Nonprofit organizations (NPOs) around the world strive to tell their story to potential donors and volunteers every day. We strive to come up with that powerful message that will move people to action. Video is one of the most vibrant ways to paint that picture and create a lasting impact. In the past, NPOs avoided using video because it was expensive to create and challenging to broadcast. New technology and the onset of social media have changed all that.
Creating video has never been easier. Just about every cell phone comes equipped with a video camera these days and free editing software is available online and through software packages purchased with new computers. Windows Movie Maker is one example of software that will walk you through the process of using your photos and video clips to make a movie. The sky is the limit when it comes to creating unique ways to tell your story. Even if your finished product won’t impress Spielberg, it will inform your audience about your mission and make them want to take action. That’s powerful!
The challenges nonprofits once faced with broadcasting video have all but disappeared with the popularity of social media sites. From blogs and Facebook to the most famous of video sites, YouTube, there are many options to post videos and tell your story. These sites make it easy to post, promote and evaluate the success of your videos.
YouTube actually has a program specifically for NPOs. Once approved for the program (the requirements are listed at http://www.youtube.com/nonprofits), you can enjoy several benefits including increased upload capacity, the use of a “donate” button through Google Checkout, a listing on the Nonprofit videos page, and the ability to place a Call to Action overlay on your videos. More information about each of these items is available on YouTube’s nonprofit page. Now you’re not only creating a video to tell a story, you’re empowering your audience to take action. That is powerful!
Nonprofits can also use videos as blog posts. We live in a society of short attention spans – sometimes video speaks louder than print. Videos can also be posted to Facebook and Google+ and links posted to Twitter and LinkedIn. Everywhere you turn these days, the capacity to post and promote your videos is available.
Social media not only gives you the outlet to post and promote videos, but it can also let you see what kind of traction your video is getting and allows you to receive feedback and communication that can be followed up offline. After all, if we can’t see our results and create more conversation to develop relationships, what’s the point?
Social media allows NPOs the opportunity to tell their story in a captivating way. It allows us to connect with donors, volunteers and supporters in a way that touches all of the senses and creates a call to action. It allows us to reach hundreds and thousands and millions of people in just the blink of an eye. That is powerful!
Have you had success promoting your nonprofit through videos? Please share your stories and contribute to the conversation!