8 Tips for Proofreading from a Reformed Grammar Nerd

Let’s start with a cartoon in honor of Halloween: <SHUDDERS> Yesterday, I shared a few things that scare me and what I am doing about it. I also encouraged you to share what scares you too. Would “bad grammar” make your list? I didn’t include it on my list because I am actually trying to…

Quit Wasting Time on a Failing Newsletter [Starts Tomorrow]

Are you just breaking even (or losing money) with your donor newsletter? That’s a pretty common trait among donor newsletters, but it’s not the idea of the donor newsletter that’s wrong – it’s how you’re approaching it that’s wrong. Is your donor newsletter longer than 4 pages? Are you sending it as a self-mailer? Did…

Donor Newsletter Tips to Bring in the Dough

Does your donor newsletter cost more to send than it brings in? That’s a pretty common trait among donor newsletters, but it’s not the idea of the donor newsletter that’s wrong – it’s how you’re approaching it that’s wrong. Is your donor newsletter longer than 4 pages? Are you sending it as a self-mailer? Did you…

How Often Should We Mail that Newsletter?

More than 1200 nonprofits have completed our 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report Survey (please take it now if you are not one of those 1200, as we’ll close the survey down on Tuesday). I’ve just pulled some preliminary data about how often nonprofits say they will mail their newsletters, and of course, it depends on whether…

Writer’s Block Giving You Nightmares? Fight Back With Our Monthly Prompts

We blog everyday. Then, we also have to write articles for our weekly e-newsletter. Plus write another newsletter to our All-Access Pass Holders, not to mention updating Facebook and Twitter. Then there is creating new content for webinars and e-books. I’m not going to lie – it’s tough sometimes to come up with ideas. I’ve been there, staring at…

A Lesson on Listening… and Making More Money with Your Newsletter

One of my favorite parts of my job is coaching young communications directors. I love the enthusiasm and willingness to experiment that 20-somethings usually bring to this work. But part of the job — as you’ll see in our guest post today — is also giving them the cold, hard reality check that comes from…

Turn Your Year-End Campaign Into Year-Round Success [Video]

Year-end campaigns get a lot of attention (as they should), but what if I told you we have come up with a way to better engage your supporters and raise more money ALL year long? Let me explain… (Can’t see the video? Try this.) We are really excited about this new training as it brings everything I have been…

4 Donor Newsletter Hacks to Increase Donations

Thinking of axing your donor newsletter because it costs more than it’s worth? WAIT! It’s not the idea of the donor newsletter that’s wrong – it’s how you’re approaching it that’s wrong. Luckily we have a smart guy like Tom Ahern around to set us straight! Tom knows how to take a floundering charity newsletter and…

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…