How Nonprofit Comms Staff Are Getting Training

We asked a new set of questions about professional development for communications staff in the 2018 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report Survey this year.  We wanted to know the kinds of training people were participating in. No surprise, webinars were the most popular. But I was also happy to see that local, regional, and national conferences ranked…

Stop Wasting Time and Money on an Annual Report Most People Won’t Read

Publishing an annual report is a best practice. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend 100+ hours creating it! Join us tomorrow for: Go Short with Your 2017 Annual Report with Kivi Leroux Miller Tomorrow, December 7th at 1:00 P.M. Eastern (10:00 A.M. Pacific) Registration is $99 Recording available if you can’t attend live,…

Take Your Media Relations From Good to G.R.E.A.T.

For many nonprofits, media relations isn’t a high priority. This is especially true for smaller nonprofits that have limited resources for communications. But even if you’re small, it’s important to have a strategy for telling your story through the media and for responding to questions and queries from reporters. If your organization does not have…

What Will You Do Less of in 2018?

We’re asking that question in the 2018 Nonprofit Communications Trends Survey. So far, here’s the word cloud of answers from nearly 300 communications pros. See the trend? “Reactive communications instead of proactive” “Random social media posts” “Busy work and meetings” “Fewer events” What about you? Get your experiences included in the report by taking the…

Are You Skipping Thanksgiving Too?

How annoying is it that department stores skip over Thanksgiving and go right to Christmas? As soon as Halloween ends (and sometimes before), you see decorations for sale, toys being stocked, and Christmas music playing…poor Thanksgiving doesn’t stand a chance. I get it. After all, Christmas time is make-or-break for retailers and, boy, are they…

WEIGH IN, NONPROFITS: Do You LOVE or HATE Twitter’s New 280 Character Count?

I’ll be honest. My first reaction to Twitter doubling its character count – from 140 to 280 – made me all: via GIPHY I’m not alone: Twitter users herald new character limits with 280-character howls of despair  We all have 280 characters? Well, as Shakespeare wrote, “Brevity is the soul of wit. The soul of…

5 Strategies to Guard Your To-Do List from What Doesn’t Belong

Today I presented the first in a two-part webinar series on streamlining your communications workflow. We focused on five strategies for managing what happens to ideas, suggestions, and other potential assignments BEFORE they make it on to your to-do list. After talking about each strategy, I polled participants about how easy they thought it would…