can invite others, directly ask them to help you, thank them when they do and let them know when you’re close to your goal so they can help you reach (or even exceed) it.

Click here for the ‘How To Steps’

TWITTER

5 ways Twitter can help you hit your fundraising goal

Has your fundraising hit a little bit of a slump? Are you close, but need a little help reaching your donation goal? Check out the Top 10 ways you can easily use Twitter to boost donations and reach your goal sooner!

1. Ask for a Retweet 

Asking friends, family, your charity or even a celebrity to retweet you is a fantastic way to boost the visibility of your tweet! Don’t be shy… most people will be flattered that you’ve asked them and will be more than happy to help.

2. Make friends with hashtags

Using a hashtag in your tweet is a great way to promote your cause and increase your tweet’s searchability. For example: #AlexChopsHisLocks, #Fundraising and #CancerSucks are all great hashtags to promote a fundraising event for cancer research.

3. Catch someone’s eye with an image

To really stand out on Twitter, try uploading an image with your tweet. This will definitely make you stand out among all of the text-only tweets!

4. Make it personal

Keep your tweets personal by telling everyone why your cause is important to you. Your friends and family are much more likely to engage with content that comes straight from the heart!

5. Thank your donors

Make sure you give your donors a shout out and thank them for their generosity. Everyone deserves to be recognised for supporting a wonderful cause. And you’ll get to inspire your Network too.

INSTAGRAM

It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3!

1. Edit your everydayhero Page

  • Make sure you are uploading a profile photo on your everydayhero fundraising page! Fundraisers with a profile photo raise 10 times more! This is because we are visual and emotional beings, having a photo builds a connection between you and the donor.
  • Add a story. Make sure you tell your donors about yourself! Let them get to know you, this way they will gain a deeper understanding as to why you have chosen to fundraise! People who include a story raise up to 74% more than others.

2. Donate to your page

  • Fundraisers who have donated to their own pages show that they are more dedicated and motivated to achieving their goals. It helps to inspire the people who visit the page to donate.

3. Share on Instagram

  • Make sure you share your fundraising page on Instagram! Instagram users are incredibly active and spend at least 21 minutes per day on the app. Don’t be afraid to post a couple of times throughout your fundraising journey.
  • Use different images to increase engagement!
  • Include the link to your fundraising page in your bio! Make it easy for people to get to your page. The easier it is, the more likely you are to receive donations.
  • Tag your chosen charity and everydayhero!
    • Reach out, the more people and organisations that know your story, the more likely you are to achieve your goals!
  • Don’t underestimate the power of the hashtag!
    • Use as many hashtags as you can think of. The more you list the more you increase your audience! The optimal number is 10!
  • Think about when you are posting!

 

These simple tricks are a fool-proof way to increase your donations without having to awkwardly ask outright. Educate and engage with your friends and family and you’ll be on your way to achieving your fundraising goals.

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