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Enhancing Nonprofit Supporter Engagement: The Power of Multimedia Text Messages

In today’s fast-paced digital landscape, engaging and effective communication with your nonprofit’s supporters and constituents is essential for building strong connections and advancing your mission.  While traditional text-only messages have their place, leveraging multimedia elements such as videos, GIFs, emojis, and images can take supporter interaction to a whole new level. In this blog post, we’ll explore the challenges of relying solely on text-only messages and dive into the benefits of incorporating additional dynamic elements to create a more engaging and impactful text communication strategy.


Challenges of Text-Only Messages:

Text-only messages, while straightforward, have limitations in capturing attention and conveying complex emotions. They often lack the visual and emotional cues that help supporters connect with your cause on a deeper level. 


The digital world is noisy and cluttered and cutting through that noise on various platforms is often difficult. Emails go unread or into the spam box, social posts don’t get seen, and paid media targets fall short. But there is a way to cut through the digital noise and engage constituents directly. And since 73% of adult cell owners use the text messaging function on their phone, texting is a powerful communication tool. 


While sending text-only messages can still increase your constituent engagement (text messages have a 99% open rate and 90% read rate), sending text-only messages may 

easily blend into the digital communications background. Additionally, text-only messages might struggle to convey the urgency, excitement, and enthusiasm that multimedia elements can bring to your communications.


Benefits of Multimedia Text Messages:


There are many benefits to sending text (multimedia) messages that include GIFS, emojis, videos, audio, and images. When sending messages like these, it’s important to remember that this is also how your constituents communicate with their family, friends, and network. To advance their mission and achieve their fundraising goals, nonprofits must consider the donor profile and ensure that their communications strategies align with the way their donors and constituents communicate. Let’s take a look at a few of the many reasons that using emojis, GIFs, video and more in a text message is important.


  • Visually Compelling and Attention-Grabbing: Multimedia elements add visual flair to your messages, making them stand out in a sea of text. Videos, GIFs, emojis, and images capture attention and encourage supporters to pause and engage with your content. 
  • Conveying Emotion and Impact: Videos and images have the power to convey emotions and stories that words alone can’t match. A heartfelt video showcasing the impact of a donor’s contribution or an image of beneficiaries benefiting from your programs can evoke empathy and drive a stronger emotional connection. 
  • Simplicity and Brevity: A single image, GIF, or emoji can often convey complex ideas or sentiments more efficiently than a lengthy text explanation. Supporters appreciate concise messages that quickly communicate key points. 
  • Fostering Connection: Incorporating emojis and GIFs adds a touch of personality and relatability to your messages. Supporters are more likely to connect with your organization when your communication feels human and approachable. 
  • Interactive Engagement: Multimedia messages can be interactive. A video can prompt supporters to click for more information, an image can link to a landing page, and emojis can encourage participation in polls or surveys. 
  • Improved Memory Retention: Multimedia content is more likely to be remembered compared to plain text. Supporters are more likely to recall your message when it’s associated with visual or interactive elements. 
  • Diverse Content Formats: Different supporters engage with content differently. While some may prefer videos, others might resonate with images or GIFs. Using a mix of multimedia elements ensures you cater to various texting and audio/visual preferences and needs.

Incorporating Multimedia for Maximum Engagement:

If you’re concerned about the time and resources it would take to create all this new content for a text campaign, let us assure you that you already have the content you need! Nonprofit marketers know the importance of repurposing content across social platforms and communication channels. And texting is no different. For example, if you’re creating an email campaign, simply resize the image and pull the main points (1-2 succinct sentences) to create your text campaign. Or if you’re using a video, consider editing it down to provide key information. Remember to resize it and you’re good to go! 

There are so many ways you can use texting to simplify your communications and engage constituents right where they are-on their phones! Here are 5 types of content you could share in your text message campaigns (that you’re probably already sharing on other channels).

1.Educational Videos: Create short videos that explain your organization’s mission, programs, and impact. Visual storytelling can capture attention and effectively communicate your goals.


2.Event Invitations: Send video invitations to upcoming events, showcasing the excitement and experiences supporters can expect. Incorporate GIFs and images to convey event details creatively.


3.Impact Highlights: Share success stories through images and videos. Show beneficiaries benefiting from your initiatives to demonstrate the tangible change supporters’ contributions make.


4.Express Gratitude: Use emojis to convey gratitude in a more personal and expressive manner. Pairing an emoji with a thank-you message adds warmth to your appreciation.


5.Calls to Action: Incorporate interactive elements like GIF buttons that lead supporters to donation pages or event registrations. These features make it easier for them to take immediate action.

Incorporating multimedia elements like videos, GIFs, emojis, and images into your text messages doesn’t have to be time-consuming or require much additional bandwidth. In fact, using texting as part of a holistic digital communications strategy can revolutionize your nonprofit’s supporter engagement and increase donations. By addressing the challenges of text-only messages and embracing the benefits of multimedia messages (those with videos, images, GIFS, and emojis), you can create a more dynamic and compelling communication experience. 

This approach not only captures attention but also fosters emotional connections, can simplify complex information, and increases interaction. As you integrate multimedia elements into your text messages, you’ll build stronger relationships with supporters, amplify your impact, and make your mission more memorable and relatable in the minds and hearts of your audience. If you want to learn more about how your nonprofit can use text messaging to engage constituents directly and achieve your fundraising goals, contact Tatango today. 

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