MIND YOUR MICROCONTENT: 8 Little Bits That Can Make a Big Difference In Your Next Email
Dec04

MIND YOUR MICROCONTENT: 8 Little Bits That Can Make a Big Difference In Your Next Email

microcontent Small groups of words that can be skimmed by a person to get a clear idea of the content of a web page or email Email microcontent is the small stuff in your email, the little things like Alt Text and Preheaders that are easy to miss, skip, or gloss over. Don’t do that. Mind your microcontent. Here’s why. Microcontent can’t make up for bad main content, but well crafted microcontent can add up to success...

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So Excited About The Wordifier – And You Should Be Too
Nov12

So Excited About The Wordifier – And You Should Be Too

I am sure you are wondering just what The Wordifier is. Oh it’s no big deal really - it just might be one of the coolest communications tools out there. That’s all. A few months ago Erica Mills of Claxon Marketing joined us for one of our Feedback and Fine-Tuning Webinars and told me about this great tool they were working on that will let you know what words are over-played and should be avoided in your nonprofit...

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My Year-End Advice? Use real words. Mostly verbs. Not too much.
Oct30

My Year-End Advice? Use real words. Mostly verbs. Not too much.

OK, copywriters. Listen up. It’s year-end fundraising time. You’re probably planning to crank up your nonprofit’s email schedule with fundraising appeals in December. How many are you going to send? One, four, six? No matter how many you send, let’s all agree that you’ll send one e-appeal on Dec. 31. Promise! If you don’t, you’re leaving money on the table. Aggressive fundraisers will send...

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Writer’s Block Giving You Nightmares? Fight Back With Our Monthly Prompts
Oct28

Writer’s Block Giving You Nightmares? Fight Back With Our Monthly Prompts

We blog everyday. Then, we also have to write articles for our weekly e-newsletter. Plus write another newsletter to our All-Access Pass Holders, not to mention updating Facebook and Twitter. Then there is creating new content for webinars and e-books. I’m not going to lie – it’s tough sometimes to come up with ideas. I’ve been there, staring at the computer hoping inspiration — or a quick idea that I can...

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Your Favorite Fundraising Asks or Offers in Your Appeals?
Sep02

Your Favorite Fundraising Asks or Offers in Your Appeals?

I’m putting together a list of different kinds of fundraising asks or offers, as a prompt to get you thinking about new ways to talk to your donors about supporting your work. It’s part of a new training I’m putting together (more on that later). Here’s my list so far. I’ve given each category a name, followed by a very brief description of the overall message to the donor. What else would you add? The...

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Breaking My Bad Habits: From College To Nonprofit Writer
Aug26

Breaking My Bad Habits: From College To Nonprofit Writer

Would your nonprofit communications make your English Lit professor cringe? Good! You’re probably on the right track. Today, Laurel Dykema shares some habits she had to change once she started writing for the real world. ~Kivi Guest Post by Laurel Dykema of Mission India Confession: I had a lot of bad habits when I started in nonprofit writing. And most of them came from writing college papers! When I started as an intern at...

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