So you received a contribution? How can you use that to get another contribution? It's simple really, show your gratitude online.

Showing gratitude drives contributions for many reasons some of them are:

- They show that you are grateful

- They show that your campaign is real and authentic

- They make people want to contribute to get public gratification

Some general tips about public thank you's:

- Add the link to your campaign on the post

- Make sure the post is public

- Only one post per day

Here are 6 ways that you can say thank you and turn one contribution into many more.

1. Simple Name Tag in a Social media post.

Head over to social media and make sure you are friends with or following the supporter that contributed to your campaign. Next
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2. Picture and a tag

This one is my most popular public thank you. Find a picture of yourself and your supporter. Post it on Facebook and tag them in it. The picture can be fun or it can bring back some memories shared by you and your contributor. And then add a personal message along with the link to your campaign.
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3. Video and a tag

Posting a public shoutout with a video is probably one of the best ways to share your campaign and increase contributions. A video gives an added personal touch to your thank you. It shows everyone that you are truly grateful for the support, which will entice others to contribute and join your campaign. On Facebook, Twitter and Instagram add the video directly on the platform to maximize your reach.

4. Re-group and tag

Sometimes the amount of contributions you receive can be overwhelming, making it difficult to give each person a public thank you. There's a solution: with some smart “re-grouping” you might be able to reach each and every contributor. The best way to do this is to find commonalities among your contributors. In my case, I had many contributors from my mom’s bank branch. So I gave a shoutout to the entire bank branch - mentioning all the contributors.

5. Share your reward

A great way to show your appreciation as well as showcase your campaign is by sharing the rewards you are giving out to contributors. For example, if you sent a postcard to your contributor, make sure to take a picture of it and post it (with a tag). Other supporters will see it and might want to contribute as well. In the example below, my colleague Joe, got himself a 6 week workout program as well as a diet plan.

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