We Need a Billboard, and Ads on Pandora and NPR Too

Board or executives telling you that you need a billboard, or ads on Pandora or NPR or some other expensive form of advertising? Aside from the fact that you probably can’t afford that, would it work even if you could? In response to suggestions (or demands) like this, I suggest you go into what I…

How This Nonprofit Created a “Game-Changing” Annual Report Infographic

I am loving that so many of you are experimenting with different ways to publish your annual report – and then sharing your stories with us! Matt Higgs of GreenUP in Canada tells us how they decided to do things differently for their 2013 annual report and how they came up with an awesome infographic the community…

Who’s Segmenting Email, Why, and Why Not [Infographic]

I’m presenting a brand new webinar on April 29, 2014 called Email List Segmenting: Strategies to Increase Open Rates, Motivate Action, and Build Engagement. As part of the prep, we worked with our friends at Bloomerang to do a quick survey.  We asked about whether your nonprofit was segmenting its list and how, and if not,…

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers April 18, 2014

Happy Friday! Let’s cap off the week with some Mixed Links… Gail Perry has an infographic with the top fundraising tips and tweets from this year’s AFP conference. Robert Slates gives us the six deadly writing sins for nonprofits. Blackbaud released its Peer-to-Peer Participant Fundraising Study. The study looks at trends across four event types — Cycle,…

Middle Donors: Where Communications and Development Learn to Love Each Other?

Alia and Mark over at Sea Change Strategies are two super smart cookies, so when they have a new report out, I’m on it. Their latest work of genius is The Missing Middle: Neglecting Middle Donors is Costing You Millions. Middle donors are those giving between $1,000 and $10,000 annually. Focus on this group —…

Nonprofit Annual Report in an Infographic [Real-World Example]

Annual reports don’t have to be long, boring documents with pages and pages of financial statements that no one wants to read (even if they did understand all the accounting jargon!). Your annual report should be a celebration of what your donors have helped you do. I have been pushing alternative formats for annual reports…

Talk to the Angel in Your Donors – Not the Bookkeeper [FREE Webinar]

When you write your donor communications, are you speaking to your donor’s inner angel or to their inner bookkeeper? The inner angel is the part of your supporter who decides to give you a donation or to volunteer their time with you because you have touched them in some way, and that angel wants to…

What is Crowdfunding and How Can It Work for My Nonprofit?

In last week’s Mixed Links, we shared an infographic on  Cracking the Crowdfunding Code, but thought we might need to expand a little bit about what crowdfunding is before you jump into those statistics. Crowdfunding is pretty much what it sounds like – getting a large group of people to give you money for a project.…

Email Frequency Up and Direct Mail Down? Nope.

I bet the conventional wisdom about how often nonprofits send email and direct mail to their supporters is this: nonprofits are sending direct mail less frequently over the last four years and sending email more frequently. But that’s not what our data says. At Nonprofit Marketing Guide, we’ve surveyed thousands of nonprofits for each of…

Postcard Annual Report – Great Example of How It Can Work

It’s been several years now since I first suggested in my nonprofit annual reports webinars that a postcard was the perfect format for many a nonprofit annual report. I’m so excited to see the idea taking hold, and love hearing stories like this one from today’s guest blogger, Tim Smith, who volunteers his communications and…

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,…