Amy Goldman (Vice President, Planned Giving – City of Hope) is the fearless leader of one of the most talented and hardest working planned giving teams I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. And, I’m not just saying that because she’s a client.
Here are some reasons why Amy is awesome:
1. She is not afraid to try new things – Amy experiments and learns from those experiments.
2. She understands the marketing funnel – You have to build awareness for planned gifts, generate leads, cultivate leads, close gifts and steward them! She gets all that.
3. She uses social media to help build awareness and generate leads for planned gifts – That’s what I really wanted to bring to your attention in this post.
Planned giving decisions (as well as all major giving decisions) involve, to a large degree, conformity to societal norms (otherwise known as the bandwagon effect).
In other words, if people like you are doing it, you’ll do it… and/or if your friends are doing it, you’ll do it.
Amy knows this. Amy understands this. So Amy uses the greatest tool ever invented for helping to bring about conformity to societal norms – Facebook!
How does she use Facebook to promote planned giving?
Amy lets my team compile great stories for City of Hope’s social media team (a whole other “silo”) to post online. These posts share amazing stories about amazing people with other supporters (not necessarily donors). Mostly these stories are about people who have (1) planned a gift and (2) are still alive.
Stories about living (not dead) donors are especially powerful because they:
Take a look at one of these posts below.
Shortly after it was submitted it received 20 comments and 225 “likes”! That’s good stuff and it didn’t cost Amy, City of Hope or their donors/investors one penny!! You should do what Amy is doing. Just share stories about living planned giving donors. It’s that easy.
NOW THAT’S MARKETING SMART and THAT’S ENGAGEMENT FUNDRAISING! GO AMY GO!!
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