The Justgiving Facebook app can be seen at http://apps.new.facebook.com/justgiving and it allows people to promote their Justgiving fundraising pages on Facebook. It shows an update of how much money has been raised and the last five donations:
We released the first UK fundraising application soon after
the Facebook application platform was announced and it has proved extremely popular over the last 12 months…
Facebook – it’s bigger than Google (for us)
It’s not only from our application that people come to Justgiving from Facebook – over the last year, Facebook has grown to be the biggest referrer to Justgiving – with 1,327,288 referrals (number of times someone has come to Justgiving from Facebook).
You can see that February 2008 was the first time Facebook overtook Google, up to a peak in April when Facebook accounted for 50% more than Google. This is obviously due to the London Marathon taking place at that time, and shows how many people were using Facebook to promote their online fundraising.
How popular is the Justgiving Facebook application?
The Justgiving Facebook application at its peak had been installed 106,150 times.
That makes an average of 290 installs a day, or 12 every hour since it was released.
See for yourself on the adonomics site
- although the numbers have gone down in the last few days as the new
Facebook interface appears to make it harder to promote your favourite
**Update 29th July – we’re back up to 107,200 – clearly something odd went on!**
What percentage of traffic to Justgiving comes from Facebook?
If we take another graph back even further, to January 2007, and look at the percentage of referrals to Justgiving, it’s very clear how quickly the online landscape has changed (as previously referred to by Hitwise) – Facebook has grown extremely quickly into a preferred means of fundraising communications for UK users:
At it’s peak one in five people who came to Justgiving, came from Facebook.
What’s also really interesting, is what areas on Facebook people are coming to Justgiving from:
People’s profiles are clearly the most popular (due in large part to the application) but it’s interesting that the next biggest referrer is groups – I’ve been invited to loads of groups created by my friends where they promote their fundraising activity and Justgiving page.
This clearly works very well, and also builds a mini community of fundraiser and supporters in one place. And that’s one of the things that the internet is amazing at – enabling you to communicate and create a community with your friends and family to support you raising money and awareness for the causes you care about.
Think Facebook is marginal when it comes to fundraising online? You’d best think again.