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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 July 16, 2019

7 Powerful Habits To Win In Office Politics

7 Powerful Habits To Win In Office Politics

Office politics – a taboo word for some people. It’s a pervasive thing at the workplace.

In its simplest form, workplace politics is simply about the differences between people at work; differences in opinions, conflicts of interests are often manifested as office politics. It all goes down to human communications and relationships.

There is no need to be afraid of office politics. Top performers are those who have mastered the art of winning in office politics. Below are 7 good habits to help you win at the workplace:

1. Be Aware You Have a Choice

The most common reactions to politics at work are either fight or flight. It’s normal human reaction for survival in the wild, back in the prehistoric days when we were still hunter-gatherers.

Sure, the office is a modern jungle, but it takes more than just instinctive reactions to win in office politics. Instinctive fight reactions will only cause more resistance to whatever you are trying to achieve; while instinctive flight reactions only label you as a pushover that people can easily take for granted. Neither options are appealing for healthy career growth.

Winning requires you to consciously choose your reactions to the situation. Recognize that no matter how bad the circumstances, you have a choice in choosing how you feel and react. So how do you choose? This bring us to the next point…

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2. Know What You Are Trying to Achieve

When conflicts happen, it’s very easy to be sucked into tunnel-vision and focus on immediate differences. That’s a self-defeating approach. Chances are, you’ll only invite more resistance by focusing on differences in people’s positions or opinions.

The way to mitigate this without looking like you’re fighting to emerge as a winner in this conflict is to focus on the business objectives. In the light of what’s best for the business, discuss the pros and cons of each option. Eventually, everyone wants the business to be successful; if the business don’t win, then nobody in the organization wins.

It’s much easier for one to eat the humble pie and back off when they realize the chosen approach is best for the business.

By learning to steer the discussion in this direction, you will learn to disengage from petty differences and position yourself as someone who is interested in getting things done. Your boss will also come to appreciate you as someone who is mature, strategic and can be entrusted with bigger responsibilities.

3. Focus on Your Circle of Influence

At work, there are often issues which we have very little control over. It’s not uncommon to find corporate policies, client demands or boss mandates which affects your personal interests.

Gossiping and complaining are common responses to these events that we cannot control. But think about it, other than that short term emotional outlet, what tangible results do gossiping really accomplish? In most instances, none.

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Instead of feeling victimized and angry about the situation, focus on the things that you can do to influence the situation — your circle of influence. This is a very empowering technique to overcome the feeling of helplessness. It removes the victimized feeling and also allows others to see you as someone who knows how to operate within given constraints.

You may not be able to change or decide on the eventual outcome but, you can walk away knowing that you have done the best within the given circumstances.

Constraints are all around in the workplace; with this approach, your boss will also come to appreciate you as someone who is understanding and positive.

4. Don’t Take Sides

In office politics, it is possible to find yourself stuck in between two power figures who are at odds with each other. You find yourself being thrown around while they try to outwit each other and defend their own position; all at the expense of you getting the job done. You can’t get them to agree on a common decision for a project, and neither of them want to take ownership of issues; they’re too afraid they’ll get stabbed in the back for any mishaps.

In cases like this, focus on the business objectives and don’t take side with either of them – even if you like one better than the other. Place them on a common communication platform and ensure open communications among all parties, so that no one can claim “I didn’t say that”.

By not taking sides, you’ll help to direct conflict resolution in an objective manner. You’ll also build trust with both parties. That’ll help to keep the engagements constructive and focus on business objectives.

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5. Don’t Get Personal

In office politics, you’ll get angry with people. It happens. There will be times when you feel the urge to give that person a piece of your mind and teach him a lesson. Don’t.

People tend to remember moments when they were humiliated or insulted. Even if you win this argument and get to feel really good about it for now, you’ll pay the price later when you need help from this person. What goes around comes around, especially at the workplace.

To win in the office, you’ll want to build a network of allies which you can tap into. The last thing you want during a crisis or an opportunity is to have someone screw you up because they harbor ill-intentions towards you – all because you’d enjoyed a brief moment of emotional outburst at their expense.

Another reason to hold back your temper is your career advancement. Increasingly, organizations are using 360 degree reviews to promote someone. Even if you are a star performer, your boss will have to fight a political uphill battle if other managers or peers see you as someone who is difficult to work with. The last thing you’ll want is to make it difficult for your boss to champion you for a promotion.

6. Seek to Understand, Before Being Understood

The reason people feel unjustified is because they felt misunderstood. Instinctively, we are more interested in getting the others to understand us than to understand them first. Top people managers and business leaders have learned to suppress this urge.

Surprisingly, seeking to understand is a very disarming technique. Once the other party feels that you understand where he/she is coming from, they will feel less defensive and be open to understand you in return. This sets the stage for open communications to arrive at a solution that both parties can accept.

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Trying to arrive at a solution without first having this understanding is very difficult – there’s little trust and too much second-guessing.

7. Think Win-Win

As mentioned upfront, political conflicts happen because of conflicting interests. Perhaps due to our schooling, we are taught that to win, someone else needs to lose. Conversely, we are afraid to let someone else win, because it implies losing for us.

In business and work, that doesn’t have to be the case.

Learn to think in terms of “how can we both win out of this situation?” This requires that you first understand the other party’s perspective and what’s in it for him.

Next, understand what’s in it for you. Strive to seek out a resolution that is acceptable and beneficial to both parties. Doing this will ensure that everyone truly commit to the agreed resolution and will not pay only lip-service to it.

People simply don’t like to lose. You may get away with win-lose tactics once or twice but very soon, you’ll find yourself without allies in the workplace.

Thinking win-win is an enduring strategy that builds allies and help you win in the long term.

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