How Can You Measure Your Nonprofit’s Marketing Success?
Sep18

How Can You Measure Your Nonprofit’s Marketing Success?

Ever feel like you are just sort of flailing around at work, trying every last “best practice” and hoping you are somehow reaching who you want to reach? Or maybe you are really confident in your marketing strategy, but just need to be able to prove it’s working to your boss? Measuring things like email subscribers and dollars raised are pretty straight-forward. But how do you measure things like ideas, writing, and...

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Book Yourself an #NpCommFreeDay or Two
Sep11

Book Yourself an #NpCommFreeDay or Two

I like this time of year. The air is cooling, and the kids are back in school. It just feels more calm. But before long, the holidays and year-end fundraising season will be upon us. That’s why it’s important to look at your calendar now, before the chaos, and block out some Nonprofit Communicator Free Days (#npcommfreeday) on your calendar for the rest of 2014. These are meeting-free days where you shut the door,...

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5 Leadership Failures That Hurt Communications and Fundraising
Jul15

5 Leadership Failures That Hurt Communications and Fundraising

Communications directors and development directors are not magicians or miracle workers, and yet many executive directors and boards seem to think they should be able to pull rabbits out of hats and turn water into wine. Too often, when I coach communications directors through their daily challenges, I find that their jobs are being made so much harder than they should be because of a handful of leadership failures. Here are five that...

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You’ve Just Been Promoted to Chief of Staff
Jul08

You’ve Just Been Promoted to Chief of Staff

I’ve had a wonderful time getting to know Leili Khalessi over the last six months as she participated in our Communications Director Mentoring Program. I think I learned as much from the experience as she did!  I see too many nonprofit communications directors who are treated like gophers, or the catch-all dumping grounds for work no one else in the office wants to do. But what if you could transform your role away from that and...

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Your Boss Self and Your Worker Self [Book Review]
Jun24

Your Boss Self and Your Worker Self [Book Review]

I get into strategic planning and productivity mode twice a year: once in December/January and again in June/July. That means I’m reading and thinking a ton about what we do at Nonprofit Marketing Guide and about my own personal productivity. One of the books I’m working my way through is How to be a Productivity Ninja: Worry Less, Achieve More and Love What You Do (Amazon).  I’ve read a lot of productivity and time...

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Write a Better Case for Support and Direct Mail Appeals
Jun19

Write a Better Case for Support and Direct Mail Appeals

Fundraising expert Tom Ahern is cranking out some great stuff for us this year! We just finished his Donor Newsletters That Raise More Money e-clinic and July brings two more training opportunities for you. The Case for Support Writing a Fabulous Case for Support starts July 9th. You can join us for just the first 60-minute training webinar on the 9th to get a better understanding of why a good case for support is so important. Or you...

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