Just because you are a non-profit, it doesn’t mean you can’t have an effective email campaign that grows awareness for your good cause and builds donations to help you continue with your activities.
Here are several ways to create better-performing emails for your non-profit.
1. Tell A Story
People love to hear about stories. That’s why reality television is so popular and how so many celebrities like the Kardashians have grown their brand – they’ve told a story about their lives. The same can be said about your brand and its good work.
You can tell the story of how you have helped people with your non-profit. Have you helped to educate people so they can start new jobs, support themselves, etc? These are fantastic real-life stories people like to read and interact with.
2. Tell Them Why You Need Donations
Research has consistently found that giving a reason for why you are making a request can improve positive results. Therefore, consider telling people what you are spending their donations on.
There are numerous ways you can do this but try not to be too general. Saying that you need donations to continue your good work is less likely to work than being specific about a project you are running.
For instance, you could state that you are looking to raise funds for new equipment. Name the equipment, what it is used for and how it will benefit your activities. This way, people can see how they are directly helping your non-profit.
3. Give Rewards For Interaction
Some people like to be recognised for their contribution to good causes. That doesn’t mean that they want a badge, pin, teddy, etc. for every donation they make. Sometimes recognition can be just as good. Therefore, consider ways that you can reward your patrons.
It might be something as simple as regular newsletters about a particular project, membership to special content created just for donators, or public recognition of their contribution. These can be simple to maintain.
Another thing to consider is that not all contributions are monetary. Some are based on spreading the word of your business. This can be just as rewarding for your business because if one person introduces three new donators to your non-profit, then you have three times as much towards your next project. Rewarding this person should be done, even they haven’t contributed funds themselves.
4. Test, Test And Test Again
Another important aspect of email marketing is A/B testing to ensure you are getting the most from your non-profit’s emails. Something as simple as the time of day you send emails can have a significant impact on the results.
You want to A/B test your email marketing campaigns to ensure you are getting the best results. In reality, testing is unlikely to ever stop as there are numerous tests that should be carried out such as:
- Time of sending.
- Colour of buttons.
- Language used.
- How you address subscribers.
- Subject lines, pre-header texts, etc.
5. Use Images And Videos
Text is harder and more time consuming for readers to digest. Therefore, text-only emails are going to have poorer results than those that include images and videos. Ensure you are always including something that is relevant to your email.
Videos can also be kept on YouTube or another video sharing website that can give you long-term benefits. Images can also be used on a website where they can contribute to your search engine rank.
Your non-profit needs to generate interest and donations to operate. Email marketing is a fantastic way to help with both of these, but they need to be effective. With the right words, images and other elements you can sustain your non-profit and continue to support good causes.
Do you operate a non-profit? What email marketing tips do you have?
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