How to Make Your Print Marketing More Affordable

Print newsletters have been the default communications tactic for nonprofits forever.  Even though I now believe the default should be an e-newsletter, and we are seeing more and more nonprofits drop their print newsletters in favor of email,  print still remains an important tactic for many organizations. If you decide that sending a print newsletter…

10 Marketing Realities Nonprofits Need to Accept to Succeed

As you may know, I am in the middle of writing the full-length, printed book version of Nonprofit Marketing Guide, to be published in Spring 2010 by Jossey-Bass.  As I was writing various chapters on both strategy and tactics, I realized that I was making choices about what to include and what to leave out…

Do You Need More Personality in Your Marketing Mix?

Next Thursday, Jocelyn Harmon will be presenting a new webinar for us called Your Nonprofit’s Face: Adding Personality to Your Marketing Mix . I asked Jocelyn to give us a little preview with a guest post. Here’s Jocelyn . . . Nonprofits have mixed feelings about marketing, branding and personality.On the one hand, we know…

The First 100 Hours – Turning Media Spikes into Fundraising Leads

On Tuesday, August 4, Alia McKee of Sea Change Strategies and Kevin Gottesman of Gott Advertising will present a webinar for us called Beyond Viral: Building Your Email List through Paid Marketing. If you are wondering how the leading nonprofits in U.S. expand to their email prospect lists to hundreds of thousands of people, Alia and…

A Content Creation Strategy for Nonprofits: The Webinar Slides

Yesterday I taught a webinar called “Content Creation Strategies for Nonprofits: Making the Most of Your Writing, Photos, and More.”  More than 650 people registered from 46 U.S. states and 22 other countries. (Pass this on to your nonprofit friends in Alaska, Delaware, Mississippi and South Dakota – we missed them!) Nonprofits are clearly very interested…

Getting the Personal – Professional Mix Right in Social Media

It’s a debate that anyone using social media these days is having: How much personal information do I share when I’m using social media for work, and how much work information do my personal friends care to know? What are reasonable expectations for a nonprofit to have about what staff members will say online? Should…

Market or Promote Your Cause on Social Media? Yes, You Can!

The conventional wisdom these days seems to be that nonprofit organizations should not use social media for marketing, communications, promotion or anything like that. Instead, the CW goes, social media is only for listening and learning (call it market research and professional development if you actually want it to survive your work planning process). Ironically,…

Nonprofit Blogs: 5 Reasons You Do & Don’t Need One

Thursday’s Webinar: Blogging for Nonprofits: Tips, Traps and Tales July 9, 2009 1:00 p.m. Eastern (10:00 a.m. Pacific) Get the details and register Missed It? Watch the recording when you get an All-Access Pass. Does your nonprofit need a blog? That depends on your overall communications strategy. But to help you think through this question,…

My Five Favorite Twitter Tools

I’ve received several questions about the Twitter tools I use, so here are my five favorites. Yes, to use Twitter as efficiently as possible, you actually need to do more than what Twitter.com offers! 1. TweetDeck or Seesmic Desktop These tools let you put people you follow into groups, which is essential once you start following…