Recently, our favorite entrepreneur and snapchatter, Gary Vaynerchuk, wrote a great article about non-profit marketing in which he gives some valuable insights on content creation and audience communication (if you run or work with a non-profit, we highly suggest you check it out).
This article struck a chord with us here at WideNet. There are over 600 non-profits within a 40 mile radius of our office; so, as you can imagine, we do a lot of work these types of organizations. And like so many businesses in the for-profit world, a lot of non-profits are behind the curve when it comes to modern marketing and advertising.
While Gary’s piece provides some good information and advice, he doesn’t get too specific on what exactly a non-profit can do to better market themselves. So we put together a list of four (affordable) ways non-profits can utilize the digital world to spread the word about their cause.
When it comes to your fundraising events, Facebook is a great way to raise awareness and invite people to attend. But did you know there is an ad option for promoting an event?
Most Facebook event pages are limited by the number of people you invite and the amount of engagement they get. And unless you’re having a private fundraiser with a specifically selected list of attendees, advertising your event is a great way to reach people who aren’t connected to your Facebook page.
The process is relatively simple, even for those new to Facebook advertising. It’s also pretty affordable! You can get a full rundown on how to set up Event Promotions here.
And speaking of fundraisers…
Earlier this year, we wrote about why businesses should pay more attention to Snapchat, and the same can be said about non-profits.
People who give to non-profits want to know their money is being put to good use. So besides educating people about your cause, your marketing should aim to show donors and contributors the work that’s being done—and you can do that through Snapchat.
When you’re working on a project—whether it’s building a home, providing a service to children, rescuing animals, or whatever—snap the progress to your followers. Let them see the action in real time.
And don’t think you have to limit yourself JUST to Snapchat. If you don’t have a huge Snapchat audience, then you can utilize Instagram and Facebook live streaming for the same thing.
Google, in their eternal quest for total omnipotence over the Internet, has an entire program dedicated to nonprofits. It’s called Google for Nonprofits.
By signing up, you gain access to all sorts of online resources to help promote and grow your organization. Even better, many of these resources are aimed at helping you cut costs and save money. For example, Google Apps provides you with free access to the productivity suite, which includes Gmail, Docs, Calendar, and more.
You can also sign up for Google Ad Grants, which gives you free AdWords advertising, and you get access to YouTube Nonprofit Program, which helps you maximize your organization’s impact on YouTube.
There are a few exclusions, however. You must be a registered 501(c)(3), and certain types of organizations are not allowed to join. These include: government entities and organizations, hospitals and healthcare organizations, schools, child care centers, academic institutions, and universities (philanthropic arms of educational organizations are eligible however).
To learn more about Google for Nonprofits, their products, and how to apply here.
Influencer Marketing through social media is huge right now—and it just keeps growing.
In case you’re unaware, a social media influencer is simply someone with a large, dedicated following on a particular social media platform. Influencers have a TON of value with their followers, which is why many businesses have started marketing to them instead of focusing solely on a targeted audience.
Part of the reason Influencers are so effective is because people are tired of advertisements. Banner ads, billboards, commercials, radio ads, etc. aren’t as effective as they once were. However, when a trusted Influencer endorses a product or advocates a cause, their followers are more likely to get on board.
Keep in mind that an effective influencer doesn’t necessarily mean someone with a billion Instagram followers. For small or local non-profits, focus on targeting community leaders such as business owners, council members, county commissioners, or board executives. Pay attention to which local leaders have a large, engaging social media following, and then reach out to them about promoting your nonprofit.
Targeting influencers might take a little time, but the payoff is more than worth it.
If you work with a non-profit that has found success with any of these methods, or perhaps some that aren’t listed here, we’d love to hear your input. Share your story in our comments! Also, don’t forget that we’re offering a FREE 1-hour marketing strategy session to help businesses AND nonprofits get their marketing on the right track. Follow this link to sign up!