By Jennifer Spencer
According to a 2015 study by Cone Communications, 64 percent of millennials use social media to address or engage with companies around social and environmental issues.
Whether your corporation already has a large digital footprint or you are looking to up your efforts, it’s time to take a closer look at your digital storytelling. After all, making your corporate social responsibility (CSR) story readily accessible online is an effective way to engage consumers, attract more eyeballs and enhance your overall brand image.
The good news? There are a plethora of simple ways to get started via not only social media, but also dedicated Web pages, links, videos and more. Here are four ways to dive into the world of digital storytelling that interweave brand marketing with CSR:
List your focus, giving program(s) and how your audience can get involved. Think of your dedicated CSR Web page as the face of your giving program: Consumers should be able to reference and navigate it easily.
Aside from sharing the link to your dedicated Web page on your social media accounts, you can also share it in marketing collateral, press releases and more.
Make it easy to view and share your photos, quotes and videos by providing links. Making it as easy as possible for people to share your content allows for maximum visibility (more eyeballs!) on your posts. Repurposing your content for posting on a variety of platforms such as Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter is also key to spreading your message.
Numbers don’t lie: Collect and utilize data to formulate impact reports of your programs to share online as well.
A study by Deloitte showed that 96 percent of employees who volunteer report that the corporate culture at their workplace is somewhat positive or very positive. This is a win-win: happy employees and happy consumers. Employees take pride in their company’s efforts to make an impact on society, and consumers can relate to stories about employees getting involved and not just dollars spent.
The truth is you do not have to be an amazing writer to get started with blogging. If you can share something that will resonate with consumers emotionally, then they are more likely to discuss or share the content. You can use the pictures, quotes and videos you collected to supplement your articles as well.
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Jennifer Spencer is Content Marketing Manager at Versaic the leading provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for corporate social responsibility (CSR).