Who’s Your Target Audience? Please Not the General Public!

We chant it together in my in-person nonprofit marketing trainings: “There is no such thing as the general public. There is no such thing as the general public.” If you are spending time and money trying to reach the general public with your nonprofit’s message, you are wasting it. All of it. OK, maybe just…

What I Learned about Nonprofits at the NC Conference

I was at the annual conference of the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits late last week. Here are a few things I learned there. 1. Nonprofits are very excited about Web 2.0, but also completely freaked out by the idea of people saying bad things about them online. I tweeted (used Twitter) from the conference,…

Video Annual Reports: Tips for Nonprofits Who Want to Try It

Photo by the_toe_stubber on Flickr Some might argue that annual reports are dead, but I say that they are simply undergoing a transformation, much like the rest of the publications that nonprofits use for advocacy, education, and fundraising. All print publications, including annual reports, are being reevaluated as online and multimedia tools become much more…

Nonprofit Tagline Challenge: Name My Fundraiser!

Photo by celebdu on Flickr Calling all of you wonderfully creative, zany, clever, and even snarky nonprofit communicators! Now is your chance to put to work what you’ve learned from Nancy Schwartz’s Nonprofit Tagline Report on a real fundraising campaign. And you can go wild because it’s not something your boss has to approve. And…

What’s New: Online Marketing, Annual Reports, Writers Block

Here’s a quick update on what I’ve been working on the last week or so . . . Online Marketing Workshops I’m being asked to speak a lot lately on various elements of online marketing for nonprofits. Last week, I presented two workshops to museums, historical sites, and other arts organizations in Charlotte, NC. The…

What’s Your Story? Nonprofits Need “Founding” Story

I’m teaching Nonprofit Storytelling: How to Write Your Nonprofit’s Best Stories this Wednesday, September 10, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern (10:00 a.m. Pacific). Join the webinar for just $35. Every nonprofit has great stories to tell, although it’s not always clear exactly how and when you should tell those stories. One story that ALL nonprofits should…