School Your Communications Newbies in Copyright Laws

I came across this interesting article in the Washington Post (“Hey, Isn’t That. . .“) on how big corporations are poaching photos off of Flickr and private blogs and using them without attribution. When caught, the common reaction seems to be, “Ooops, an intern did it.” Not really an acceptable answer from the likes of…

How Would You Market the Importance of Art Education?

Melissa Eckes, a senior at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in Wisconsin, sent me a message this week asking for ideas on how a local public awareness campaign could increase support for funding arts education in public schools. She’s writing her thesis on the importance of art education and wanted my advice, and…

Nonprofit Marketing as Gift Giving: Which Gifter Are You?

One the biggest challenges organizations face when trying to improve their nonprofit marketing programs is to stop thinking about themselves and to focus on their audience instead. One analogy I use in my nonprofit training courses is gift giving. With the holidays still in our short-term memories, you’ll recognize some of the five types of…

Nonprofit Taglines: So Few Words, So Much Angst

Nonprofit tagline writing can be a tough business. It’s a bit easier for short-term campaigns, but when you are picking the handful of words that will be next to your logo for years on end, it’s a rather daunting task. Before I spout off about a few nonprofit taglines that grabbed my attention recently, I…

Webinar: Dos and Don’ts of Writing for the Web and E-Newsletters

Do you know the important differences between how people read on paper and how they read on a computer screen? Do you understand how those differences drastically change the way you should write for your website visitors and email newsletter readers? If you aren’t sure, I’ll show you how to go from confused to confident…

Very Cool Tool: Color Blender Finds Matching Color Palette

I just learned about this very cool site and I wish I’d known about it sooner, as it could have saved me HOURS of piddling around: ColorBlender.com If you have ever struggled to decide what colors go together when designing anything for print or the Web (or decorating your office, for that matter), this tool…

Nonprofit Marketing To-Dos for 2008 @ Carnival

Nancy Schwartz at Getting Attention has posted this week’s Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants, which includes several great suggestions for nonprofit marketing priorities for 2008. If you are still debating your plans for the new year, you’ll find inspiration here. Next week, the Carnival travels to Spare Change with social marketing guru Nedra Weinreich.