Do Best Practices Guarantee Success?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Mind you, there are some things I am willing to guarantee, but I cannot guarantee that your specific implementation of the best practices I share will produce any specific result you are seeking. Best practices point you in the right direction.

Best Practices for Your Email Unsubscribe Page

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Of all the ones I looked at today, the two that I think are closest to today’s best practices are from Human Rights Watch and the Met. Look, I know this isn’t always the easiest place to implement best practices (again, I saw some real disasters in my research today).

Nonprofit Email Newsletter Best Practices and Tips

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

The post Nonprofit Email Newsletter Best Practices and Tips appeared first on Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog. Got nonprofit email newsletter questions? We’ve got answers! Do I have to do a nonprofit email newsletter? Probably. Here’s how to figure out if it’s needed and how to make it worth it. Give Your Newsletter a Reason to Live Are You Pretending that People Really Want Your E-Newsletter? Do I Have to Keep Producing This Crappy Newsletter?

Social Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits

J Campbell Social Marketing

The post Social Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits appeared first on marketing for the modern nonprofit. What is social fundraising? What makes it so powerful? And how can small nonprofits start their own programs to recruit and mobilize social fundraisers for their cause?

11 best practices for your legacy society communications

iMarketSmart

Here are my best practices for you to consider employing in your communications: Survey them ! The post 11 best practices for your legacy society communications appeared first on MarketSmart, LLC |.

Pinterest Best Practices

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If your nonprofit is looking to spice up its Pinterest page, here are some tips: 1. Try infographics. . The National Wildlife Federation posted a great infographic on Pinterest for Valentine’s Day with interesting facts related to animals’ hearts.

8 Productivity Practices You Might Want to Try

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Here are 8 productivity practices that have worked for me in some way or another at various times in my career and that I know have worked for other communications directors.

Nonprofit Videos: Best Practices and Benchmarks

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Online Fundraising Best Practices

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6 Best Practices For An Awesome Nonprofit Website: An Infographic

Twenti

Make sure your website is up to scratch by keeping these six best practices in mind. . Follow these six simple best practices to make sure your website has a solid base that can then be adapted to your nonprofit’s needs. Archives. by Zoe Allen.

5 Social Media Best Practices for Nonprofits: An Infographic

Twenti

5 Social Media Best Practices for Nonprofits: An Infographic. The post 5 Social Media Best Practices for Nonprofits: An Infographic appeared first on Twenti for Nonprofits. Archives. by Zoe Allen.

Best Practices in Nonprofit Storytelling – How to Structure Your Stories

J Campbell Social Marketing

The post Best Practices in Nonprofit Storytelling – How to Structure Your Stories appeared first on marketing for the modern nonprofit. I am on a mission to help nonprofits of all sizes become better communicators.

Practice Makes Progress—Into Focus Nonprofit Video Guide

Getting Attention

5) The most reliable approach is to make video a regular practice , finding a way to integrate short, simple video into the work you’re already doing. Practice makes progress. Start your practice now, by reading Into Focus.

#FUNDRAISING: What’s So Great About Best Practices?

Non Profit Marketing 360

Adopting “Best Practices” sounds like one of those common-sense ideas nobody can argue with, right? Roger Craver, old pro fundraiser and curmudgeon-in-residence at The Agitator , argues that best practices are a license to steal and an enemy of innovation.

6 best practices for delivering progress reports to your major gift and legacy supporters

iMarketSmart

Here are my 5 best practices for delivering fundraising progress reports: 1. Here’s how two charities do it: Click on this email below to see the web page: The post 6 best practices for delivering progress reports to your major gift and legacy supporters appeared first on MarketSmart |.

5 Tech Best Practices Universities Should Use To Keep Alumni Connected

EveryAction

In this blog series, we're focusing on how Higher Educational Institutions use technology to communicate with and engage their students and alumni. Don't miss the first installment, covering how Student Activities offices are using digital tactics to increase engagement on campus !

5 Tech Best Practices Universities Should Use To Keep Alumni Connected

EveryAction

In this blog series, we're focusing on how Higher Educational Institutions use technology to communicate with and engage their students and alumni. Don't miss the first installment, covering how Student Activities offices are using digital tactics to increase engagement on campus !

5 best practices for delivering progress reports to your major gift and legacy supporters

iMarketSmart

Here are my 5 best practices for delivering fundraising progress reports: 1. The post 5 best practices for delivering progress reports to your major gift and legacy supporters appeared first on MarketSmart | .

What’s So Great About Best Practices?

Non Profit Marketing 360

Adopting “Best Practices” sounds like one of those common-sense ideas nobody can argue with, right? Roger Craver, old pro fundraiser and curmudgeon-in-residence at The Agitator, argues that best practices are a license to steal and an enemy of innovation. The post What’s So Great About Best Practices? Wrong.

Getting Started with Location-Based Services Requires Foresight, Practicality

Getting Attention

We’re excited to welcome our newest guest blogger, Joe Waters. Joe blogs on cause marketing and how social media, location-based services and mobile technology are revolutionizing the field at Selfishgiving.com. He’s also the co-author of Cause Marketing for Dummies (July 2011).

7 Year-End Fundraising Practices That Work All Year

Fundraising Coach

But many of these practices are too beneficial to reserve for the end of the year alone. With a little tweaking, you can adapt these practices to your year-round fundraising. And while cultivation is important for all donors, this practice also includes reaching out to lapsed donors.

Social Cognitive Theory for Social Marketing Research and Practice

Social Marketing and Social Change

If other people in my social networks (for example, family members, peers or colleagues) talk about and practice eating five servings of fruits and vegetables a day and say “You can do it, we’ll help,” then I may be more inclined to believe I can do it too.

Marketing that Improves the Practices of Health Care Professionals

Social Marketing and Social Change

Health care professionals (HCPs, that includes dentists, nurses, pharmacists, physicians and physician assistants among others) receive too little support in changing their practices, processes and policies to improve the health of their patients.

Transparency & Cause Marketing: 5 Best Practices

Selfish Giving

Last month, the New York Attorney General issued guidelines entitled “Five Best Practices for Transparent Cause Marketing.” Cause Practices cause marketing new york attorney general guidelines transparencyOh, really. What portion of portion of proceeds?

Good fundraising practices I learned from my cat

Get Fully Funded

Missy is one of four cats that live here with us. We adopted her from a local shelter about 10 years ago and she’s a sweetie. She’s the oldest and the smallest of the pack and to help her keep weight on, we feed her canned cat food every afternoon about 4 pm.

Practicing What I Preach

Mission Paradox Blog

 So in the spirit of practicing what I preach, here is how I'm translating some of the things I talk about on this blog into action. One of the useful parts of my life is that marketing is a thing I have to talk about AND do.

Theory and Practice

Sea Change Strategies

Putting your fingers on the frets and feeling the strings pressing into your hands is practice. You can learn the chord, but until you merge that learning with practice you’ve really accomplished nothing. But until we practice it – write the appeal, make the pitch, feel what works and experience what doesn’t — we’re just theorists. Learning the notes required to play a chord is theory.

Practical Ideas for Fundraising Efficiency

A Small Change

As I mentioned in the last post I am considering bringing a guest expert on as a regular basis please email me any feedback or thoughts on today’s author. Enjoy the second part of Tim’s article. In my previous post, I encouraged non profit managers and fund raisers to establish a goal of increasing efficiency. Three simple suggestions to accomplish this are as follows: Develop a passion for efficiency (or hire someone who has it). Efficiency doesn’t just happen.

Social Cognitive Theory for Social Marketing Research and Practice

Social Marketing and Social Change

If other people in my social networks (for example, family members, peers or colleagues) talk about and practice eating five servings of fruits and vegetables a day and say “You can do it, we’ll help,” then I may be more inclined to believe I can do it too.

Best Practices for Mobile-Friendly Email Design

DonorDigital

Below are some standards and practices we have found that work best for rendering emails on both mobile screens and desktop monitors.

Do Corporate Social Responsibility Practices Raise Employee Productivity?

Cause Related Marketing

A professor at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and a researcher at the University of Paris-Dauphine have found that companies which follow international environmental standards have employee productivity that is 16 percent higher than companies which don’t.

Direct Mail Best Practices for Nonprofit Organizations

Exactask Marketing

Despite the increasing shift towards digital fundraising, using direct mail as part of your overall marketing strategy still provides significant benefits for any nonprofit clients your agency may be working with. Many shy away from direct mailers because of the slow lead time, high initial costs required or because past campaigns haven’t shown much success. When done right, though, direct mailers can be a nonprofit’s most valuable asset. direct mail Marketing

Capital One® Card Lab Connect: Best Practices

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" What follows is a checklist of best practices to consider integrating into your organization's own affinity card program. This article is sponsored by Network for Good's corporate partner, Capital One® Card Lab Connect.

Nonprofit Blogging Best Practices: Why Your Nonprofit Needs a Blog and How to Create a Great One

J Campbell Social Marketing

The topic will be Nonprofit Blogging Best Practices: Why Your Nonprofit Needs a Blog and How to Create a Great One. The post Nonprofit Blogging Best Practices: Why Your Nonprofit Needs a Blog and How to Create a Great One appeared first on J Campbell Social Marketing.

Acquisition: Why ‘Best Practices’ Suck

The Agitator

The problem with most ‘best practices’ is that they lead to stealing. P.S. For a fuller explanation of the dangers of copycat strategies and the only metrics that matter – plus an even more passionate tirade about the dangers of following so-called ‘best practices’, take the time to read the research-based findings of Kevin Schulman, our colleague over at DonorVoice here.

Email Marketing Best Practices

The Agitator

Target Marketing is offering a free (registration required) ‘white paper’ on email marketing best practices. Best Practices. Actually, it’s more of a tip sheet, but valuable nonetheless. I’ll preview their 12 tips, but urge you to get the full paper. Write great subject lines. Don’t forget the preview pane! Avoid SPAM language. They offer words to avoid. Make it look good. Treat your recipients like real people. Focus on meaningful content.

Integrating Cell Phones Into Public Health Practice

Social Marketing and Social Change

Integrating cell phones and mobile technologies into public health practice: A social marketing perspective. Health Promotion Practice; 2009:490-494. More health professionals are exploring the use of mobile technologies, especially mobile phones, in their research and programs.

Social Cognitive Theory for Social Marketing Research and Practice

Social Marketing and Social Change

If other people in my social networks (for example, family members, peers or colleagues) talk about and practice eating five servings of fruits and vegetables a day and say “You can do it, we’ll help,” then I may be more inclined to believe I can do it too.

Free tool of the week: Fenton’s Best Practice Guides

ImpactMax

You might want to take a look at these free, downloadable guides to communications best practices put out by Fenton Communications, a firm that works with nonprofits.

Let's Bring Open Standards to the Practice Cause Marketing

Cause Related Marketing

If cause marketing is to really grow, I'm increasingly coming to the opinion that cause marketing needs the equivalent of an ‘open standard.’ When speaking of software especially, the term ‘open standards’ means an agreed-upon convention that is free and unconstrained in how it can be used.

4 Practical Resources for Year-End Preparation

The Agitator

Here are some practical and technical resources to help you make the most of the next critical 75 days by taking steps right now. Don’t fool yourself in the belief that “since I work on a July to June fiscal year I have lots of time to meet my goals.” That may be your fiscal year, but donors go by the calendar. And we’re fast running up to that time when nearly 30% of all nonprofits raise between 25 and 50% of their annual funds through year-end campaigns.

Poor Research & Undocumented Best Practices — Barriers To Growth, Part 6

The Agitator

You’d think a $300 billion industry like ours would have empirically based standards and practices readily available and accessible to all. After all, most sectors — ranging from apple growers to doctors and hospitals, and even zoos — have them. Fundraising doesn’t.

My Annual Defense of the Practice of Cause Marketing

Cause Related Marketing

Bradley objects to capitalism; certainly as it’s practiced today, but also in general. Are the hearts of every German gladdened by the way that capitalism is practiced? Is cause marketing just a gimmick to induce people to buy or does it really benefit the needy? That’s the tenor of a question posed recently by Bruce Bradley , fellow blogger, author of the forthcoming book ‘Fat Profits,’ and food industry consultant.