Content Marketing for Nonprofits, Explained [Video]

Cary Walski of MAP Techworks, a wonderful resource for Minnesota nonprofits, interviewed me at the Nonprofit Technology Conference about what content marketing for nonprofits is and how it’s different from traditional marketing. Here’s Cary’s original post.

Your Broccoli, Their Cheese: Deciding on Your Core Topics

I use so many metaphors in my writing and presentations that it is always fun to see which ones really resonate with people. At the Nonprofit Technology Conference in Minneapolis two weeks ago, it was definitely “The Broccoli and the Cheese.” People told me that they heard it brought up in sessions after mine, and even in…

Creating Content on the Topics You Want to be Known for

Your nonprofit wants to be known as a go-to organization on a certain list of topics, right? So if someone in your community, or a reporter, or a legislator has a question about that topic, you want them to think about your nonprofit first, or you want your website to come up first in search…

Creating Content While at Conferences Like #13NTC

Later this week, I’ll be attending the Nonprofit Technology Conference in Minneapolis. Aside from the fact that I will be leaving 80-degree, Spring-Has-Finally-Sprung weather in North Carolina for a snow storm in Minneapolis, I am really looking forward to the big show. I take my reputation as a prolific creator of high-quality content for nonprofits…

No April Fool’s Joke – Email Response Rates Drop – A Lot

The seventh annual eNonprofit Benchmarks Study by M+R Strategic Services and NTEN has been released. This report examines the online performance of some of the country’s leading nonprofits, including American Red Cross, Sierra Club, AARP and the Human Rights Campaign to gauge the latest trends in online fundraising and advocacy. The results have a  “It was the best of time,…

That Hideous State Fundraising Solicitation Disclosure Language

I received a question this week about all of that state-by-state fundraising solicitation disclosure language and how that should be included within a fundraising direct mail package. This language is hideous, naturally, from a communications perspective. It’s our equivalent of those pages of fine print that no one reads on the back of our credit…

What the Heck is Alt Text and Why Should I Care?

So you found the perfect image of the perfect family that perfectly represents your cause. No words are necessary as this picture says it all, right?  Wrong! Words are absolutely necessary if you are including that image in an email (or even on your website) or your supporters could be seeing a big fat blank…

Charity: Water Progress Email – Learn from It!

Charity: Water has done it again  – they’ve sent another incredibly effective progress report email. (See past examples I loved here and here.) Here’s what I love about this . . . It reminds me that I gave money and they say where that money is going, plainly and simply. It gives me perspective on…

How NTEN Transformed Its E-Newsletter to be More Relevant

Brett Meyer just left his job as the communications director at NTEN, the Nonprofit Technology Network, for a position with ThinkShout. But before he left, I got the scoop on how NTEN has evolved its email newsletter over the years to be more relevant to readers. When Brett first started at NTEN six years ago,…