In this episode, we continue to explore strategies to improve volunteer retention part 2. We’re excited to dive deeper into the power of email as a communication tool. While face-to-face interactions are preferred, we understand that sometimes it’s not always possible to have that personal touch. That’s where technology, specifically email, comes in.
Improve Volunteer Retention Part 2 – Meaningful Touch Points
Email allows us to create meaningful touch points with you, our dedicated volunteers. Most software systems have the capability to send one-off emails triggered by certain events, but we recognize that there is a lack of software systems that allow for more advanced tagging and setting up of multiple email series, especially within volunteer management systems. Therefore, we encourage utilizing different tools for different purposes and investing in a variety of software systems to optimize your volunteering experience.
Unfortunately, email communication is often underused or misused when it comes to engaging with volunteers. That’s why we want to be more purposeful and strategic in our use of email to maximize volunteer retention. We believe that by preparing volunteers effectively, we can enhance their experience and boost their confidence.
Improve Volunteer Retention Part 2 – Email as valuable tool
Now, you may be wondering why email is such a valuable tool. We believe that emails can be interesting and meaningful, allowing us to save time and improve volunteer retention and satisfaction. In comparison to social media, email offers more direct and targeted communication, higher engagement rates, and a personalized approach. Social media, on the other hand, offers wider reach, instant engagement, and viral potential. Depending on our goals, target audience, and content nature, we will utilize a combination of both platforms and leverage their strengths.
Improve Volunteer Retention Part 2 – Show Highlights
00:29.9 Tobi starts with Part 2 of using email to improve volunteer retention
03:14.6 Differences between email and social media
04:52.0 Provide regular updates and newsletters
10:17.3 Using Win Back Campaigns
13:21.1 Personal Video Emails
16:20.6 Celebrating milestones and anniversaries
18:39.2 Seeking feedback and input via email
23:35.7 All about ConvertKit
Improve Volunteer Retention Part 2 – Quotes from the Episode
“Most software systems have the ability to send one-off emails triggered by certain events.”
“There is a need to be more purposeful and strategic in the use of email for volunteer retention.”
“Winback campaigns should include sharing volunteer opportunities and informing about new and upcoming roles within the organization.”
“Person-to-person outreach can also be effective, with recipients being encouraged to hit reply to express interest or request additional information.”
“It is recommended to use a combination of both platforms [email and social media] and leverage their strengths.”
Whether you’re looking for solutions, inspiration, or just want to hear what others are doing to successfully engage volunteers, Time + Talent is the podcast for leaders of volunteers.
Co-hosts Tobi Johnson, MA, CVA and Jennifer Bennett, CVA bring you uplifting and insightful conversations with thought leaders and volunteer management practitioners who are redefining their roles, and the roles of volunteers.
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