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10 Time Management Tips for Nonprofit Communicators

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There don’t seem to be peaks and valleys, it’s all just climbing, climbing, climbing. Tip #1: Don’t overload your plate.

Pinterest Primer for Nonprofits

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Flickr: stevegarfield. My name is Gayle Thorsen…and I’m a Pinterest addict. Getting Started. Ideas/Best Practices. Role Models.

Tooting your own horn

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I tell them they need to toot their own horn in professional, meaningful ways. Use your marketing expertise to advance your own department and career.

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Mobile giving: 4 trends nonprofits should consider

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flickr/closari. This is my second post based on information gleaned from a recent Common Knowledge webinar on nonprofit communications trends for 2011.

Free digital storytelling tools for nonprofits

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Flickr/mysza831. A little holiday gift for you! Each time I do that, the range of options kind of astounds me. Plus they’re fun! VuVox. MixBook.

Blogs vs. Facebook for Nonprofits

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(My 100 th post!). Over the past few months, I’ve helped a couple nonprofit clients who are ready to move into social media decide whether to go with a blog or Facebook. (I’ll I’ll talk about Twitter strategies in a future post. It’s kind of a different animal.). That’s a real concern. MY ADVICE. Nonprofit A–blog.

Video roars into 2011; Nonprofits, grab your videocam

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flickr/John Biehler. I just took a terrific, free, Common Knowledge webinar on the five big nonprofit communication trends for 2011. Invite them.

A 5-step quide to social media strategy for nonprofits

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flickr/luc legay. Many nonprofits have already dipped their toes into social media. They see others doing it and figure they should be doing it too.

Augmented reality—Search moves from text to objects

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Hold onto your hats! It’s called augmented reality, and it’s going to change everything. That’s great. Are you excited yet?

Cultivate new supporters fast: A five-week “on-boarding” plan for nonprofits

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flickr/benkessler. This time I want to share part of a recent CK webinar on building your email list. CK calls this “on-boarding.&#.

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Top mobile social media apps for nonprofits

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Flickr/Irish Typepad. Reminder: If you don’t have a great website and email strategy, you probably shouldn’t be focusing on social media yet. Those have to be your first priorities. It’s predicted that by the end of 2014, mobile (smart phone and tablet) access to the web will have outstripped desktop access. Real-time stories rock.

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Kick-ass Kickstarter campaigns

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Nonprofits should at least know about the potential of Kickstarter for crowd-funding small to medium-sized creative projects. Those cost money, too.

Guest post: 10 things to consider when designing your annual report

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Linda Henneman, ThinkDesign. Over the years, I’ve been in charge of developing a dozen annual reports for large foundations. For some of them, I was lucky enough to work with ThinkDesign Group. Their award winning work is known for its powerful interplay of text and design. Together, we’re creating pieces that are appropriate for the times.

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To self (and staff): Great job!

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Flickr: Doug88888. When Marc Pitman asked us nonprofit fundraisers and communicators: “How do you say thanks to yourself?” Small things (e.g.,

12 New Year’s resolutions for nonprofit communicators

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Flickr/alykat. Spend no less than three hours a week listening online to what’s going on in your field and what’s being said about your organization.

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First step in strategic communications planning: Communications audits

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flickr/joebeone. It may be your biggest conservation tool. Some people quake in their boots at the words “strategic plan.&# No way around that.).

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Use Pinterest to track media coverage

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There are lots of useful ways for nonprofits to use Pinterest, not only to engage their stakeholders but to carry out communications tasks.

Taking a break…

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I should have mentioned this earlier but I’ve been involved in a house move for the past yearand am taking a break from blogging at Impact Max.

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Links to Love

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I don’t often do this, but I ran across some great posts this week that I wanted to share with everyone. Tips for an effective contact us page.

Free Tools: Visual Timelines

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Tiki-toki. Examples of each are to the right. Check them all out and choose according to your needs. There are several differences among them. Dipity

Nonprofits: New look for Twitter and LinkedIn profiles

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In the past few weeks, two big social media platforms—Twitter and LinkedIn—retooled the look of their profiles. First, get inspired!

Free photo editing tools for nonprofits

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PIXLR. Visual content is online gold, especially for social media. I’ve been using these a lot myself, so I wanted to let you know about them!

$7 for $15 Worth of Drink Dazzlers Shipped!

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Today over at Gaggle of Chicks you can get a super cute deal on the cheap: $15 worth of Drink Dazzlers for just $7 plus FREE shipping!

The CEO bully pulpit: Commentaries in the digital age

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Flickr/southtyrolean. I’ve wanted to post for a while about one of my favorite media tactics for nonprofits and foundations.

Social issue documentaries: Building a movement

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A few weeks before the film’s scheduled airing, the University’s vice president of external affairs pulled the plug on it.

3 cool, creative, FREE communications tools for nonprofits

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Flickr/marcmo. It’s been too long since I’ve posted about free online tools, and there are some recent ones that deserve your attention.

Nonprofits: Become a personal “content” shopper for your audiences

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flickr/Somewhat Frank. Content curation isn’t new, even though a lot is being written about it these days. Why is this practice valuable?

Tactics—Step 4 in strategic communications planning for nonprofits

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flickr/popculturegeek. This is the last in my series of posts guiding nonprofits through strategic communications planning. You won’t be sorry.

The Empty Package–Nonprofits, Social Media, and Content Strategy

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flickr/minxlj. I’m delighted to see recent data about the nonprofit sector’s leadership in adopting social media. That’s a bad sign.

Summer Reading

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flickr/Spencer E. Holtaway. Don’t let yourself make the same mistake. Both of them are heavy with gold nuggets. They are well worth the time!

Guest Post: Kivi Leroux Miller

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Kivi Leroux Miller is an author, trainer, coach, consultant, and president of Nonprofit Marketing Guide.com. I hope you enjoy her guest post. TALENT.

Strategic Communications Planning for Nonprofits—Step Three: Audience research and messages

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Flickr/3fold. Step three in the communications process—what do they need from you? That’s no longer enough. My advice–don’t.

Nonprofits and Foundations: Don’t Forget the Infographics

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Gee, I’ve even written a couple.) Let me add another important tool to this remedial mix— infographics. coolinfographics. francescomugnai.

DIY stratetgic communications planning for nonprofits: Step 2—Key Audiences

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That clarity is all-important as you move on to the next step in strategic communications planning—determining your key audiences.

DIY strategic communications planning for nonprofits

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Flickr/Sumlin. A while ago I promised some advice about strategic communications planning, and my next step-by-step posts will cover that topic.

Direct mail envelopes–five ideas for nonprofit fundraising

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(Another stellar quest post from nonprofit fund raising expert Rick Schwartz !). of the direct mail we get, unopened. Too bad. Me neither. curiosity).

Own the Room–Some great presentation advice

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flickr/constantly-Jair. Lots of us tend to underestimate the potential ROI from a great presentation. Think about that the next time you (reluctantly?)

Working Effectively with Consultants: Tips for Nonprofits

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flickr/oooh-oooh. So, I thought I’d share a few tips. Know what skills you want. If you’re looking for a writer—what kind of writer?

Nonprofits have two missions to balance–cause and corporate

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You have two missions —a cause mission to change society and a corporate mission to sustain your organization.