The Personal-Professional Mix in Social Media: Interview with Geoff Livingston

You have to be genuine, generous, and grateful in social media to succeed, which means you have to be a real person. But if you go too far in putting yourself out there — what some people would call¬†building your personal brand — you can overshadow the nonprofit cause that you are representing. Finding this…

Does This Oil Spill Metaphor Work for You?

I saw this nonprofit advocacy commercial last night by¬†VoteVets.org, the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club, and SEIU who are all lobbying for clean energy climate legislation. While I recommend that nonprofits capitalize on opportunities to link their activities to what’s in the news, I don’t think this particular “cleaning wildlife covered by oil”…

Join Me at the Online Marketing Spa

I was going to wait until Tuesday to tell you about our new e-clinic for July, but what the heck. If you are at work today, you deserve a little bonus! (For those of you outside the U.S., this Sunday is Independence Day, which means most of America is slacking off today and Monday.) July…

What Does a Board Communications Committee Do?

A minute ago, I introduced you to a new partnership with NCGives, where we will all hopefully learn a lot more about running a communications department of one for a small nonprofit, through the experiences of Melinda Pearce, NCGives’ communications director. One of the challenges that Melinda is facing right now is how to use…

Write Your Marketing Plan in a Day with Nancy and Me

Nancy Schwartz and I have been talking about doing this for what seems like years now, and this October it’s finally happening. We are offering a joint one-day, in-person workshop on creating a marketing plan for your nonprofit. If you are a nonprofit communications or development staff member, hands-on board member, or executive director who…

Smart Ways to Make a Small Marketing Budget Go Far

At Noon Eastern today (9:00 a.m. Pacific), I’ll be answering your questions live during a Chronicle of Philanthropy chat on “Smart Ways to Make a Small Marketing Budget Go Far.” It’s part of my Virtual Book Tour. You’ll be able to review the transcript even if you can’t make the chat live. Watch later today…