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Nonprofit Blog Tips

July 26, 2010

Your prospective, current, and former employees, constituents, and vendors are all hanging out on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr. You need to monitor social media to learn what all of these stakeholders are sharing and saying about your company, your employees, and your workplace.

With all that chatter going on the question begs, what is your social media and blogging policy? Do you have one?

A bit farther below are ten nonprofit blogging tips for consideration about the types of blog topics you may want to consider.

But before we get to that, I always like to share resources that may help readers as well.

Government Blogs: http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Reference_Shelf/News/blog.shtml

Government Blogging Tips: http://www.usa.gov/webcontent/technology/blogs.shtml

Examples of Blogging Policies: http://socialmediagovernance.com/policies.php?f=5

Social Media Case Studies: http://www.collaborationproject.org/display/home/Home/ 

General Blogging Tips:

1. Share breaking news.

Why send around that New York Times article when instead you can promote a link to your blog post (complete with your organization’s branding, e-Newsletter sign up box and “Donate Now” button) commenting and linking to that New York Times article? Timely, relevant breaking news is basis of a good social media campaign.

2. Post calls to action.

Write a blog post asking your supporters to send an e-mail to Congress, to attend an event, or “Like” you on Facebook. It’s amazing what your supporters will do for you if you just ask.

3. Ask supporters to donate.

Use your blog to publish distribute an urgent fundraising appeal. Tell your story passionately and briefly, and make sure you have a “Donate Now” button directly inserted into the blog post.

4. Share stories, photos, and videos from events.

Nonprofit bloggers should think of themselves as reporters, and a very popular blog is always a report back on an event complete with a photo slideshow or video.

5. Allow guest bloggers to share expertise and experience.

Ask a community leader, activist or educator to write an article related to your organization’s mission and programs. A blog can have numerous contributors!

6. Share stories from the field.

If your organization has staff that travel or work in the field often, have them write blog posts sharing their experiences, observations and photos while on location. Again, nonprofit bloggers need to think of themselves as reporters.

7. Share resources.

Blogging only about your organization and its work is a mistake. Expand your ideas about what you can write about. If yours is a health organization, give exercise or quitting smoking tips. If your organization serves children, write a review for a new children’s book. You get the idea. The possibilities are endless.

8. Highlight press coverage.

If you get written up in a magazine or the local paper, write a couple of short paragraphs about it and link to the article. That same is true if you get broadcast news coverage. Get a copy of the story and upload to your YouTube channel, and then promote it on your blog.

9. Share your social media success stories.

You don’t need to wait for a nonprofit tech blogger to cover your social media success story. Write your own. Many people are searching for nonprofit social media success stories. Just make sure you put “social media success story” in the blog title (and “nonprofit” if you can). Google “nonprofit social media success story” and you’ll see what I am driving at. Blogging transforms search engine results.

10. Interview experts, volunteers, donors and board members.

Do a 10-question-and-answer interview and then post it on your blog complete with a photo of the person being interviewed. Simple and potentially very interesting.

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