Are you being tested?


I think he was testing. He was testing. And, I think many of your supporters are testing you and your organization as they explore their philanthropic interests. So, now I suggest you ponder this: Who’s testing you right now? The post Are you being tested?

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It’s Today! Google Test Your Website

Getting Attention

Thanks to guest blogger Jen Boland, of Beaconfire. Today’s the day. If your website isn’t responsive or optimized for mobile devices, you should be worried. Because… As of today, Google has hugely increased mobile-friendliness as a key ranking signal in search results.

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The Idiocy Of ‘Testing’

The Agitator

One of the great barriers to growth is the idiocy of ‘testing’ Not because testing is bad, but because most fundraisers and their consultants don’t have the slightest idea what real testing is all about.

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The Curse of Testing Illiteracy

The Agitator

Spurred on by my post The Curse of Fundraising Innumeracy , reader Mikaela King over at the National Geographic Society decided to “dog pile” on with what she termed “another illiteracy” in our sector — testing illiteracy.

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Testing 101: 4 Steps for Optimizing Your Fundraising Approach

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You never know what marketing and fundraising strategies and tactics will work best until you test them. That is why testing is a must for nonprofits. We’re doing our causes a disservice each time we don’t test — potentially leaving money, actions, and opportunities on the table.

Concept Testing: The Most Important Step for Social Marketing Research

Social Marketing and Social Change

The biggest change in formative research that social marketers are still learning how to do well is concept testing. If I can do only one type of formative research, I always choose concept testing. So what is concept testing? Concept testing is not a design critique session.

Test with email first.


Considering the cost savings, isn’t it time to test with email first? VS. Email and landing page lead generation campaign: Strategy/Copy/Design/HTML Code, Test and blast.

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Thanksgiving Test

The Agitator

It’s in the form of a test question posed by Tony Elischer , managing director over at THINK. Our friend Tom Ahern’s Luggage is My Life blog contains a pithy — and seasonally themed — piece on thanking donors.

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What’s Wrong With Your Testing?

The Agitator

Every one talks about ‘testing’ Few fundraisers and their consultants really understand what true testing means and how to conduct it. As I noted in an earlier post, The Idiocy of Testing , one of the great barriers to growth in our sector is that despite the countless thousands of hours and millions of dollars spent on so-called ‘testing’, the result is navel-gazing at best and months or years of time wasted at worst. Let’s face it.

A Simple Strategy for Running an Email Marketing Test

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As a busy organization, it''s rare that you have time to even think about testing your nonprofit email marketing. But what if running an email marketing test didn''t need to take a ton of time? It starts with understanding what you want to test. Focus on testing one thing at a time. If you test more than one element in the same email, it is challenging (and sometimes impossible) to determine exactly what influenced the response.

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Can Your Organization Pass the Donor-Centered Test?

Ann Green

There’s no question this organization does good work, but their newsletter failed the donor-centered test. Can your organization pass the donor-centered test? How to Perform the “You” Test for Donor-Centered Communications – Do You Pass? Use these test questions on other donor communication such as annual reports (these are rarely donor-centered), your website, and social media posts.

Which Test Won?

The Agitator

I get a feed that presents nothing but various direct marketing tests, almost always from the commercial space. It’s called Which Test Won? Finally, the other day they put up a test involving a nonprofit , in this case Oxfam UK.

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Roll out some testing to liven up those Summer months


We run a lot of multivariate tests on donation landing pages throughout the year. Frankly, I’m always urging our clients to run even more—since the more things they test, the more they learn (and the more money they raise!). Forget about multivariate testing and run an A/B test instead.

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Acquisition: What About Testing DRTV?

The Agitator

So You’re Thinking of testing DRTV? And just like direct mail, it requires a commitment to ongoing testing to optimize your results. And then there’s the matter of funding your first test.

Direct Mail Testing To Nowhere

The Agitator

I suspect a good part of the reason why fundraising and especially acquisition is so flat or down lies in the business-as-usual, risk adverse nature prevalent in the contemporary nonprofit mentality.

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


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My test for great digital fundraising content

Giving in a Digital World

Plus – if you’ve seen any great content that you feel passes the ‘test’, then do share it by leaving a comment below… Online fundraising Video Bryan Miller digital fundraising trends Email Oxfam See For Yourself

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FINALLY REVEALED: Dr. Russell James’ secrets to conducting donor surveys


He’s back! And this time he’ll be talking about one of my favorite subjects — donor surveys. Sure, I’ve got some experience in this area. MarketSmart has been conducting surveys on behalf of hundreds of nonprofits in 4 countries around the world.

The Long Term Test

The Agitator

Earlier this week Reinier Spruit (at Greenpeace International) posted at 101Fundraising regarding what he calls “long term testing&#. He urged fundraisers to consider stretching their testing horizons beyond the ‘quick and dirty’ typical package tests — carriers, teasers, reply devices, etc — to comprehensive testing of entire donor communications streams … his specific target was improving donor retention rates.

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Getting Attention

Acquisition: Direct Mail Testing – Part 1

The Agitator

Tom’s post on the Obama campaign’s email testing prompts me to weigh in on one of the least understood and woefully mis-practiced skills in the direct response fundraiser’s repertoire – direct mail testing. Sadly, most testing becomes more habitual than strategic or purposeful.

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Test To Impress

The Agitator

But it always comes back to … you’ve got to test for your own organization and circumstances. With so much in email marketing that could be tested, where do you begin? Sending time (Personally, I think this is becoming a non-factor, but as they say … test!). But certainly offer testing should be on the list). There’s heaps of advice floating around, especially in the commercial space, for how to improve response to email marketing messages.


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Kick-start Your Donation Page Optimization Efforts: Test These 7 Emerging Techniques


To improve your odds of raising more money online in 2013, most organizations would be well served to dedicate more time and resources to donation page testing. But a greater commitment to testing is no guarantee of better results. The only way to know for sure is to test it!

How to Test Your Nonprofit Emails

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Even the smallest nonprofits can use simple testing methods to uncover the subject line s, content and calls to action that inspire supporters to give. Split Testing Your Emails. When you want to test something for your entire group -- for example, a subject line -- you can take these two test segments and send the first message with the first subject line, a second message with the second subject line. Testing Subject Lines. Test Your Layout.

How Clever Are You? Test Your Communications Smarts With These 16 Nonprofit Quizzes – and Emails to Match!

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Admit it. You took a quiz on Facebook, or clicked on a clever subject line from your email inbox to find out your aura, or your inner animal, or which Star Wars or Walking Dead (can I be Michonne?) character you are most like. via GIPHY.

How to figure out what you want to do: the jealousy test

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

It’s the time of year when a lot of us (including me) take stock. Why are we here? What should we be doing in 2013? A few years back, I was lamenting to my wise cousin Elisabeth that I wasn’t sure where I should focus my work. What was the best job for me? What was I meant to be doing with my life? She told me her method for figuring that out. She pays attention to when she feels jealous.

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How to Measure the Impact of Your Nonprofit Marketing

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Launch periodic online surveys of up to five questions to solicit feedback and test perspectives. Nonprofit Marketing Marketing Strategies Testing and Tracking Ever since super-smart statistician Nate Silver brought presidential campaign data to the headlines in 2012, we’ve become a metrics-obsessed nation. That’s changed the life of most marketers I know, who have been asked (pressured even, in some cases) to harvest and analyze more data than ever before.

The Quick and Dirty Guide to A/B Testing Your Donation Page

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

Enter A/B testing. Although testing might seem a little scary if you’ve not done it, there are simple tests you can perform to ensure you’re getting the most out of your online donation pages. The test version has just one variable changed: the layout, image, copy, or headings.

More Direct Mail Test Results

The Agitator

I love testing! Every marketer/fundraiser should have an addiction to testing built into their genes. Here are some tests reported on SOFII by Willis Turner, senior copywriter at Huntsinger & Jeffer. ‘Plain & simple’ vs ‘fancy’ I’ll bet many of you have tested the same kinds of options, one way or the other. Except, that is, for the one piece of conventional wisdom that really has stood the test of time: When in doubt… TEST!&#.

Be The Match tests improvements to its email messaging template


Test Version of the new email messaging appeal template for Be The Match. In an ongoing effort to optimize the engagement with our clients’ email appeals, we recently tested a new messaging format for Be The Match. Online Fundraising Testing and Analysis Be The Match email messaging

Acquisition: Direct Mail Testing – Part 2

The Agitator

One of the biggest pitfalls in direct mail testing is the ‘baby & the bathwater’ problem. The problem occurs when an organization or its consultant creates and mails a test package with numerous test elements.

Does it pass the champagne test?

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

In the book Switch, one of my favorites, Dan and Chip Heath have great advice on setting a clear goal: It must pass the champagne test. What is your organization’s champagne test? In other words, is your destination clear enough that when you get there, people will know to crack the bottle of champagne and celebrate? Focus on the end result, not the how-to. We’re not here to decrease malnutrition: we’re here to make sure every child in school gets lunch.

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Non Profit Marketing 360

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Direct Mail Test Results

The Agitator

The Agitator has been featuring various A/B tests as reported on Which Test Won ? So far their tests have all been of the online variety. Here’s their first example of a head-to-head direct mail test … in this case, centered on the offer. The test was conducted by Nebraska’s NPR station, and we have heaps of public TV & radio readers … so here it is.

Change, It Is a Comin’

The Agitator

There are four main subject areas or themes The Agitator will concentrate on in this “bridge” period: Behavioral Science … Onboarding … Testing …and Metrics. Behavioral Science Breaking Out of the Status Quo Fundraising analytics / data Innovation Matching Gifts Metrics Onboarding Research Testing Uncategorized premiumOver the next two months we’ll be working behind the scenes on changes and additions to The Agitator. Changes in how we organize and present information.

3 Tests to Improve Your Website and Donation Process

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One of the easiest and most overlooked ways to improve your website and your donation process is by putting it through some basic testing. The opposite is true for usability testing; all you need is somebody who isn't already familiar with your website. Gather up a handful of people and perform the following three tests, all of which will give you great insight. Task Testing Have your tester go through the process of making a donation on your website.

3 Ways Data-Driven Testing Can Help Your Nonprofit


January’s Fireside Chat was all about being “data-driven” in your nonprofit endeavors. It’s a topic especially close to our hearts as admitted data nerds, but more so, it’s the future of how nonprofits will strive toward and achieve greater goals. marketing design data

3 Ways Data-Driven Testing Can Help Your Nonprofit


January’s Fireside Chat was all about being “data-driven” in your nonprofit endeavors. It’s a topic that is especially close to our hearts as admitted data nerds, but more so, it’s the future of how nonprofits will strive toward and achieve greater goals. marketing design data