Every good project should start with some sort of fanfare and a kick-off. In the case of this blog, the kick-off was an event held by the Nonprofit Connect organization in Kansas City. Today, I was able to serve as a panelist during their “Special Events Showcase” and speak to a group of dedicated nonprofit professionals about using social media to grow their event.
As a panelist, I was allowed to speak to my own experience at Digital Evolution Group helping guide some of Kansas City’s biggest events (and some other not-as-big events) through the wonderful world of website, email, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media usage and interaction. Our breakout session was only about an hour but afterward there were still questions being asked and emails being sent to request time to pick my brain.
Well, consider this blog my brain dump area. SO MANY ideas have been churned up from this event as well as from the experiences I’ve had with my clients and I honestly can’t in good conscience keep them to myself!
Throughout this blog, I’ll be sharing some proven and not-yet-proven ideas on how nonprofits, and specifically the event planners and fundraisers for nonprofits, can utilize these tools to potentially increase awareness, donations and participation. Please realize that different tools will work for different events and different organizations and there’s definitely no “one size fits all” with social media. Different ideas will involve different skill levels and potentially different costs. Whenever possible, I’ll try to give different tiers within the same idea to help those with smaller budgets or limited resources implement the suggestion in some form.
With visitor feedback I hope we can all help each other in plain language with a sense of camaraderie and fun. Be sure to use the RSS feed to follow this blog or catch me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m looking forward to sharing with you!