2 things you need to know for direct marketing


If you’re working on a direct marketing effort for major and/or planned gifts, there are just two things you need to know: 1. What’s really most important for a direct marketing effort to work is the list. >> Direct-Mail Writing That Raises Funds. >>

8 ‘Duh’ Principles Of Direct Marketing

The Agitator

’ principles of direct marketing from copywriter Dean Rieck via DirectMarketingIQ. Marketing begins and ends with the product. Make sure you’re doing direct marketing. ” Then there’s Charity:Water’s compelling offer: 100% of your donation goes directly into drilling wells; none of it goes to overhead … unfortunately, an offer not all nonprofits can make. We fundraisers all have our ‘Duh!’

70 Steps To Getting Your Direct Marketing Right

The Agitator

It’s been awhile since we featured master direct marketer Denny Hatch. Called The Direct Marketer’s Checklist , it’s simply a list of 70 boxes that any direct marketer should tick before they communicate their pitch. OK, 35 of the boxes apply to all media employed; the balance then focus on direct mail, then space ads, then catalogs, then email/ecommerce, and finally DRTV.

The Skinny on Direct Marketing 101 – The Basics: A Participant’s View


This following article was originally published in March 2016 by the Direct Marketing Association of Washington and is reprinted with permission. Held at The City Club of Washington, it covered the fundamentals of direct marketing, examined big picture trends and gave attendees an opportunity to network. Lori Barao (MMI Direct) followed with data hygiene. It’s worthwhile for anyone who truly appreciates the science of marketing.

How NOT to write a letter to your supporter community


All contributed directly to our expanding excellence. Here’s an old letter from my alma mater. In 2012 they achieved their goal and raised $1 billion but, in my humble opinion, they failed miserably. .

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The top 10 reasons why your donor outreach fails


It fails to provide a way for the donor to respond to someone directly. #2. It’s boring. #9. It’s impersonal. #8. It’s irrelevant. #7. It lacks emotion. #6. It’s confusing. #5. It fails to tell the donor what you want them to do. #4.

3 major donor myths broken by Andrew Olsen


Andrew Olsen knows a thing or two about direct marketing. On his blog , he debunks 3 major donor myths that pertain to marketing. You can find them below. Here’s his proof that they aren’t true. Myth #1: Major donors don’t give through the mail or online.

How to use verbatims and digital body language to raise more money


That way it gets scored and sorted for future automated marketing using highly segmented, highly relevant, highly personalized messages. Recently I was interviewed by a woman named Mazarine at Wild Woman Fundraising ! You can hear the interview here.

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3 ways to use direct mail effectively in the age of social media


Although direct mail requires printing and postage, we still include it in our marketing plans because it can be effective if you do it right. MarketSmart has generated millions of dollars for clients with direct mail. Often it is best to combine direct mail with an Internet landing page. If you use your data to send the right person, the right offer, at the right time, direct mail will deliver an exponential return on your investment.

The 4 levels of donor commitment according to Mal Warwick


For those of you who are new to the field, Mal Warwick played a tremendous leadership role in fundraising and direct marketing. In his book titled How to Write Successful Fundraising Appeals , he outlined the 4 levels of donor commitment.

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5 lessons fundraisers can learn from Subway (Yes! The sandwich shop)


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Another idea to think about before you write your fundraising copy


Communication Direct Marketing Fundraising marketing Philosophy/motivation Planned Giving Planned giving Planned Giving Marketing strategy philosophy smart Carol Pollack from Planning and Endowment Consulting had a great idea to add to yesterday’s post.

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Why mistakes are awesome and what to do about them


Digital Marketing Direct Marketing Fundraising Lead Generation fundraising tips nonprofit marketingI know the feeling. A supporter calls to tell you your email or letter spelled her name wrong. She’s pissed! You begin to sweat and your muscles become tense.

What a terrific advertisement!


I really can’t say it any better than this ad thanks to LegacyVoice , a legacy administration and marketing firm based in the UK. Folks, it’s time to focus on where you’ll get the money to sustain your mission. It’s that simple. Leave your comments below. Kudos!

There’s power in exclusivity but are you using it?


In this case, private sector marketers employ Velvet Rope Marketing strategies.

Before you begin to write your fundraising copy, print this out


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Are fundraising tricks and gimmicks worth doing?


How Planned Giving Marketing Is Like Selling New Cars. An old book filled with timeless lessons. I was cleaning out a cabinet last weekend and I came across an old book I read long ago titled Strategic Selling.

How Direct Mailers Become their Clients Most Valuable Asset

Exactask Marketing

But despite the fact that we admittedly live in an increasingly digital world, direct mailers remain a viable and in fact, very powerful fundraising tool. According to the Direct Marketing Association, 70 percent of Americans still regard “snail mail” as more personal than the internet.

Direct Mail vs Email Marketing: The Benefits of Both for Your Nonprofit Clients

Exactask Marketing

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15 telephone call don’t’s for major and planned gift fundraisers


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Direct Mail Yields Major Gift Donors

The Agitator

On Monday we reported on the American Cancer Society (ACS) and its project over the past year to re-examine the role of direct mail in its fundraising program. Here’s a bit of analysis from our friends at Analytical Ones that confirms a key payoff from direct mail acquisition programs.

7 things about email subject lines that will help you save the world


Firstly, email subject lines are actually headlines. The great advertising legend David Ogilvy once said, “On average, five times as many people read the headlines as read body copy. So, when you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.”

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3 reasons to run an OPT-OUT campaign


Direct Marketing Fundraising Email Marketing nonprofit marketing tipsI said you should run an OPT-OUT campaign. Not an opt-in campaign. I realize it’s counter-intuitive, but I actually get just a little bit of pleasure seeing people unsubscribe from my blog.

3 big reasons why some fundraisers should not critique creative


Fundraising Major Giving Planned Giving strategy charity blog creative jobs creative work cultivation for major gifts cultivation for planned giving Digital Marketing Direct Marketing donor cultivation marketing for nonprofits marketing services nonprofit marketing Planned Giving MarketingRecently one of our beloved clients critiqued something we thought she should do by saying, “Well if I saw that envelope I’d throw it in the trash!”

Emotion vs Logic — The Economists Weigh In

The Agitator

Late last month we stated what is obvious to any direct response fundraiser : emotion trumps logic. communications copywriting direct marketing fundraising research premium Most Agitator readers readily agreed.

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Are you communicating with your supporters too frequently?


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Stop filling space!


Direct Marketing Fundraising strategy good advertising good vs. bad advertising Nonprofit nonprofit marketing philanthropy blogThis ad for Volkswagen was (and still is) one of the greatest ads of all time. It was simple and powerful.

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7 Solid Reasons Why You Should Kill Your Printed Planned Giving Newsletter


After all, it’s an easy marketing option (especially if you buy them from a vendor who has been creating them for you for decades). In marketing, we call these folks “subscribers” And, subscriber readership is always more valuable than non-subscriber readership.

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#INTERVIEW: Phyllis Freedman, President of SmartGiving and Author of The Planned Giving Blogger

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. That was about eight years ago; since then I’ve detoured to work exclusively on planned giving – really at the intersection of direct marketing.

3 big reasons why email open rates don’t matter (and what you should measure instead)


She was showing off her firm’s marketing emails. They don’t account for the effectiveness (or ineffectiveness) of email marketing. No smart marketer cares about them. That’s because she didn’t know a darn thing about effective marketing.

Stop shaming your supporters!


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16 Content Ideas Your Major and Planned Gift Donors Will Love


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Infographics Produce Fundraising Results

The Agitator

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Statistical Averages Versus Fundraising Reality

The Agitator

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Dangerous Myth #1: Too Much Solicitation Causes Poor Retention

The Agitator

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How Does Your Donor Behavior Compare To Canada?

The Agitator

Boomers demographic trends direct mail direct marketing Don''t Miss these Posts fundraising Hot Research online fundraising premium An excellent review of the donor landscape in Canada has just been released by fundraising agency hjc and Blackbaud.

What Jobs Do Your Donors Want Done?

The Agitator

It’s not much different in the nonprofit sector when it comes to direct response tests aimed at beating the control. communications direct marketing fundraising innovation premium In the commercial world about 95% of all new products fail.

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The Eyes Have It

The Agitator

High powered commercial brands leave nothing to chance when it comes to marketing. Caryn Stein at the Nonprofit Marketing Blog gives us this illustration from cereal packaging — What Cap’n Crunch Can Teach You About Fundraising.

Direct Mail Hanging In

The Agitator

The Direct Marketing Association notes in its recently released 2012 Response Rate Report that direct mail response rates have dropped nearly 25% over the past nine years. Even so, direct mail pulls a better overall response than digital channels. for direct mail.

Groundhog Day In June

The Agitator

Tom’s post, Selling Your Board on Direct Response , served as a painful reminder that many of our Agitator brothers and sisters are right now ending the agony of the ‘budget season’ in those groups where the fiscal year begins in July.

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Barriers To Growth – Part 1

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Thank you for being part of our growing ecosystem


Rather, I am really just a marketer. This firm was originally an ad agency/marketing firm. I created Engagement Fundraising and invented our software because I’m really a donor, not a fundraiser.

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‘F’ Grade For Online Giving

The Agitator

What I found interesting is that many of these so-called online fundraising failures are actually failures of Direct Marketing 101. That is, they would be considered failures as well in any direct mail fundraising programs, where the extant experience and institutional knowledge is probably. direct marketing Don''t Miss these Posts email marketing Hot Research online fundraising online publishing social networking You Deserve a Raise premium