3 Black Friday tips to improve your #GivingTuesday

Kari Wilson

This guest post originally appeared on the Kindful blog. Check it out for additional smart fundraising tips.


It’s that time of year again! According to World Atlas, the average American spent $830 on holiday gifts in 2015 – with a large portion of that being spent on #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday.

#GivingTuesday is a way for people to create some balance with their consumer spending by giving to charities. It’s a movement that inspires people to give to the causes they love. And it’s an opportunity for people to remember your mission in the midst of their holiday shopping.

So how can you leverage some of the successful tactics used on Black Friday and Cyber Monday to improve your #GivingTuesday? Let’s take a look at some common marketing practices that make those two of the biggest revenue generating days of the year. 


Product Curation + Personalization

Consumer brands are experts at product curation and personalization. And for good reason. According to Experian, personalized emails generate 6x higher transaction rates.

Ever noticed how you get emails from Amazon showing you special promotions on products you clicked on last week? They know that by tailoring their messaging to your habits and behavior, you’re much more likely to buy.



How does this translate to #GivingTuesday for your nonprofit? Glad you asked.


Tip 1: Curate your offer

You can curate your asks to specific programs based on what you know about your donors. It’s great if a donor gives $50 to a broad #GivingTuesday campaign, but what if they would have given $100 to a program they are especially passionate about? The more you know about your donors and their levels of engagement across your programs, the more specific you can be when asking them to give.

For example, let’s say that 15 donors clicked on a link to a video about construction on your new facility in your last email update. Send those 15 people an email asking them to give to your New Building Capital Campaign on #GivingTuesday. 

Personalizing your messaging shows your donors that you know them. And as a result they are more likely to give. Plus, leveraging the media buzz of #GivingTuesday gives you a reason to reach out to them.


Tip 2: Personalization

Take your revenue goals up a notch by challenging each donor to give a little more on #GivingTuesday. Here’s how you can easily do this.

  • Run a quick report in your CRM that includes last donation amount.
  • Send the list to your email marketing system. (Hopefully, it’s integrated!)
  • Use your email system’s personalization or dynamic content feature to add the last donation amount into each donor’s personalized email.
  • Include messaging around challenging them to give above and beyond their most recent gift.
  • Hit send.

If personalization in the consumer messaging produces 6x higher transaction rates, let’s shoot for the moon on #GivingTuesday.


Promotions and Affiliates

Big consumer retailers leverage affiliate networks – people outside of their company who will promote their brands –  to reach new consumers. In 2015, it’s estimated that Amazon’s affiliate program generated 10% of its total revenue.

Most affiliate programs provide an incentive for every purchase the affiliate drives to the brand. On big days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, big retailers not only provide the affiliate with an incentive (typically a commission on purchases), they also provide special promotions on products to make the messaging more compelling.

So how does this translate to #GivingTuesday you ask? Great question.

Tip 3: Utilizing your network

Let’s call your “affiliate network” your evangelist network. These are the people who already support your cause. On #GivingTuesday, ask them to help promote your mission and recruit new donors.

One way you can do this on #GivingTuesday is through a challenge grant. Here’s how it works.

  • Ask one of your corporate sponsors or biggest donors to contribute a $5,000 challenge grant for #GivingTuesday.
  • Set a goal for how to unlock the grant – number of new donors, amount of money raised etc.
  • Challenge your evangelist network to help you “unlock” the challenge grant on #GivingTuesday.

Make sure to give your evangelist network the tools they need to promote this challenge. Write social media copy, include images, and provide links to your donation page.

A challenge like this builds momentum, creates a sense of community, and gets people excited about supporting your mission.



Follow Up

Once you’ve acquired your new donors make sure you have a follow through plan in place after they donate. You shouldn’t just throw them into your current email stream. An immediate acknowledgment letter and a triggered automated welcome email series will do the trick.

Sound daunting? Don’t worry. Stay tuned for our upcoming blog post about how to do this.

Let’s make the most of #GivingTuesday by using these three proven tactics from #BlackFriday to impact the world for good. 



About the Author

Kari  Wilson

Kari Wilson is the Inbound Marketing Manager at Kindful. Kindful helps nonprofits grow through powerful fundraising automation technology that is easy to use, accessible, and affordable.

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