July 20, 2011

6 ways to integrate your nonprofit email list with social media

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John HaydonGrowing an email list and a Facebook fan base for your nonprofit can sometimes feel overwhelming. Sometimes you wish you had only one channel to grow and manage.

To help make things easier, following are six ways you can integrate your nonprofit email list with social media.

Include follow and fan links in your email template

connect via social media Six Ways To Integrate Your Nonprofit Email List With Social Media

1If you’re using a service like Aweber or Mailchimp, you’ll want to add links to either the footer or sidebar of the email template (I have mine at the top). This allows email subscribers to easily follow or fan your nonprofit.

Make messaging the same

2Many times your email messaging and your Facebook content has different messaging. This might be the case if these two channels are handled by different groups.

One way to keep your messaging consistent is to use Personas. Personas are personified models of the various different segments you target.

But make the content different

3A question your subscribers ask is, “Why should I become a Facebook fan when I already subscribe to the email list?”

One answer is to create different content on each channel. For example, you can use your email list as a way to share deeper stories around outcomes, and Facebook to share photos and videos about those stories.

Cross promote each channel

4Let’s stay with the previous example of using email for deeper stories and Facebook for photos about those stories.

  • Email -> Facebook: Within your email newsletter, include links to the photo album related to stories covered in the newsletter.
  • Facebook -> Email: In updates and info about photos or videos, encourage fans to subscribe to your email list to get the deeper story.

Listen to what your email subscribers are saying online

5Wouldn’t it be great if you could match up your email subscribers with their social media profiles? Rapportive and Attentively are two services that allow you to see what your email subscribers are saying on Twitter, Facebook and other platforms.

Invite them after they donate

6The best time to invite someone to become a fan or follower is when they’re thinking about you already. Any other time could be seen as an interruption.

Including an invitation in a “Thank You” email is an effective way to convert “fresh donors” into fans and followers.

How do you integrate email with other channels?John Haydon delivers social web strategy solutions for “the quick, the smart, and the slightly manic.” Curious? Then connect up: Contact John by email, see his profile page, visit the John Haydon blog, follow him on Twitter and Google Plus or leave a comment.

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  • http://twitter.com/smallact Small Act

    Great tips, John! One other point, for those who may not be aware – Small Act has a service that allows you to convert your email list into social profiles en masse, and add tags so you can keep track of your donors, volunteers, etc. More info here: http://www.smallact.com/profilebuilder

    • http://www.socialmedia.biz/ JD Lasica

      We’re fans of Small Act, so thanks for the pointer!

  • http://www.route72.com EmailListsDude

    Great article. We have many non profits clients that we market for and we always try to put together marketing tactics for them that are cost effective for them. We have also seen great success with integrating their blog into both their facebook fan page and twitter, so that updates to their blog send the threads to these social media outlets automatically.

    Jim Alamia
    http://www.route72.com

  • http://www.tripointfundraising.com Amy Eisenstein

    Great, easy to follow steps, John! I especially love the one about creating different content for each vehicle. I hate to see the same things over and over when I follow someone on facebook, twitter, linkedin, etc.

    Inviting them after they donate is also a great suggestion. It’s one more way to help donors stay engaged with you and your organization.

    For organizations that are intimidated about using social media and are already stretched for time, I recommend they start following similar organizations to see what they are doing. Commit to updating your status for 10 minutes a day to stay current.