Build a Toolkit Like This for Your Supporters to Use

If you are looking for marketing, fundraising, and communications inspiration outside the nonprofit sector, I suggest you look to political campaigns before looking at corporate ones. They usually start scrappy, focus on issues, and want to recruit individuals for small-donor donations, volunteering and advocacy. Sound familiar? Every time we have a presidential election in the…

Five Content Marketing Strategy Essentials for Nonprofits

The 2019 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report found that the most successful nonprofit communicators were putting significantly more emphasis on content marketing than less effective organizations. For the most effective nonprofits, 24% consider content marketing an essential strategy, with only 5% saying it’s a low priority. That compares to a mere 11% of the less effective…

Week of Freebies, Day 4: Documenting Communications Decisions [Online Course]

Happy Holidays! It’s that time of year where we show our readers some love with some FREE goodies.  Today’s freebie is a little more advanced, but one a lot of you will need. Do you know the difference between a strategic plan versus an annual work plan? Where does an editorial calendar fit in? If…

Week of Freebies, Day 2: Creating a Welcome Series [Online Mini-Course]

Happy Holidays! It’s that time of year where we show our readers some love with some FREE goodies.  On Monday we shared how you can get your customized training plan with self-paced courses recommended just for you. Today, we’ll look at one of the courses you get when you sign up for our Free Membership.…

How Relevant Are You?

Relevant messaging is the difference between successful content marketing and background noise in your reader’s inbox. If your readers don’t care about what you are publishing or understand why it should be important to them, then you are wasting everyone’s time – including your own. You can’t have the impact you want if you aren’t…

So You Made an Audience Persona. Now What?

Back in April, Beth Hallowell wrote a great guest post for us on How a Little Communications Research Can Yield Big Results. Today she is back to talk to you about supporter journeys and how to create an effective one. ~Kristina Guest Post by Beth Hallowell So you made an audience persona. That’s awesome! Audience…

6 Ways to Show More Personality in Your Content

A few months ago, we talked about How Your Nonprofit’s Personality Influences Content and broke down why we need to see your nonprofit’s personality in your communications. At the end of that post, we listed 50 positive personality traits and asked you to pick three to five that you wanted your supporters to associate with…

Curating Content Versus Stealing It

Curating content – or gathering resources published by others – is a great content marketing tool for nonprofits. It saves you from having to constantly create original content and positions your organization as a trusted source your followers can turn to for important information. It also subtly lets people know that you are so confident in…

Create a Communications Request Form to Make Life Easier

Last month Kivi did a webinar called “Simple Rules” for Communications Directors: How to Create Easy Routines, Speed Up Your Work, and Get More Done, Painlessly. We asked if anyone had any examples of how they make their work easier and Carly Matthew at The Crisis Center in Iowa City, Iowa had a great one! She developed a Google…