Social Media Tips and Tricks
Email, Facebook and tweet your way into hitting your fundraising goal!
This year, we've made it easier than ever to share your goal, your progress and your story through emails and on Facebook and Twitter. Here are a few tips to help you maximize your reach.
Email is one of the easiest ways to promote the walk and ask for donations. Your Participant Center comes equipped with customizable emails you can use to ask for donations and thank donors.
Additionally, most email programs allow you to create a signature line that will be included in all of your emails. Consider setting one up on your personal email that shares that you are walking and links to your personal fundraising page. For example, you could add a signature that says “I’m walking to support Cincinnati Children’s at Cincinnati Walks for Kids on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Please support me at (insert link to your personal fundraising page)."
All walk pages can be shared on Facebook, which means it's easy to share your story, your goal and ask for donations on your Facebook timeline. We'll also have some exclusive content and information on the Cincinnati Children’s Facebook page and the Cincinnati Walks for Kids event. Some quick Facebook tips:
- If you haven't liked Cincinnati Children's on Facebook yet, do so! We'll post stories and walk updates there.
- Once you've registered, post a status update to tell your friends! Example: “I’m going to walk to support Cincinnati Children's at Cincinnati Walks for Kids! Support me today! (link to your personal fundraising page).”
- Ask your friends to like and share your walk updates on their own pages.
- Post updates on your fundraising goal and let your friends know how much you’ve raised. Encourage them to help you reach your goal. If you hit your goal, you can ask them to help you blow your goal out of the water!
- When a Facebook friend donates to your page, post a thank you to them on your Facebook page and tag them. That way the post will not only show up in your timeline, but it also will show up in theirs.
- Give a final push as walk day approaches and encourage people to give.
- Got a smartphone? Involve your supporters near and far by setting up Facebook on your phone and posting updates and photos from the walk!
- If you host any fundraisers, like bake sales or car washes, be sure to post the information on Facebook and encourage your friends to attend and share the event on their timelines.
Use Twitter to link people to your personal fundraising page and to post status updates about the walk.
- Follow Cincinnati Children's on Twitter!
- Use the #cincywalks for all of your walk-related tweets, so that anyone following the walk on Twitter can find your tweets. (Plus, it will help us find your tweets, too!)
- Tweet about your progress toward your fundraising goal and encourage followers to give and retweet your link.
- If a Twitter follower makes a donation to your personal fundraising page, tweet and tag a thank you to them so that they (and your followers) can see it.
- If you tweet walk photos through sites like Flickr, be sure to use #cincywalks so people can find them especially us.
- Encourage people to follow you on Twitter, so that they can keep up with your progress before, during, and even after the walk!
Share your favorite memories and experiences of the walk on Instagram. Be sure to use #cincywalks so people (especially us!) can find your photos.
Looking for more tips?
Like Cincinnati Children's on Facebook and join the Cincinnati Walks for Kids event. We'll be sure to post fundraising tips, event information and stories to share. You can also check out the Cincinnati Children's blog for stories and event information.