Social Media Canvassing for Volunteers - it works ...

Around a week ago some colleagues and I worked with a global community of enthusiasts - everyone completing a short activity on a web based network simulator. Following a short social media campaign - we managed to acquire just under 400 volunteers, where:

  • We had over 600 active sessions on our simulator (some souls are plain greedy)
  • Over 110 completed the short post activity analysis survey (as some souls are simply shy)

We canvassed for the volunteers via email and social media - taking a cold look at the list of volunteers who disclosed their location, more came from outside the UK (non-email) than within. Ethics notwithstanding and ensuring that your volunteers have the option of remaining anonymous. I think that finding your community within social media and then giving them a choice on what they wish to accomplish makes for an interesting opportunity, There is a level of self selecting audience in the sample given, however looking at the comments, not all are easily biased by who we are.






*Locations included - Palestine, Brazil, Greece, USA (many), Australia, Kuwait, Italy, Morocco, Bulgaria, Poland, Estonia, Ireland, Cyprus, Canada, Germany and one wag from Tatooine - there were many who did not disclose (which was their choice).


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