The Salvation Army has been around since 1865 but their campaign marketing tactics are definitely NOT stuck in the past. If you visit their site, you’ll see their “Social Media Scene” displayed prominently on the homepage. This spotlight focuses on showcasing their blog, Twitter stream, recent Flickr uploads and YouTube videos.
Expanding Online Outreach
As a non-profit organization, social media has been a great way for the Salvation Army to expand their outreach for donations and volunteers. An article by DMNews explores how the Salvation Army can take advantage of online volunteers. With over 15,000 Facebook fans and 3,000 Twitter followers for the US segment alone, this is a much greater opportunity than merely soliciting in person donations. People who stay tuned to the organization’s events and charities are more likely to donate. The study shows that the Salvation Army has seen better results through online donations in the past few years.
Why Support the Salvation Army?
Why would so many people support the organization? Like this video shows, the Salvation Army provides a safe and nurturing environment for children who are less fortunate. Their week long summer camp gives kids an opportunity to explore, learn arts, sports and engage in ways that they wouldn’t have otherwise. The Salvation Army also provides rehabilitation services, support and shelter during natural disasters and even care for the elderly.
Social Media Done Right
Their social media profiles don’t just spam followers and hit people up for donations. For example, the SA’s Twitter account provides news about disaster relief, info on donation milestones and volunteer opportunities. The Salvation Army is a good example of an organization using social media to effectively appeal to your emotions. After all, it’s for a good cause!
Check out the Salvation Army’s social scene and see all the different ways you can help contribute.
Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.