5 Lessons From Twitter Politics For Nonprofits

2 Comments 01 February 2017

I've been active on Twitter since 2008, yet Twitter had begun to lose its shine for me by the end of 2015. There was so much broadcasting, and so little conversation. Then the political season erupted, and so did our new President's use of Twitter. And then Twitter erupted in response. Here are 5 things I've learned from following Twitter politics that your organization can put to use in 2017.

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Facebook, social networks, Twitter

Connecting and Finding Fans: The Demographics of Social Media Users

3 Comments 20 March 2013

The Pew Internet and American Life Project recently published The Demographics of Social Media Users, detailing the demographics of social media users by age, ethnicity, household income, gender, urbanity, and education and platform. It's no longer enough to broadly assume that "everyone is on Facebook, professionals are on Linkedin, and women are on Pinterest." Our thinking about our online audiences, and potential fans, must be more sophisticated. If an organization works with urban youth, then look to Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter. If you want to engage young adults, think beyond Facebook to Twitter, Pinterest and Instragram. If you want to specifically attract African-American stakeholders, do not leave Twitter and Instagram out of the mix.

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case studies, Twitter

Using Twitter for Volunteer Recruitment: Jersey Cares

4 Comments 12 January 2012

How can Twitter work for you? Do you need more volunteers? Jersey Cares recruited over 1,000 new volunteers using Twitter in just one month. Last year, Jersey Cares doubled our volunteer participation in MLK Day of Service with the extraordinary work of a few AmeriCorps members. When MLK Day of Service finally arrived, Jersey Cares had a record turnout of over 2,000 volunteers – over 1,000 of which were new volunteers to the organization! In this guest post. Jersey Cares staff Sherry Lynn Fazio and Siobhan Tiernan offer a step-by-step blueprint of how they moved their twitter following from 800 to 1,600 and brough 1,000 new volunteers to their MLK Day of Service 2011.

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guest posts, social media etiquette, Twitter

Three Simple Rules on Twitter: Guest Post by Susan Perri

5 Comments 25 November 2011

Our social media experiences often boils down to one question: Do you want engagement? On Twitter, it’s going to require a two-way relationship, with communication that addresses questions and comments from your followers. Guest post author Susan Perri sees a lot of self-promotion and lack of common courtesy lately on Twitter. She offers examples of tweeps using Twitter expertly for real engagement, and three simple rules for using Twitter well. Ultimately, it’s quality, not quantity, and the same rules from your childhood playground still apply. Make friends, be nice, take turns, say please and thank you. Oh, yes, and have fun while you’re at it.

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fundraising, Twitter

The Power of Dedicated Thanks and Followership

4 Comments 22 November 2011

I cannot think of another organization that better exemplifies the concept of "followership" than Epic Change. They listen, include, incorporate, and respect followers. This year's Epic Thanks is a result of good followership. This Thanksgiving season, as in years past, Epic Change is raising money to support the Shepherds School in Arusha, Tanzania.

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Debra Askanase is an experienced digital engagement strategist, non-profit executive, and community organizer. She works with mission-driven organizations to develop digital strategies and campaigns that engage, create trust, and move stakeholders to action. Debra speaks at conferences worldwide on the intersection of technology, social media, and nonprofit organizations.

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