Is Blogging Dead?

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BLOGGING IS DEAD – the headline screamed. It was on a blog, of course. And just about every other thing you read about blogging being dead will be on someone’s blog. The first result I get is a post from Fast Company…written in 2012. Blogging

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How to use a blog to generate planned giving gifts.


According to research by the University of Massachusetts , charities and higher education have a higher adoption rate for blogs than any other category. And that makes sense because blogs are a cost-effective way to tell stories and build a consistent emotional connection with constituents.

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Nonprofit Blog Carnival Wants to Know — What’s Your Dream?

Getting Attention

I have the honor of hosting the first Nonprofit Blog Carnival of 2012. Write a blog post or choose a recent post that fits the theme. Email your post to ( include the permalink of your post, your name and blog name), or use this submission form.

Finally some 2012 Statistics for the African Mobile Phone Market

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

That post alone, to this day, still brings in a great deal of traffic to my blog (via Google of course). The 2012 African Mobile Factbook can be downloaded here.

YOU Can Make These Dreams Come True (Nonprofit Blog Carnival)

Getting Attention

Martin Luther King inspired me to ask fellow bloggers to join me in the January Nonprofit Blog Carnival , to “pick any dream you have—for your cause, organization or the nonprofit sector—and share it and how you plan to make it real.”

50+ Ideas on What You Can Blog About

Wild Woman Fundraising

If you’re blogging and feeling stuck, you are not alone! Take it from someone who has blogged since 1999, blogging is HARD! In November 2009 I started to blog to market my book, The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising. 100+ Blogging Ideas Worksheets.

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Our Top Posts from 2012

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In case you missed any of these, here are our Top Ten blog posts from 2012, along with some commentary on why I think they made the Top Ten. 2012 Nonprofit Communications Trends – Infographic. Do you want more of the same or something else from this blog in 2013?

Marketing Beyond The Blog Buzz

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Within the past week three people from three different industries (advertising, internal branding and higher education) asked me to contribute to posts they were writing about blogs. . I wondered how different my point of view about blogs was back in the day versus today.

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Top Ten Articles from 2012 at Nonprofit Marketing Guide

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Yesterday I shared our Top Ten Blog Posts from 2012 , and today I want to share the Top Ten Articles for 2012 on , our main website, in case you missed them. These are the top article pages we added in 2012, not the top pages overall.

Nonprofit Newsletter Trends and Tips – Nonprofit Blog Carnival

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Welcome to this month’s edition of the Nonprofit Blog Carnival , where we are looking at trends in nonprofit newsletters. They want to hear about your blog posts with tips, guidelines, and examples for creating (and maintaining) a great nonprofit website.

No Wonder Retention of Online Donors is So Bad

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I did blog on January 10, 2012 about an email from the Wilderness Society that I really liked , and they have continued to be one of the best communicators of the 20 orgs I gave to.

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Successful Link Building Strategies for Nonprofits

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Allow Donors/Advocates/Nonprofits to Guest Blog: Your nonprofit should have a blog that produces quality, interesting content about your cause to help encourage other websites to naturally link to this material. Brian Honigman.

Wonderful Response from the American Heart Association

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Dear Kivi, A colleague of mine sent me your blog post called No Wonder Retention of Online Donors is So Bad from August 21, 2012.

Online Fundraising Stats and Trends for Nonprofits

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Using the 2012 Online Marketing Nonprofit Benchmark Index Study by Convio and the 2012 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study published by M+R and NTEN, we see that online fundraising continues to grow in importance, especially to smaller nonprofits.

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Should Your Nonprofit Use Pinterest?

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Hi Kivi, Thank you for all your helpful tools – webinars , blog posts , mixed links , etc. Should your nonprofit be using Pinterest?

Infographics & Data Visualization: Not Your Grandmother’s Pie Chart – Part 1

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In the case of Palm Beach Opera, the graphic was initially hosted at – an infographic portfolio site – on the PBO blog, and also via Facebook, Twitter and email, always with a link to the infographic when the 50th anniversary season was mentioned.

Freebies: 2012 Trends Report and Webinar

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2012 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report and Free Webinar: Ten Changes to Make in 2012. If so, you’ll definitely want a copy of the 2012 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report. What excites you about your work in 2012? What scares you about your work in 2012?

A long overdue call to action on cyber-bullying

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

I touched upon this briefly in a blog post I wrote during the Vancouver Hockey Riot back in 2011. I began this blog post by stressing the importance of the actions we take going forward. I watched Amanda Todd’s tragic video message today.

The RIGHT Way to Tell Your Story via Video

Getting Attention

Let me know here so I can address them in future blog posts! Annie Escobar is co-founder of ListenIn Pictures which produces compelling video stories for nonprofits. I’m on a mission to end bad nonprofit video.

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Health Care Social Media Review #14: Health Literacy Gems and Treasures


Healthcare-related tweets have increased by 51% in 2012! They highlight the results on their blog. photo by Robin M. Ashford. We are all patients. Yet only 10% of adults have the knowledge and skills needed to understand important information about their health (yikes!).

Which is more important? Fundraising or The Olympics?

Wild Woman Fundraising

originally appeared on Wild Woman Fundraising on July 19, 2012. This seems about right. Have you heard about everything going wrong with the games in the UK this year? Olympics corporate are just not making any friends at all.

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#INTERVIEW: Debra Askanase, Strategist, Offers Useful Advice To Nonprofits Using Social Media

Non Profit Marketing 360

The interview was conducted by Don Akchin, a principal of Nonprofit Marketing 360 and a frequent contributor to the MKCREATIVE blog. NPM360: You describe your blog as a ‘forum.’ A lot of my blog posts are also posted on Socialbrite because I’m a strategist with them as well.

INTERVIEW: Brock Warner, please tell me about the Canada

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He is also currently a Research Assistant for The Philanthropic Mind , a book set for release in late 2012, and was named one of Canada’s Most Notable Young Professionals in 2011. Are you working for a Canadian nonprofit? Or do you just want some fundraising advice? Get on over here.

Building an Effective Nonprofit Mobile Strategy

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For example, if your 2012 mandate has been to reach and educate a certain number of people on how to decrease incidence of diabetes, you know your younger audiences and discover they are buying/using smartphones at growing rates. Love the daily blogging? Tonia Zampieri.

How to get tons more traffic for your nonprofit blog

Wild Woman Fundraising

When I first started blogging to build an audience for my book, I read Yaro Starak’s blog. He said that the way he got tons of website visitors and built up his traffic was by commenting on 10 blogs per night.

How to Respond to a National Tragedy

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4) Whatever your issue focus, review and hold what’s already queued up to email or post on your blog for the next few days. Like you, my heart and head are heavy in the wake of Friday’s tragedy in Newtown, CT. Especially since I feel so helpless. My gut is that’s how many of your supporters and prospects are feeling as well, and what will be top of mind for at least a few more days. So be responsive , even though you’re pressured by the year-end push for support.

Let’s hear it for Asian Female Nonprofit Leaders!

Wild Woman Fundraising

Okay, you got me, I haven’t done that blog post yet! and subscriber to Wild Woman Fundraising Blog) I think her twitter bio says it best? And lest you think this blog is ONLY about America, I’ve thrown in some Asian Female Nonprofit leaders from England too!

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What are you silent about? What needs to be said?

Wild Woman Fundraising

I have totally gotten in trouble for things I have said on this blog before. You can use this quote in your enewsletter, or in a blog post. Rankism Blog by Robert Fuller: [link]. originally appeared on Wild Woman Fundraising on May 21, 2012.

Are you going to #NTC12? Say hi to me?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Here’s a non-usual blog post. Mazarine, you didn’t go to #SXSW for 3 straight years while you lived in Austin, and NOW you’re going to NTEN’s 2012 conference? originally appeared on Wild Woman Fundraising on April 2, 2012. I’m going to the NTEN conference for the first time! What? I hear you saying. In a word, YES. It’s going to be fun! I’m looking forward to learning a lot, and connecting with a lot of people!

How Ryan Gosling Thanked a Major Donor

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Check out several of the “Hey Girl” Tumblr blogs here. I created the Nonprofit Writing Prompts thinking they’d be helpful for newsletter writing and blogging, but Kim has taken this idea to a whole new level, which is fabulous because. Love the daily blogging?

Three Stages of Nonprofit Marketing Maturity

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Love the daily blogging? If not so much, switch to Kivi’s weekly email newsletter with blog highlights and then unsubscribe from the blog’s emails. We all grow and change as people and as professionals, and so do our organizations.

THIS is Why You Need a Content Strategy

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Love the daily blogging? If not so much, switch to Kivi’s weekly email newsletter with blog highlights and then unsubscribe from the blog’s emails.

Top 10 Things to Look For in New Board Members

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She invites us to her blog at for lots of free fundraising resources. Love the daily blogging? If not so much, switch to Kivi’s weekly email newsletter with blog highlights and then unsubscribe from the blog’s emails. Gail Perry.

Download 2012 Trends Report; Free Webinar on 1/5

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I released the 2012 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report yesterday to everyone who requested an advance copy. Only ¼ of nonprofits (24%) have a written and approved marketing plan for 2012. I’ll share more in 2012!

Reader Questions: How often should you communicate with your supporters?

Wild Woman Fundraising

I wrote a blog post about it. originally appeared on Wild Woman Fundraising on September 10, 2012. So recently I asked my fantastic, dedicated, smart group of people who subscribe to my enewsletter , “What do you want to know more about?”

Top 5 Words to Avoid to Achieve Messaging Awesomeness

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Last week on the main Nonprofit Marketing Guide site (you are reading the blog now), I published an article called, “ Blah, Blah, Blah: What to Do When You Write Too Much. Visit her blog for more on using the power of words to advance your mission. Erica Mills.

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Your Big Dream for 2013? Nonprofit Blog Carnival Wants to Know

Getting Attention

I’m honored to host the first Nonprofit Blog Carnival of 2013, covering your big dream for your organization, cause or the nonprofit community this year, and how you’ll get there. P.S. What is a Nonprofit Blog Carnival? Your big dreams for 2012 —How did you do?

14 Ways to Report Back to Your Donors

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I’ll be writing more about this list here on the blog and in my upcoming book. Love the daily blogging? If not so much, switch to Kivi’s weekly email newsletter with blog highlights and then unsubscribe from the blog’s emails. What are your favorite ways to report back to your donors on the good work that has been accomplished thanks to their generosity? I’m doing a free webinar at CharityHowTo this afternoon at 3 pm ET on this topic.

Newsjacking: The New Way to Get Media Attention

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Love the daily blogging? If not so much, switch to Kivi’s weekly email newsletter with blog highlights and then unsubscribe from the blog’s emails. Sometimes the work you do is newsworthy on its own and it’s worth the time to pitch your story to reporters.

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A Few Great Thank You Videos

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Katya posted two more thank-you videos she liked on her blog on Thanksgiving. This may have been the “Year of the Thank You Video” – lots of really great stuff arrived in my inbox in the last week.

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