Social media helps DEC raise £3 million in one week

first_img Tagged with: Digital Facebook Research / statistics Twitter Social media helps DEC raise £3 million in one week The Disasters Emergency Committee has acknowledged that social media has contributed significantly to the income it has raised for its current appeal.In the first week of the DEC’s appeal for Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam, over £3 million was donated, over £1 million which was given in the first 24 hours.BBC websites have been the most significant online referrer to the DEC donations page, but Twitter, which the DEC only started using on 2 October, was the second most important. Facebook, which the charity had previously used very little, was the third largest source of traffic. Advertisement  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 18 October 2009 | Newscenter_img The appeal for emergency aid for the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the earthquakes, typhoons, floods, and landslides in East Asia was championed early on by Twitter users Sarah Brown and Stephen Fry who, between them, have more than 1.5 million [email protected] wrote at 13:35 on 4 October: “Do see if you can find it in your heart support the DEC Disasters Appeal for Indonesia, Philippines & Vietnam – donate now at www.dec.org.uk ”@Sarahbrown10 wrote at 20:33 on 6 October: “RT @decappeal – Big international call to support #DEC disasters appeal: www.dec.org.uk Help them make a difference!”DEC were able to take advantage of the almost instant impact of social media by opening its phone lines and website for donations on Sunday 4 October ahead of the main appeals broadcast on Tuesday 6 October.DEC Chief Executive Brendan Gormley said: “Like many charities we had taken a cautious approach to Twitter but when three disasters hit within a week we had to use whatever tools were to hand.“We didn’t hire expensive consultants, rewrite our marketing and communication strategies or develop exhaustive new social media guidelines. We relied on advice from staff and partners already making good use of twitter, trusted their professionalism and common sense, and then dived right in.“The biggest risk we faced was not that we might make a mistake, it was that we would miss a chance to help save more lives.“Despite the very strong response to the appeal the gap between the need and the money available from all sources remains huge.”DEC also uses Flickr and YouTube.www.dec.org.uk AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more