Changing minds is one thing…
If you’re trying to change their minds, it will take patience. It may take a social marketing campaign, like the kind that made smoking socially unacceptable. It may take years, like Aboriginal land rights.
These are big changes, and if making them happen is your mission, more power to you!
…and changing behaviour is another
But many times, all you have to change is their behaviour. They already agree with you: that’s how they got on your list. They already care about your cause: that’s why they’re opening your emails, or liking your posts, or coming to your events.
You want them to take action. You want to see them in the streets, or on the phone to their legislators. You want them to donate food to your pantry or money to your organisation.
Changing behaviour is not easy. If it were, we would all keep our New Year’s resolutions and be thin and fit! But changing specific behaviours is possible, even in a short period of time.
Are you trying to change your supporters’ behaviour or their minds?
About Dennis: Dennis Fischman is a Cause & Effective Associate who focuses on helping organisations win friends and get the support they need to do their excellent work. He is the author of the Communicate! Blog, and you can also follow him on Twitter.