3 Powerful Tools to Help You Optimize Your Nonprofit Website
May19

3 Powerful Tools to Help You Optimize Your Nonprofit Website

via GIPHY Want to make your website better? And by better, I mean get more people to join your email list, sign up to volunteer, and donate. You could ask for user feedback, but what users say and do are often polar opposites. You could check out your aspirational peers for best practices, but your supporters may react quite differently if you try the same tactics. Or, you can refine and test your own website. Find out what your users...

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The Heroes and Villains of the Give Local America Story #GiveDayLessons
May10

The Heroes and Villains of the Give Local America Story #GiveDayLessons

We talk a lot about storytelling in the nonprofit sector: how stories build through their first, second, and third acts and how all story arcs need beginnings, middles, and ends. When I do storytelling training, I compare the stories that nonprofits tell to a TV series. You have the short-lived, episodic stories that start and end all in one hour, each week. These are like the stories most nonprofits tell in their newsletters and...

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Grow Your Email List With These 14 Paid Email Acquisition Sources
May05

Grow Your Email List With These 14 Paid Email Acquisition Sources

For every email list, there is churn, churn, churn. People leave your list and emails bounce. Are you replacing those names? If not, your nonprofit email list shrinks every year to the tune of 12 percent or higher, according to the 2016 M+R Nonprofit Benchmarks Study (your mileage may vary, of course). Organic email list growth is great, but it’s slow. Paid acquisition supplements organic growth and helps you grow your base of support...

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Why Using Facebook and Twitter Alone Isn’t Smart
Mar23

Why Using Facebook and Twitter Alone Isn’t Smart

I recently shared some advice in a Chronicle of Philanthropy article on Tools to Schedule and Plan Your Social Media Outreach. Using Facebook and Twitter alone, without an additional management tool, isn’t the smartest approach to your social media. Sure, you can do it that way, directly using only the apps or the .com sites, but you’ll be much more effective if you use other software with them. I’m talking about...

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Got UTM? Measuring Nonprofit Email and Social Media Results
Aug19

Got UTM? Measuring Nonprofit Email and Social Media Results

You may have noticed some strange code on the end of links you click in emails or from social media . . . things like utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email. But do you know why that code is there or what it is doing? Or that you should be using it too? UTM stands for Urchin Tracking Module, and the UTM codes or parameters you add to the end of your standard website links give Google Analytics much more detail about what those...

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Marketing Time Savers: Tools to Improve Your Writing
Jul22

Marketing Time Savers: Tools to Improve Your Writing

    Even if you like to write like I do, it can still feel like it takes forever to produce something good. And let’s face it, time is not something you have a whole lot of.  Below are five online writing tools we like and that were also recommended by friends. They’ll help you create great marketing copy, faster. I’ll be sharing more time-saving tips for nonprofit marketers during Smart Nonprofit...

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