How to Drive Donor Engagement Using Video with Raffi DerSimonian

How to Drive Donor Engagement Using Video with Raffi DerSimonian

Julia Claire Campbell Nonprofits, Podcast

Support for this show is brought to you by our friends at Bloomerang. Bloomerang offers donor management and online fundraising software that helps small to medium nonprofits, like First Tee of Greater Akron, a nonprofit that empowers kids and teens through the game of golf. After just one year with Bloomerang they doubled their unique donors, improved donor stewardship, and raised more funds. To listen to the full interview with First Tee of Greater Akron visit .

You only have five seconds to captivate your audience.

Video can help you stand out against the myriad of peers and competing messages.

And best of all, 57% of people who watch nonprofit videos go on to make a donation (Source: Google).

So – how can small nonprofits use video to compel audiences to take action? How can video help build and cement emotional connections and increase donor engagement?

My guest today is Raffi DerSimonian. Raffi is a firm believer in the emotive power of visual storytelling, and has developed a range of strategies throughout his career to help organizations and institutions tell their unique story. He’s worked with some incredible organizations, including HBS, Clark University, Trinity College, Lafayette, Muhlenberg, Tufts, Seven Hills Foundation, Worcester State University, Maine College of Art & Design and others.

In this episode, we will explore the art of visual storytelling as it relates to creating emotional connections and driving measurable engagement.  Check out Raffi’s free Nonprofit Video Resource Guide as you create and market your videos.

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About Julia Campbell, the host of the Nonprofit Nation podcast:

Named as a top thought leader by Forbes and BizTech Magazine, Julia Campbell (she/hers) is an author, coach, and speaker on a mission to make the digital world a better place.

She wrote her book, Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits, as a roadmap for social change agents who want to build movements using engaging digital storytelling techniques. Her second book, How to Build and Mobilize a Social Media Community for Your Nonprofit, was published in 2020 as a call-to-arms for mission-driven organizations to use the power of social media to build movements.

Julia’s online courses, webinars, and keynote talks have helped hundreds of nonprofits make the shift to digital thinking and how to do effective marketing in the digital age.

Take Julia’s free nonprofit masterclass,  3 Must-Have Elements of Social Media That Converts

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