Are You Getting Paid the National Average?
Nov30

Are You Getting Paid the National Average?

For the second year in a row, we are asking nonprofit communications directors and coordinators to share their salaries with us, so we can provide some benchmarks for you in your conversations about your own compensation. The salary question is part of the 2017 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report Survey, which closes on Friday, December 2.  If you haven’t taken it yet, especially if communications work is a significant part...

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Getting Other People to Meet Your Deadlines
Oct26

Getting Other People to Meet Your Deadlines

It’s a common frustration for nonprofit communications directors who are trying to work collaboratively with staff: getting people to meet their deadlines. This is a hard first step, but one that’s essential: If you want someone to meet your deadlines, they have to believe it’s important to do so. And that means that they understand the strategic role of communications for your organization, and how great communications are essential...

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How to Streamline Your Review Process and Publish Faster
Oct18

How to Streamline Your Review Process and Publish Faster

Getting great results from your communications work is often contingent on timing. It needs to get out the door or online quickly to be relevant. But a painful review and approval process can cripple your creative work, no matter how good it is. We’ve all been there . . . You missed a great opportunity to comment on breaking news and get your organization quoted in a major paper, because you couldn’t get the talking points approved in...

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Creative Brief Questions: What’s Included in Yours?
Oct05

Creative Brief Questions: What’s Included in Yours?

A creative brief is a quick worksheet that you fill out before you get started on any significant piece of communications work. You can also use a creative brief as a mini-strategy for how you’ll use a particular social media channel (e.g. how is what we do on Facebook different from Twitter?). Using a creative brief forces you to consider important questions before you get started. It’s also a wonderful collaboration tool...

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Please Share Your Storybanking and Photobanking Process
Aug23

Please Share Your Storybanking and Photobanking Process

Our contributing writer Antionette Kerr is working on a new e-book on both storybanking and photobanking — how you collect, store and organize your stories and photos. She’s got some great how-tos and resources pulled together. But it’s missing your real-world stories and data. So we need your help! Can you take this quick survey on storybanking and photobanking? We ask a few questions like which tools you use (if...

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Having a Book Club at Your Nonprofit
Aug10

Having a Book Club at Your Nonprofit

We’ve been talking about ways to include other staff members in your work. We love what Melinda Billings at Peacehaven Community Farm came up with to bring key players in her organization together – a book club! We like this idea not only because she used Content Marketing for Nonprofits, but because it’s a great way to  make sure everyone is on the same page (no pun intended) regarding goals and best practices....

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