Return to Spray and Pray?
Aug05

Return to Spray and Pray?

Just about every nonprofit marketing consultant I know, yours truly included, ridicules the idea of “spray and pray” marketing, where you throw out as much stuff as you can at “the general public” and hope that some of it hits the right people.  Nonprofits can’t afford to be that wasteful of their time and money. Instead, we tell you, be more refined and focused in your approach. Decide who is most...

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Danielle Jackson
Aug04

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Danielle Jackson

Here’s the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words. Danielle Jackson is a Communications Specialist with GCFLearnFree.org, an online provider of free education in technology, math, reading, literacy, social media, Microsoft Office, and other subject areas. In this role, she is responsible for managing social media and ensuring that...

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#MixedLinks for Nonprofit Communicators
Aug01

#MixedLinks for Nonprofit Communicators

Read an article you think would be great for Mixed Links? Let me know! Just tweet the link using #MixedLinks (and if you have room mention @kristinaleroux), then I will take a look! And give you full credit for the find, of course. ~Kristina I hope everyone had a great week. Let’s cap it off with some Mixed Links… First off, take a few minutes to fill out the Nonprofit Content Marketing – Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends for...

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PHENOMENAL COMMUNICATIONS POWER…itty bitty living space
Jul31

PHENOMENAL COMMUNICATIONS POWER…itty bitty living space

Have you ever seen Disney’s Aladdin? The Genie, played by Robin Williams, has just been released from his lamp by Aladdin and is explaining what a genie is and what he can do. Genie has all of this power at his disposal, but he’s contained in a tiny little lamp. Your email subject lines, social media updates, and headlines all have an enormous amount of power, but you only have a small amount of space to accommodate all of...

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5 Story Starters You Can Steal
Jul30

5 Story Starters You Can Steal

When we get stuck for blog post ideas, it’s nice to have Laurel Dykema around to step in for us with her great posts. If you don’t have a Laurel in your life, try these story starters to get your ideas flowing. ~Kristina Guest Post by Laurel Dykema of Mission India A blinking cursor. A blank page. You have a new great story to write—about someone your nonprofit has helped. And a looming deadline. The only problem is … you...

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Your Ideas, Examples, and Problems with Awareness Raising Campaigns
Jul29

Your Ideas, Examples, and Problems with Awareness Raising Campaigns

Next month we’ll be hosting the Nonprofit Blog Carnival, and our theme is Raising Awareness. You may know that I am not the biggest fan of “awareness raising” as a goal in and of itself.  Unless you have some clue about how you plan to connect the dots between the raised awareness and your ultimate goal, don’t bother. (In other words, billboards do not lead directly to fundraising results; there are still quite...

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