Make About Us Page an Invitation, Not a Recitation
May14

Make About Us Page an Invitation, Not a Recitation

When it comes to building relationships and trust with prospective donors and volunteers, service users or program participants and other vital audiences, the smallest details can make a huge impact, especially when they’re about your organization’s people. That’s why there’s so much potential for us to do SO much better with About Us web site content. I’ve seen it time, and time again—the About Us section is the last item on the...

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8 Commandments for Converting Direct Mail Fundraising Appeals to Email
May12

8 Commandments for Converting Direct Mail Fundraising Appeals to Email

Looking to repurpose your direct mail appeals into email? Kerri has some great advice for you! ~Kivi 1. Thou Shalt Make Email SHORTER Than Direct Mail. Direct mail appeals clock in at well over 1,000 words, sometimes double and triple that. If you do that in email, no one will like you. While I’ve seen super short (150 words) and super long (500 words) e-appeals that work, my sweet spot has always been between 250 and 350 words. Feel...

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Go Ahead, Steal Headlines from the Pros
Apr22

Go Ahead, Steal Headlines from the Pros

We’ve talked before about how important your headlines are – whether it’s email subject lines, newsletter headlines, or blog post titles. You only have a few minutes to capture your reader’s attention before it’s drawn elsewhere. (Squirrel!) That means you should actually be spending more time on your headlines than you do the actual content itself (because most likely, it’s not getting read anyway...

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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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