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You’re on your way to creating an awesome campaign that will help you get amazing results for people in need around the world.
Because the purpose of our donation plugin (ClassyPress) is to help you do just that, we thought we’d send you this guide to give you some tips on how to make an awesome campaign page using WordPress & ClassyPress.
We’ll cover the basics of how to make a campaign page on your website that will get you more donations, including using a compelling benefit-driven headline, sharing your mission, and using social proof to boost your campaign.
Let’s get started!
Some Quick Definitions
Before we get started, let’s get you up to speed on some of the marketing jargon we’ll be using in this guide, in case you’re new to marketing or want to do some more research yourself.
Your campaign page is an example of what’s known in the marketing world as a “Landing Page.”
While there are all sorts of landing pages used in all sorts of ways, they’re basically any page on your website dedicated to generating sales of a specific product – or in your case, donations for your fundraising campaign.
Landing pages have a few major differences from other pages on your site, like “Calls to Action” and especially powerful “Headlines.”
More on these below.
“Headline” is just the marketing term for the title of your campaign page (which might be the same as the name of your campaign).
If you’ve ever read a newspaper, the large, bold text at the top of every article is the headline.
Call to Action
A “Call to Action” is just like it sounds – it’s something you use to tell visitors to your campaign landing page what to actually do to help you out.
On your campaign page, you’ll use calls to action (or CTAs) in the form of “Donate” buttons – just like in the landing page photo above.
This may seem like just another way of saying “button,” but calls to action are a really important part of your campaign page and have some special rules to make them work well for you (read: get you more donations!), unlike other buttons you might have on your website.
Copywriting is just a fancy marketing term for writing that’s meant to persuade a reader into taking a specific action (like donating to your fundraising campaign!).
We call this kind of writing “copy.”
Alright, with all that out of the way, let’s move on to the good stuff!
Crafting an Awesome Campaign Page with ClassyPress
As we said before, the purpose of a campaign landing page is to help you help those in need.
While there are a lot of elements to creating an awesome fundraising campaign, one of the most important is having a really awesome campaign page that makes people want to donate.
While it’s important to promote your campaign through social media, advertising, and word of mouth, all that work will be for nothing if it’s not easy for people to understand what it is you are doing, why they should care, and how to help you!
With that, let’s get into some general guidelines for creating an awesome campaign page, then we’ll show you how to structure your page and what to include to get as many donations as possible.
One of the biggest lessons great copywriting can teach us is that no matter how good or bad we are at something, it’s always a good idea to copy what works.
Professional copywriters (people that specialize in writing words that persuade people to buy and donate) use something called a “swipe file,” which is basically just a big folder filled with headlines, landing pages, calls to action, and all sorts of other examples of copy that has been proven to work.
Now we know you’re not a professional copywriter – and probably don’t want to be – but by following their lead (and the tips we provide in this guide) you’ll be able to get much better results by “copying” what already works without having to spend years learning.
So with that let’s get into our first tip:
Make it Easy for People to Help You Out!
That seems like a simple, obvious statement, but it’s probably the most important rule of marketing.
The goal of every part of your marketing campaign and copy is to persuade people to take action, which is ultimately about overcoming their internal resistance by using emotionally compelling messages and otherwise making it as easy as possible for them to take the action you want them to.
When it comes to your fundraising campaign, the two key actions you want people to take are making a donation and/or spreading the word on social media.
The harder it is for people to understand what it is you’re doing and how to help, the fewer people will do so, and that fact should inform every part of your campaign marketing, especially your campaign page.
Which leads us to tip number two:
Visitors to your page should be able to learn 3 things within 5 seconds of seeing your page: What your campaign is about, why they should care, and what the next step is that they should take to help.
In a high-speed, short-attention, social media world, it’s important to communicate quickly with visitors to your campaign page in order to grab and keep their attention.
It’s the only way you’ll have a chance to convince them to donate.
So as soon as someone visits your campaign page, make sure they can quickly figure out what your fundraising campaign is all about, why they should want to help, and how they can donate.
You’ll do this by including a compelling benefit-driven headline, a short video explaining your project, and donate button at the top of your campaign page.
We’ll talk more about that later.
Now let’s talk about your landing page design.
Effective Landing Page Design
Remember, the main goal of your campaign page is to persuade people to take action in the form of donating, or at the very least share your campaign on social media, which you’ll do by keeping things simple, focused and emotionally compelling.
With that, here are a few tips to do all that with your campaign page design:
Keeping your campaign page simple starts with minimizing the number of distractions on your page.
One way to do this is by only using a small logo at the top of your page.
While it’s important for people to recognize your brand, there are more effective ways to use your page space.
Another way to minimize distractions is to use a specific, special menu bar (that’s the thing on the top of your page with links to your “Home,” “About Us,” and other pages) for your landing page.
If you can, limit your landing page menu bar to just a small logo which, when clicked, leads to your home page, and social sharing buttons.
Another easy and powerful way to make your campaign page simple is to use a one column layout.
Adding multiple columns to your page makes it easy to add too many words, videos, or pictures, all of which makes it harder for people to know where to look next to continue learning about your campaign.
Now this isn’t an absolute rule, many successful landing pages have multiple columns and we’ll actually recommend you break this in a couple of parts of your page.
Again, the goal is to make things as simple as possible while being able to share an emotionally compelling message with the people who visit your page, and sticking as close to a one column format as possible is a good way to do this.
Include 2-3 Calls to Action.
Remember what we said before, a Call to Action, or CTA is a simple, clear, and specific button or link that tells your visitors what to do next to help you out.
It’s important to have one of these “above the fold,” which is just a fancy marketing term for that part of your page towards the top that people can see as soon as they land on it.
This is how they’ll quickly and easily know what to do next if they already want to donate when they get to your page.
But for those who want to learn more about your campaign first by scrolling down the page, it’s important to add at least one other CTA closer to the bottom of your page so they don’t have to scroll back up to donate (remember: make it easy for them!).
For your campaign page, we recommend you use a button to make your call to action clear and easy to respond to.
One other important tip is to add some element of urgency to your CTAs.
This means instead of your button just saying “Donate,” be sure to use “Donate Today” to add that extra bit of persuasion that will lead to more donations.
Be Sure to Include Social Sharing Buttons
The “Share Campaign” Button Makes it Easy for Visitors to Share this Page on Social Media
The main goal of your campaign page is obviously to get donations.
But some people who visit might love what you’re doing and want to help, but may not be ready or able to donate.
For these people (and those that love what you’re doing so much they want to help as much as possible), be sure to include social sharing buttons on your page so they can spread the word to others who might want to donate.
Limit the Length of Your Campaign
Now this isn’t a design tip for your campaign page per se, but it is a good practice for your campaign design overall.
Remember when we mentioned using urgency in your CTAs?
Well, another easy and great way to use urgency to get more donations is to limit the length of your campaign.
While you might be tempted to run a long or ongoing fundraising campaign so that more people can donate, there are a couple of reasons why this won’t necessarily work.
The first is due to the law of diminishing returns: when you first launch and promote your campaign, you’ll see a huge jump in donations.
As time goes on, though, those donations will inevitably drop off as the people who really want to donate do so.
Eventually due to this, you’ll reach a point where the costs of keeping the campaign going will exceed the amount of donations you’re getting, which is obviously a good time to stop.
But urgency is also a powerful way to persuade people who are on the fence into donating.
It’s always harder for people to donate than not, and if people see they have plenty of time to decide, they’ll put that decision off until tomorrow.
And as the saying goes, tomorrow never comes.
But when people see they only have limited time to help, they’ll feel that extra little bit of pressure to make the decision sooner, which will lead to more donations.
Use Social Proof
Social proof is one of the most powerful ways to persuade in the social media era. Most people won’t buy a product unless someone else has reviewed it first. And most of them won’t even notice a business unless they hear someone else talking about it. This is also true for your organization and fundraising campaign. There are a few awesome ways for you to include social proof in your campaign page:
Include quotes from people you’ve helped.
People want to know that their donation is going to have a meaningful impact in the world, and there’s no more powerful proof of that than quotes from people you’ve helped through your organization.
If you’ve done similar projects to the one you’re raising funds for, be sure to get pictures of and quotes from these people to include on your page, which will help create a human connection between them and potential donors.
Use the ClassyPress Progress Bar
The ClassyPress plugin allows you to include a live progress bar that shows how much has been donated so far and how close you are to your goal.
When people see that others have donated, they’ll be more likely to donate themselves.
And if they see you’re close to your goal, that might be just the thing that leads to them clicking donate.
Use the ClassyPress Campaign Activity Feed
(Available in ClassyPress Premium, Coming Soon!)
This is the next step up from the progress bar.
With the ClassyPress Campaign Activity Feed integration, every time someone donates or makes a comment about your campaign, you’ll be able to display it on your campaign page to show others everyone that has donated and what they had to say about it.
Use the ClassyPress Top Fundraiser Integration.
(Available in ClassyPress Premium, Coming Soon!)
To take your social proof one step further, use the ClassyPress Top Fundraiser integration to highlight your campaign’s top donors.
Not only is this a great way to thank those people for their contribution, but it will inspire others to do the same.
A Simple Campaign Page Structure and Formula
Alright, now that we’ve shared some general tips and tricks with you, let’s start getting a little more specific about how to create an awesome, persuasive fundraising campaign page.
Remember when we talked about how professional copywriters copy formulas that are proven to work?
We highly recommend you do the same to get better results from your campaign page without having to become an expert.
We’ll show you how to use a simple “1-2-3-4 Formula” to craft a campaign page that gets you more donations.
The formula is this:
- What I’ve got for you.
- How it’s going to help (why you should care).
- Who am I?
- What you need to do next.
What I’ve got for you
The first thing you want to tell visitors to your campaign page is what your fundraising campaign is all about and who you’re going to help with their donations.
This is where your benefit driven headline comes in.
As we mentioned before, your headline is one of the most important parts of your page, because people will decide to read more or leave depending on what your headline says.
While this could be the same as the name of your campaign, sometimes it’s better to separate these as the message for each can be slightly different.
You really want to be sure to convey the benefit you’re going to be able to deliver if people make a donation.
Something like “Help Send a Kid to Camp” in the example above is great, people know exactly what their donation is going go towards, and who it’s going to help.
Another reason that’s such a good headline is that it tells people what their donation is going to let them do, they’re going to “Help” someone get to have a great experience at camp.
Start your headline with verbs like “Help,” “Give,” or “Sponsor” to let people know what their donation really means.
And be sure to place your headline over an emotionally compelling image to help evoke a desire to help in your visitors (like in the example above).
How it’s going to help (why you should care).
This is where you go into a bit more detail about how you’re going to deliver the benefit you’re promising in your headline and elaborate a bit more about your project.
Immediately underneath your headline be sure to include a short (around one minute long) video, describing what it is you hope to achieve with your campaign and how you aim to do it.
If you don’t have the time or resources to make a video, that’s okay, but with attention spans getting shorter, more and more people are watching video, and it’s one of the most powerful ways for you to quickly share your message in an emotionally compelling way.
Whether you use a video or not, be sure to also include your campaign progress to provide social proof and your first call to action to tell people how they can help right away.
Your headline, video, progress, and first CTA should all be “above the fold” at the top of your page.
Next, go into a bit more detail about the project with a short “About the Campaign” section, where you describe again what your project is about, what benefit you’re going to provide, and how you’re going to do it.
In this section, be sure to answer questions like:
- What are the greatest benefits of donating?
- How will people’s lives be better through your project?
- How does your project help the donor reach the goals that matter most to them?
Finally, be sure to include a “Get Involved” section.
Create different recommended donation levels, and tell people what you’ll be able to do if they donate each amount, and be sure to include “Donate Today” buttons with each.
Who are you?
Whether this step is needed depends on your relationship with the people visiting your campaign page.
If you’re driving traffic to your page through Google AdWords (we’ll talk a bit more about this later), you’ll definitely want to include a section like this
This section is where you’ll establish your trustworthiness and ability to deliver the benefits you’ve promised through your project.
Briefly describe your organization, your mission, how long you’ve been around (if you’ve been around a while), and why you’re raising funds through this campaign.
Then use more of that social proof we mentioned above by including quotes and pictures of people you’ve helped in the past, as well as a Top Donors section.
What you should do next.
After you’ve told people what your campaign is all about, how their donations will help people in need, and who you are, be sure to include one more call to action near the bottom of your page to give them another easy prompt to donate if they’re ready.
After you’ve got all those sections in place, at the bottom of your page be sure to include a “Campaign Activity” section using the ClassyPress plugin to provide one last bit of social proof to reinforce your trustworthiness, ability to make your project a success and give people an opportunity to share their thoughts.
If you’re landing page has a footer section, be sure to keep it as simple as possible like with your menu bar as we mentioned above.
Why It’s Important to Create a Campaign Page on Your Website with Classy Press
Now that we’ve shown you how to create an awesome campaign page that will help you get more donations, let’s go over a few reasons why it’s important to create a page like this on your website, rather than simply linking to your page on the Classy.org website.
Google Ad Grants
Perhaps the most important reason is the Google Ad Grants program.
In case you haven’t heard, 501c3 nonprofits are eligible for $10,000 in free AdWords advertisements per month (those are the text ads you see at the top and side of Google search results).
One of the limitations of these grants is that the ads can only link to your website, which means you can use them to drive traffic to a campaign page on that’s on your website, but can’t use them for your Classy.org page.
The ClassyPress plugin allows visitors to your campaign page that decide to donate to enter some of their personal information right on your website, rather than just on Classy.org.
This allows your organization to collect names, email addresses, and even donation amounts of everyone who donates using the page on your website.
With this information, you can stay in contact with your donors to thank them for their donations, update them with the latest news about your project and organization, as well as segment your donors by data like donation amount to more effectively market your next campaign.
Search Engine Optimization
Search Engine Optimization or SEO is basically a set of tactics and techniques that help you get more traffic to your website by increasing your visibility in search engines “organically” (read: without paying for ads).
While this is a monster of a topic within itself as there are many factors that determine your search engine rankings, there are three main reasons using ClassyPress to host a campaign page on your site will improve your SEO.
The first is that the additional content the page provides gives you the opportunity for that page to rank well in search engines, which can lead to more traffic to the rest of your site as well.
Search engines like Google also prefer websites with fresh content, so updating your site with every campaign you launch will give you a boost.
The second major benefit is that you’ll be able to post links to your site on social media, press releases, and other PR pieces.
Links to your site from other websites are one of the biggest factors in how well you rank in search engines.
Finally, a well-designed campaign page will keep visitors on your site longer than some of your other pages, and “time on page” is one of the factors that once again increases your search engine rankings.
For all these reasons and more, the SEO benefits of having your campaign page hosted on your website using ClassyPress means you’ll be getting more visitors to your site!
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Ready, Set, Go!
Now that you’ve got a basic understanding of how to write an awesome campaign page that will get you more donations using ClassyPress, it’s time to get to work!
We hope you’ve found this guide useful, but we’re here for you if you need any additional help.
To get in touch with us, send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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