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Maximizing Your Impact: Tips for Launching a Fundraising Campaign

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First and foremost, it’s important to set clear and specific goals: define the amount of money you want to raise, what the funds will be used for, and the timeline for the campaign.

It’s also crucial to identify your target audience: the people who are most likely to be interested in your cause or organization and who have the means to donate. Choose the right fundraising platform that aligns with your goals and audience. There are many options available, such as crowdfunding platforms like GoFundMe, social media platforms like Facebook, and specialized platforms like DonorsChoose.

Create a compelling story that explains why the funds are needed and how they will help your organization or cause. Use emotional and persuasive language to engage potential donors and make them feel invested in your cause. Use high-quality images and videos to showcase the impact of your organization’s work and the importance of the cause you are fundraising for.

Consider offering incentives or rewards to donors, such as exclusive merchandise or a mention on your organization’s website or social media accounts. Keep donors informed about the progress of the campaign, and thank them for their support. Make sure to follow up with them after the campaign ends to show the impact their donations have made.

Promote the campaign through social media, email newsletters, and other channels to reach a wider audience. Encourage donors to share the campaign with their friends and family!

 

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Why did I decide to start my own business?

Photo by : Christian Aragón

While working remotely on a project, I received an unexpected email informing me that I would no longer be a part of the team since they required someone to be physically present in that city. The news was shocking, and it left me in a precarious situation without a job, savings, or any idea of what to do next. Having come to #Berlin to seek new experiences and overcome new challenges, I chose to stay put despite the setback. However, a new obstacle arose – I did not speak German, making it even more challenging to navigate through this new territory.

I had to make money somehow, so I decided to become an #entrepreneur , I told myself, I don’t want my future and present to depend on someone else’s decision. Fortunately, from the beginning my friends in Madrid supported me and I quickly started doing freelance work in graphic design, such as #annualreports #corporateidentity , #websites, etc.

Everything was new and to learn, how the bureaucracy worked in Germany (which is very complicated), learn some german, in short, seek help, learn how everything works, and start from scratch; which creates a lot of anxiety, because starting a business in a new country where I do not speak the language and I am alone, is a very big challenge or rather, a double or triple big challenge. 

My career has been focused on working on projects in the #social, #political, and #academic fields. While I was in college in #Bogota, Colombia, I started working in a non-governmental organization called Planeta Paz, there we worked to build public policies for the construction of peace in Colombia, that was my other career, my other family, and there I set the foundations of what I am today as a human being. Then when I finished my studies  I moved to Madrid and there I worked in different #nonprofitorganization organizations and academic and political projects, also in call centers, in a gas station, cleaning a cafe, babysitting, and I even sold arepas.

After several years in #Berlin, many versions of my website, many mistakes, and successes, many uncertainties, and fears, but also many small battles won, I can say today that I am very grateful for the clients I currently have in #Berlin and #Madrid, they are the people I wanted to work with, I love their projects and I enjoy what I do, I am learning a lot every day and I still have a lot of work to do in this country, but a lot! 

I think that the hard part of this challenge has been to want to do everything at the same time and sometimes you can’t. Also today I know that if you are focused on your goal you will always find the right people who at some point will help you move toward your goal. And that you should always follow your instinct. 

I firmly believe that #communication in its different strands and areas has the great power to shape many realities and to generate a strong political impact, so I believe that my work can contribute to generate a positive effect in today’s #society and in our immediate environment. I am still building this road, let’s see what the following years will bring. 

Thank you for reading me. 😉

 

#Wokewashing!

Woke Washing!!

In times of uncertainty caused by the pandemic, brands are trying to turn towards more social and use progressive strategies to make themselves out to be brands committed to humanity and ethics and thus capitalize on the current emotional state of their consumers. (video)

However, brands are not always internally aligned with the social cause that their new TV ad defends. Arwa Mahdawi, in an article for The Guardian, says: „Modern brands have started using progressive values as a marketing play and are appropriating social activism as a form of advertising. It is like the „Greenwashing“ of yore but on a whole other level. We have, I am afraid, entered a nauseating new age of woke washing.“

But, what that means #wokewashing?: When a corporation, institution, or individual says or does something that signals their advocacy for a marginalized cause but also continues to cause harm to vulnerable communities. (https://www.wokewashing.com/)

Nowadays, the consumer has more access to information across the internet and social media and is more critical about what brands want to consume. Being REAL and taking a stand can be the biggest challenge for brands, advertising, and businesses today. To name one example, you cannot talk about equal pay in your advertising when your company has no women on its executive team (compare: Audi’s case during the Superbowl 2017).

Currently, the Museum of Brands in London has an exhibition called „When Brands Take a Stand“. It proposes to open the debate on whether brands should get involved in social issues and what might be the best way to do it if the answer is “yes”.

On his website, Chris Griffin, CEO at the Museum of Brands, explains, “We want to amplify the debate around the relationship between brands, people, culture and society, and how these interact with each other. Brands and advertising agencies have a platform to influence, and with that comes responsibility. This initiative dives into these complex relationships.”

This is a relevant issue due to the current world situation and the critical stance of new generations towards the problems that affect humanity as topics like climate change, equality, racism, and many others affect their lives massively.

Companies must perform a thorough internal analysis and corporate self-reflection (do a BIG scanning) to discover their shortcomings and implement actions that contribute to its transformation before taking a stand publically. Listening and learning is the key to become an „influencer“ of a cause. It is not just to make a campaign about the latest trendy social issue, earn a few euros, and win the hypocrite of the year award. It is not like that anymore.

Hopefully, in the future, we can change the way the world consumes and exploited people and natural resources, but in the meantime, there is so much work to be done. At least some have already started.

#Postcorona Invitation

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We are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic that is radically changing our way to live and our daily lives while a global discussion about racism, equity, diversity, sustainability, and inclusion is in full swing and the world faces a climate emergency and economic crisis. It sounds very stressful and overwhelming however this epoch also represents a perfect opportunity for us to create a different present and future for the next generations.

Coming into lockdown, we have been more supportive of our communities, neighbors, and strangers. Maybe we have understood what the true meaning of life is, how little acts of solidarity and kindness can change the lives of others, and identified the real indispensable professions and their workers that matter most. Now we are having global conversations through hashtags like #leavenoonebehind and #Blacklivesmatter.

We are finally looking at issues and people that we had decided to ignore. We are pointing the finger at the wounds of Humanity, listening, and learning about what is happening to us and around us, experiencing and understanding what we have been doing wrong for decades, and looked at possibilities on how we can change it.

We are moving into a new world, a world that is in transition and challenging us in several aspects, where technology and communication have a tremendous acceleration, power, and ever-increasing impact on our society.

Today more than ever, for all of us working in the field of technology, communication and marketing have a responsibility to handle that power and tools with extreme ethics. Our challenge is to adapt and to implement these demands and changes into our jobs, projects, organizations, clients and ventures.

I invite you to build this post-Corona world through your expertise, whatever it is, where the Human being, nature, and Humanity are first.

Let´s do it together!

 

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#SocialAdvertisign

Let`s talk about Social Advertising 

I’m still watching social advertising campaigns with pity pictures.
And what is the point of that usage? Creating guilt and winning a donation?
Please, never again!!

People who are victims of war, of extreme poverty or need to live with disabilities, do NOT deserve this victimization. We must dignify their humanity, respect them, and at least in our field we need to depict the place they should be in society and the world, and not the place where circumstances have forced them to be in.
As creatives, we must be involved in creating real solutions, the reconceptualization of the picture selection through communication with the persons concerned, and stop classifying people because of their differences. We must show a positive, inclusive, and proactive approach when we are creating a new campaign.
Dear colleagues, we must be part of the solution and not benefit from other people’s misfortunes.
Please take a look at this super stunning Ad, which was made in Germany. I love it <3
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If you’re in trouble trying to figure out what Millennials want… please, let`s get moving forward to the next generation because it`s really interesting.

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#Influencers

Are you thinking about to start an influencer marketing campaign? If the answer is… yes! please read this super interesting article, and I’m sure will be very useful in case you want to do it.

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I would like to share with you this amazing article by Jamie Bartlett called „A Vision of the Dark Future of Advertising“ I’m sure after reading it, It’s gonna give you a lot to think about. 🙂

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#Hustle

Perhaps one of the most used hashtags or word today, and it seems that everyone is going in that direction… but here I found this successful case focused on a different model: „Doing what you love and working strategically“

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