February 1, 2016

Facebook Live Video for Nonprofits

by Caroline Avakian

Facebook recently added the ability to livestream (live video) on Facebook, catching up to the explosive popularity of livestreaming apps like Periscope. While Facebook Live was recently only available for celebrities and then some early livestreaming adopters, it has now rolled out this feature to everyone with an iPhone in the US, and plans are that Facebook will roll this … Continue reading

December 11, 2015

A Facebook Donate Button for the News Feed that Might Actually Work!

by John Haydon

Facebook is testing a new fundraising app that just might make giving as “social” as liking, commenting, and sharing. Called “Fundraisers”, the app will include a set of fundraising features for charities and nonprofits:   Share fundraising campaigns with Page followers Use photos and video to tell fundraising stories Track progress toward a campaign or project Update supporters when fundraising goals … Continue reading

August 31, 2015

Is Giving Tuesday a Waste of Time?

by John Haydon

  Good question, right? First of all, the data says it’s been hugely successful in the past. Over 15,000 nonprofits participated last year, raising over $45 million. Yes, some nonprofits probably raised very little money. But Giving Tuesday is NOT just a 24-hour fundraising campaign. It’s a movement that your supporters are embracing, more and more each year. How did your nonprofit do last year? … Continue reading

April 28, 2015

How social media platforms are responding to the Nepal earthquake, and how you can help

by Caroline Avakian

  By Caroline Avakian / Photo above courtesy of Facebook It was just a few hours after I found out about the devastating Nepal earthquake that I noticed an alert on my Facebook feed that I hadn’t seen before. My colleague who works in Nepal had been marked “Safe” in Facebook’s new “Safety Check” feature, that instantly let me know how … Continue reading

March 9, 2015

Three simple ways to dramatically increase website traffic from Facebook

by John Haydon

Although Facebook has decreased newsfeed exposure (reach) for Facebook Pages, they have increased newsfeed exposure for links people share with their Facebook friends.   Right now, take a look at your own News Feed and look at the number of links from friends versus links from Pages. My News Feed has 1 link (or less) from a Page for every 10 links from friends. Clearly, Facebook puts my … Continue reading

February 23, 2015

Photos no longer get more reach on Facebook

by John Haydon

You’ve no doubt heard the advice that posting photos will help you get more reach on Facebook. That advice has been tried and true for years, until now. According to a study by SocialBakers, photos now get less organic reach than videos, links, and even text updates. In fact, videos are now the king of the News Feed! Socialbakers analyzed … Continue reading