Charity Facebook ads that recruit donations, fundraisers and campaigners

What are Facebook ads?
Charity Facebook ads can reach people in their Facebook news feeds, on Instagram, in the right-hand sidebar of Facebook, and within articles viewed on Facebook.

There are loads of different ad formats available – from carousels for promoting a range of fundraising products or services, to video ads to grab people’s attention, and canvas ads for a full-screen experience.

Why should charities use Facebook ads?
Facebook ads are great for charities because:

they’re amazingly …Read More

6 questions your charity should ask before running a campaign

Your charity is going to want to run a campaign at some point, whether it’s an ongoing effort to recruit more regular givers online, an awareness month or a one week brand campaign.

Be warned though – running a campaign takes lots of effort. So should you bother?

Here are 6 questions to ask to help you decide.

 1. Why are we doing it?
This might seem like a crazy obvious question to ask. But it’s worth asking.

Did …Read More

3 things Macmillan’s former head of digital would do at your charity

We recently caught up with Amanda Neylon, former head of digital at Macmillan Cancer Support.

She had a pretty big digital team there.

But what would she do in your shoes? Here’s what someone who knows a huge amount of charity digital would do if she was you.

1. Improve your understanding of your audience

It’s important to understand your audiences so you are only doing things that will work for them. There is a massive,amount of things that everyone …Read More

What to do when your boss doesn’t get digital

One of the big problems with digital marketing as a discipline is its relative newness.

It’s been around a few years, but nowhere near as long as communications, fundraising or finance. Disciplines like those have been around long enough that many senior leaders in charities cut their teeth on them.

Not so with digital. That’s often new to the top brass.

That often leads to heads of digital being managed by people without a background in …Read More

When your charity needs a paid AdWords account

If you run a Google Grants account, you’ll be loving all the free traffic it brings you. But sometimes, the limitations are just too, well, limiting.

To get around them, most big charities run paid AdWords accounts alongside their Grants account.

Should you do that too?
The signs to look out for
Some signs that it’s time to make the jump to a paid account include:

Seeing the words ‘Below first page bid’ on all the campaigns …Read More

Digital transformation – what does it even mean?

You can barely put your head out your front door at the moment without a passerby shouting something about how digital transformation is the hottest new trend. Everywhere we turn, it’s the big thing to do.

Hang on though. What does it even mean?

I recently tweeted that exact question. I wasn’t exactly inundated with replies (apart from Karl Wilding’s answer – that guy knows a thing or two). Which suggests that not everyone is actually sure …Read More

5 reasons Google AdWords is vital for charities


Billions are spent on online advertising every year. 60% of all online ads are search ads. The vast majority of Google’s mind-boggling income comes from Google AdWords.

Charities get an amazing $10,000 monthly advertising grant on the Google AdWords platforms. Which is great, but just because something is free, doesn’t mean it’s worth it. Why bother using it?

Here are five reasons your charity should be on Google AdWords, starting today.

Immediate route to a targeted market
AdWords gives …Read More

Online communities: the hub of charities’ digital services

What they are
There’s nothing like getting together.

The internet, and social media in particular, is frequently scoffed at attempting to replace human interaction. One area where it’s a good job it is doing that is on online communities. Because these communities offer real support, no matter where you are.

Online communities are amazing.

They include:

Forums / messageboards – often around specific topics like sexual health (example)
Live chat – direct one-to-one support with trained advisors
Facebook groups – bringing people …Read More