2016

20 Tips to Energize Dull Nonprofit Writing

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Is your writing dry and boring? A lot of nonprofit messaging is. Eliminating jargon and overall wordiness is a great place to start, but here are 20 more ways that you can bring your writing back to life. Use more descriptive nouns and verbs.

Thrive thru Year End: Together!

Getting Attention

So many of you have reached out to me recently in total panic, asking for guidance because you’re stressed to the max by pressures of launches, giving day, and year end. Then there’s the biggest one—the pressure of unrealistic expectations (especially your own).

Trending Sources

No Nonprofits – You Aren’t Posting Enough On Social Media

J Campbell Social Marketing

A common question that I receive from nonprofits on social media: How often should we post on Facebook/tweet on Twitter/post on Instagram/share on LinkedIn, etc.? . The answer? More than you assume ! When I give that answer, I often get this follow up question: But what if we annoy our supporters?

How to make the right fundraising decision every time

Wild Woman Fundraising

How can you make the right fundraising decision every time? When I work with founders, CEOs and board members, what I often find is that people don’t realize that the world of nonprofit fundraising isn’t separate from every other world in your life. It’s tied to it, intimately.

The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

EveryAction

Thousands of nonprofit pros rely on our annual Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar to discover skill-building, strategy-slaying, network-enhancing nonprofit events. Today, we're excited to announce the all-new list for 2017! Bookmark it, share it, love it, and download it for Google or Outlook.

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The Curse of Fundraising Innumeracy

The Agitator

Lots of good stuff apparently came out of last week’s International Fundraising Conference and we’ll be reporting on some of that in the near future.

Telling Stories that Move Donors to Give

Fundraising Coach

It was the midst of the Great Recession, and about one in ten people across the U.S. were out of work. Amadou was one of them. Unemployment benefits helped his family, for a while. But he had worked for a low wage, and his benefits were only a fraction of that—and then they ran out.

Three Tips for Improving Direct Mail Marketing Response Rates for Nonprofit Organizations

Exactask Marketing

In the Information Age, social media and other digital avenues now constitute the majority of fundraising efforts.

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

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

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 Steps to Consistent Communications (+ Instant Connection)

Getting Attention

Whether you’re all in on year-end fundraising or working in some 2017 prep, I bet you have some pretty ambitious goals to meet. You wouldn’t be reading this otherwise. Here’s a proven but frequently overlooked method to help you get there: consistent communications.

Is Nonprofit Social Media A Waste of Time?

J Campbell Social Marketing

Do you find social media to be a big, fat time waster for your nonprofit?

4 Myths About Fundraising You Need to Stop Believing

Wild Woman Fundraising

I have talked with so many people about fundraising. Founders. Executive Directors. Board members. and of course, fundraising staff. What do many people believe that is Simply. True? If I pray, the money will come. The money just appears when I need it!

The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

EveryAction

In the past year, thousands of nonprofit pros took advantage of our definitive Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar, and we're so excited to share our brand new 2016 list!

Why fundraiser job titles suck and cost you a lot of money!

iMarketSmart

My pal Dr. Russell James is at it again. This time, he researched what fundraiser job titles inspire more engagement, connectivity, and giving.

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Social media definitions, categories, and top tools of 2016

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

I was recently asked by a client to update an informational section on their website that dealt with the basics of the current social media landscape. While reviewing some of the existing definitions and beginner resources on the web, I noticed that quite a few could use an update based on how rapidly the social space has evolved over the last few years alone. The following post is a slightly modified version of what I came up with. Overview.

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Twitter Search or Instagram Search: Which is Better for Business?

Diva Marketing Blog

Recently I was chatting with long time BBF, Paul Chaney , about the changes in social media from the days when we began in what was then called The Blogosphere. Paul wondered if search on Twitter or Instagram could be a good business tool.

Would You Approve This Campaign?

The Agitator

PROBLEM: Overall there are currently 120,000 men, women and children waiting for an organ donation, and roughly 8,000 of those people, about 22 per day, die each year because they won’t receive the organs they need in time.

Your fundraising letters helped by zombies

Fundraising Coach

Have you ever struggled with the active voice vs. passive voice in your fundraising letters ? It's so easy to slip into the passive voice, thinking it sounds more "objective" or "business-like."

The Marketing Mix: Ps, Cs and Everything Else

Social Marketing and Social Change

any marketing element in a program, whether it starts with a “P” or not, needs to be modifiable to meet the unique needs, problems, and aspirations of a priority group. If a P is so complex or ubiquitous as to defy a fit with the priority group, then it is no longer a marketing variable.

3 Surefire Communication Strategies to Follow Your Events

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Kerri Moore. This summer, Kerri Moore gave us The Ultimate Checklist for marketing events. Today she’s back with some ideas on what to do after your event is over. Kristina. Guest Post by Kerri Moore of Booster.

5 Ways to Connect Despite Election Frenzy

Getting Attention

Every election season is a barrier to connection, with people overwhelmed by 24/7 messages from multiple campaigns via multiple channels. But connecting this fall, with a presidential campaign as contentious and bizarre as the Clinton-Trump contest, is tougher than ever.

10 Types of Social Media Posts Every Nonprofit Should Be Sending

J Campbell Social Marketing

Guest blog by Adam Weinger. Has your organization hashtagged something recently? Have you looked at how many Facebook posts you’re creating each week? Do you know how many Twitter followers you have?

How to pick a fundraising job that you will absolutely love! -with Abbi Haggerty

Wild Woman Fundraising

Mazarine Treyz: Hey, everybody. Welcome. This is Mazarine Treyz of Wild Woman Fundraising and I am so pleased today to be interviewing Abbi L. Haggerty, PhD who will be speaking at the Virtual Fundraising Career Conference this April.

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The 2016 Nonprofit Fundraising Strategic Plan Guide

EveryAction

For some things, spontaneity is highly desirable, but any fundraising professional will tell you that planning a campaign isn’t one of them.

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

iMarketSmart

Here are 5 great lessons fundraisers can learn from Subway : 1. Ask for feedback. Say please. . Use the word “YOU” often. It makes people feel special. Create menus to make it clear what you want them to do (menus will help them make a decision too).

How to quickly identify popular hashtags for a specific event

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Ever since the early days of Twitter hashtag use, major events had organic hashtag communities form around them (essentially back channel discussions). Over the years, as the use of Twitter grew among brands and organizations, the use of top-down branded hashtags became increasingly common.

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Influencer Marketing: Interview With Danica Kombol

Diva Marketing Blog

To celebrate Diva Marketing's 12th Blog Birthday (!). an extra special interview on a topic that is sizzlin' hot -- Influencer Marketing with Danica Kombol founder of Everywhere Agency.

The Neglected Gold Mine of Lapsed Donors

The Agitator

I’m glad Tom raised the issue of ‘lapsed’ donors in his post, When To Give Up On A Donor. The issue of seemingly inactive or financially unproductive donors receives to little serious attention.

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Tips & Tricks from the Foundation Side of Grant Seeking

Fundraising Coach

Grant seeking is a distinct form of fundraising - one that can seem like a complete mystery. That's why I asked Diane H. Leonard to share some tips. She's not only written grants, she's successfully helped others write them. More importantly, she's even worked in a foundation that gave out grants.

Why Everyone Needs Marketing Skills

Social Marketing and Social Change

There is a palpable tension in the behavior and social change worlds between people who believe that all marketing is evil and those who believe marketing can be used for good.

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

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

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.

Use Audience Personas to Connect & Convert (Case Study)

Getting Attention

Thanks to See3 for sharing this useful case study, originally published on the See3 blog. Learn more: Create personas to bridge the gap with your target audiences.

5 pieces of advice for nonprofit communicators who want to rock their marketing in 2017

J Campbell Social Marketing

This past year was certainly an explosive one for digital marketing and online fundraising. Many nonprofits upped their efforts on digital channels , and reaped the benefits.

“What, me, ask for a raise?” An interview with Marc Pitman

Wild Woman Fundraising

Mazarine Treyz: Hey, everybody. Welcome. This is Mazarine Treyz of Wild Woman Fundraising and I am so pleased to have with us today Marc Pitman, who some of you may already know as the fundraising coach.