The Virtual Donor Wall

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  • 2. Anne Manner-McLarty Welcome

    • Current: President and Lead Consultant
    Heurista: Creative discovery for complex projects

    • Prior: President and Senior Consultant Robin E. Williams Incorporated / Best Practices for Donor Recognition
    • Writing (with Robin E. Williams):
    Roundtable: Integrating Multimedia in Donor Recognition
    Penelope Burk Revisited
    Critical Considerations for New Donor Recognition Media
  • 3. Just a snapshot
  • 4. What is a Virtual Donor Wall?
    "Virtual Donor Wall” is used as a catch-all phrase encompassing everything other than a traditional, facility-based grouping of donor names. I encourage you to maximize the “virtual” aspect and think of it as a concept identifying any donor recognition experience that is not tied to a passively-viewed, traditional donor recognition display.
  • 5. Facebook redefines “wall”
    Moderate volume text and/or image messages shared via “one-to-many” (or many-to-many with comments) publication and consumed via web browser.The term “social media” refers to the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into an interactive dialogue.
  • 6. Malcolm Gladwell
    • Books: The Tipping Point (2000), Blink (2005), Outliers (2008), and What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures (2009)
    TED Talk: Malcolm Gladwell on spaghetti sauce (2004)
    • Topic: Howard Moskowitz / horizontal segmentation Aligns with Daphne Powell’s ideas about a donor relations and stewardship “tool kit”
  • 7. Harv Mock, James Graham & Jared Novoseller Highlights the “perfect storm” leading to the influx of electronic and interactive displays:
    • Intergenerational transfer of wealth• Growth of the internet, website integration serves global audience
    • Fundraising competition is now global, not local
    • Traditional sources of funding no longer exist
    • Useful Tools: Donor Wall Planning Guide Demos
  • 8. Ryan Cahoy
    • ADRP 2011 Presentation: Utilizing Mobile Phone, Social Media, and Digital Display Technologies to Recognize Donors•
    • LinkedIn Group: Digital Donor Recognition Possibility of donor communication “going mobile” then“going viral”
  • 9. Lynne Wester
    Strong advocate for the integration of new media into all donor relations and stewardship activities
    • Videos and Digital Samples Social media is a dialogue, not just information
  • 10. Jane McGonigal
    • Books: Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World(2011)
    TED Talk: Gaming Can Make A Better World (2010) Using current research from the positive psychology movement, McGonigal argues that games contribute powerfully to human happiness and motivation, a sense of meaning, and the development of community.
  • 11. The TWO functions of donor recognition Motivate that donor, or a new donor, to give Recognize the donor you have
  • 12. User Experience
    Some interactions require audience action. Examples include attending an event, visiting a facility or even choosing a button on a website. Other interactions are passive and require little or no audience action. Examples include viewing a traditional donor wall or receiving a printed honor roll.Even secondary interactions - those that involve the decisions leading up to or following the primary interaction - affect the user’s evaluation of the experience.
  • 13. Erroneous Thinking Tradition We must keep doing what we’ve always done Modeling What’s been proven to work will work again Surveys Asking donors what they want will provide insight
  • 14. Unproven Thinking Electronic donor recognition is:
    • Easier to implement
    • Less costly
    • Easier to maintain
    • Equally or more effective than its traditional counterparts

    Online donor recognition is:
    • Unappealing to donors
    • Dangerous
  • 15. Shared Thinking
    There is no single solution that will work well for every institution. Customization, review and revision are crucial to long term success. Donor relationships are best served by a variety of stewardship activities. Donor recognition is best achieved through multiple outlets, often requiring multiple mediums. Donor relations professionals are uniquely positioned to lead the introduction of social media and Web 2.0 paradigms because they are proficient in forecasting the entire span of the organization’s relationship with the donor.
  • 16. Horizontal Segmentation
    What are the appropriate “groupings” for types of donor recognition? In the past, it was assumed that gift amount and type of giving were good indicators for deciding the appropriate volume and method of recognition. Moves management then began to influence the balance of investment in donor recognition. Now, considerations of donor interest, donor habits and return on investment are gaining influence.
  • 17. The Discovery Process
    Any design project, no matter it's size or purpose, should begin with the same questions:
    • What needs to be communicated?
    • Who is the audience?
    • What is the budget?
    • What is the schedule?
    • (and then) What is the right medium?
  • 18. What needs to be communicated?
    For the purposes of donor recognition, several specifics should be included:
    • Who is being recognized?
    • Why are these people being recognized?
    • What more do I need to know about these people to understand the gift(s)?
    • How can I give?
    • (and then, most importantly) How can I share this information?
  • 19. The Test Project Because we are forging new ground:
    • Devise a long range strategic plan, with awareness that it will change over time
    • Start with a short term, goal-specific project
    • Define goals, appropriate metrics and methods for measurement
    • Monitor and modify
    • Report objectively• Repeat as necessary
  • 20. Marketing (and Communication) Strategies
    Push strategyInformation is "pushed" toward the audience, either by single- direction (print/television) or interactive means.
    Pull strategy In a marketing "pull" system the consumer requests the product or information and "pulls" it through the delivery channel.
    Pull strategies encourage exploration, improve emotional buy-in, increase user appreciation and facilitate third-party involvement.
  • 21. What makes information “go viral”?
    1. People are compulsively driven to share their emotional experiences (both positive and negative)
    2. The sense of “doing good” (public service) further encourages people to share
    3. Environmental reminders “re-trigger” the impulse to share Extrapolated from Fast Company Magazine
  • 22. Prepare for secondary interactionsEnvironmental - is this information arriving in a “package” that prepares the audience to comprehend the importance of the message?
    Situational - is it arriving at a time and location that makes sense for the message?

    Relational - Especially in regards to third-party sharing, is the implication of a relationship appropriate?
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    Example: Online “Magazine
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    Examples: Comprehensive Listings
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    Examples: Dynamic Story-telling