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Five Logical Places to Outsource Comms When You Have the Budget

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Your nonprofit acknowledges that you can’t do it all as a comms team of one. But they don’t want to hire staff right now, and would rather contract out the work. So what should you outsource? Here are the five places I would consider first. Media Relations / PR.

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Another Exercise for You: The Brain Dump

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Last week I shared An Exercise to Reduce Burnout (and More): Start a List of Every Single Thing You Do at Work. The goal of that exercise was to see ALL of your tasks in one place so you could prevent burnout, manage expectations, combat imposter syndrome, and realize your worth.

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Don’t Be Like Top Chef: Have a Response Plan

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I am a big fan of reality cooking show Top Chef and this past season was turning out to be one of its best. Challenges consisted of a wider range of cuisines. The cast was diverse and they all seemed to genuinely like each other and eager to help.

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The 10 Keys to Nonprofit Communications Success

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What are all of the things that nonprofit communications teams need to think about and potentially act on to be successful? Of course, it’s a really, really long list of potential items.

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – July 30, 2021

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The Hound. Auburn, AL. While I think a lot of us could use an actual mixed drink at this point, it’s a little early here in the States so let’s settle for the most helpful articles, posts, tips, and more from around the world of nonprofit marketing and fundraising.

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You Can’t Do All the Things. Pace Yourself.

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Someone recently told me that while they appreciate all the diverse professional development topics that we and others offer on nonprofit communications and marketing, the fact that there is so much of it and so many things to learn also contributes to her sense of imposter syndrome. I get it!

How to React Quickly to a Crisis, Current Event, or Catastrophe

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Crisis communications is not just about being prepared for a rogue board member or sketchy financials. The pandemic, social unrest, and increasing displays of hate have thrust nonprofits into the position of needing to revamp their communications plans and messaging on a dime.

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Social Media, Blog, and Newsletter Ideas for July 2021

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A lot of you operate on smaller staffs during the summer, so if you need a spark of inspiration for next month’s editorial calendar, these writing prompts can help. These ideas come from our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts email newsletter.

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – July 16, 2021

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The Corner Grille. Atlanta, GA. Happy Friday! Ready for the the most helpful articles, posts, tips, and more from around the world of nonprofit marketing and fundraising? This week we have all kinds of social media news and tips, cybersecurity insights, what to do if you get laid off, and more.

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Are Awareness and Thought Leadership Legit Nonprofit Marketing Goals?

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Raising awareness and thought leadership are two of twelve nonprofit marketing goals in our Nonprofit Communications Strategic Planning Card Deck (Amazon).

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Social Media and Newsletter Ideas for August 2021

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The following ideas come from our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts email newsletter. Sign up now to get prompts emailed to you in advance monthly. As usual, please double-check events to see if they are still happening. On the Calendar. 8/01: Friendship Day.

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Did You Schedule Your Vacation Time Yet?

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I just saw on Facebook that Nonprofit AF’s Vu Le is taking some time off to recharge and thinks you should too. Kivi is on vacation this week.

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Nonprofit Communicators, Share Your Day

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We’ve been able to re-start our Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator blog series with three new submissions from readers like you! Nicole Gustafson. Veronica Brown. Emily Wills. But it’s your turn now! What goes on in a typical day in your life as a nonprofit communicator?

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – July 9, 2021

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The Depot. Auburn, AL. It’s Friday which means it’s time for the most helpful articles, posts, tips, and more from around the world of nonprofit marketing and fundraising. This week we have TikTok tips, how to transition to in-person events, Facebook video ad ideas, and more.

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An Exercise to Reduce Burnout (and More): Start a List of Every Single Thing You Do at Work

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No, this isn’t another request for submissions to our Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator blog series (but you are welcome to submit yours as part of this exercise ).

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5 Ways Nonprofit Comms Directors Often Need to Lead Their Organizations

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“But is this really my responsibility?” ” That’s the response I sometimes get when I’m encouraging a nonprofit communications director to step up and start an often-hard conversation within their organizations. Of course, it’s usually not their job, technically.

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – April 9, 2021

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Last week I accidentally published Mixed Links with a 2022 date and just now I typed 2020 for the date. Needless to say, TGIF! Let’s finish up the week with the most helpful articles, posts, tips, and more from around the world of nonprofit marketing and fundraising.

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[FREE Webinar Tomorrow] Our Five-Step Guide to Increasing Your Effectiveness

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At Nonprofit Marketing Guide, we’ve been training, coaching, and researching nonprofit communications directors and teams for more than 15 years.

6 Messaging Options for Email Re-Engagement Campaigns

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Time and time again we have implored you keep a clean, healthy email list. It’s essential to having a successful email marketing program. That means not sending emails to people who no longer engage with your content.

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This July: Comms Planning, Professional Development, Rapid Response Protocols (and a Huge Discount on It All)

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Here’s what’s happening this month at Nonprofit Marketing Guide…. Online Training: SAVE $200! The Annual All-Access Training Pass.

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Your All-Access Pass to Training and Support Is $200 Off [Ends Tonight]

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Our All-Access Pass is the best value for busy nonprofit communicators who want to learn their jobs, love their work, and lead their teams. Attend ALL of our webinars and workshops (+ much more) for 365 days for only $599. SALE ENDS TONIGHT!

Is This the End of Email Open Rate Tracking?

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You may have seen the latest batch of announcements from Apple about the privacy changes they are making to their software, including this one: In the Mail app, Mail Privacy Protection stops senders from using invisible pixels to collect information about the user.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Emily Wills

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Emily Wills. Here is the latest submission for our Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator series. This series lets you describe your workday in your own words.

How to Prepare for an Extended Leave (Or a Permanent Exit!)

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One of the last conversations the most recent cohort of the Communications Director Mentoring Program had was around how you prepare for an extended leave (or exit) when you are a nonprofit communications director.

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Understanding How Stories Fit into Story Arcs

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We in the nonprofit comms and fundraising world talk a lot about storytelling and how to write or tell a good story about a person or situation.

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Pandemic Creates More Planning and Collaboration on Communications

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In the survey for the upcoming 2021 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report, we asked three questions about the impact of the pandemic on your communications work.

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On Being a White Thought Leader in the Nonprofit Sector

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TL;DR: Getting called in and called out comes with the territory of being a thought leader. You need to learn to manage that, regardless of how uncomfortable it is, or find another line of work. .

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Which Communications Plan Should You Create Now? [Decision Tree]

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When you talk about creating a “communications plan” or a “marketing plan,” you are actually talking about creating one of five different documents that have different purposes. Marketing Strategy. Quick and Dirty Marketing Plan. Big Picture Communications Timeline.

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Missed Our Free Webinar on Raising Awareness? Take the Online Course Anytime!

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We had over 200 people register for last week’s free webinar on how to raise awareness. But if you weren’t one of those 200 people and you struggle with what it means to raise awareness, we still have you covered!

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Fundraising Isn’t the Only Thing Nonprofit Communicators Do

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Every now and then, a fundraising consultant will write a post essentially saying that all nonprofit communications and marketing should be driven by fundraising goals and staff, with a few limited exceptions, like media relations and general branding.

How Do You Define Your Comms Response Levels of Effort?

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I’ve been in a lot of conversations lately where I’m encouraging nonprofit comms staff to create levels or tiers that represent a certain level of comms staff effort and/or a certain volume of communications activity, such as numbers of emails or social media posts.

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How Much and How Fast on Your Editorial Calendar?

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We get questions like this a lot. How often should we send out __ ? fill in the blank with emails, tweets, press releases, etc.). What’s a normal amount of content for my team to be asked to create? How much should I put in my editorial calendar ? Of course, the answer is “ It depends.”

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Social Media and Newsletter Ideas for May 2021

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Don’t rack your brain trying to think of clever ideas for your social media updates, blog posts, or newsletter articles. These writing prompts can crush that writer’s block! These ideas come from our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts email newsletter*.

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Social Media and Newsletter Ideas for June 2021

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Hopefully you are scheduling some vacation time which means you may need some quick ideas to fill your editorial schedule while your gone. Don’t worry! We have exactly what you’re looking for with these writing prompts.

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – June 25, 2021

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Welcome to our weekly round-up of the the most helpful articles, posts, tips, and more from around the world of nonprofit marketing and fundraising. This week we have advice for getting Gen X donors, equitable fundraising, the state of video marketing and more.

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What’s the Why Behind Your Nonprofit Communications Job?

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In the second edition of The Nonprofit Marketing Guide , I wrote.

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Let’s Get Back to Sharing Our Days!

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I really enjoyed our Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator blog series and while it was a popular series we ran out of submissions from readers like you. How about we get it going again? What You Need to Do. It’s super easy!

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What Nonprofit Communications Directors Should Name and Own

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I use this quote from Thomas L. Friedman in my training all the time: “In the world of ideas, to name something is to own it. If you can name an issue, you can own the issue.”

Does Your Nonprofit’s Website Have These Features?

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If you have been with us for a while, you know we just finished a HUGE website redesign. (If If you are new here, then “Hello!”). ”). We spent a good chunk of 2020 and into this year researching design trends, best practices, and the latest website bells and whistles.

Social Media and Newsletter Ideas for April 2021

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Looking to fill your editorial calendar next month? We have ideas for newsletter articles, blog posts, social media updates, and more. These ideas come from our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts email newsletter*.

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The Pandemic Pause: Can We Be Gracious When We Meet Again?

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Tara Collins. Today’s post comes from long-time friend of Nonprofit Marketing Guide, Tara Collins. I love her plea for patience and grace as we begin meeting up again in person.

They Have to Clearly See Your Boundaries to Honor Them

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So I was really annoyed with the yard guy. He was not cutting the grass near my hostas, so they were getting really weedy. Then the next week, he clearly tried to cut the grass, but shredded a bunch of hostas with the weed whacker in the process. Again, I was NOT happy. I love my garden.

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The 8 Kinds of Burnout #NPCOMMLIFE

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We talk a lot about burnout in this NPCOMMLIFE blog series because, unfortunately, it just seems to be a part of being a nonprofit communicator.

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