Do Non-Profits Have an Unfair Advantage with Social Media Marketing?
This presentation is a follow up from 2009’s Arizona Coalition to End Homeless Conference. On October 15th, 2010, the presentation below was given to the Maricopa Association of Governments and the many non-profits across Arizona that shared the morning with me to learn how to leverage social media to help the poor, the hungry, the homeless, and to reach people in crisis across Arizona.
The first thing to note is that non-profit organizations have an advantage over other businesses regarding social media marketing. The reason is simple; non-profit organizations have a common mission for helping those in need. Therefore, their marketing message is altruistic and does not need to be modified to fit social media demands (selfless promotion vs. shameless self-promotion). For example, a business that takes their brochure content and promotes it through their social media channels will most certainly get a much lower level of engagement with their audience and run the risk of being perceived as a self-serving marketer. Contrary to this, the non-profit typically has a mission of serving those in need and can utilize their ‘off the shelf’ marketing content because it has a more selfless message for helping others. Isn’t this what social media marketing is all about by having a third party promoting a message to benefit another?
I had the pleasure of attending a special mass and luncheon for the upcoming Annual St. Vincent de Paul, “Restoring Hope through Faith and Love” breakfast fundraiser on November 19th, 2010, and was enlightened with these words that an attendee of the lunch shared with me (via Deepak Chopra from his recent Phoenix visit).
The Formula for Happiness (by Deepak Chopra)
- 50% is a result of our first three years of life (based on external factors; particularly the people that we were around during that time)
- 10% is based on the conditions of your life (Are you rich or poor? Does your environment fit your lifestyle? Are you secure?)
- 40% has based on the choices we make each day (making you feel good, helping others, etc.)
So why did I get off on this tangent? It looks like we could all be a lot happier by giving back to our community and helping organizations that you share a common passion with because 50% of our happiness was determined a long time ago. We tend to spend most of our time working on the 10% that has a nominal impact on our happiness.
Find a cause that you care about and get involved. If you need a push, mark your calendar for November 19th (7:30 am-9 am). Last year over 2,000 people dedicated their time and helped raise over $750,000 for St. Vincent de Paul. Learn more…
Social Media Marketing for Non-Profits by Matt O’Brien Mint Social from Matthew O’Brien
With over 20 years of experience in the digital media world, Matthew has worked for and with Fortune 500 businesses and has built companies from the start-up stage to exit strategy. He recently helped develop a data insight engine to bridge the gap between search, social, and mobile marketing to maximize the visibility, relevancy, and predictive success of online businesses. Matthew is the founder of MINT Social, an award-winning digital marketing company that accelerates online marketing results to help businesses get found and thrive online. Matthew has developed an educational curriculum for Universities on social media for businesses, is a founding board member of the Arizona Innovation Marketing Association (AZIMA), a board member of HeroZona Foundation and on the advisory board (Vinnies) for St. Vincent de Paul - Phoenix. Matthew is a mentor with ASU Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group, a speaker on social media and digital marketing, and is a subject matter expert with many online portals.