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7 Things Non-Profits Can Do to Promote Themselves Online

7 Things Non-Profits Can Do to Promote Themselves Online

If there is one thing that non-profits don’t have a lot of, it’s money. That’s why if you run a non-profit, you have to come up with creative, inexpensive ways to promote your organization. It is particularly important to promote your non-profit online. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to do this if you know what you are doing. Here are seven things that you can do to promote your non-profit online without going over your limited marketing budget.

1. PPC with Google Ad Grants

Pay-per-click (PPC) marketing isn’t just about paying for something. Google’s Ad Grants program pretty much gives money to non-profits so they can advertise on the Google search engine. Microsoft and Google give approximately $1 billion to non-profits annually to help them with advertising. All you need to be considered for a grant is an AdWords account, a Google non-profit account, and your AdWords customer ID.

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2. Use Real-Time Apps

Snapchat is a tool that you need to take advantage of along with other real-time apps. You can use these apps to show donors the work that your non-profit is doing in real-time. This way, they see where their money is going, and they will be more likely to contribute again in the future. If you are working on a project, snap regularly to let your followers see the progress that is being made.

3. Promotional Services

There are a number of great services that will help to promote your non-profit online. TechSoup provides images for non-profits to use. NYC HelpDesk helps with SEO for non-profits; their service will help build brand awareness and increase website traffic. There is also Google for Non-Profits, and Bright NonProfit, a group that will help you with video marketing. Be sure to also check out MailChimp, which handles email marketing for non-profits.

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4. Facebook “Donate Now”

Facebook now allows some non-profits to add a “Donate Now” button to their Facebook pages. This lets users donate money while they are on Facebook, without having to navigate to another website. You need to have a verified Facebook page, hold verified 501(c)(3) status, be based in the United States, and agree to all of the terms and conditions. If you meet all of the conditions, you could start collecting donations through your Facebook page.

5. Channel Your Network

You never know who in your network knows someone who could be a huge help for your non-profit. For instance, someone may know a celebrity and may be able to talk that celebrity into writing a short post asking people to donate or volunteer for your non-profit. All you have to do is talk to one person who can advocate for you in a big way, and you will get a lot of donations. Tap into your network to find the most influential people you can reach.

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6. Target Social Media Influencers

It is time to start targeting the influencers on social media websites. These are the people who not only have followers but have value with those followers. In fact, many businesses are now targeting these influencers rather than a targeted audience of potential customers. They’ve found that this strategy is ultimately a lot more effective for helping them gain new followers and customers. Non-profits can do the same to gain more donors and volunteers.

7. Use Facebook Ad Event Promotion

While a lot of groups simply post events on their own Facebook pages, there is also an ad option for promoting events that many are not aware of. This is one of the best ways to be able to reach out to those who aren’t already following you. Setting up an event ad is quick and easy, and it doesn’t cost much so it won’t dent your budget.

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Last Updated on November 5, 2019

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

Knowledge is essential to become successful in life, your career and your business. Without learning new concepts and becoming proficient in our craft, we cannot excel in our chosen careers or archive knowledge to pass down to the next generation.

But content comes in various forms, and because how we learn influences how much we know, we need to talk about learning styles. This article will focus on how to utilize visual learning to boost your career or business.

The Importance of Knowing Your Learning Style

Knowing your learning style enables you to process new information to the best of your ability. Not only does it reduce your learning curve, you’re able to communicate these same concepts to others effectively.

But it all starts when you’re able to first identify the best way you learn.

As a college student, I soon figured out that taking online courses without visual aids or having an instructor in front of me led to poor retention of concepts.

Sure, I got good grades and performed excellently in my online exams. However. I discovered that I couldn’t maintain this performance level because I forgot 80 percent of the course content by the end of the semester.

There are several types of learning styles known to mankind. To give an idea of how visual learning stacks up against other learning styles, here’s a brief mention of some of the different types of learning styles we have.

The four most popular types of learning styles are:

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  • Visual learning style (what this article talks about).
  • Aural or auditory learning style (learning by listening to information presented).
  • Verbal or linguistic learning style (learning that involves speech and writing).
  • Tactile learning style (learning by touching and doing)

But for the purposes of this article, we will be focusing on using visual learning to boost your career or business.

How to Know If You’re a Visual Learner?

When it comes to boosting your career, business (or education), a visual learner is one who would most definitely choose shapes, images, symbols, or reading over auditory messages.

I’m talking about preferring to read an actual map when navigating to a new place over listening to verbal directions. I’m talking about discovering that you actually have trouble remembering what your manager said at the meeting because there were no graphs or illustrations to support the points raised.

Most people who struggle with learning probably aren’t leveraging their best learning styles. The earlier you identify how your learning style can boost your success, the less struggle you will encounter with processing new information throughout your career.

However, visual learning in particular CAN 10x your career or business whether it is your preferred learning style or not. And here’s why:

Several studies have arrived at the conclusion that the brain retains more information with the help of visual aids. In other words, images are directly processed by our long-term memory which helps us store information for longer periods of time.[1]

While some lessons can be performed orally, several concepts can only make sense if you have an image with an explanation of sequences (i.e learning about the human DNA).

Visual learning does use a different part of the brain and visual cues are processed by the part of the brain known as the occipital lobe.

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By engaging more parts of the brain during learning, you’re able to have a fuller understanding of concepts and facilitate better interaction with your immediate environment.

How to Use Visual Learning for Success

Here’re 4 ways to use visual learning to boost your career or business:

1. Bring back the to-do list. Then add shapes and colors to boost productivity.

We live in an age where computers have taken over virtually every aspect of productivity and most human functions. But written lists are making a comeback, and with an endless number of important tasks to complete, having a to-do list of tasks in order of importance can improve your productivity.

While coming up with a list is initially challenging, adding colors and shapes to written lists that you personally write and manage gives you an extra layer of assurance and boosts aids recall so that you actually get stuff done.

I have tried this technique in my work as a registered nurse and discovered that adding shapes and colors to to-do lists helps me delegate tasks, recognize where more work is needed, and makes it easy to cross off completed tasks at the end of the day.

2. Add graphs, charts and symbols to your reports.

Yes, it seems like more work cut out for you. However, graphs enable you monitor the heartbeat of your business.

Graphs and charts help you trend your finances, budget, and pretty much any data overtime. With the help of free and premium software available on the market, it has become easier to take plain data and in a matter of seconds, have relevant information displayed in different shapes and images.

As an entrepreneur, you can make predictions and allocate funds wisely when you’re able to see whether your efforts are rewarded. You can use colors and charts to delegate actions to members of your team and track performance at the same time.

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And when broken down into monthly, quarterly, bi-annual or annual goals, graphs and charts communicate what ordinary text cannot.

3. Effectively brainstorm with mind-mapping.

Mind-mapping is not new but I don’t think it’s been talked about as often as we do to-do lists.

With mind mapping, you’re organizing information accurately and drawing relationships between concepts and pieces from a whole.

Think of a mind map as a tree with several branches. For example, the tree can symbolize healthcare while each branch stands for nursing, medicine, laboratory science, and so on. When you look at nursing, you can further branch out into types of nursing; pediatric, women’s health, critical care, and so on.

It’s an interesting relationship; the more ideas you’re able to come up with for your chosen subject, the deeper you get and the stronger the association.

Mind maps really show you relationships between subjects and topics, and simplifies processes that might seem complicated at first glance. In a way, it is like a graphical representation of facts presented in a simple, visual format.

Mind mapping isn’t only limited to career professionals; business owners can benefit from mind mapping by organizing their online learning activities and breaking down complex tasks into simple actions so that you can accurately measure productivity.

4. Add video streaming to meetings.

What if you could double the productivity of your team members by video streaming your meetings or adding flash animation to your presentation at the same time?

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When you offer video as an alternative method of processing information to colleagues, there is a greater chance of retaining information because we recreate these stories into images in our minds.

For organizations that hold virtual meetings, it can also be an effective way to enhance performance during if people can see their colleagues in addition to flash animation or whatever form of video is provided during the meeting.

Is Visual Learning Better Than Other Learning Styles?

No, that is not the point. The goal here is to supplement your existing dominant learning style with visual learning so that you can experience a significant boost in how you process and use everyday information.

You might discover that understanding scientific concepts are much easier after incorporating visual learning or that you’re able to understand your organization’s value when projected on a visual screen with charts and graphs.

The overall goal is to always be learning and to continue to leverage visual learning style in your career and business.

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