Straight Talk on the Give Local Crash from a Nonprofit Tech CEO #GiveDayLessons

I’ve encouraged an open conversation about the long-term impact of this year’s Give Local America Day fiasco, including inviting guest commentary. Jay Love, CEO of Bloomerang, took me up on the offer with today’s post. ~Kivi Online days of giving like Giving Tuesday, Brackets for Good, and Give Local America  have become wonderful fundraising tools for…

The Heroes and Villains of the Give Local America Story #GiveDayLessons

We talk a lot about storytelling in the nonprofit sector: how stories build through their first, second, and third acts and how all story arcs need beginnings, middles, and ends. When I do storytelling training, I compare the stories that nonprofits tell to a TV series. You have the short-lived, episodic stories that start and…

Got UTM? Measuring Nonprofit Email and Social Media Results

You may have noticed some strange code on the end of links you click in emails or from social media . . . things like utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email. But do you know why that code is there or what it is doing? Or that you should be using it too? UTM stands for Urchin Tracking Module, and the…

Why I’m Working with Bloomerang

Much of what we talk about at Nonprofit Marketing Guide requires software to do well. So naturally, I’m often asked which technology providers I recommend as you go about implementing all these best practices I share. My answer is always that I am vendor agnostic. I rarely, if ever, recommend one company without listing off…

What is Crowdfunding and How Can It Work for My Nonprofit?

In last week’s Mixed Links, we shared an infographic on  Cracking the Crowdfunding Code, but thought we might need to expand a little bit about what crowdfunding is before you jump into those statistics. Crowdfunding is pretty much what it sounds like – getting a large group of people to give you money for a project.…

How Are You Segmenting Your Email List?

Coming up with a real strategy for how to segment your email list is one of the changes I recommend nonprofits make in 2014. I’m working with a favorite client this month on making some of those strategic decisions about how they can build out the records in their email list so they can segment…

Nonprofit Hashtags You Should Keep an Eye On

In yesterday’s post on registering a hashtag, we talked a little bit about how useful hashtags can be when trying to categorize your social media posts by topic. Here are some hashtags specific to the nonprofit field that you should add to your listening dashboard. Twitter Chats #nptalk – Weekly Wednesdays, 3:00 -4:00 pm EST. Learn…

Can I Register a Hashtag?

 Hashtags are a great way to organize your social media updates and to find others who are talking about the same things you are talking about. Hashtags are definitely here to stay, with Facebook recently adding the feature to their network, following Twitter and Instagram. Here’s a little hashtag #background: Adding a hashtag (#) before a…

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Marketers May 10, 2013

It’s finally starting to feel a little more like spring here in NC. Let’s celebrate with some Mixed Links! I’ve reopened the application process for our Nonprofit Marketing Guide Mentoring Program for communications directors and executive directors who do it all. The new six-month session begins July 1 and we have 10 slots open. We’ve already…