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…

126 Email Subject Line Ideas for Your #GivingTuesday Campaigns

Giving Tuesday is coming on Nov. 28. Are you ready? If not, here are Ideas, Events and Additional Resources (like Social Media Toolkit and Press Release Template) to get you started. I’ve been working on Giving Tuesday campaigns for several of my clients, and I found myself diving into my email inbox again and again for inspiration. (READ:…

How @GlennEMartin of JustLeadershipUSA Tweets Like a Boss

For my September NPMG Tweet Like a Boss webinar, I connected with Glenn E. Martin, President and Founder of JustLeadershipUSA, about how he personally uses Twitter to advance his organization’s mission. JustLeadershipUSA is dedicated to cutting the U.S. correctional population in half by 2030, and its leader Glenn speaks from personal experience. He spent six years incarcerated in a…

Measuring Your Communications Effectiveness: 3 Concepts to Keep in Mind

Measuring the effectiveness of your nonprofit’s communications is a complicated puzzle. You have the effectiveness of specific channels like your website or Facebook page. Those depend on the effectiveness of the content you create. That depends on the effectiveness of your editorial calendar. That in turn depends on your larger marketing strategy, which depends on…