Well, the results are in. Thanks to everyone who participated in the “Future of #fundchat” survey. The purpose of the survey was to get feedback from the “early adopters” of #fundchat. What works, what doesn’t, and how we can keep the momentum going.
Here’s a synopsis of the results:
The overwhelming majority chose Wednesday (47%) as the best day of the week for #fundchat. I’m guessing that those who took the survey already favored Wednesdays since they had participated since Day One. Tuesday came in second with a paltry 13%.
Prime Time is the Right Time
Although some comments favored during the work day, 70% chose either 8 or 9 p.m. EST. Some Twitter chatter I saw a few weeks back worried about #fundchat interfering with “Modern Family,” so we’ll have to keep an eye on that!
Gulp…Weekly it is!
Fifty-nine percent voted for #fundchat to take place on a weekly basis. Just 29% voted for bi-weekly. As moderator, I’ll have to do some math about whether or not I can sustain a weekly investment or perhaps some of the more (ahem!) dedicated participants could serve as backup. I’m just glad “daily” wasn’t an option!
Breadth of Experience
There was a nice breakdown of experience levels among #fundchat participants. Forty-four percent had 10 years or less of experience, while 56% had more than 10 years. I think this is a great mix of more experience and exuberance that should continue to serve us all well.
What’s it Worth?
I was stunned by the response to the question of usefulness and application of #fundchat in your work. On a scale of 1 to 5, the average was 4.13. Sixty percent said that #fundchat is helpful to their day-to-day work. Since the survey, I’ve seen many comments on Twitter where folks are expressing their appreciation for the insight and advice they receive from participating. Obviously, this is a key strength of #fundchat and needs to be fostered.
What do you Really Think?
There was a host of great feedback, but my favorite was “Serve cocktails.” During our last #fundchat, quite a few mentioned that they enjoy participating with a cool refreshing beverage, so I think we’ve found that in general, #fundchat participants are happy-hour types. It has also been rewarding to see so many kudos on Twitter. Some dubbed #fundchat as one of the “coolest” philanthropy hashtags on Twitter!
At this point, I’m not inclined to make any dramatic changes to #fundchat. The one area that I might look more closely at is changing the time, but that will be a decision I’ll make by the end of the summer. Above all, the key takeaway is that #fundchat is off to a great start, has attracted some amazing professionals who are expert and dedicated to their work, and who enjoy sharing their insights, frustrations and victories. I look forward to my role in continuing to foster this community for as long as we can continue to learn from and support one another.
You can see the complete survey results at Twtpoll.com. What is your take on the results? Please share your comments below.