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How Nonprofit Comms Staff Are Getting Training

We asked a new set of questions about professional development for communications staff in the 2018 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report Survey this year.  We wanted to know the kinds of training people were participating in. No surprise, webinars were the most popular. But I was also happy to see that local, regional, and national conferences ranked…

Communications Directors Are Great Writers and Lousy Designers?

In this year’s Nonprofit Communications Trends Survey, we asked participants to rate themselves on some common skills that communications directors need. (The survey closes this Friday, so please take it now if you haven’t already!) According to the preliminary data, nonprofit communications pros overall say they are best at: Creating relevant and engaging messaging Copywriting…

What Will You Do Less of in 2018?

We’re asking that question in the 2018 Nonprofit Communications Trends Survey. So far, here’s the word cloud of answers from nearly 300 communications pros. See the trend? “Reactive communications instead of proactive” “Random social media posts” “Busy work and meetings” “Fewer events” What about you? Get your experiences included in the report by taking the…

5 Strategies to Guard Your To-Do List from What Doesn’t Belong

Today I presented the first in a two-part webinar series on streamlining your communications workflow. We focused on five strategies for managing what happens to ideas, suggestions, and other potential assignments BEFORE they make it on to your to-do list. After talking about each strategy, I polled participants about how easy they thought it would…

Take the 2018 Nonprofit Communications Trends Survey Now

It’s our most popular download of the year: The Annual Nonprofit Communications Trends Report. We answer the burning questions that nonprofit communications pros have about their work and their colleagues in the sector. Our ability to produce this report is entirely dependent on your participation in the annual survey, which is now online. Please take the…

3 Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Communications Measurement

I’m teaching two new webinars on measuring the effectiveness of nonprofit communications this week. In the course of doing the research, I found three items that you might also find interesting . . . 1. There’s a whole association dedicated to communications measurement. AMEC is the International Association for Measurement and Evaluation of Communication. They have…

How Nonprofit Communicators Can Measure Awareness

It’s my least favorite goal for nonprofit communicators: Brand Awareness. Why? Because it’s vague and hard to measure, and therefore hard to know what will really work best to increase it. Nevertheless, raising brand awareness is a top goal for many nonprofit communications departments, according to our research.  The argument for the goal goes like this:…