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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).

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?

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? .

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.

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.

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.

Starting Over #6: Measuring Donor Experiences

The Agitator

A surprising number of fundraisers fail to understand a basic axiom of a successful organization/donor relationship: It is the actions an organization takes toward its donors (the so-called ‘donor experience’) that determines the attitude — positive or negative — of the donor.

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.

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.,

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.

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.

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Nonprofits And The Customer Experience

The Agitator

In the commercial marketing arena, there’s heaps of chat about the ‘customer experience’ and how to improve it in the interest of retaining and up-selling customers. Nonprofit marketers who watch that space are probably a bit dismissive, because few of us have stores, physical products, services, complex transactional websites, call centers and so forth where it’s obvious the customer experience plays out for better or worse.

4 ways to give donors a better experience online

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

A new Donor Experience guide is out from Crown Philanthropic Solutions. Emotional: The giving experience should make donors feel closely connected to the cause. And they expect their experiences with philanthropy to help get them there.” “Online technology is evolving from a purely transactional medium to a powerful tool for delivering an enhanced donor experience,” notes the guide.

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.

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.

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?

5 Ways Your Nonprofit Can Raise Money Like charity:water

J Campbell Social Marketing

Inspire – Activate – Experience. This activation is followed up by a high-quality personalized experience with the nonprofit. What is your donor experience? Donor experience” is really just another term for what you may call “donor cultivation”.

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.

Three Fundraising Lessons from a 365-Day Experiment

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

When Marta Lindsey, the communications and development director at TransForm , told me about her experiment to see what she could learn about fundraising from all the charity solicitations that arrived in her mailbox over one year, I immediately asked if she would share the story with you.

Nine ways you should double check your donors’ experience

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

A great 10-minute exercise for today is to walk through the key experiences you provide to your online donors. The experience is often awful, especially after someone makes a digital gift. I’m a big fan of putting yourself in your donors’ shoes. You can uncover all kinds of areas for fundraising improvement. Just read this post by Kivi Leroux Miller and you get the idea. Ask yourself - as a donor: 1. How hard is it to find the Donate button on my home page?

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).

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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!

7 major principles for major gift fundraising (including planned gifts)


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The out-of-body experience that all marketers need

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

That is akin to an out of body experience - unusual and enlightening. To be truly effective marketers, we need to see the world not through our own eyes but rather those of our audience. Today is Network for Good’s inaugural Be Your Donor Day , when we ask you to see the world through the eyes of your supporters. Get free resources to do that here.). If you do this, you will find your world looks different.

How Improving the Experience Can Make Donors Want to Give

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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.

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.

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.

How to give donors a more personal experience on your site

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

How can you help people choose the experience they get with your organization A conundrum for many fundraisers is that donors often want to focus their support on specific parts of your work, but you need to raise money for the full gamut of what you do.

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Protected: Google’s new “Content Experiments” testing tool


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The online giving experience matters - and the data proves it

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

Since 2010, Network for Good has been tracking digital philanthropy across several distinct channels including individual charity websites, charity portals and social giving (peer-to-peer) websites and applications. And one thing is consistently true for donations made directly on nonprofit websites.

I am ignorant, aka Failures of 2012

Wild Woman Fundraising

Experience things fully, vividly, selflessly. Try to shut out the external clues as to what you should think, feel, say, and so on, and let your experience enable you to say what you truly feel. Learn from my failures!

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How to create a “wow” experience and a lifetime donor

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

For a little preview, I interviewed Pam about “wow&# experiences. Katya: Why do we need to create “wow” experiences – are we not “wow”-ing everyone right now? We create wow experiences to build lifetime donors and really get people involved in our cause.

Are you being forced to measure something unmeasurable?

Wild Woman Fundraising

So, basically, funders are going to tell you how to solve the problem, with NO on the ground experience. It’s saying that we, the little people, with the immediate experience of the problem, do not know what it is, nor how to solve it, as well as people who live 1,000 miles away from the problem, and maybe cracked a book once that talked about it. Let’s say that you are writing a grant.

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.

What Is Your Vocabulary and How Does It Affect Your Donors?

Wild Woman Fundraising

” — Frank Herbert, ‘The Dosadi Experiment’ The theory of linguistic relativity has been torn down by a number of experts including Noam Chomsky, but lately there’s been a resurgence in interest around it, and people are coming to the conclusion that language can certainly influence thought, but not determine it. Have you ever noticed, upon meeting a new person, that they have a word they like to repeat, over and over, without even noticing it?

[PICS]: Speaking at the University of Portland Executive MBA in Nonprofit Management Program

Wild Woman Fundraising

We had some future nonprofit leaders from Mercycorps, Oregon Mentors, Elders in Action, Classical FM radio, the Chapter 13 Trustees Office, and others, talk about their experience with social media. That was so fun!

Mobile Smack Down: Obama’s Responsive Design vs. Romney’s Mobile Site (and More)


In fact, one advisor says “experience first” is a better positioning of the “mobile first” mindset. Mobile Digital Government Strategy digital strategy mobile apps mobile first mobile motivation mobile strategy responsive design user experience

Hope is Rising


Perhaps you’ve had a similiar experience? Some people work to tell the stories of those who share in the same experience. If we are afraid to respond--who will? To call these individuals unsung heroes--is an understatement.

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