Social Media Notes
I realize this blog has fallen by the wayside in the last few weeks! I apologize. As each day passes and I don’t post up a new blog post (other than pasting about my Edmonton Sun column), the guilt grows. But the last few weeks have been very busy – mainly because on my free time I’ve been working to organize a Dishcrawl event (more on that in a blog post to come)! But now that the event is over and I’ve got most of my mornings/evenings back (until the next new thing I decide to do), I am re-devoting myself to blog posts starting with this inaugural ‘Social Media Notes.’
I came up with this idea to post short (or long, depending on what time I have or how much there is to say) posts about social media-related local or national news that I think is interesting and should be shared but I don’t necessarily have the space to share it say – in my weekly column. I haven’t decided yet if this will be posts made about individual items as I come across them or if it will end up being more of a round-up kind of thing (like my now defunct Clicks of the Day, which I still hope to bring back in some form – eventually (Clicks of the Week!)) but for this first one we’ll go individual.
I wanted to share about how Servus Credit Union is using social media in their latest initiative!
Servus Credit Union ‘Community Ripple’
Servus has launched an online contest called the ‘Community Ripple.’ Servus has $10,000 to give away and they want people on Facebook to nominate charities or non-profits in their community for a chance to win the money.
There are already a bunch of charities/non-profits across Alberta nominated – including several in the Edmonton area. The Community Ripple features an interactive map that shows Servus branches in red pins, community projects supported by Servus in green pins and user-nominated charities/non-profits in blue pins.(Neat to have the map but I think it’s easier to navigate if you just hit ‘View all ideas’ and search by location/etc).
Michael Dickinson with Servus says the Community Ripple is a “fun way for our social media community to tell us what is important to them and which projects we should consider funding.”
I think it’s awesome! Servus has always been about supporting community through sponsoring projects, events, etc., so taking that same mindset and giving it a Facebook/social spin is great to see.
Once a charity/non-profit has been nominated, people can vote for it. The closing date for votes is April 26. The Top 10 submissions (most votes) get reviewed by a judges’ panel.
First prize gets $5,000, second prize gets $3,000 and third prize gets $2,000 so three different charities/non-profits can benefit from this.
Winners will be announced next month!
Check out the ‘Community Ripple’ on Facebook.