Wikimedia Staff Test October 14, 2011Edit
Up until now, we had only tested appeals from individuals and had never tested an appeal from a group. The fundraising team asked the Wikimedia Foundation staff to draft up some ideas for an appeal from the staff. Quite a few people wrote a couple ideas and we tested a few versions. We found that the best version started with a line comparing us to the other top five websites.
Several donors also sited this comparison as a reason for donating. One donor wrote in, “I loved that you mentioned the server and people count, I had no idea it was that low.” Another donor wrote, “Compared to the other few giant websites, Wikipedia consists of very few people and servers (which is economical) yet provides equally huge quantity of services.”
We also tested two versions of the banner text:
- Please read: An appeal from the Wikimedia staff
- Please read: An appeal from our staff
Turns out the "our staff" banner had a higher click and donation rate. There are still plenty of variations to test with the staff banner and appeal but it looks like we may have a new effective way to appeal to donors as a group. It doesn't look like we're reaching "Jimmy level" of donations quite yet but there are still a few areas we can improve.
We also really want to test a group appeal from the Wikimedia community. A couple people have started so far but we could still use some ideas. Please share a few thoughts and help us out.
Thanks Mhernandez 01:53, 27 October 2011 (UTC)