Lessons from the Boy Scouts Controversy: Be Prepared

Even if you have no connection to Boy Scouts of America, you are probably well aware of the organization’s motto: Be Prepared. But in the wake of President Donald Trump’s address to the organization’s Jamboree this week, it appears BSA’s media relations team wasn’t following that motto. And the backlash the organization is facing this…

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators July 21, 2017

Good Friday afternoon, folks! Let’s end this week on a high note with some Mixed Links… M+R shares 10 Rules for a Brilliant Brainstorm with some help from Tina Fey. Now you can Ask a Question, Get an Answer in Google Analytics. Marc Pitman explains It’s Not about Scaring, but Caring when it comes to storytelling. Here are 7…

NONPROFITS: 15 Instagram Tips, Tricks and Features You Don’t Want to Miss

“You don’t take a photograph. You ask quietly to borrow it.” — Unknown The photo social network Instagram is on its way to 1 billion users, alongside Facebook and WhatsApp. In the past two years, Instagram has doubled its monthly active user base to 700 million, and the pace of growth is accelerating. That makes Instagram twice…

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators July 7, 2017

Happy Friday, everyone! Let’s end the week by sharing some Mixed Links… EXPIRES TODAY! Today is the last day to save $200 on our Annual All-Access Pass by using the promo code HOTSAVINGS. Learn more about the All-Access Pass and enter promo code HOTSAVINGS to save $200 Chris Brogan thinks Watching and Listening are the New Reading. Find out How to…

FACEBOOK DUMP: Catch Up With 22 of the Latest Posts on Features, Fundraising, Ads and Engagement

Two. Billion. Monthly. Users. Facebook hit this momentous milestone late last month. If Facebook were a country, it would be the most populous nation on earth, far surpassing China’s population of 1.4 billion. Whoa. Facebook even changed its mission for the first time in its 13 year history, from “to give people the power to…

Communications Directors, Step Up and Lead

Just about every week, I talk to nonprofit communications directors who have “limiting beliefs” that are holding them back.  Limiting beliefs are ideas or assumptions that you have about yourself, your situation, or others that limit your ability to succeed. But limiting beliefs are just that: beliefs. They are not indisputable facts, and they are…

7 Reasons Why This Gen X Nonprofit Marketer Has Fallen In Love With Slack

As an independent marketing and communications consultant, I work with a wide variety of clients, from nonprofits of all sizes, to agencies, to training companies. Lately, when we begin working together, figuring out how we’ll communicate and manage communications and projects, I inquire, “Do you email? Or Slack.” I’ve used Basecamp, Asana and Trello. Skype…

5 Ways to Make Progress Daily and Keep Your #NPCOMM Work on Track

Making a little progress every day is really important to staying motivated and happy in your work. But when you feel like you are getting pulled in a hundred different directions, as many nonprofit communicators are, that can be tough. Experts recommend that you develop “progress rituals.” Here are 5 I like. Let us know…