In 2016, nonprofit organizations relied on social media for funding more than ever before. On #GivingTuesday social media donations increased by 33% from the previous year. Increased use of technology in 2016 solidified nonprofit giving as acceptable in the social media space and the current trends for 2017 point toward even greater acceptance of donating to charity through social media platforms.
Push for monthly recurring donations
For nonprofits, enduring financially year in and year out is the key to keeping an organization relevant. This year, try making a push in the funding community via social media for monthly recurring donations and imagine an increase in donation revenue.
Authentic stories and relationships
Also, advancing results-driven stories will be crucial in 2017. Using social media tools like live streaming video is a clever way to humanize donor outreach, augment marketing and enhance meaningful nonprofit storytelling.
Email marketing has seen a resurgence in today’s “mobile” generation. Litmus data shows that 56% of emails are opened on mobile devices and the number one activity is reading those opened emails. Obviously, mobile website compatibility to an active website, current newsletter, and a dynamic email list is a necessity today for fundraising success.
Digital payments are becoming the norm on social media platforms. In 2016 several major social media companies integrated a payment button within their email platform to test digital payment effectiveness. And although service was limited for those tests, the ability to contribute using digital payments in 2017 will be on the rise using email and social media for nonprofits.
Decline in Social Media Engagement
Regrettably, many social platforms have become oversaturated and engagement rates have been on the decline for brands, businesses and nonprofits. In order to see any true results from social media, it’s important to invest in current technology, a paid skilled staff and shrewd advertising.
Along with that rapidly changing digital capability, becoming nimble enough technologically to make a strong and authentic human connection ever more convenient for donors is vital in 2017. Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for more content exclusively for nonprofits.