CONFESSION: I Stink at Making Graphics. These Tools Make Me Look Like a Genius. 

Is it me, or can everyone under 30 write, manage, code, photograph, design, analyze, train, present and strategize? Me? I’m not so good with the graphics. I’m getting better, but infographics and photo manipulation aren’t second nature to me. Sometimes, they’re a struggle. But I need visuals to communicate, to tell the story I need to tell, to motivate donors…

#MixedLinks for Nonprofit Communicators January 30, 2015

Let’s start the weekend a little early with a round of Mixed Links… Nancy Schwartz has some tips to make social media matter more. Although this post isn’t written specifically for nonprofits, the tips in 9 Copywriting Rules To Create Hypnotic Posts Your Readers Will Love will help you create more engaging content for your supporters.…

#MixedLinks for Nonprofit Communicators January 23, 2015

Hope you had a great week! Let’s dive right into some Mixed Links… The week started off with a bit of a brouhaha (love that word!) between fundraisers and marketers. Luckily, cooler heads prevailed and now everyone is happy – for the most part. If there is still animosity between your fundraising staff and your…

REPORT: Facebook Levels Off While Instagram Rises

Image source: https://flic.kr/p/7CdtRG (Reading this on email? Be sure to click over to the post to see the graphics.) Nonprofits, it’s time to see other people (besides those on Facebook). According to the latest research from Pew Research Center, more Americans are branching out from Facebook to try second and third social networks. Instagram in particular jumped 16% percent in…

Marketing is Killing Fundraising. Seriously???

  Some fundraising bloggers/consultants have discovered a terrifying new boogeyman – the work of nonprofit marketing directors! Hurry, get the pitchforks and the lighter fluid. We got us some branding hocus pocus witches to burn! Oh, haven’t you heard the hysteria? Yep, nonprofit marketing and branding are apparently killing fundraising. Killing it, they say! “Marketing…

#MixedLinks for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers January 16, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone! Let’s cap off this chilly week with some Mixed Links (and maybe a little dancing)… New survey results from Pew Research show that while Facebook is still the top dog among social networks, its growth has slowed especially compared to Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter. The Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) has released its findings…

Use the Trends Report to Fight the Stupid

  We’ve been producing the Nonprofit Communications Trends Report for five years for lots of different reasons. You ask us questions all the time, especially about things like communications frequency and whether you really have to “do” a certain communications channel. We wanted data for you, to supplement our own so-called “expert” opinions. I wanted…

5 Ways to Make 2015 Filled with “Matterness”

Today Allison Fine joins us to talk about what she call “matterness” – making other people matter more in your work. For more on this, check out her latest book, Matterness: Fearless Leadership for a Social World. ~Kristina Guest Post by Allison Fine Keeping up your New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and exercise more may…