Competition is a powerful motivator and the Jewish Community Heroes campaign is a great example of how to harness people’s competitive instincts to achieve multiple benefits. I learned about the campaign when I recently received an email encouraging me to vote for noted Holocaust survivor and author Gerda Weissmann Klein to be recognized as a Jewish Hero. She is a very worthy hero in my mind, so I happily clicked the link and voted for her. After voting, I was given an opportunity to get updates on the voting and
- providing recognition for many worthy individuals – not just the winner, but everyone who is nominated.
- engaging constituents in the process of nomination, voting and campaigning.
- dramatically expanding website visitors and collecting lots of email addresses using viral and social networking techniques that require very little effort (or really commitment) from participants.
Although creating a sophisticated campaign like this may be beyond your non-profit’s current capacity, there are still some great lessons about using friendly competition (a common option in team-raising and sponsored event tools) and about using non-fundraising engagement tools (e.g. petitions and surveys) to build email lists that can be cultivated into active supporters.
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