Kick-Start Yourself with a Communications Grid
Mar26

Kick-Start Yourself with a Communications Grid

We always hear from nonprofits asking how other organizations organize their content. We’ve talked about Big Picture Communications Timelines and Editorial Calendars, but there are lots of great hybrids in between.  Former Mentoring Program participant Carol Goglia, Director of Marketing and Communications at Communities Foundation of Texas, was kind enough to share her communications grid with us, and you. ~Kivi Guest Post by...

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Your Nonprofit’s Newsletter: You Are Not the Target Audience
Mar21

Your Nonprofit’s Newsletter: You Are Not the Target Audience

I’ve started guest blogging for BoardAssist, which offers great advice to board members about how they can be more effective, and to nonprofit staff about working with boards. I’m reprinting my first post here from the BoardAssist blog, which is directed towards board members themselves, but I hope it will be a helpful read to anyone managing communications staff.    ~Kivi As a nonprofit communications trainer and coach,...

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How Often Should We Send Email and Direct Mail?
Feb06

How Often Should We Send Email and Direct Mail?

It just may be the most frequent “Are we normal??” question we get. How often should we send email? Or direct mail? Your answer depends on your organization, but based on our 2014 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report, we can tell you what most other organizations are doing. The chart below shows the most popular communications frequencies . . .     Here’s some additional data: While quarterly email...

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How Are You Segmenting Your Email List?
Feb04

How Are You Segmenting Your Email List?

Coming up with a real strategy for how to segment your email list is one of the changes I recommend nonprofits make in 2014. I’m working with a favorite client this month on making some of those strategic decisions about how they can build out the records in their email list so they can segment in more meaningful ways given their programmatic goals. We are experimenting with our own list at Nonprofit Marketing Guide. And...

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10 Insanely Useful Free Twitter Tools for Nonprofits
Jan29

10 Insanely Useful Free Twitter Tools for Nonprofits

The beauty of Twitter is that it is simple, short and fast. When something happens in the world, more often than not, Twitter carries news of it first. From earthquakes to elections, mundane to momentous, Twitter tells us what’s going on and who’s saying what. It lets us take the pulse of humanity. But Twitter is also a firehose, a never-ending, unfiltered stream of characters. Not all of it is helpful, wanted or useful....

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Marketing Morsels and Other Tips for 2014
Jan13

Marketing Morsels and Other Tips for 2014

On Wednesday, I’m hosting a free webinar on 7 Changes to Make in 2014. You can register below or here if you don’t see the form. One of the seven changes is to Create More Marketing Morsels. The majority of people who see your communications will pay attention to only the tastiest little bits of it. The tastier the little morsels, the better, because then they will continue to read or to click for more. Morsels come in all...

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