How can environmental activists use social media? Part 2

Perrone, Alessio
http://theecologist.org/2018/jun/19/how-can-environmental-activists-use-social-media-part-2

Publisher:  The Ecologist
Date Written:  19/06/2018
Year Published:  2018  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX22847

Environmentalist activists and major NGOs all spend a considerable amount of time on social media - as an immediate and direct connection to the public. But to what effect?

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"The biggest mistake we make when we create content is trying to make something for the general public," says Richard Roaf, a filmmaker who specialises in viral videos, and runs the VideoRev project – which provides tools and training to make viral videos for social change.

Successful posts are short, clear and compelling. They tap into your audience's values and give them a sense of empowerment.

"People are really busy, Facebook says they spend on average about 2-3 seconds looking at a piece of content before they move on," says Richard Roaf. So make your posts succinct, striking and simple. Choose fresh images and words - or you'll lose potential readers/watchers.

Successful content also taps into your audience's worldview and offers them something they value - it could be emotional value, new information, or a sense of empowerment. Michael Hamilton, Digital Communications Organiser at Safe Passage, says the latter is very powerful. "The key thing is make people feel that they really can make a difference," he says.

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