2017

3 Techniques to Avoid Getting Overwhelmed in 2017

Getting Attention

Guest bloggers Beth Kanter & Aliza Sherman wrote The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit , a must read for communicators & fundraisers. If there is one thing we can agree on, it is that that last quarter of 2016 was especially stressful.

3 Realistic Social Media New Year’s Resolutions for Nonprofits

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I apologize for the headline (and the macarons). I had to get you here and I knew “New Year’s Resolutions,” and sweets, might work. But here’s the thing – I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. I think if you want to make a change, now is as good a time as any.

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The Big Difference Between Marketing and Fundraising and Why It’s Important

J Campbell Social Marketing

In my years as a full-time nonprofit employee, I was often a one-woman Marketing, Communications, Development, Outreach, Kitchen Sink department. In one position, I was all of those things plus the Volunteer Recruiter and Coordinator!

I must sound like a broken record but here’s more nonprofit data that will inspire you to focus more on major donors

iMarketSmart

The left-leaning Institute for Policy Studies crunched the data from Giving USA Foundation’s annual philanthropic survey to figure out who was giving what.

New Facebook Features and Why They Matter

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Last week, Facebook held its annual F8 conference where Mark Zuckerberg and team typically set the direction for global digital technology. I mean that last part literally. What Facebook invests time and resources in tends to set the course for the entire digital ecosystem.

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10 Best Cause Marketing Promotions of 2016 [SLIDESHARE]

Selfish Giving

10 Best Cause Marketing Promotions of 2016 from Selfish Giving Welcome to my annual 10 Best Cause Marketing Promotions of 2016. As always, it was a great year for cause marketing.

7 Year-End Fundraising Practices That Work All Year

Fundraising Coach

Year-end fundraising is a bountiful time in the life of the nonprofit. Giving Tuesday and holiday-themed asks are just the beginning of the strategies that nonprofits employ for the end-of-year season. But many of these practices are too beneficial to reserve for the end of the year alone.

How to Create a Better Annual Report

Ann Green

It’s annual report season, for better or for worse. Often it’s for worse since many of them are long, boring booklets that put your donors to sleep. You don’t have to do an annual report, but you do need to share accomplishments with your donors.

3 Ways to Stay Safe from Cyber Attack

Getting Attention

Yes, this has to matter to you. The current global cyber attack , built on ransomware, could wreck your communications impact and a lot more. If or when your organization gets hacked, it’ll bring all activity—including communications and fundraising—to an absolute standstill.

Nonprofit Web Design 101: 5 Strategies for Beginners

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Jeff Gordy. If your nonprofit’s website hasn’t been a top priority, it’s time to change that. But don’t worry, if you don’t know what to do. Today’s guest post will help you get started. Kristina. Guest Post by Jeff Gordy.

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To Get Me from Passive to Active – Make Me Feel Something!

J Campbell Social Marketing

There is a misguided argument that I have heard recently from nonprofits, as they prepare their fundraising appeals or their online marketing campaigns: There is no way we can pull the heartstrings like this when telling stories. . Or: Oh no – we can’t use such strong language.

The 4 levels of donor commitment according to Mal Warwick

iMarketSmart

For those of you who are new to the field, Mal Warwick played a tremendous leadership role in fundraising and direct marketing. In his book titled How to Write Successful Fundraising Appeals , he outlined the 4 levels of donor commitment.

A List of Digital, Tech, and Media Trend Reports for 2017

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

One thing I really like about the first quarter of the calendar year is that plenty of new statistics and trend reports are made available concerning the field I work in.

New Email Study Reveals Nonprofit Spam Rates Soared in 2016

EveryAction

The state of nonprofit fundraising is undeniably digital, but aside from opens and clicks, do you really understand what's happening to your emails?

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Science Communication and Social Marketing

Social Marketing and Social Change

Applying marketing to improve communications about social issues is an important part of social marketing for me.

Direct Mail vs Email?

The Agitator

I already know your answer … do both. And of course you’re absolutely correct. The infographic you are about to see cites more evidence.

What Will Replace 'Checkout Charity' After Big Retailers are Gone?

Selfish Giving

There had to be a few cringes in the room after she said it. In December, Kmart CMO Kelly Cook was at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis celebrating an amazing accomplishment.

7 Techniques to Boost Donor Engagement

Fundraising Coach

Before you can start to use the techniques below you need to figure out what engagement means for your nonprofit. Does it meaning getting involved in other roles like volunteering or getting more donors to read your communications?

Radio For Small Business, Interview with Lee Kantor & Stone Payton Business RadioX

Diva Marketing Blog

H ow to get the word out about your company and products is a one of the biggest challenges facing many small business owners. As we often discuss on Diva Marketing, the digital world provides a multitude of of opportunities from blogs to social networks to online advertising.

4 Easy Ways to Get Closer & Boost Action

Getting Attention

There’s a proven way for your organization to start and strengthen vital relationships with the people whose support, loyalty, and actions you want—donors, volunteers, and even staff (too often overlooked here). This approach is easy to learn and execute.

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5 Clever Online Engagement Ideas for Nonprofits

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Looking for ways to engage supporters online? Get inspired by these real nonprofit digital engagements! Ask An Artist To Illustrate. Take that hashtag contest to the next level. Invite an artist to illustrate your supporter’s thoughts submitted online. Make a Reading List. Summer’s coming.

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Free Nonprofit Resource to Foster Connections and Knowledge Sharing

J Campbell Social Marketing

In the nonprofit sector, professionals often feel that they need to take on everything by themselves. We silo our departments, isolate our fundraising and program staff, and put our heads down to put out the fires that crop up every day as we do our important work.

4 things pizza and major gift fundraising have in common

iMarketSmart

A while back I wrote a blog post that included 5 best practices for delivering progress reports to major donors (sometimes including legacy gift supporters too). Later on, my kids wanted Domino’s Pizza. Honestly, I don’t like their food.

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The bots are coming! Are you ready?

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Last week we held our MARCOM Annual Conference (more on that in a future post) where I moderated a roundtable discussion on bots. I thought I ‘d share a few notes from my handout. Working Definitions (sometimes used interchangeably).

Sheroes You Should Know: Inspiring Stories for #WomensHistoryMonth

EveryAction

she·ro (pl. sheroes) : a woman regarded as a hero. Whether quietly spearheading some of the world's most groundbreaking scientific and medical research or not-so-quietly leading revolutions on the battlefield, our history is ripe with stories of ferocious, adventurous, enlightened, and persistent women. In celebration of Women's History Month, we wanted to share some of these sheroic tales and introduce you to young women who are carrying the torch forward today.

Social Cognitive Theory for Social Marketing Research and Practice

Social Marketing and Social Change

As social marketers and change agents, our theories drive how we understand and describe problems and propose and test different solutions to them. What is a theory?

Beware of Vanity Metrics

The Agitator

In Is Your Website Driving Away Your Best Folks ? I warned of the danger relying on ‘vanity metrics’ like ‘page views’ or ‘time on site’ In fact, the use of ‘vanity metrics’ is problematic in our trade far beyond the online world.

3 Blunt Partnership Questions Every Business Should Ask a Nonprofit [Sponsored Infographic]

Selfish Giving

Years ago when I would meet with businesses to discuss cause marketing it was all about explaining what cause marketing was and how they could benefit from it. Business owners were hesitant because they were unsure if they should "profit" from a nonprofit partnership.

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No donor wants to make a donation

Fundraising Coach

Years ago, I wrote about Zig Ziglar teaching that nobody wants a drill. He said millions of drills are sold every year. But no one wants a drill. They want a hole. The same is true with donors. No donor wants to make a donation. Donors want the value the donation will make. So tell them about that.

4 things to stop doing once you discover your fundraising career strengths

Wild Woman Fundraising

Are you tired of certain aspects of your fundraising work? Do you wish, for example, that your weekly staff meetings could be shortened to a 5 minute standing meeting? Or perhaps you’d like to take that latest state grant proposal and throw it out the window?

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7 Steps to Passionate Volunteer Messengers

Getting Attention

You face an uphill battle to recruit volunteers and retain them at ever higher and more effective levels of engagement. For those of you with small or all-volunteer organizations, there’s absolutely nothing more important.

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How Nonprofit Communicators Spend Their Time (Infographic) #NPCOMM2017

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Do you wonder if other nonprofit communicators are spending as much time on certain tasks as you? Check out the results from the 2017 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report and see for yourself.

How to Get People to Raise Money for Your Nonprofit on Facebook – Part 1

J Campbell Social Marketing

Social media fundraising is getting easier, thanks to some great new Facebook features designed specifically to make it easier for nonprofits to raise money on the social network.

Your donors want to find meaning in their lives. But are you helping them?

iMarketSmart

Sick of my rants yet? I’ve droned on and on about the fact that your job is to make your donors feel good and to facilitate the exchange of dollars for value. And, of course, value is in the eye of the beholder (the donor’s eyes).