MIND YOUR MICROCONTENT: 8 Little Bits That Can Make a Big Difference In Your Next Email

microcontent Small groups of words that can be skimmed by a person to get a clear idea of the content of a web page or email Email microcontent is the small stuff in your email, the little things like Alt Text and Preheaders that are easy to miss, skip, or gloss over. Don’t do that. Mind your…

How Often Should We Mail that Newsletter?

More than 1200 nonprofits have completed our 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report Survey (please take it now if you are not one of those 1200, as we’ll close the survey down on Tuesday). I’ve just pulled some preliminary data about how often nonprofits say they will mail their newsletters, and of course, it depends on whether…

Build Your Email List for Year-End Giving

Integrating email campaigns with your direct mail appeal letter is a great way to get your supporters’ attention during the busy year-end fundraising season. If you need more emails, then we have a great resource to help you build your email list. Download Get Started with Email Acquisition Campaigns: Tactics, Apps and Real-World Examples to…

My Year-End Advice? Use real words. Mostly verbs. Not too much.

OK, copywriters. Listen up. It’s year-end fundraising time. You’re probably planning to crank up your nonprofit’s email schedule with fundraising appeals in December. How many are you going to send? One, four, six? No matter how many you send, let’s all agree that you’ll send one e-appeal on Dec. 31. Promise! If you don’t, you’re…

Writer’s Block Giving You Nightmares? Fight Back With Our Monthly Prompts

We blog everyday. Then, we also have to write articles for our weekly e-newsletter. Plus write another newsletter to our All-Access Pass Holders, not to mention updating Facebook and Twitter. Then there is creating new content for webinars and e-books. I’m not going to lie – it’s tough sometimes to come up with ideas. I’ve been there, staring at…

Turn Your Year-End Campaign Into Year-Round Success [Video]

Year-end campaigns get a lot of attention (as they should), but what if I told you we have come up with a way to better engage your supporters and raise more money ALL year long? Let me explain… (Can’t see the video? Try this.) We are really excited about this new training as it brings everything I have been…

Breaking My Bad Habits: From College To Nonprofit Writer

Would your nonprofit communications make your English Lit professor cringe? Good! You’re probably on the right track. Today, Laurel Dykema shares some habits she had to change once she started writing for the real world. ~Kivi Guest Post by Laurel Dykema of Mission India Confession: I had a lot of bad habits when I started in nonprofit…

Why Gmail’s New Unsubscribe Feature, and Unsubscribers in General, Are a Good Thing

I read last week that Gmail would be moving an unsubscribe button to the top of its email messages making it easier for people to opt out of unwanted messages.  I just noticed it in action today when I checked my personal Gmail account and saw this: Now, I may be a huge college football/SEC…

Nonprofit Email Newsletter Design from Walden School [Before and After]

Sarah Lougheed-Gill is the director of admissions & communications at Walden School, a progressive independent school for grades pre-kindergarten – sixth in Pasadena, California. Sarah recently went through our communications director mentoring program and shared the changes her school made to their email newsletter as well as the feedback she got from the parents at her school. We thought it…

Why I’m Working with Bloomerang

Much of what we talk about at Nonprofit Marketing Guide requires software to do well. So naturally, I’m often asked which technology providers I recommend as you go about implementing all these best practices I share. My answer is always that I am vendor agnostic. I rarely, if ever, recommend one company without listing off…

15 Days to More Engaging, Inspiring E-Newsletters [Free Email Course]

Last week we announced that we  were rolling out a new way to organize the tips and advice we give you on our website. While we have organized advice by topic (under the “What are you working on?” section of the homepage), we will now further break down that advice based on experience level, making it easier…