A Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Autumn Burch

Welcome to our newest blog series, A Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator. This is the first edition in the series, which we hope will shed more light on what it’s really like to work in nonprofit communications today. Autumn Burch is the Marketing & PR Coordinator for the Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation at Patrick…

How Different Generations Approach Philanthropy

Blackbaud has updated its study on the “Next Generation of American Giving.” I’m sharing the static infographic below (here is the interactive one), and here are a bunch of great posts analyzing the data further. It’s very interesting stuff, so set aside a half hour one day soon to read through it.    

Be More Relevant by Being More Responsive

I use the Six R’s of Relevant Messaging when I’m trying to help nonprofits create messaging that is more relevant to their participants, supporters, and influencers. I’ve shared some specific tips on how to make your communications feel more “Real Time” and “Rewarding,” so today let’s look at being more “Responsive.”  Listen!  You can’t be responsive unless…

Building Email Lists through Content Marketing

As this research shows, businesses use content marketing — e.g. providing useful information in the form of downloads, white papers, or webinars — as a primary way to build their email lists. Could that approach work as well for your nonprofit? Most Effective Email List Building Tactics I think that depends. We often see nonprofits…

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers August 9, 2013

Happy Friday! Let’s start the weekend off with some Mixed Links… Blackbaud is doing a series of training webinars for nonprofits as part of their npExperts program.  Some npExperts include Carie Lewis, Beth Kanter, Steve MacLaughlin and myself. Registration is free. MarketingProfs shares 10 Ways to Stretch Your Marketing Budget (written for businesses, but some of these can…

Nonprofit Hashtags You Should Keep an Eye On

In yesterday’s post on registering a hashtag, we talked a little bit about how useful hashtags can be when trying to categorize your social media posts by topic. Here are some hashtags specific to the nonprofit field that you should add to your listening dashboard. Twitter Chats #nptalk – Weekly Wednesdays, 3:00 -4:00 pm EST. Learn…

Can I Register a Hashtag?

 Hashtags are a great way to organize your social media updates and to find others who are talking about the same things you are talking about. Hashtags are definitely here to stay, with Facebook recently adding the feature to their network, following Twitter and Instagram. Here’s a little hashtag #background: Adding a hashtag (#) before a…

If It’s Important, Don’t Just Plan It, Do It!

  Change is hard, especially when it means doing things differently than how you have always done them. Sometimes it is easier to go through the motions (like in this cartoon) and pretend that you are doing something when you really aren’t. Those of us in the consulting world see this all the time.  People…