Give Your Newsletter a Reason to Live

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We are getting ready for our next Nonprofit Marketing Accelerator – Updating Your Community: Integrating E-Newsletters and Social Media. What’s Your Newsletter’s Purpose in Life? Others write donor-centric newsletters and DO use it as a fundraising tool.

Do I Have to Keep Producing This Crappy Newsletter?

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You or your team are regularly producing content — in this case, an email newsletter — that you know isn’t any good. Yes, please, for everyone’s sake, stop producing your crappy newsletter. . What would a great newsletter look like?

What to PUT in Your Newsletter

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Puzzling over what makes really good newsletter content, especially in email? . Make your newsletter more Personal by. Make your newsletter more Useful by. Make your newsletter more Timely by. How do you make your newsletter more PUT: personal, useful and timely?

Are You Pretending That People Really Want Your E-Newsletter?

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Earlier this summer, I suggested what to PUT in your newsletter — content that is Personal, Useful and Timely. How you think about your newsletter comes through to your supporters right there at the sign-up form on your website. E-Newsletters

How Often Should We Mail that Newsletter?

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I’ve just pulled some preliminary data about how often nonprofits say they will mail their newsletters, and of course, it depends on whether you talking print or email. Send Your Email Newsletter at Least Monthly. But 32% say they won’t send a print newsletter at all.

How Are Nonprofit Newsletters Changing?

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Is the classic nonprofit newsletter still relevant? What changes have you made, or what changes are you seeing or recommending, in nonprofit newsletters — in print and online? E-Newsletters Nonprofit Communications Print Newsletters

A Brutally Honest Nonprofit Newsletter Critique

Wild Woman Fundraising

I love nonprofit newsletters. They have TWO newsletter editors. And this newsletter was the pits! Get ready for a brutally honest nonprofit newsletter critique. I am on their mailing list and I get these paper newsletters that are… SO BORING.

Quit Wasting Time on a Failing Newsletter [Starts Tomorrow]

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Are you just breaking even (or losing money) with your donor newsletter? That’s a pretty common trait among donor newsletters, but it’s not the idea of the donor newsletter that’s wrong – it’s how you’re approaching it that’s wrong.

3 Essentials for Nonprofit Email Newsletters [Video]

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When we recently asked several hundred executive directors which communications channel they most wanted to get right and master, the answer was email newsletters. In this video, I share the three essentials I am looking for when I review an email newsletter. (

April Is All About Email Newsletters

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Email newsletters consistently rank among the top 3 when we ask nonprofits what their most important communications channels in our annual trends report survey. You also spend more time on creating email newsletter articles than most other types of content.

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Nonprofit Email Newsletter Happiness

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Interesting Stats about Nonprofit Newsletters – and Winners!

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Thanks to all of you who took our survey this month on nonprofit newsletters. I’ve shared some of the results already in posts on how social media is influencing newsletters and how often you should send email newsletters to supporters. Print Newsletters.

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Is Your Newsletter Boring?

Ann Green

Many nonprofit organizations use a newsletter as a way to engage their donors, but the opposite is happening. That’s because most donor newsletters can be used as a cure for insomnia. You can create an engaging newsletter your donors will want to read.

The Nonprofit Newsletter – Still All That?

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When I first started working in nonprofit communications, the job was really all about the newsletter. The nonprofit newsletter, first in print and then in email, was the mainstay of communications between the nonprofit and its supporters. Is the nonprofit newsletter still all that? .

3 E-Newsletter Sign-Up Boxes I Like

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If you want people to sign up for your email newsletter, you have to give them a reason to do it. What I like about this one is that both the Donate button AND the email newsletter sign up box are right under photos of President and Mrs. Carter.

Newsletter and Blog Post Ideas for Summer

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Need some new ideas for your newsletter, blog, or social media? Consider one of these five summer-inspired themes: 1) Summer Heat. How does hot weather impact your services or your clients? Can you offer advice to your readers about anything related to summer heat?

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Six Ways Social Media Has Affected Nonprofit Newsletters

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Last week, I asked for your thoughts on how your newsletter has changed , including how your organization’s use of social media has affected your newsletter, whether print or online. ” “We use social media to share more frequent updates than in our newsletter.

Donor Newsletter Tips to Bring in the Dough

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Does your donor newsletter cost more to send than it brings in? That’s a pretty common trait among donor newsletters, but it’s not the idea of the donor newsletter that’s wrong – it’s how you’re approaching it that’s wrong.

Nonprofit Email Newsletter Design from Walden School [Before and After]

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Sarah recently went through our communications director mentoring program and shared the changes her schoolmade to their email newsletter as well asthe feedback she got from the parents at her school. Here is the updated design: What might the next evolution of the newsletter include?

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

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Trying to improve the open rates for your email newsletters? You can try changing up your content, your format, your subject lines, your frequency, and even who the newsletter comes from. Or, you can change who receives your newsletter. E-Newsletters Measuring Success

The Domain Formula for Donor Newsletters

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In two weeks Tom Ahern joins us for a brand-new e-clinic called Donor Newsletters That Raise More Money. Below is a sample of what he will be discussing with nonprofits during the 5+ hours of training and newsletter coaching during the e-clinic. A newsletter isn’t an ask.

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Nonprofit E-Newsletter Before and After – Cornerstone Prep

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At the end of September, we redesigned our weekly email newsletter to include more white space and smaller blocks of text. We use MailChimp for all our newsletters. Here is their old newsletter: Email newsletter before the redesign. E-Newsletters

Time Saving Tips for Email Newsletters and Facebook

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Are Members-Only Nonprofit Newsletters Ancient Relics?

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Just how valuable is the content in your nonprofit’s newsletter? Many nonprofits include a newsletter as a member or donor benefit, and therefore don’t send it to others. Look at the content you are putting in your newsletter.

The Nonprofit Newsletter: A Newcomer’s Perspective

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Yesterday, I hosted the August edition of the Nonprofit Blog Carnival on nonprofit newsletter trends. In my many varied internship experiences over the past year, I have become quite friendly with the non-profit newsletter. Antoinette Siu.

This Donor Newsletter Tip Will Surprise You

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How to Create an Engaging Newsletter Your Donors Will Want to Read

Ann Green

Some of you may be saying, “We do that because we have a newsletter.”. A newsletter can be a great way to engage with your donors, but how often does that actually happen? Unfortunately, not very much because most donor newsletters can be used as a cure for insomnia.

A Recipe for the Perfect Nonprofit E-Newsletter

Wild Woman Fundraising

I’ve seen so many bad nonprofit newsletters. Their newsletter is ALWAYS interesting, and ALWAYS full of useful advice, even when the topic may seem dry or hopeless (like bee colony collapse). I’ve included an example from the Smithsonian e-newsletter as well.

Click Me: An E-Newsletter Makeover with Mission India

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We love “Before and After” posts, so I jumped at the chance to get Lindsay Ackerman to share about Mission India’s recent e-newsletter format change. The same day I went back to the drawing board, recreating the e-newsletter from scratch — with a one-column template.

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Is Writing Newsletters a Waste of Your Time?

Non Profit Marketing 360

If you’ve ever wondered whether your printed or email newsletter really does you any good, you’re in good company. There are pieces on newsletter overhauls, why newsletters don’t work, why newsletters are still valuable, and what donors really want.

Nonprofit Newsletter Trends and Tips – Nonprofit Blog Carnival

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Welcome to this month’s edition of the Nonprofit Blog Carnival , where we are looking at trends in nonprofit newsletters. Shari at VolunteerMatch shares the email newsletter overhaul they recently embarked on, including a reader survey. How often you should send email newsletters.

How NTEN Transformed Its E-Newsletter to be More Relevant

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Don’t let your nonprofit newsletter go on vacation!

Wild Woman Fundraising

But here’s why you should continue your nonprofit newsletter this summer. Are you frustrated that few people give through your e-newsletter? If you aren’t getting a lot of newsletter donations now, there’s a reason for that.

Why traditional newsletters don’t work anymore

Get Fully Funded

Well, it’s time to fix what’s broken with your newsletter. Yep, without even seeing it, I can tell you that there are very likely some things you need to change with your print or email newsletter. I’ve heard from many donors that they don’t even look at newsletters anymore, even if it comes from their favorite nonprofit. Yep, nonprofits are sending out selfish newsletters. Newsletter

Why traditional newsletters don’t work anymore

Get Fully Funded

Well, it’s time to fix what’s broken with your newsletter. Yep, without even seeing it, I can tell you that there are very likely some things you need to change with your print or email newsletter. I’ve heard from many donors that they don’t even look at newsletters anymore, even if it comes from their favorite nonprofit. Yep, nonprofits are sending out selfish newsletters. Newsletter

What Should You Name Your E-Newsletter?

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Turns out that the current name of the e-newsletter is . ”E-Newsletter.” I do have a ton of nonprofit e-newsletters in my inbox called “E-Newsletter” so it’s not like that’s a horrible thing. I don’t know what MetroWest Health Foundation should call its newsletter, but here is how I would work through the decision. Why do people want to get the newsletter in the first place?

5 Quick Ways to Improve Your Nonprofit Email Newsletter

J Campbell Social Marketing

I receive a lot of email newsletters – from nonprofit organizations, from businesses and from consultants. This was mostly due to lack of time to read all of them, but it was also due to the fact that most email newsletters are just plain awful.

Need Some Blog Post or Newsletter Article Ideas?

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7 Ways to Increase the Open Rate of Your Nonprofit Email Newsletter

EveryAction

Distributing a regular newsletter requires a lot: curation, content creation, and then there’s capturing the attention of your audience despite inbox overcrowding. marketing open rates newsletter

Survey: Moving from a Print Newsletter to Email

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I’m writing a new e-book to be published this spring by our good friends at Network for Good on how you move from doing a print newsletter to an email newsletter. E-Newsletters Nonprofit Communications Print Newsletters