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Set Goals for What Matters

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Goals are powerful, especially if you choose only a few. A laundry list is almost impossible to stay focused on. But if you choose two or three realistic, specific goals, and write them down, you are likely to achieve them. But first, make sure you set goals for what matters most.

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Facebook’s Latest News Feed Changes: What Nonprofits Can Do

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Another week, another change to Facebook. ( See Mark Zuckerberg’s post from January 11, 2018.). This one actually may make a big difference in how nonprofits use the networking site though. In case you haven’t heard, Facebook is changing what you see on your news feed.

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Nonprofit Web Design 101: 5 Strategies for Beginners

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Jeff Gordy. If your nonprofit’s website hasn’t been a top priority, it’s time to change that. But don’t worry, if you don’t know what to do. Today’s guest post will help you get started. Kristina. Guest Post by Jeff Gordy.

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5 Clever Online Engagement Ideas for Nonprofits

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Looking for ways to engage supporters online? Get inspired by these real nonprofit digital engagements! Ask An Artist To Illustrate. Take that hashtag contest to the next level. Invite an artist to illustrate your supporter’s thoughts submitted online. Make a Reading List. Summer’s coming.

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A 2017 Media Relations Calendar for Resource-Strapped Nonprofits

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Let’s face it, media relations isn’t near the top of the priority list at most nonprofits. Nor should it be. Nonprofits don’t exist to grab sexy headlines.

Should Nonprofits Use Video for Internal Communications?

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Damien Johnson. Distributing information to your entire organization can be difficult, especially in a time of transition. Damien Johnson was a member of our Communications Director Mentoring Program and shared this great idea on using video for internal communications. Kristina.

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3 Things Successful Nonprofits Do NOW to Prepare for December Online Fundraising

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Source: https://flic.kr/p/8q7cDb. p/8q7cDb. The other day my daughter and I were walking down an aisle in a department store and she noticed a huge Halloween products display. “Oh Oh come on!” she said. TOO SOON. I agreed, and we had a laugh about how I forbid holiday music until after Thanksgiving.

3 Realistic Social Media New Year’s Resolutions for Nonprofits

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I apologize for the headline (and the macarons). I had to get you here and I knew “New Year’s Resolutions,” and sweets, might work. But here’s the thing – I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. I think if you want to make a change, now is as good a time as any.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Seth J. Katzen

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Seth J. Katzen. Welcome to the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words. We’d love to feature YOU in this series!

How Nonprofit Communicators Spend Their Time (Infographic) #NPCOMM2017

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Do you wonder if other nonprofit communicators are spending as much time on certain tasks as you? Check out the results from the 2017 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report and see for yourself.

Nonprofit Communications Budgets: How Big Should Yours Be?

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I know many of you are working on your 2017 budgets now, so rather than make you wait until mid-January to get the budget information from our 2017 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report, I’m sharing it with you today. I hope you can use this data to make the case for increasing your budget!

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7 Planning Steps for a Short Annual Report

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One of the beautiful things about a short annual report (think 2-4 pager, infographic or video) is that you don’t have to spend nearly as much time creating the thing. But there is a catch. . . You have to spend more time planning it.

How to Get Your Nonprofit Into the News During the Holidays

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But smart organizations are also planning ahead for another year-end tradition: increased coverage of charities during the holidays.

8 Productivity Practices You Might Want to Try

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It’s tough to implement methods that keep your nonprofit marketing organized and on track when you can’t effectively manage your own time, attention and energy.

Why Deleting People from Your Email List is a Good Thing

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Kristina and I are on the verge of deleting about 10,000 people from our email list here at Nonprofit Marketing Guide. It’s the same exercise we went through last year when we removed about 15,000 people.

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How We Cleaned Up Our Email List and Re-Engaged Our Subscribers

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Aubrey Brennan. We love to hear how it goes when you’ve used one of our tactics! Today’s post comes from Aubrey Brennan of Green Bay Botanical Garden who took our suggestions regarding finding engaged email subscribers and deleting everyone else.

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What to Do When the Media Gets Your Story Wrong

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There’s an adage in public relations that there’s no such thing as bad publicity. But while this might be true if you’re a celebrity or a political candidate, bad publicity can have dire consequences for nonprofits.

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7 Free Tools to Improve Your Nonprofit Marketing

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Billy Attar. We know you guys love your nonprofit marketing tools – especially when they are free! Billy Attar of Pipl is here today to share some tools we haven’t even heard of. Let us know what you think and share your favorite tools too! Kristina. Guest Post by Billy Attar of Pipl.

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

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The Bombay Club. New Orleans, LA. The weekend is almost here, ladies and gentlemen! Let’s wind down the week with some Mixed Links… If you haven’t done so yet, could you please take a moment to take our 2018 Nonprofit Communications Trends Survey ?

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Drive Donors to your Online Donation Page with These Six Marketing Strategies, Part 1

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Abby Jarvis. Today we have part 1 in a two-part series by Abby Jarvis of Qgiv on how to promote your online donation page. Read the first three marketing strategies below, then join us next week for the final three. Kristina . Guest Post by Abby Jarvis of Qgiv.

5 Ways to Get the Media to Cover Your Next Event

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Your charity needs more than a fancy gathering to attract reporters. It needs a news hook.

4 Inspirational “Share Your Story” Pages That Will Knock Your Socks Off

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Want to get your supporters pumped? Try a “Share Your Story” page on your website.

We Want You Back! How to Re-Engage Inactive Email Supporters

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Image: [link]. You’re losing email subscribers. Every month. All year long. They unsubscribe. They bounce. They stop responding. According to M+R Benchmarks, on average, about 24% of subscribers are considered inactive. What’s a nonprofit communicator to do?

The Happy Healthy Nonprofit Marketer: Marketing Success from the Inside Out

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We are all about helping you not only learn your job but love your job. Part of loving your job is taking care of yourself to avoid burnout.

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3 Powerful Tools to Help You Optimize Your Nonprofit Website

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via GIPHY. Want to make your website better? And by better, I mean get more people to join your email list, sign up to volunteer, and donate. You could ask for user feedback, but what users say and do are often polar opposites.

7 Common Donation Form Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them!) – Part 1

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Abby Jarvis. Last week, Abby Jarvis finished her two-part series on marketing strategies to drive donors to your donation pages. Today, she starts another two-part series on how to avoid common mistakes on your donation forms. Kristina. Guest Post by Abby Jarvis of Qgiv.

How Nonprofit Comms Staff Are Getting Training

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We asked a new set of questions about professional development for communications staff in the 2018 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report Survey this year. We wanted to know the kinds of training people were participating in. No surprise, webinars were the most popular.

Where Should I Pitch My Nonprofit’s Story?

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Photo by Jeronimo del Villar. Many nonprofits use the “spray and pray” technique when they are pitching their stories to the media. They spray their pitches everywhere and pray that somebody picks them up.

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Lessons from the Boy Scouts Controversy: Be Prepared

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Even if you have no connection to Boy Scouts of America, you are probably well aware of the organization’s motto: Be Prepared. But in the wake of President Donald Trump’s address to the organization’s Jamboree this week, it appears BSA’s media relations team wasn’t following that motto.

CROWDFUNDING: Who’s Giving…To What and Where

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Peer pressure works. Strangers make the smallest gifts. And love ‘em or hate ‘em, matches and prizes drive donations.

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Creating a Partnership Between Fundraisers and Marketers [TOMORROW]

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Do your fundraising and communications staffs work together well? It can be a challenge to get everyone on the same page. Especially if neither department has a clear understanding of what the other one is trying to do.

10 Tips for Getting Your Op-Ed Placed

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A well-placed op-ed can help your nonprofit call attention to an important issue or change minds about a controversial topic. Unlike reported news stories, op-eds are opinion pieces that are written by those who aren’t on the staff of a newspaper, magazine or website.

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How to Define Roles on Communications Projects

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Communications work is complicated enough as it is. When you aren’t exactly sure who is responsible for what, it gets even more complicated.

The Annual Report Donor List is a Stupid Waste of Time

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Could your annual report fit right in with this scene? It’s time to update your approach. If you’ve heard me on an annual reports webinar any time in the last decade, you’ve heard me say some version of this: It’s OK to go short and stop publishing the donor list. Seriously.

The 5 Things You Need In Your Nonprofit’s Online Newsroom

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Photo by Jurg Vollmer. When nonprofit communicators think about media relations, they often focus on proactively pitching stories and reaching out to reporters and editors. But effective media relations isn’t just about pushing our story ideas on unsuspecting reporters.

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How Can Nonprofits Communicate to Two Americas?

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It’s Kivi here. At Nonprofit Marketing Guide, we are all about helping communications directors do the best job possible for their organizations and to do the work with purpose, enthusiasm, and integrity. We are also very much about being pragmatic and keeping it real.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Thomas Negron

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Thomas Negron and Ruby. Welcome to the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words. We’d love to feature YOU in this series!

A Simple Guide to Injecting Colorful Quotes Into Your News Release

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When your nonprofit sends a press release to a reporter or editor, it’s immediately facing stiff competition for coverage. Journalists can receive hundreds of releases each week — and depending on what they cover and who they work for, they only have time to cover a handful of stories.

Repurpose Your Content for Consistent Storytelling

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GREETINGS: 39 Ideas to Help You Rock Your Nonprofit Email Welcome Series

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Congratulations, you’ve got new email subscribers! Now what? Dump them in your normal communications stream without recognition or welcome? Welcome them – quickly, warmly, sincerely. The welcome email may be the single most important email you send.

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