What’s New: Online Marketing, Annual Reports, Writers Block

Here’s a quick update on what I’ve been working on the last week or so . . . Online Marketing Workshops I’m being asked to speak a lot lately on various elements of online marketing for nonprofits. Last week, I presented two workshops to museums, historical sites, and other arts organizations in Charlotte, NC. The…

Is Web 2.0 Software You Buy from Microsoft?

And Other “Stupid” Questions You Were Too Afraid to Ask! Photo by B Tal on Flickr The “Be the Media” project led by the Nonprofit Technology Network and Beth Kanter starts today. The project will ultimately be the “go-to” spot for people who are both learning and teaching about the use of social media in…

How to Build Your Nonprofit’s Email List

12 Easy Ways to Build Your Nonprofit’s Email List List churn — the drops in your list size as people change email addresses without telling you or unsubscribe from your list — is inevitable. Many nonprofits lose 20-30% of their lists each year to this natural turn-over. How can you combat the churn and keep…

Quick Tips for Better Nonprofit Email Newsletters

I’ve posted a new article called 10 Surprisingly Easy and Startlingly Effective Ways to Improve Your Nonprofit E-Newsletter on NonprofitMarketingGuide.com. I used the article as the speaking notes for my presentation today on Network for Good’s Nonprofit 911 call on “bringing your e-newsletter from snoring to soaring.”  You can listen to the free recording after…

The Art of Chunking: An Online Writing Essential

When people read on paper, they usually start at the beginning and work their way through in a linear fashion from page one to page two to page three, etc. When people read on the Web, however, they start where Google sent them, and that could be anywhere on your website. Once they get there,…

Webinar: Dos and Don’ts of Writing for the Web and E-Newsletters

Do you know the important differences between how people read on paper and how they read on a computer screen? Do you understand how those differences drastically change the way you should write for your website visitors and email newsletter readers? If you aren’t sure, I’ll show you how to go from confused to confident…

A Great Learning Tool: All Those Free Trials

Michele Martin at the Bamboo Project asked about our favorite learning resources and what gets us excited about learning new things. I get tons of great information from reading other people’s blogs, but I saw that Rosetta Thurman wrote a great post about that already, so I’ll go with another favorite learning tool of mine:…

15 Places to Find Article Ideas for Your Nonprofit Newsletter

Searching for some good article ideas for your next nonprofit newsletter, blog post or website update? Here are 15 places you can look for article ideas. 1. At the receptionist’s desk. Ask whoever answers your organization’s main phone number for the top three questions they get from callers and turn the answers into newsletter articles.…

Don’t Overlook Easy Ways to Track Your Online Marketing

Only 37% of nonprofits are tracking the effectiveness of their marketing campaigns, according to a new survey by Nancy Schwartz at Getting Attention. This is, of course, a real shame, because tracking is what helps you figure out what’s working, what’s not, and how you can be more effective over time. The great news is…