Young Leaders: Cut the BS

I loved this commencement video by Jon Lovett, former Obama speechwriter and comedian. It’s very funny and yet still very insightful advice from a 30-year-old. As a 44-year-old — officially “old” to college grads — I love listening to smart young ones. I was usually the youngest one in the room early in my career…

How to Involve Staff in Nonprofit Branding

Earlier this month Haila Yates shared how her organization created audience personas to make better marketing decisions. Part of that process included getting the staff involved. Today, we are publishing another piece by Haila where she talks about how she got her organization’s staff involved with deciding on their messaging platform and other aspects of…

IT Staff, Marketing and Leadership #13ntc

We met Imtiaz Haiyoom by accident our first night at the Nonprofit Technology Conference (#13NTC) in Minneapolis a few weeks ago. He was sitting approximately where we wanted to host a little meet and greet, so we basically commandeered his table and forced him join us. He got a free drink out of the ordeal, but I think…

Think You Know Your Audience? Yeah, So Did I

Yesterday, I shared a worksheet to help you create personas, which is a technique to focus your communications on the people who matter most to your success. Today, Haila Yates shares the story of how her nonprofit is using the personas they are creating to make better marketing and communications decisions.  ~Kivi Guest Post by…

Creating Marketing Personas [Worksheet]

Tomorrow on the blog, Haila Yates from Greenlights for Nonprofit Success is going to share a great example of how her organization is using personas to make smarter marketing decisions. That made me realize that I hadn’t really talked about personas in awhile. So, today I am sharing the worksheet I gave Haila as a…

What is Your Chief Obstruction Officer Doing to You?

Much of successful nonprofit communications today involves taking chances, trying something new, and tweaking and updating approaches that aren’t working quite so well anymore. I’ve found that as I coach nonprofit communicators, we talk almost as much about human nature and managing up the chain of command as we do about specific communication strategies and…

You Might Need New Tech More than New Staff

This is a loooong post . . .  so grab a beverage and a cookie. But it’s something that’s essential for all nonprofit communicators to understand and to work towards, so rather than breaking it into separate posts, I wanted to share it all at once. ~Kivi In many nonprofits, technology budgets are seen as…

When Fundraising is Your Marketing Goal – And Not

I’m really interested in how nonprofits approach marketing differently (especially content marketing) based on how closely aligned their goals are to fundraising for their organizations versus more community engagement or brand building goals. So, I decided to splice and dice some of the data from the 2013 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report, based on the top goals. I…

Freebies – The First 100 Days of Your Nonprofit Marketing Job

Happy Holidays! We love our readers and think you deserve some goodies. This week, we are highlighting free downloads and resources from Nonprofit Marketing Guide that are all FREE. The First 100 Days of Your New Nonprofit Marketing Job is a free e-book with a list of 100 tasks that you should try to complete within 100 days of starting your new job. The…