December 3, 2012

ActionSprout: Engage supporters beyond like, share & comment

Tailor your Facebook campaigns to ask for a Recommend, Sign, Vote For, Support, etc.

Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, educators, journalists, general public.

Guest post by Drew Bernard
Co-founder, ActionSprout

For years I have grumbled about the fact that Facebook doesn’t allow organizations to access the email addresses of their own fans. And perhaps you’ve heard of how the company has been treating organizations like frogs in the proverbial pot, slowly reducing the number of fans they deliver updates to in their news feeds. The idea that nonprofits have to pay to get an update onto a meaningful number fans’ walls — now down to an average of 15 percent — may be good business for Facebook, but the value proposition to organizations has become less and less compelling.

At the same time we’ve seen organizations (perhaps yours?) struggle to engage with Facebook supporters in meaningful ways using the few actions Facebook has provided: like, share or comment. I’ve had lots of discussions with nonprofit officials about the real cost/benefit of Facebook as a platform for reaching supporters and deepening engagement with them over time.

Despite all this, I think Facebook finally has the pieces in place to make a major impact on organizations’ ability to acquire and build productive relationship with supporters. That’s right: At the very time Facebook is working harder than ever to monetize, I have become a believer in its ability to make a difference. In fact, even their recently introduced Promote function provides nonprofits and campaigns with a compelling new tool for engaging your most ardent supporters. Continue reading