Social Media


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Sample Social Media Posts

Twitter

  • Mark your calendars for November 3 and 4. It will be a day for everyone to support Greenville University. #GUtheBigGive
  • It’s time to show that the Greenville University community is full of generosity! On November 3 and 4, help us celebrate #GUtheBigGive!
  • We’re getting pumped for The Big Give! Join the conversation by following @GreenvilleUniv and liking the #GUtheBigGive page on FB!
  • Get ready to get up and give for The Big Give on November 3 and 4! Follow @GreenvilleUniv to stay updated on the giving movement!
  • A little can go a long way when we get together and give together on November 3 and 4 for The Big Give! Join the movement!
  • “I don't think you ever stop giving. I really don't. I think it's an on-going process.” – Oprah Winfrey. Let’s keep the giving going for The Big Give!
  • “My hope is to leave the world a little better for having been there.” – Jim Henson. What will you give to make the world better? #GUtheBigGive
  • Your generosity for The Big Give was momentous! Thank you for donating, sharing, engaging, and making [community name] a better place

Facebook

  • The real success of The Big Give will not be how much money we raise but the tremendous impact those dollars will have across the Greenville University community! Make a gift on November 3 and 4 at thebiggive.greenville.edu.
  • November 3 and 4 will be a historic day for everyone in the Greenville University community to GIVE BIG! Visit thebiggive.greenville.edu to learn more. #GUtheBigGive
  • Let’s show everyone that the Greenville University community is full of generosity! On November 3 and 4, help us celebrate The Big Give and continue [explanation of mission/work]
  • We are so grateful for our generous supporters who gave during #GUtheBigGive. Each gift made during this campaign will allow us to further our mission of {organization's mission}. Thank you to all who took part in this day with us!
  • We have seen firsthand the amazing things that can happen when our community comes together to give back! We are thankful for the support that Greenville University has received during #GUtheBigGive.

Facebook Tips

Looking to get the word out with Facebook? This guide will help you get started and on the road to creating a successful strategy.

Below is a list of ways you can begin engaging your network for The Big Give!

Get started by liking the The Big Give page. This will allow you to get updates, important information and tips for The Big Give.

In your personal account, tag the page and ask your Facebook friends to check it out. Ask employees and board members to do the same.

Talk it up! Post interesting information about Greenville University and share success stories and photos. Ask your followers questions to engage them in dialogue. Remember to keep posts brief! You don’t want to lose your audience by presenting lengthy updates.

Tell everyone that you are an Ambassador for The Big Give. Be sure to tell people what it is all about by using some of the suggested messaging above. Let them know how they can donate and ask them to spread the word.

Create a Facebook event. Invite your constituents to be part of The Big Give so that they can be reminded as the day gets closer AND see who else is participating. Also, tell people to invite others. It doesn’t matter whether or not you are hosting an event onsite; the whole day is worth celebrating!

Do not give individual donor shoutouts without the donor’s consent.

Provide a quick thank you message on social media immediately after The Big Give is over, and follow up with a longer heart-felt message a day or two after.

Do all of the above and repeat...again and again and again.


Twitter Tips

Want to quickly engage donors and share information about your fundraising efforts? Twitter is instant and efficient! If you’re new to Twitter, they offer a getting started guide for newbies.

Below you will find a few tips to help you have success.

Follow @GreenvilleUniv’s Twitter account. Go to www.twitter.com/GreenvilleUniv and click the Follow button. Now you can begin receiving and sharing information about The Big Give.

Tell your followers that you are a The Big Give Ambassador. Let them know about any incentive prizes you are trying to win and how they can help you do so. Use some of the suggested tweets provided.

Use Hashtags and Handles. Whenever you share information include the @GreenvilleUniv handle and #GUtheBigGive to further spread your organization’s words. Show that you are a part of The Big Give by using the hashtag in all of your tweets. People who are interested in a particular event, person or business will follow the hashtag to stay up-to-date on any conversations around their topic of interest.

Don’t just follow! Become a part of the conversation. Let people know that you are out there and engaged. Respond to tweets like you are holding a conversation. You never know where this may lead.

Share pictures, videos and interesting content. Twitter is not just about your ‘words’. Pictures and videos draw people in, and sharing interesting articles about what you and others are doing shows that you are part of a community.

Tweet, retweet and tweet again! (Especially on the day of The Big Give)


Instagram Tips

Looking to harness the power of visual communication? Take advantage of the ability to communicate with your potential supporters with impactful images and catchy captions. Never used Instagram? Check out Instagram’s “Getting Started on Instagram” guide to setup your account now!

Here’s your Instagram checklist:

Follow greenvilleuniv on Instagram. Head to www.instagram.com/greenvilleuniv to “Follow” the activity around The Big Give.

Connect your Instagram and Facebook accounts. Make sure that your Instagram posts are automatically posted on Facebook. Connecting Facebook and Instagram harnesses the power of both social media platforms at once and allows you to reach a wider audience.

Find powerful images. People-centric, positive images will help you draw in new followers. Focus on sharing images that speak to your organization’s mission and your target audience. Canva.com is a great way to take your own photographs or a stock image to the next level. If you want to include important dates, statistics, or quotes, Canva lets you add text right on top of the image as well as providing you with a suite of photo editing tools.

Socialize! Like your supporters’ posts, and consider re-sharing posts that stand out and speak to your cause. Showcasing the stories and individuals that propel your organization’s mission will help you gain more followers, recognition, and traction in advance of the day. Also take this opportunity to cross-promote by liking and re-sharing other organizations’ posts to boost your visibility in the Greenville University community.

Use the #GUtheBigGive hashtags, in addition to other creative hashtags. 3-5 hashtags per post is the sweet spot. Start with a branded or specific hashtag--like a tagline or fun phrase. Follow this with the name of your organization, then a broader hashtag tied to your cause. Having a succession of hashtags helps with branding!

Create a regular schedule for posting. We recommend posting at least 2-3 times per week to stay in your supporters feeds! If you integrate your Instagram posts with Facebook, you’ll want to consider how your Instagram posts will fit in with your other scheduled Facebook posts.
Consider making posts that show a chronological history - such as building a playground or rehabbing an animal back to health.

Host an activity. Photo contests are a great way to include your supporters and make your posts more interactive! “Tag a friend” posts, ask your supporters to tag a friend in a post that you’d like to gain more traction in. Offer an incentive to encourage more participation! “Take-Over” Ask a staff member or supporter to take over your Instagram for a week. This allows you to showcase the individuals that make up your unique community, how they embody your mission, and what your organization means to them. “Take-Overs” can help show the impact your organization has on the community!

Have fun! Instagram is a really playful platform, and the perfect opportunity to let the unique personalities, humor and convictions of your organization shine through your photos, captions and hashtags! Instagram is a fantastic opportunity to relate to your supporters, showing them who you are and what you stand for.