Becoming an ‘Unicorn’ is barking up the wrong tree for a social enterprise that derives its sense of purpose from doing social good.
Once known as the king of visual content, visuals shared on Facebook, now only reach 3.73% of your audience organically.Frequent alteration in algorithm and techniques like gating (forcing users to like a page before viewing it) have been the contributing factors to this phenomenon. However many other channels can help social good brands reach their audience in a very cost effective way. Smart and meaningful marketing is the need of the hour.
Creating popular awareness for their cause, raising funds and attracting a large base of backers are some the chief objectives that drive the marketing and communication strategies of social good brands. Unlike the consumer brands, most often than not they don’t have big budgets and resources to marshal for stellar marketing campaigns.
Gary specializes in capturing moments that help NGOs and Nonprofits create awareness, express their vision and build their community with his honest photo journalistic style. He has worked in more than 70 countries over last 23 years for reputed brands. Here are his responses produced verbatim to my questions.
Social brands have a great potential to cut through the clutter and attract and retain motivated fans by harnessing the power of visual storytelling. They can aim to serve as platforms for real stories of real people. However, the real question is ‘Are the Social brands ready?’