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How to Raise Awareness

Posted by Sandra On December - 6 - 2017

How to Effectively Raise Awareness for a Cause

Whether it is the fight against cyberbullying or a new movement to help victims of abuse get the help they need, one of the first – and perhaps the most important – steps to take is raising awareness. All stakeholders must be aware of the social movement or the cause for it to be effective. This means reaching out to victims, loved ones, community members, and agents of change in an effective way.

Thanks to social media and the internet in general, it is much easier to raise awareness for a cause. The same instruments can be used to target specific communities or a particular area too. You just have to know the steps to take in order to effectively raise awareness for a cause.

Focus on Continuity

Make continuity a focus from the beginning. Unlike advertising, raising awareness for a cause means building up support. Raising awareness is never a one-time thing; it is actually a continuous effort that will become in momentum as you invest more time, money, and energy into it.

Continuity is also important for amplifying that awareness. In the beginning, you will be spending most of your time reaching out to key opinion leaders and influencers in the community. As the campaign progresses, you can shift your energy towards working with a wider audience and maintaining traction.

Don’t forget to build a community around the cause too. Community building is an effective way to maintain the generated momentum by gaining the support of like-minded and engaged members. The rest of the movement will be easier from this point.

Use Valuable and Educational Content

There is a reason why even top law firms use LawBiz and their law firm newsletter as a way to connect with the communities around them. Law is a complicated industry and delivering educational content through newsletters allow law firms to engage their stakeholders in a more effective way.

The same approach can be adopted in the case of raising awareness for a cause. Instead of promoting the movement itself, try to share more educational content about the cause. In the case of cyberbullying, for instance, a series of newsletters about dealing with cyberbullying or identifying cases of bullying on the internet will be very valuable to the readers.

Get the Audience Involved

Not every audience can come to the events and gatherings for the cause, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get involved altogether. Share contents from the offline gatherings and other activities conducted for the cause in order to get a wider audience invested in the movement.

There are challenges to overcome when using this strategy. For starters, you have to get the permission of everyone involved before you can safely share sensitive materials online. You also need to produce high quality photos and videos for them to be attractive and compelling.

Overcome the challenges, however, and you have a very powerful awareness-raising tool at your disposal. Soon, you will experience the snowball effect and your cause will gain a lot of traction at an incredible speed. Once you have reached that point, you will have the ability to do so much more and help more people around you.

By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
Educate Yourself--Learn the Facts--It may Just Save a Child's Life!!

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