Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Jennifer Miller.
You’ve just told a compelling story. You’ve engaged your donors. Drama. Details. Action. Conflict. Solution. It’s all there!
If you’re not using the C word in your stories — the call to action — you’re missing a huge opportunity for deeper engagement (not to mention donations). Your call to action is what you’re asking donors to do:
Take a survey. Share a comment. Volunteer. Spread the word. Give a donation. Make more of these stories possible.
These are all actionable things, and they don’t always have to be about asking for money.
Think about it: Stories are a great place to ask donors to take action. You’ve just awakened their sense of compassion with an emotionally driven story. You’ve used heart-gripping details. Your audience has wept with sorrow and cheered with joy. Why stop there? The time to ask them to do something is while their hearts and minds are fully engaged!
Here’s the best part: Your donors are expecting you to ask. They want you to ask. They need you to ask!
Your donors don’t expect you to end a story with, “Well, hope you liked this story!” They do expect to be asked to do something.
Now here’s where psychologists can rejoice, because when you satisfy those expectations, you produce rewards. And when donors are rewarded with “I’m a hero” feelings for their good deeds and choices, they are more likely to produce that behavior again and again.
And those are the donors you really want reading your stories.
Want to know more? Contact me at: Jennifer.Miller@truesense.com