Social Media Tips for Volunteer Organisations

How are you promoting Student Volunteer Week within your organisation?

Whether you’re planning an event, undertaking student-focused projects, or running a recruitment drive for volunteers, one of the best ways to showcase this is by posting on social media.

Social media can help you reach a new audience of potential volunteers. Check out our tips for making the most of your social media presence:

  • Post visual content: photos, illustrations, info-graphics, and videos. You could even stream live video on Facebook showing a volunteer project or a ‘Behind-The-Scenes’ of your organisation. This helps people see what you’re all about.
  • Use the hashtag #SVW2018 in your posts. Anyone searching that tag will see your content and learn more about your good work. Remember to tag us @VolunteeringNZ so we can share your posts too!
  • Use other hashtags that are relevant, such as #animals #volunteer #forest #healthcare.
  • Tag the participants or local leaders of your community.
  • Encourage your student volunteers to post what they are doing or what volunteering means to them!
  • Know your audience. Take a quick look at who follows your account and tailor your posts to speak to them.
  • Empower your fans. Don’t forget to reply to a comment or two. Having a conversation and encouraging your existing supporters is just as important as gaining new ones.
  • The sooner the better. Time is of the essence and you’ll reach a larger audience if you start posting sooner and more frequently.
  • Share relevant posts from other pages. Promoting the work of others is a great way to show appreciation, become part of the conversation, and gives you more content.
  • Lost on what to say? Use quotes from inspirational leaders or stories from your volunteers.
  • Need graphics? We’ve got resources all ready to go for you to use, read our guide for more tips. 
  • If you’re holding an event, promote it! Add a link to your event in your posts, this is a great way to get your events out there and recruit more volunteers.
  • If you want volunteers, just ask! It’s amazing what a simple appeal for a helping hand can do. 
  • Most importantly, keep it up! Regularly posting is a great way to keep your social media momentum and your followers up to date on what you’re doing.

We can’t wait to see what you get up to!

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