8 Commandments for Converting Direct Mail Fundraising Appeals to Email

Looking to repurpose your direct mail appeals into email? Kerri has some great advice for you! ~Kivi 1. Thou Shalt Make Email SHORTER Than Direct Mail. Direct mail appeals clock in at well over 1,000 words, sometimes double and triple that. If you do that in email, no one will like you. While I’ve seen super…

50+ Nonprofit Instagram Accounts You Should Follow Right Now

Looking for some good examples of nonprofit Instagram accounts? Grab your phone and get inspired. ANIMAL RIGHTS Talia looks like she’s ready for her woolcut next month. That’s the real start of spring! A photo posted by Catskill Animal Sanctuary (@catskill_animal_sanctuary) on Apr 11, 2015 at 12:06pm PDT ASPCA https://instagram.com/aspca Best Friends Animal Society https://instagram.com/bestfriendsanimalsociety…

5 Easy Hashtags Hacks for Nonprofit Marketers

I’ve been writing here a lot about hashtags lately….with good reason. The more I use them, and see the fantastic ways nonprofits use them, the more I’m convinced hashtags are must-have in the nonprofit marketer’s toolkit. In the past few months I’ve given several webinars on how to use hashtags to promote your cause. A few tactics, techniques and tools stood…

CASE STUDY: How MomsRising Uses Hashtags to Help Meet Its Mission

Hashtags and advocacy go together like peanut butter and jelly. The hashtag distills an issue into an instant, searchable sound bite that can not only travel far, but fast. MomsRising is a nonprofit that uses hashtags right – consistently, persistently, with focus. I asked MomsRising Director of Social Media Strategy and Blogging Anita Jackson (@anita_sarah) to tell…

YOU HAD ME AT HELLO: 54 Ideas For Strong Leads And Smooth Transitions in Your Appeals and Action Alerts

Do you break out in a sweat trying to write the first line of your email appeal or advocacy alert? And do you struggle with connecting ideas in your donor communications?  You’re not alone. Even professional copywriters struggle with these all-important lines. If the first thing you say is confusing or dense or boring, chances are very high that…

BOOKMARK THIS: Big List of Twitter Chats for Nonprofits (Chat Tools, Too!)

Yearning for company, learning, or meaningful connections on Twitter? Try a Twitter chat! TWITTER CHAT  A conversation that happens on Twitter that’s focused within a certain time (usually an hour) on a specific topic and by a specific person or organization. If you’re struggling to “get” Twitter, Twitter chats just may give you that “aha” moment…

CONFESSION: I Stink at Making Graphics. These Tools Make Me Look Like a Genius. 

Is it me, or can everyone under 30 write, manage, code, photograph, design, analyze, train, present and strategize? Me? I’m not so good with the graphics. I’m getting better, but infographics and photo manipulation aren’t second nature to me. Sometimes, they’re a struggle. But I need visuals to communicate, to tell the story I need to tell, to motivate donors…

REPORT: Facebook Levels Off While Instagram Rises

Image source: https://flic.kr/p/7CdtRG (Reading this on email? Be sure to click over to the post to see the graphics.) Nonprofits, it’s time to see other people (besides those on Facebook). According to the latest research from Pew Research Center, more Americans are branching out from Facebook to try second and third social networks. Instagram in particular jumped 16% percent in…

WHERE ARE MY PEOPLE? 6 Tools and Techniques for Finding Friends and Influencers on Facebook & Twitter

For more tips and examples, join me next Thursday, January 15th at 1:00 p.m. Eastern (10:00 a.m. Pacific), for my brand new webinar Where Are My People? How to Find Your Audience on Social Networks. (Recording available if you can’t attend live.) Let’s face it – not all followers on social networks are the same. Some are…

MIND YOUR MICROCONTENT: 8 Little Bits That Can Make a Big Difference In Your Next Email

microcontent Small groups of words that can be skimmed by a person to get a clear idea of the content of a web page or email Email microcontent is the small stuff in your email, the little things like Alt Text and Preheaders that are easy to miss, skip, or gloss over. Don’t do that. Mind your…

MAKE ME A MATCH: 48 Ways to Ask for a Matching Gift in an Email Fundraising Appeal

Stuck trying to find new ways to describe your matching gift campaign? Never fear! Use these matching gift phrases in all the right places: Subject line Preheader Header Calls-to-action (be sure to include at least 2 in each email) Sidebars P.S. Donation landing page Good luck fundraisers! Contribute today to make sure we can match…

KICK IT UP A NOTCH: 4 Smart Ways to Boost Your Year-End Online Fundraising

Fundraising goal established. CHECK. Compelling stories selected. CHECK. Email arc created. CHECK. Donation landing page updated. CHECK. Sounds like your year-end online fundraising campaign is off to a solid start. Wanna kick it up a notch? Try one of these 4 tactics to boost your online fundraising this December. 1) Offer a Match and Promote…