10 Tips for Using Social Media to Build a Movement
As ironic as it may be, the (wired) internet is our best organizing tool! From humanizing the issue to telling visual stories, social media whizzes know that a picture paints a 1000 words.The short list of big ideas below (also available for download Here) will strengthen your social media reach.
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The 10 Tips
Know your Audience
Who are your allies? Expand your support by making your activism accessible and inclusive.
Frame Your Message
Find a concise and compelling way of describing your campaign. Keep it positive. Instead of “Stop 5G” say:
- “We Have a Right to a Healthy Home.”
- “Join the Safe Tech Movement”
- “Where Will the Children Play?”
Build a Memorable Hashtag
- Find Inspiration Here
Humanize the purpose of your cause.
Tell your Story
Who does this issue impact? How are you changing the world? Tell me a story, get me involved, and help me see myself in your story. Find tips for Constructing your Narrative here.
Keep Social Media Usage Visual
Focus on sharing visual elements rather than links, text or video on your social platforms. A recent study shows that the mind processes visuals 60,000 times faster than it processes text. Here are some memes to get you started.
Use Visual Stories
Take pictures and post them on sites like Instagram, Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest and then write the story behind the images. Or take video and add a spoken audio story.
Before and After
Engage and inspire your followers with true before and after stories.
Create Interactive Online Campaigns
Example: Organize a call-to-action letter-writing campaign.
- Use social media to spread the word.
- Designate a campaign start and finish date.
- Invite folks living locally to gather to write out postcards for mailing.
- Encourage those who are not able to attend in person to join in virtually via social media.
Small Steps Have a Major Impact
Suggest others take small steps—like calling their representatives or creating a community EMF-Awareness group. According to Harvard Business Review, easy-to-replicate, low-risk tactics are the most likely to succeed.
BONUS TIP! ~ Share the Work that Other Activists are Doing
Amplify the movement.