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2008 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study. Presented by Sarah DiJulio, M+R Karen Matheson, M+R Steve Daigneault, Amnesty International Mathew Grimm, Environmental Defense Fund. INTRODUCTIONS. Methodology. 21 Major Nonprofit Organizations Civil/Legal Rights Environmental International Health

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2008 enonprofit benchmarks study

2008 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study

Presented by

Sarah DiJulio, M+R

Karen Matheson, M+R

Steve Daigneault, Amnesty International

Mathew Grimm, Environmental Defense Fund


Introductions

INTRODUCTIONS


Methodology

Methodology

  • 21 Major Nonprofit Organizations

    • Civil/Legal Rights

    • Environmental

    • International

    • Health

  • January 2006 – December 2007 Data

    • 12,000 Email Messages

    • 6.5 Million Subscribers

    • 14 Million Email Advocacy Actions

    • $100 Million Dollars in Online Donations


Key findings

KEY FINDINGS


Possible factors

POSSIBLE FACTORS


Digging deeper

DIGGING DEEPER


2008 enonprofit benchmarks study

2007 NUMBER OF ONLINE GIFTS BY GIFT SIZE


2008 enonprofit benchmarks study

2007 AMOUNT RAISED ONLINE BY GIFT SIZE


2008 enonprofit benchmarks study

2007 ACTION TAKERS vs. ACTIONS TAKEN


Environmental defense

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE


Edf s use of benchmarks

Our open and click rates havedeclined sharply in the past year

Problem with our messaging?

Benchmarks are vital in putting our efforts into perspective

We’re not experiencing anything that others aren’t

EDF’s Use of Benchmarks


Year end testing why do it

40% of online dollars come during December. Perfect time to test.

55% of those dollars come via EDF.org website – many prompted by our email

Two previous December tests showed that those getting fewer messages gave at statistically the same rate as those getting more messages.

Year-end Testing: Why Do It?


Year end message quantity test

Year-end Message Quantity Test

A random 15% of the list received only the three messages in red. The rest of the list received the full compliment of messages listed to the left.


Year end message quantity test results

Those that received fewer messages had a 0.59% giving rate over the course of the campaign.

The others gave at a rate of 0.91%. So much for the previous findings?

Further tests will be structured to find the “sweet spot” between 3 and 13 messages!

Why take the time and effort to message unnecessarily, risking unsubscribes when you don’t have to?

Year-end Message QuantityTest Results


Year end homepage test results

Donation form won - brought in 8% more gifts (number of gifts)

Raised 8% more dollars in donations $1,000 and under

Raised 10% more dollars in donations $500 and under

Did not hinder homepage interaction – bounce rate for the homepage stayed relatively unchanged

Year-end Homepage Test Results


Amnesty international

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL


We publish our stats

We Publish Our Stats

  • We send meaningful stats to all staff and provide analysis to encourage them to focus on:

    • List growth: requires extraordinary efforts (paid marketing, SEO)

    • Current events and personal stories: actions perform better w/ either element

    • Syndication: web traffic and RSS feeds are email alternatives

    • Search rankings: dependent on good writing

    • Fundraising: everyone contributes to our fundraising success

  • By publishing comprehensive meaningful stats for the entire organization, we spark curiosity and competition among staff.


Action web confirmation

Action Web Confirmation

  • By comparing ourselves to other NGOs, we get good ideas to test.

  • Changing the web confirmation to donation form raised $46,000+ since December and tells us which issue inspires donors.

  • Top issues: torture, Tibet, Darfur.

    • Our Tibet action went to 450K+ and raised $15K+ via the web confirmation donation page.

  • Loser issue: death penalty

    • Best performing action in Feb., raised $0.


2008 enonprofit benchmarks study

EXAMPLE ANALYSIS SENT TO STAFF:

Fundraising:

- We continue to monitor actions that inspire our activists to donate. Darfur consistently tops the list of actions garnering the most donations. This month, the Shi Tao action and war on terror related actions also performed well. The death penalty, although it brought in the most actions, did not prompt people to give. We’ve seen similar results in direct mail.


Multivariate testing

Multivariate testing

  • Make the most of your web traffic by testing variations of your design.

  • Tiny changes can have profound affects.

  • Doesn’t require you to use precious email capital and improves overall usability of your website

  • Improved usability leads to greater confidence in your organization and less frustrated supporters


Big red button

Big red button

  • By changing the standard grey “submit” on our donation form to a large red “submit”, we got a 29% lift in our conversion rate.


Utility nav tweak

Utility nav tweak

  • changing the order of the utility nav items and changing “donate” to a bold, green “donate now” provided a:

    • 70% lift in overall traffic to the donation form

    • 83% lift in total $ raised


Right pointing arrows

Right pointing arrows

  • Adding some right pointing arrows to the word “Donate” on our homepage donate button provided a:

    • 5% lift in overall traffic to the donation form

    • 55% lift in total $ raised


2008 enonprofit benchmarks study

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.

Winston Churchill


2008 enonprofit benchmarks study

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