Creating the Disney Experience (EF-0018)


On today’s episode we discuss creating the Disney experience for your donors. The post Creating the Disney Experience (EF-0018) appeared first on MarketSmart, LLC |. Visit [link] for more information about MarketSmart.

Wow Experiences and Liquid Content


“ It is a wow experience. With Coca-Cola Journey, you experience the Coca-Cola brand, its story and vision within a context that invites you to participate. Prioritize the user-experience. What can we learn from Coca-Cola’s marketing and advertising approach? .

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Nonprofits and Consultants: Best and Worst Experiences?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If you work for a nonprofit, what are your best and worst experiences working with consultants and freelancers? If you are a consultant or freelancer, what are your best and worst experiences working with nonprofit clients? Inquiring minds want to know.

Your Donor Engagement Experience Sucks!


If your donor engagement experience sucks, your organization might be in real big trouble because donors have seriously impressive memories. ” I think donors are also disappointed with the online experience many nonprofits provide. Online Donation Experience.

Experimenting With Your Small Nonprofit

Social Media Bird Brain

scientific method tools social media platforms Small nonprofit experimentIn the world of social media, very often what we hear about new tools or platforms is like a politician's version of science: here's the conclusion, what facts can we find to support it? As a small nonprofit, you probably read about these debuts and their numbers (Google+ with 10-18 million subscribers) and you wonder if you should exert the effort to get an invitation and set up an account.

Craft a Positive “Page Not Found” Experience

Getting Attention

We’re so focused on “urgent” to-dos and right-now campaigns that it’s easy to overlook a valuable engagement opportunity: Your website’s “page not found” page (a.k.a. 404 error page).

10 #NPCOMM Experiments Everyone Should Try – What Belongs on List?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I am a big fan of experimenting with your marketing and fundraising communications. In my next book, I want to include a list of 10 experiments that every nonprofit should try with its communications.

Nonprofit Annual Reports – Advice for You Regardless of Your Experience

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

” section of the homepage ), we will now further break down that advice based on experience level, making it easier to find the right advice for you.

Government Videos Wiki List Experiment

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

The URL is “ ” Upon creating the spreadsheet template today, numerous challenges popped into my mind, hence why I am calling this an “experiment” at this point.

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Participate in a Marketing/Fundraising Experiment

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you’ll remember the “thank you&# note experiment I did in 2008 and 2009. More recently, Marta Lindsey’s experiment on keeping all of the nonprofit direct mail she received for a year was also a big hit.

Results of My Daily Blogging Experiment

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

On January 3, 2011, I started a daily blogging experiment — and by “daily&# I actually meant business daily, Monday – Friday. Monday-Friday blogging has been a great experience for me, and the data supports continuing, which is what I plan to do.

How to Use Email and Social Media to Create an Exceptional First-Time Donor Experience

J Campbell Social Marketing

It’s up to you to create a great experience for your first-time donors (and all of your donors and supporters). Here are 3 simple ways to use email and social media to create an exceptional first-time donor experience. Nonprofits are doing a terrible job at keeping donors in the fold.

Charity Newsletters – Extraordinary Experiences … for the Rest of Us

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Simone Joyaux calls them “extraordinary experiences.” ” personal experiences that draw your donor deeper into your organization. Donor newsletters: Extraordinary experiences … for the rest of us. Tom Ahern.

How to Raise Your E-Newsletter Open Rate [Results from Our Experiment]

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

At the same time, we started experimenting with shorter subject lines, often just two or three words. I’d love to hear about your experiments! Trying to improve the open rates for your email newsletters?

Creating Great Donor Experiences

The Agitator

I especially note Tom Ahern’s channeling of Mark Phillips insight, “The only thing worth a damn is the donor experience.” Then Ahern added, “And that experience has many parts worth considering.”

Decent Humans: Sara at Experience Camps


Decent Humans is what we call the incredible community we witness on CrowdRise each and every day doing amazing things for good. And each month, we’re going to highlight a Decent Human in the nonprofit world that’s devoting their time and passion to giving back and making a difference.

An experiment in gratitude

Get Fully Funded

My friend Kivi Miller of Nonprofit Marketing Guide recently shared the results of her annual giving experiment. You can read Kivi’s summary of her experiment on her blog at [link]. And it’s pretty bad. She sent $20 donations to 10 national charities online and waited to see who would thank her and how they would do it. These were national organizations and you would think they’d have their act together for thanking donors, no matter what level of gift was given.

Bring Your Experience to Your Community (Case Study: Curtis Institute)

Getting Attention

Knight designed the program to provide shared community experiences, and to spur these ad hoc audiences to attend traditional performances—a boost for performing arts overall. How can you bring the experience of your organization’s impact to your supporters?

How “Wow!” Experiences Create Lifetime Donors

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experiences by providing exemplary customer service. experiences to keep them coming back. . experience starts with the "Thank you." You can listen to the full webinar recording of How WOW Experiences Create Lifetime Donors. . is an online shoe and apparel store whose mission is to deliver happiness through a philosophy of WOW! It has built an entire culture around these WOW!

OMG Experiment to Connect & Activate (Dream Corps Case Study)

Getting Attention

This incredible experiment in using virtual reality to build empathy—the first step to engagement and action—could be groundbreaking. And it’s meta—Van does a fantastic job of making the experiment relevant to us in this video. I was thrilled to see Van Jones’ introducing Dream Corps ‘ Day of Empathy via this video. I am following closely, can’t wait to see how this evolves, and promise to report back along the way.

More Lessons from Lisa’s Direct Mail Experiment

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Last year I asked my readers to help with an experiment highlighting the communications received after donating to nonprofits. Earlier this summer, Lisa Maher shared her initial results of her direct mail experiences with some nonprofit she supported. Lisa Maher.

Fixing The Donor Experience

The Agitator

I just noticed this — not unfamiliar — fundraiser’s lament from the trenches: “Our donors don’t appreciate us!” ” Phil McCorkle, writing a column in the Salem, Oregon Statesman Journal directed at any and all donors who might be reading (i.e.,

The importance of timing during a brand experience

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

I’d like to point this out as an example of poor timing and what not to do when trying to deliver a brand experience. If AC had this in mind, they would know that no matter how hard they try, there will always be passengers getting on their plane, that are pissed off about something at that exact moment in terms of the flying experience. At this point some basic classical conditioning occurs as they experience a negative feeling during this exposure to your brand.

Lisa’s Direct Mail Watching Experiment, Part 3

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

We are coming to a close on this in this year-long experiment on the types of direct mail solicitations received and I’m back again to share even more of my findings with you. And, I now have a calendar that will remind me of this fun and thought-provoking experiment. Lisa Maher.

A Visual Heartfelt Appeal Makes a Difference – A Reader’s Experiment

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Last December I asked you, dear readers, to participate with me in some experiments regarding the types of communications we receive from nonprofits after donating. I eagerly waited for direct mail or e-mail solicitations to come in and really put this experiment in action.

Make Your Nonprofit Website a Positive Experience -- Even When Things Go Wrong

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Save the Children has made getting an error a positive experience with this humorous, adorable and on-brand message that appears when you attempt to access a page that doesn't exist. Are you making this experience one that helps visitors to your site feel good about your organization?

First Social Media Club Experience

A Small Change

About a month ago, I went to a Social Media Club event in Seattle , and it was a phenomenal experience. As a fundraiser, I’ve been to a lot of different kinds of networking events, but this was a whole new level. Instead of just trading business cards, everyone had their iphones out and was trading Twitter names. At the Social Media Club event, I was thrilled to be with a group of people who are innovating with these tools in amazing ways.

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Selling The Experience

The Agitator

Angel Aloma gave us a hugely important reminder in his recent article — Selling the Experience — in NonProfitPRO. That is, on the experience they are having with the organization. Angel’s article was about the deeper positive experience fundraisers channel to donors by helping.

Create a Thank You Experience for Your Donors

Ann Green

Thanking donors shouldn’t be a process: it should be an experience. An experience that will last as long as someone donates to your organization, which hopefully will be for a long time. Thanking your online donors is a three-part experience (not process).

#Tech: Same Apps With Different Experiences On iPhone (5?) & Android

Non Profit Marketing 360

Psych! The rumor mill continues to grind as to whether and when an iPhone 5 will be coming to market, and what improvements it will have. Recent reports state that AT&T upper management has inadvertently given the heads-up to retail managers to prepare for new materials and rollouts in the fall.

5 ways to give your donors “the Disney Experience”


His Passionate Giving Blog (for Veritus Group) gave us 5 ways to provide what I call “The Disney Experience” for your major donors— EXCEPTIONAL service! Last week Jeff Schreifels did it again. Below, I distilled his points. You can read the details here. Make a commitment to invest in major donors. Find out what your donors want – then give it to them.

Hidden Donor Frustration Experiences On Your Website

The Agitator

Neuromarketing guru Roger Dooley calls these hidden traps “land mines, or CX [customer experience] bombs”, because they are sure fire ways to drive customers and donors away and into the arms of the competition.

Measuring Donor Experiences – Part 2

The Agitator

In Part 1 I indicated why measuring specific donor experiences represents such a fundamental shift in mindset for most organizations. However, it’s a shift well worth making because measuring the donor experience at various interaction points — and of course acting on what you learn — is one of the ways a nonprofit can grow. Good donor experiences bring greater donor commitment, higher retention rates, higher lifetime value.

The Dismal Results of My Online Giving Experiment

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I called it the “ What I Got When I Gave &# experiment. I’ve been waiting all this time to report back on the experiment in hopes that the results would change, but they haven’t. Or, Can a Girl Get a Thank-You Note, Please?

Measuring Donor Experiences- Part 1

The Agitator

A surprising number of fundraisers fail to understand a basic axiom of the organization-donor relationship: It is the actions an organization takes toward its donors (donor experience) that determines the attitude positively or negatively of the donor. Old-fashioned, traditional organizations measure the efficiency of the organization’s own internal actions rather than the effectiveness of how the organization’s actions directed toward the donor actually affect donors’ attitudes.

Learn from Experiences (and Build Stronger Relationships as a Result)

Fundraising Report Card

Whereas most nonprofits send the same old mail to each and every donor (a newsletter, an annual report, a solicitation), the “learn from your experiences” organizations send out something different: they survey their donors. The post Learn from Experiences (and Build Stronger Relationships as a Result) appeared first on Fundraising Report Card.

How Improving the Experience Can Make Donors Want to Give

Fundraising 123

Do you know why they are there or what they want out of the experience? How can I give the user an experience that is satisfying to them -how can I get people who care a little to give a little? . Remember, improving a donor’s experience starts with meeting their needs, not yours. Do you know what your donors want when they visit your site? Understanding the motivation behind your site’s users can help you direct them to the path of giving.

McKinsey On Customer Experience

The Agitator

The Agitator , especially in the persona of Roger, has been hammering away at the importance of improving ‘customer service’ in the context of cultivating donor commitment and retention. Here , here and here are some examples. But if you still aren’t convinced, take a look at what blue-chip corporate consultant McKinsey & Company has to say on the subject.

How Experience Camps enabled their donors to do more with CrowdRise


“W e have so many storytellers, so CrowdRise was a natural platform for us to be able to monetize the value of that and put more fuel in the engine of Experience Camps.

Social Media Redefines The Brand Experience

Diva Marketing Blog

How do you define a "brand experience?" the " human experience."  Random thoughts on a late summer afternoon. "   It seems to me. the traditional " brand experience" is evolving into what it might be more appropriate to call.

Discovery into the Online Health Experience of American Indian and Alaskan Natives


image courtesy of nattu. What is the main source of health information for Gen Y American Indian and Alaskan Natives? Wikipedia–and they aren’t alone.

3 Tips for the Ultimate Donation Experience

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

Each year, our Digital Giving Index shows that the online donation experience matters. Donors are more likely to give (and more likely to give larger donations) when they are presented with a donation page that keeps them in the moment of giving.

A remarkable experience I won’t forget

Sea Change Strategies

I just had an incredibly remarkable experience that I have to share. I’ve been following Maddie on Things for about 2 months.