Social media tips for fundraisers We'd love you to join our online communities (below) to keep up-to-date with our news, share your activities and be part of the BCH family of supporters. We've also featured some hints and tips to help you get started. (add social media icon here) Facebook: @BirminghamChildrensHospital (as above) Twitter: @Bham_Childrens (as above) Instagram: @Bham_Childrens (as above) LinkedIn: Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust Share your story Tell your friends and followers why you’re fundraising and what it means to you. Don’t forget that on Twitter you’re limited to 140 characters, so you’ll need to be short and sweet! For example: “I’m fundraising for @Bham_Childrens on Saturday to say thanks for my daughter Lily’s amazing care! Show your support by buying a cake! <insert JustGiving link>” On Facebook, word count isn’t restricted, so you can share your story in a lot more detail! Let your followers know how you’re getting on Keep your followers updated and show them how much work you’re putting in to make sure you meet your fundraising target. If you’ve got a big training session on Monday morning or are baking lots of cakes Wednesday afternoon, share this online! A picture says a thousand words Bring your story to life by including photos and videos in your posts! You can also use our charity logo to show you’re supporting our charity - get in touch with our fundraising team or your dedicated fundraising contact to find out more. Ask for support Don’t be scared to ask people to donate, but also to follow and share your posts. Why not add ‘Pls RT’ at the end of your tweets or urge your Facebook friends to share your posts with their own friends. The more people who read your story, the more donations you’re likely to get! We’d be happy to re-tweet your Twitter posts through our charity account! Tag everyone Make sure you tag in everyone involved in your fundraising. If you do this, your posts will appear on more pages and they’ll be seen by more people! Simply find out their account handle (e.g. @Bham_Childrens). If you’re holding an event, you could even create your very own ‘Facebook Event’ page and invite all of your friends to join, to keep up-to-date with the latest fundraising news. If you have any queries about using social media to publicise your fundraising activities please contact your regional fundraiser or email us and we'll be happy to help.