Select the Most Compelling Nonprofit Taglines—5 Minutes, Lots of Learning

Getting Attention

63 tagline finalists have been carefully culled from the more than 1,600 taglines entries from nonprofit organizations in 14 vertical sectors from health to civic benefit. Great Words Promoting Good Causes!

I am a disruptor


Vertical farms are starting to grow fruits and vegetables indoors in warehouses and skyscrapers (so the farmers no longer need to use insecticides to protect their crops and fuel to transport their products to consumers). I’m proud to be a disruptor. I’ve been this way all my life. I can’t help it. Therefore, I simply won’t apologize for my disruptive nature. Fortunately for me, I’m in good company.

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Nonprofit Web Design 101: 5 Strategies for Beginners

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Designing with vertical layouts. 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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Online Fundraising Continues to Grow

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

All but three verticals (Association & membership, Public Broadcasting Stations, and Team Events) had a growth rate greater than 10%. Online fundraising will be a huge part of the conferences I’m attending this week.

What you don’t know CAN hurt you.

Wild Woman Fundraising

Jamel Debbouze in Amelie When I saw Amelie in 2001, I loved Jamel Debbouze's character, Lucien.

Debate Highlights 9 Communications Lessons

Getting Attention

His vertical hand gestures conveyed how difficult the path to recovery will be. Note: Trying to be as neutral as possible here. If you watched last night’s Romney vs. Obama debate, you know that Romney reigned as the far better communicator.

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10 Ways to Use Social Media to Grow Your Nonprofit Email List

J Campbell Social Marketing

For example, vertical images work best on Pinterest, and square images work best on Instagram. Vertical Response has a step-by-step guide, How to Set Up Google Analytics Goals to Track Email Sign-ups.

Cause Marketing Trends: An Interview With Laura Marriott

Cause Related Marketing

1D codes are comprised of a sequence of vertical bars and spaces and when read by a scanner, they generate a product identification number that can be recognized by a point of sale (POS) system so the checkout assistant does not need to key in the number by hand.

Getting Started with Mobile Fundraising: 5 Ways

Ann Green

You’ll still want to make sure that the contents of your website stack neatly and vertically on a phone. By Eric Griego. Almost everyone has a mobile phone these days and that includes your donors.

Convio’s 2010 Online Benchmarks

The Agitator

But plenty more for you to analyze, with data organized by 16 nonprofit subgroups, or verticals. This includes a cross-vertical group of ‘National Nonprofit Mailers’ — organizations with more than 250,000 online constituents. This downward trend was true for almost all verticals. Overall, email files did grow on average by 22%, but a lot of this was driven by the Haiti earthquake (the Disaster vertical grew by 31%).

No words necessary

Donor Power Blog

Amber is the Digital Project Manager in Merkle’s nonprofit vertical. I came across a picture the other night on Facebook that I promptly shared. It had no explanation, no tag, no link, no credit, no nothing. Just a 4-word phrase, “Worth a Thousand Words”. The phrase was true.

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Convio Online Marketing Benchmark Study – 2011

The Agitator

Performing Arts is the vertical with the best online sustainer average gift, at $63.22 The highest rates are secured by the National Nonprofit Mailer vertical (essentially groups with more than 750,000 email addresses), at 6.0%, and Team Events, at 10.4%. Just released.

10 Time Management Tips for Nonprofit Communicators


To help you figure out what you should let go of, organize tasks/projects into a four-quadrant grid with the horizontal axis as URGENT and the vertical axis as IMPORTANT (this axis is where you measure the impact of a project).

The Psychology of Color

Donor Power Blog

Angie is the Associate Creative Director in Merkle's nonprofit vertical. Creatives love color. We hate to admit that sometimes a simple black and white envelope beats a stunning four-color photo in the mail. That’s because we know that color can be a powerful marketing tool.

How Much Money Should You Be Raising Online?

Marketing for Nonprofits

A key strength of this study is that it provides aggregate benchmarks for fundraising performance and benchmarks for specific industry segments or verticals, such as Environment and Wildlife and Animal Welfare. The median donation across all verticals increased from $83.44

Six Tips on How To Make Your Website Pinterest Friendly

Diva Marketing Blog

So we'll explore verticals and brands that you might not think "fit" in a social visual communication network. Pinterest. Pinterest. Pinterest. There I'd said it. Now I'm definitely out of the P-closet. That does sound a bit odd. well you know what I mean. .

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Apply the 80/20 Rule. Everywhere

Donor Power Blog

Josh is the Senior Director of Applied Strategy in Merkle's nonprofit vertical. The Pareto principle (also known as the “ 80/20 Rule” ) states that, for many events, approximately 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.

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The Convio Online Marketing Nonprofit Benchmark Index Study


The vertical most impacted by the Haiti event was the Disaster & Relief vertical, growing 38% from 2009 to 2010.

You Made My Day!

Getting Attention

And the fact that my office is the third floor of our very vertical house, and I do stairs crab-style right now, makes life exhausting on all levels. This week has been a tough one.

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

This post by Vertical Response busts 5 myths of email marketing. Enjoy this week’s edition of Mixed Links! It’s time for the 2012 Nonprofit Tagline Awards (The Taggies) again!

5 Reasons Nonprofits Should Take Search Seriously - Part I

Donor Power Blog

Amber is a Strategy Manager and soon-to-be Digital Geek in Merkle’s nonprofit vertical. Did you know that search is one of the only marketing channels where you can 100% determine ROI? Hopefully you received a copy of our Donor Strategist newsletter this week that talked about search marketing. If not, we forgive you; our SEM experts at IMPAQT have a white paper to explain it all: A Brave New Advertising World: The Future of Search Marketing.

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Increasing Donations: The Essential Ingredients of Effective Nonprofit Web Design

Ann Green

Reduce the donor’s need to zoom by optimizing it with easy-to-click buttons and a vertical layout. By Dishan Jay. Good web design is a bit like clean air. You never really think of it, until the garbage truck passes you by and you realize how indispensable it is.

Cause Marketing, Sans the Cause

Cause Related Marketing

Imagine that you're Nucor, the steel manufacturer that makes steel by recycling old steel, and you form a new relationship with Union Pacific to recycle its old track and replace it with newly reforged Nucor steel track.Or, imagine that you 're a vertically-integrated chocolate company.

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

And lastly I have two posts from Vertical Response. Another Friday, another round of Mixed Links! Communications and Fundraising. The latest Nonprofit Blog Carnival is up at Wild Apricot. May’s theme was Tips for Going Mobile.

New studies show online giving up - but results may vary

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

All but three verticals (Association & Membership, Public Broadcasting Stations, and Team Events) had a growth rate greater than 10 percent. Convio has released its Online Marketing Nonprofit Benchmark Index™ Study , and M+R followed with its own 2011 eNonprofits Benchmarks Study. It’s interesting to compare and contrast the results. Online fundraising continues to grow - but just how much varies.

Do you know a Graduate with no future? What is up with these protests?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Horizontalism has become endemic because technology makes it easy: it kills vertical hierarchies spontaneously, whereas before – and the quintessential experience of the 20th century – was the killing of dissent within movements, the channeling of movements and their bureaucratization.&#.

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Interview with a Fundraising Expert: Karen Dublin, Director of GRACE, Inc.

Fundraiser Ideas

Karen: Newspapers, mass email marketing (Vertical Response) and social network marketing. Karen Dublin is the Director of GRACE, Inc., and a consultant and trainer for nonprofit organizations, ministries and individuals. She teaches business planning and grant writing.

5 Mail Lessons Learned While Fundraising for Higher Education

Fundraising Coach

The higher education arena is one of our primary vertical markets and, for a number of years now, we have engrained ourselves in the fundraising programs of a variety of institutions nationally. Today I’m pleased to introduce David Hazeltine. David and I met at an NEAHP conference a couple years back and immediately hit it off. Since he works with DMW Direct Fundraising , I’ve asked if he’d share his insights into direct mail fundraising.

Co-creating the Social Marketing Discipline and Brand

Social Marketing and Social Change

The third dimension of the cube, the vertical axis, displays four Value Spaces that I also think are integral to social marketing programs.

Links Corrected – Spot the Next Great Nonprofit Taglines — Vote for 2010 Nonprofit Tagline Award Winners

Getting Attention

Seventy tagline finalists have been carefully culled from the more than 2,700 taglines entries from 1,700 nonprofit organizations in 13 vertical sectors from health to civic benefit. Great Words Promoting Good Causes.

Place Key Nonprofit Marketing Content “Above the Fold”…If You Want It Read

Getting Attention

And that differs widely depending on browser resolution, screen size and other demands on onscreen vertical space. I’ve always advised nonprofit communicators to put key content up top on website pages, so users don’t have to do anything to see (or act on) it.

Vote for the Best Nonprofit Tagline

Sea Change Strategies

The 70 tagline finalists have been culled from over 2,700 entries in 13 vertical sectors. I was privileged to help choose the finalists in the 2010 Getting Attention Nonprofit Tagline Awards. Now, you get to pick the winners! Place your vote today. These organizations have done a fantastic job in putting well-selected words to build their brands. Through voting, you’ll get a stronger sense of what makes messaging work and learn to assess how your organization’s taglines measure up.

First step in strategic communications planning: Communications audits


For clearer insights, arrange them horizontally according to when they occur during the calendar year and vertically according to audience.) flickr/joebeone.

Catching my breath…

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

I’m happy to see that in many industry verticals, the “social media” space has evolved far beyond creating a Facebook account and is now focused on addressing pressing business needs instead. Every once in a while I have one of those months where it seems I spend more time on planes than on the ground. September was one of those months for me, 34,534 kilometres to be exact. Needless to say, I’m happy to be back and adjusted to one consistent time-zone.

Bayler Healthcare System Takes A Leap Into Pinterest: Interview with Ashley Howland (Part 1)

Diva Marketing Blog

The relatively fast Pinterest adoption rate, of what we might call nontraditional to social media verticals , is amazing to me. From financial services, manufacturing to B-to-B, Pinterest seems to capture the imagination of marketers. .

The Convio Online Marketing Nonprofit Benchmark Index™ Study


The vertical most impacted by the Haiti event was the Disaster & Relief vertical, growing 38% from 2009 to 2010. Warning : sprintf() [ function.sprintf ]: Too few arguments in /nfs/www/WWW_pages/ddsonic/ on line 1200.

A small eBook for a big recession

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

The one question I had to figure out was: “What is the unique market vertical that I operate in?&#.

To Make a Difference, Must You Choose?


Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about verticalization –thanks to friend Geoff Livingston. In the non-profit, government, and even the public health worlds, each has its verticals. Life is full of choices–some more important than others.

Getting Your Donation Web Page Ready For The Holiday Rush

Non Profit Marketing 360

The Convivio study focussed on a few specific design concerns for the donation page/form itself: Gift String Layout: horizontal vs. vertical. Not really. Most any nonprofit or charity has a website. And likely on that website is a page for donors to give to the cause.

Google Insights for Search

Search Marketing for Nonprofits

Google’s Insights for Search tool lets you: Look at a portion of keyword search results – by location, category, or Google vertical (news, images). Another tool to add to your keyword research tool belt. a graph with the search volume, indicating interest over time (GMT) for your terms, plotted on a scale from 0 to 100; the totals are indicated next to bars by the search terms (read more about how we scale and normalize the data).