2013

Successful Nonprofit Storytelling: Stay Humble

Getting Attention

Guest blogger, Julie Brown, Program Director at the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation. Julie is intrigued by storytelling, and the opportunity it offers to inspire donors and volunteers to act.

Should You Sync Your Facebook and Twitter Updates?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

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Health Care Social Media Review #21: Social Media Taps Digital Health

SocialButterfly

This edition of the Health Care Social Media (HCSM) Review explores recent discussions and research on how social media collides with health promotion, prevention and wellness efforts.

8 Tips for a Mobile-Friendly Nonprofit Website

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Nonprofits are now reporting that up to a third of their Web traffic is coming from mobile devices. The mobile Web is rapidly becoming a key way to communicate your message to donors; it’s important that your nonprofit website isn’t giving them a bad impression. . Photo Source: Big Stock Photo.

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Can a mobile app save lives? Yes it can.

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Over the last year I have had the privilege of working with a fair amount of health organizations wishing to enter the digital realm.

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The fundraising pyramid is dead.

iMarketSmart

Many people don’t realize that fundraising is really just a subset of marketing. Therefore, fundraisers are marketers that raise funds. Fundraising isn’t necessarily special. It doesn’t stand on it’s own— separate from marketing.

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Revitalizing Fundraising

A Small Change

We work in a challenging profession. There is a lot about what we do that is exciting but a lot that can sometime feel overwhelming. My wife and I recently had a baby. I use to think I had some measure of selflessness in me.

More Trending

Facebook Finally Admits That You Do Have to Pay for Ads to Reach Your Fans

J Campbell Social Marketing

Everything I’ve been preaching about success in Facebook marketing has been a lie. I’ve stuck up for Facebook repeatedly over the years, despite the frustration it has elicited from nonprofit marketers with small budgets.

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SEO and PR - Working Together For You

Social Media Bird Brain

This is one of the best explanations of how to currently get higher up in Google search rankings. Why do you want to get higher up? Because most people don't look farther than the first page of search results.

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Passion for the mission is a MUST!

Wild Woman Fundraising

picture by Other andrew on flickr. Have you ever read a nonprofit job description that included the words, “Passion for the mission”? Did it seem like the people writing the job description were just following some sort of rote nonprofit HR description, without ever bothering to think?

Communicate NOW on Govt. Shutdown Impact (Case Study)

Getting Attention

Dramatic and quickly-implemented changes like the United States government shutdown—even when known in advance to be a strong possibility—are challenging to respond to promptly and well.

21 Stupid Things You Can Stop Doing [Infographic and Recording]

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

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Calling All Creative for Good Projects

SocialButterfly

How are you mixing art and science for good? The World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on “The Future of Media” is leading an effort to celebrate and amplify “ Creative for Good ” projects.

3 Keys to Making Your Nonprofit Website Mobile Optimized

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If you''ve ever accessed the Internet from a smartphone, chances are good that you''ve had the unpleasant experience of trying to navigate a website full of tiny text and miniscule links.

The internet of things

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

To some of you, the phrase “internet of things” may be outdated (it was first used by Kevin Ashton in 1999) , to others it may be brand new.

Imagine: One extra call each day.

iMarketSmart

I simply love inspirational quotes. Here’s one I recently came across from Thomas Edison. He once said, “The successful person has a habit of doing the things failures don’t like to do.” ” That led me to think about calling donors.

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Setting Expectations

A Small Change

Nonprofits constantly struggle developing the capacity to sustain and grow their work. I discussed a little bit of this struggle in one of my last posts Annual Fund Science and Major Gifts Artistry.

NONPROFIT BRANDING: Donor Forced Cancellation of Capital Campaign!

NonProfit Branding

She reached for her checkbook before they could discuss an amount. Another true fundraising story. With three principles. And a surprise: Principle 1: Before engaging with a major gift prospect, estimate capacity.

11 Ways Nonprofits Can Reach Donors on #GivingTuesday

J Campbell Social Marketing

#Giving Tuesday , a campaign that promotes a national day of giving that celebrates and encourages charitable giving, set for Dec. 3 this year, offers nonprofits a great opportunity for to raise funds online – but they need to be prepared.

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Five Tools for Your Social Media Intern

Social Media Bird Brain

Via Unpaid Intern Summertime. and the interns are easy. Well, not really. But if you''ve made it known that your small nonprofit would like to entertain a few interns for the summer and/or fall, you''ve probably got a couple interviewed and ready to start. And given that Social Media is a big deal that many small nonprofits can''t afford a full-time manager for, you''re probably thinking of. social communications strategy tools goals intern social media calendar face time Small nonprofit

Firing Your Development Director? It’s not you, it’s me!

Wild Woman Fundraising

picture by mb21 on Flickr. This post is in response to the Compasspoint report, Underdeveloped: A national study of challenges facing nonprofit fundraising. Key findings of the report? REVOLVING DOOR – Development directors are bouncing around and getting fired all the time.

How to Communicate In The Midst Of Tragedy: 9-Step Checklist

Getting Attention

Like you, my heart and head are heavy in the wake of yesterday’s bombings in Boston. Especially since I feel so helpless. I had a completely different post planned today, but wanted to respond a.s.a.p.

21 Stupid Things Nonprofit Marketers Should Stop Doing [Slideshow]

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

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Shades of Social Marketing

SocialButterfly

image courtesy of swamibu. What’s in a name? That which we call rose. By any other name would smell as sweet. “I really think that it is time to rename the movement.”

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Pump Up Your Nonprofit’s Facebook Page with These 10 Tips

Fundraising 123

At the Social Media for Nonprofits conference, Carie Lewis of the Humane Society of the United States shared how her organization''s Facebook strategy has raised about $200,000 per year.

Gamification: Silly fad or important trend for marketers?

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Almost two years ago now I wrote a blog post entitled “ Gamification can change behaviour. I have proof “ Since that time, I have become even more interested in this emerging trend and its potential applicability towards societal issues.

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4 Easy Ways to Become Designated as a Planned Gift Beneficiary

iMarketSmart

Recently I found myself wondering… “why aren’t we promoting beneficiary designations more?” ” A beneficiary designation is by far the simplest way to create a planned gift. Plus it’s a great way to avoid probate. And anyone can do it easily.

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Annual Fund Science and Major Gifts Artistry

A Small Change

Every community has a few established nonprofits that are raising big money and are super respected. Every community has hundreds of nonprofits just barely getting by. The established and successful nonprofits have robust annual programs that feed a developed major gifts program.

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Nonprofit Branding Video: I once asked a benefactor to keep her $5,000 check!

NonProfit Branding

You think rejecting the gift proves I am crazy. Right? But, after years of annual fund support I felt the woman deserved more from us. Then she gave more. This was a million dollar lesson. For me. And now for you.

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What are the best and worst times to post on social media networks?

J Campbell Social Marketing

Everyone is looking to get increased engagement and interaction on their social media posts. We all know that consistently providing killer content and cultivating a dedicated audience (or tribe ) is the key to social media success. But what times are best to post to your audience?

How To Fund Your Nonprofit Video

Social Media Bird Brain

We''ve had two of three articles on why your small nonprofit should invest in creating a video. This week, I''m sharing an article by another video production company which addresses how you go about funding that video. It''s longer than I might usually post here, but there''s a lot of ground to cover in funding a video production. Our guest blogger John Scalleta is the co-owner of Motion Source. sponsorship crowdfunding video production funding auctioneering Small nonprofit

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Get more money with your year end appeal: Interview with Paul Bobnak of DMIQTV and Who’s Mailing What

Wild Woman Fundraising

Paul Bobnak interview 8/22/13. Tell us about yourself. How long have you been working in the direct mail industry? For the past 15 years I’ve been the archivist of Who’s Mailing What. My basic job which hasn’t changed much, every day I look at direct mail and email.

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The Biggest Mistake Nonprofits Make With Video

Getting Attention

Guest blogger, Annie Escobar is co-founder of ListenIn Pictures which produces compelling video stories for nonprofits. Creating engaging, sharable videos doesn’t seem to come naturally for most nonprofits and I think I know why.

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Does Social Media Really Motivate Supporters? New Report

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Call for Submissions: Health Care Social Media Review #41

SocialButterfly

How can we harness the power of visual storytelling in healthcare social media? 65% of the American population are visual learners. You may want to read that a second time. And should we be surprised?

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3 Special Ways to Show Your Donors Some Love

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Sending thank you notes and providing tax receipts are important steps to building good donor relationships—but they''re just the beginning. Here are three ways you can go above and beyond with your donor appreciation. Say happy birthday!

How the digital world is affecting the modern patient

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

A few weeks ago I was asked to contribute a guest post for the Saint Elizabeth Health Care CEO Blog. I decided to focus on the topic of how the digital world is affecting the modern patient. Below is my full blog post.