YOU HAD ME AT HELLO: 54 Ideas For Strong Leads And Smooth Transitions in Your Appeals and Action Alerts
Mar03

YOU HAD ME AT HELLO: 54 Ideas For Strong Leads And Smooth Transitions in Your Appeals and Action Alerts

Do you break out in a sweat trying to write the first line of your email appeal or advocacy alert? And do you struggle with connecting ideas in your donor communications?  You’re not alone. Even professional copywriters struggle with these all-important lines. If the first thing you say is confusing or dense or boring, chances are very high that your reader will simply move on and never read the rest. And if your transitions are...

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Need Ideas? Here Are Our Writing Prompts for April
Mar02

Need Ideas? Here Are Our Writing Prompts for April

At the start of each month, we send at least 10 writing prompts to the subscribers of our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts E-Newsletter to get them thinking about articles, stories, press releases, blog posts, Facebook updates, letters, and other content for the following month. We send them a month ahead so you’ll have time to think about the ideas and incorporate them into your editorial calendar. The emails are usually broken down...

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Week of Freebies! E-Book: 25 Metaphors Nonprofits Can Use To Get Their Messages Across
Dec30

Week of Freebies! E-Book: 25 Metaphors Nonprofits Can Use To Get Their Messages Across

Happy Holidays! We love our readers and think you deserve some goodies. This week, we are highlighting free downloads and resources from Nonprofit Marketing Guide that are all FREE.  Our free e-book 25 Metaphors Nonprofits Can Use To Get Their Messages Across will help you make complicated or foreign messages feel simple and familiar to your supporters by showing you how to use metaphors in your messaging. It includes examples of how...

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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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