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Social Media for Charities

Yesterday I led a training session on how social media can support charities in increasing awareness and fundraising efforts. This was part of an event created by Russell New in support of Trustees week.

In a recession, when donations are harder to come by, it is more important than ever for charities to stand out for the crowd and differentiation is becoming crucial if charities want to reach out and encourage people to take action. Social media provides an excellent opportunity for charities to tell their story, reach a wider audience and show the end result of their campaigning to maximise the impact.

For the majority of the bigger charities, social media is a central part of their marketing and communications mix and most are creating some measurable marketing and engagement successes using social media.

There’s more complexity in social media today than there was 12 months ago, more platforms and more devices to consider and for the smaller charities who don’t have the same resources or budget available they are struggling to keep up.

My presentation below was designed to give these smaller local charities and introduction into why social media is so important, how to go about creating a strategy and what to do once you’ve got yourself set up.

We hope you find it useful and would welcome any feedback you have or additional examples of charities doing well.

If you are a local charity in need of support with your social media marketing, you might want to consider applying for our 2013 digital marketing fund. We have created a pot worth £25k that is to be dedicated to supporting Sussex based charities achiveve their digital marketing objectives. Applications can be made via of Facebook page until December 31st.

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