The Downside of Personalized Emails

You absolutely need to include contact information in your emails (and other forms of communication). Including a first name in your email subject lines and greetings instantly personalizes your message and warms the reader to its content. It’s an email marketing best practice. But lots of times the only contact information you have is an email…

The Accelerator: Do What Normally Takes 3 Months in Just 6 Weeks

    I hear comments like these all the time — and these are real comments from our recent survey . . . I spend too much time doing things that aren’t important and don’t have time left for what really matters. My “do this eventually” list is growing and out of control. I am…

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers August 21, 2015

Happy Friday! Let’s celebrate the end of another week with some Mixed Links… Just a reminder, we are hosting this month’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival and are taking submissions on how you share progress or communicate accomplishments. If you need some help spicing up your graphics, here are 5 Awesome Design Hacks to Create Highly Shareable Social Media…

Got UTM? Measuring Nonprofit Email and Social Media Results

You may have noticed some strange code on the end of links you click in emails or from social media . . . things like utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email. But do you know why that code is there or what it is doing? Or that you should be using it too? UTM stands for Urchin Tracking Module, and the…

How to Do Your Own Nonprofit Communications Audit [Training]

Has your nonprofit communications plan come together in an ad hoc, on the fly, piece-by-piece kind of way? If so, you aren’t alone. Most nonprofits have added new communications channels one by one. Maybe you added an email newsletter to your print newsletter, and started paying more attention to your website. Then you started experimenting…

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers August 14, 2015

Miss me last week? Kivi and I were having a work retreat in beautiful Asheville, NC. Let’s catch up over some Mixed Links… We are hosting this month’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival and are taking submissions on how you share progress or communicate accomplishments. Sprout Social has released A Strategic Guide to Social Media for Nonprofits. Yes, it’s only…

Clarify Your Complicated Communications with Metaphors [Free E-Book]

Does your nonprofit deal with an issue that is not exactly easy to talk about? Try simplifying things for potential supporters with a few good metaphors. Here’s an example of a great metaphor from our free e-book, 25 Metaphors Nonprofits Can Use to Get Their Messages Across – and the Decrepit Dozen to Avoid, that shows how…