Success Story: A Shift in Communications Worked!

We love to hear success stories about the nonprofits we work with. Elexa Liu works with Hope Worldwide in Hong Kong and has participated in many of our training events both online and in person (Yes, she flew all the way to Seattle to take part in the Total Focus Marketing Plan Workshop I teach…

Using Those Special Months on Your Editorial Calendar

After the 10 Changes to Make in 2012 webinar, I received an email from Sherry Kirschenbaum about how her organization uses an editorial calendar to organize ideas for their newsletter and media pitches. I was so impressed with how Sherry was connecting such a diverse number of those “special months” to her organization’s mission and…

Be Generous: Nonprofits Offer Facebook Timeline Covers

My default content strategy for nonprofits is the Three Gs: Be Genuine, Generous and Grateful. Seems the being Generous part is the hardest, so I’m going to try to give you more examples of how nonprofits can be generous to their supporters. It can start with identifying a problem your supporters are having. Take, for…

Poll: What’s Hard about Nonprofit Content Marketing?

What are your biggest nonprofit content marketing challenges? Marketing Profs and the Content Marketing Institute recently released a survey of business-to-business communicators, and found that producing the kind of content that engages prospects/customers was the top challenge, followed by producing enough content, and having a budget to produce content.   I’d love to know what…

No More Fundraising Thermometers – Free E-Book

I’ve never liked fundraising thermometers. For me, unless you are fundraising to increase global warming or to pay for a new heating system in your building, temperature rising in a thermometer really doesn’t make much sense as a visual for achieving fundraising goals. Sure, most people understand what you are saying, because fundraising thermometers have…

How I Found Out What Our Supporters Really Want to See on Our Facebook Page

      In today’s guest post, Kate Antoniades shows how planning ahead and paying attention to what your fans, friends, and followers react to can make all the difference in your social media marketing. She also proves that social media can work at the local level.  Thanks Kate, for sharing a super easy way…

Could Good Photography Make All the Difference for You?

Today at Shelter’s Edge, the blog by ASPCApro (for animal sheltering professionals and volunteers), they ask, “Can we save more lives simply by taking better pictures?” ASPCApro is considering whether or not to do formal research on this question, but the anecdotal evidence is pretty striking. Show us cute, in-focus photos of cats and dogs…