What’s the Goal of Your Email Newsletter?

I’m putting together a new webinar on nonprofit email newsletter strategy that I’ll present at CharityHowTo on April 16 and again on May 2. I’m also working on a new free download for you. Can you help by completing this quick survey on your email newsletter’s goals? When you complete the survey, you can enter…

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,…

Your Best Email Subject Line in January?

Email newsletters. Nonprofits spend A LOT of time on them. I haven’t talked about them very much lately, but am going to refocus a bit on email strategy and tactics in the coming weeks and months. Today, I’ll be giving several of our All-Access Pass holders some feedback and fine-tuning tips on their e-newsletters. I’m…

Let’s Hear Your Stories from Interviewing Donors, Volunteers and Clients

Kristina and I were looking over our Google Analytics a couple of weeks ago, and noticed that one relatively old article on our site consistently gets a lot of traffic, month in and month out: Interview Questions to Help You Write Great Donor, Volunteer and Client Profiles for Your Newsletters. So we thought we should update…

Hot Mixed Links for Nonprofit Marketers

Let’s have some hot Mixed Links on this chilly Friday. Take a look at this great compilation of the Best Nonprofit Marketing Posts of 2012. There are some really great ideas and lessons to take into 2013. Atlas of Giving released results from 2012’s year end report on charitable giving as well as the forecast…

Time Saving Tips for Email Newsletters and Facebook

Yesterday I shared a graphic from the 2013 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report about which types of content nonprofits said they spend the most time producing, and e-newsletter articles and Facebook updates topped the list. We all have too much to do, so let’s look at some ways to save a little time as you work on your…

Where Does All of Your Time Go?

In the 2013 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report, we asked nonprofit communicators which types of content they expected to spend the most time producing in 2013. Email newsletter articles and Facebook updates were the most popular choices, followed by event marketing and website articles. Nonprofits with budgets over $1 million were more likely to say they…

How Often to Email in 2013

I get this question a lot: How often should we email? What’s too much, what’s not enough? It’s a complicated question with lots of variables. For example, the more relevant and valuable your content is to those on the receiving end, the more you can email them. You can make your content more valuable and…