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Charitable Giving Can Grow Your Social Media Channels and Increase Your Revenue!

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I just finished reading a case study about the following pizza co. who’s earning more dough by being a benefactor to charities (sorry for the blatant pun.) 😚

Here’s What They’re Doing:

i Fratelli promotes their charitable giving weekly using social media, allowing residents surrounding their 10 corporate-owned and 5 franchise stores to vote from a selection of local NPOs, churches, and high school booster clubs as the beneficiaries – on any given day, 15% of a stores sales are contributed to a worthy cause. More than 100 charities have benefits since 2016.

The Results?

In the first quarter of their charity campaign, the pizza restaurant chain tripled their Facebook impressions, grew their retweets by a whopping 5X, and earned a 300% ROI in sales!

Here’s How They Do It:

  • Uses influencers to share the story
  • Cross-promotes posts on FB, IG, T, and blog
  • 1 in-house team member spends 20 hours/wk on content creation (4-5 posts/wk)
  • Uses Google Analytics to monitor PPC AdWords campaign
  • Occasionally uses FB Ads campaign to promote a specific sweepstakes or event (less than $500 spent in total)
  • Targets the organization’s supporters when promoting a fundraiser to ensure they reach the right audience
  • Tags the Convention & Visitors Bureau on “DoughNation” posts so it gets retweeted to their followers

The Conclusion?

Charitable giving bolsters your biz’s positive brand image, increases sales, and provided an opportunity for viral sharing which translates to free marketing exposure (wider reach).

Action Steps:

  1. Consider what charities you can align your business with
  2. Capitalize on post shares and retweets with allies such as the chamber of commerce, the visitor’s bureau, and other civic-business entities
  3. Allocate your social media charitable marketing tasks to an in-house marketer or outsource to a reputable media company

Want more info? Here are some stats on the impact of charitable giving in 2019.