You’ve heard it time and time again, “tell your story.” It’s become the mantra for nonprofit promotion and as such, it’s becoming harder and harder to stand out amongst the many deserving causes looking for support. So take a cue from the communications professionals and go one step further – show your story with Vine and Instagram – two easy to use (and free!) social media networks.
Mitigate Risk – Because you can only upload to these apps using a smartphone you don’t need to invest in expensive equipment or hire a videographer. As long as someone in your office can keep their hand relatively steady for anywhere between 6 seconds (for Vine) and 15 seconds (for Instragram), you’re good to go.
Time is on your side (for once) – Because of the 6 and 15 second time constraints you’ll be challenged to think outside the box. More importantly, even if you’re not a professional marketer, these limitations will actually focus your efforts on bringing the most important message to the forefront (something even seasoned experts struggle with from time to time). Last but not least, in today’s fast-food world, this is just the right length of time to pique someone’s interest before their attention wanders to the next bit of stimuli.
Get mini-serious – If you’re truly struggling with the time limitations, consider a mini-series (see what I did there?). Not only will this allow you to diversify or expand on your message, it also encourages repeat visitation to your page.
The Stats – For a complete list see Digiday’s 15 Stats You Need to Know About Vine and Instagram Video. For the highlights, keep reading:
For even more inspiration, check out Beth Kanter’s roundup of 7 Fabulous Nonprofit Videos on Vine and Instagram.
I was recently involved in my first promotional video for iWave (warning, it’s longer than 15 seconds) which may have inspired me to consider Vine or Instagram for our social media mix. Do you have a favorite nonprofit Vine or Instagram video? If so, post them to the comments below.
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About the author: Megan McMillan is one of iWave’s Marketing Managers.
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