Five Content Marketing Strategy Essentials for Nonprofits

The 2019 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report found that the most successful nonprofit communicators were putting significantly more emphasis on content marketing than less effective organizations. For the most effective nonprofits, 24% consider content marketing an essential strategy, with only 5% saying it’s a low priority. That compares to a mere 11% of the less effective…

Must You Limit Your Goals and Strategies to Be Successful? Maybe Not.

For the ninth edition of the Nonprofit Communications Trends Report, I wanted to go deeper into the communications goals and strategies nonprofits were using. I assumed that organizations with fewer high priority goals and strategies would be more effective. My educated guess was wrong. The most effective organizations reported what I originally thought was a…

The Seven Writing Styles That All Nonprofit Communicators Should Master

Most nonprofit communicators consider themselves to be good writers. But what really sets apart the great writers in the nonprofit world is mastery of seven distinct types of copywriting. 1. Microcontent Microcontent refers to the short but powerful pieces of copy you find in headlines, subject lines, captions, and tweets. 2. Storytelling Nonprofit storytelling refers…

27 Communications and Marketing Tactics for Nonprofits

In previous posts, we’ve shared the most common marketing and communications goals, strategies, and objectives for nonprofits. Today, let’s complete the list by talking about tactics. Tactics are the tools you use to pursue the objectives associated with your strategy. Tactics include both communications channels like email, PR and social media, as well as specific types…

When There’s No Strategy in Your Communications Strategy

“There’s no there there.” ~ Gertrude Stein The same is true with many nonprofit communications strategies. There’s no strategy in the strategy! Watch today’s Facebook video for an explanation and some next steps. Is Your Nonprofit Communications Strategy Missing the Actual Strategy? You have a lot of goals and tactics in your communications plan, but where's…

Objectives for Your Nonprofit Communications Plan

In previous posts, I’ve shared with you the twelve most common nonprofit marketing and communications goals and the twelve most common nonprofit marketing and communications strategies. Today let’s talk about the types of objectives you should have in your communications plan. Objectives are the SMART steps you take to achieve a strategy, and at Nonprofit Marketing…

4 Top Marketing Strategies for Nonprofits

Here’s another quick peek at the data coming in for the 2019 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report (take the survey here). This data could change, so if you are reading this after mid-January 2019, download the full report. For the first time, we asked about specific communications strategies. Not goals, not tactics, but strategies. Of our…