In our last post on fighting the summer giving slump we outlined some ways to reach out to your members while on vacation.
One of our recommendations for increasing mobile donations was to engage via social media, bringing your message to donors while they’re at the beach, at a theme park, or wherever they may be. We thought it would be helpful to give you some starter ideas to do just that.
Feel free to use these posts on Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere else to ask for donations via Givelify, or let them help you brainstorm your own ideas. Just copy, paste, and put in your church’s name, and post away.
Missing church while on vacation? No problem. Make your tithes and offerings with Givelify from wherever you are.
Your flight might be delayed, but your Sunday offering doesn’t have to be. Donate to [INSERT CHURCH NAME HERE] with Givelify.
Our summer mission trip to [INSERT DESTINATION HERE] is coming up. We need your help! Donate with Givelify today.
Want to support [INSERT CHURCH NAME HERE]’s Vacation Bible School? Donate to our campaign on Givelify.
Our church’s summer camp is just days away. There’s still time to help. Use Givelify to donate to our campaign.
You can’t attend every summer party, festival and fundraiser. Use Givelify to support [INSERT CHURCH NAME HERE].
Our block party fundraiser is coming up. Want to help make it bigger and better than last year? Donate with Givelify now.
Buying lemonade at our church festival is great. Want to do more? Donate with Givelify.
Make donations and offerings without interrupting your vacation: use Givelify. Just wait until you’re off the roller coaster.
Sunscreen? Check. Beach towel? Check. Picnic lunch? Check. Donation to your church? No check required.
- Add the usernames of those you mention (such as @Givelify) when posting to Twitter.
- Twitter posts are limited to 140 characters. You may have to edit these posts for length depending on the name of your church.
- Tag people and pages in your Facebook posts. Go ahead and tag Givelify if you use the above posts on Facebook.
- Include links and always use shortened URLs. Twitter has its own URL shortener (t.co), as does Google (goo.gl). You can use standalone tools like bit.ly as well.
- Unclear on URL shortening? Just copy and paste the following link to include in your posts that will take people directly to the Givelify app download page: http://ow.ly/xAeA4
Don’t Forget the Pictures
It’s a statistical fact that social media posts with images get more likes, shares, and retweets than those without. Here are a couple of images you can download and use to go along with these posts.
These images were created in just a few minutes using a free online tool called Canva. Simply import your own image, pick a layout, insert your text, and publish: no design skills required.
A Few Image Sources
Finding images for your blog and social media posts can be tough. You must make sure not to use copyrighted photos.
Here are a few sources for free (or cheap) stock photos to use in your posts.
Need More Help?
Social media is more than just throwing messages out there. It is critical to develop a plan so you can see what’s working–and what’s not.
Here are a few resources we trust to help you develop a social media strategy and plan.
- HubSpot Social Media Marketing Library
- Spredfast Social Media Resource Library
- Marketo Social Marketing Resources
- Hootsuite Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Social Media Strategy
- Church Tech Today Free Church Social Media eBooks