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…

How Mature Is Your Email Marketing Program?

I just received this interesting chart from MarketingSherpa about the evolution of email marketing in the business world. They asked respondents to say whether they were in the trial (beginner), transition, or strategic (advanced) phase for several components of email marketing, as a way to gauge the maturity of an email marketing program.   Here’s…

What Should You Name Your E-Newsletter?

What should you name your e-newsletter? That’s the question that the MetroWest Health Foundation asked today on Twitter.   Turns out that the current name of the e-newsletter is  . . .  “E-Newsletter.”   Here’s what it looks like. I do have a ton of nonprofit e-newsletters in my inbox called “E-Newsletter” so it’s not like…

7 Steps to Better Email Fundraising and Communications

I’m teaching a workshop in Toledo on Wednesday for the Center for Nonprofit Resources (a program of the Toledo Community Foundation) called 7 Steps to Better Email Fundraising and Communications.  I’m looking forward to meeting the 50+ nonprofits signed up for the workshop. Here are the seven steps: 1. Acknowledge Trends in the Way People…

New Free E-Course: 15 Days to Better E-Newsletters

Your email newsletter can be the engine that drives your online fundraising program, educates your supporters, and inspires them to volunteer with and advocate for you — but not without a strategy behind it and an approach to communicating that’s more like personal gift giving and less like mass e-blasting. Drastically Improve Your Newsletter in…

Email List Predicament: Is This OK?

Sometimes it’s hard to know whether you are doing the right thing or not, or where to stand in that big gray area. Take nonprofit emailing, for example. There’s the CAN-SPAM law, but its application in specific situations is often confusing and subject to interpretation.  There are “best practices” that various experts share, but it’s…

Are Members-Only Nonprofit Newsletters Ancient Relics?

This Thursday (April 7, 2011), I’m presenting a webinar called “Rethinking Your Nonprofit Newsletter: Making It More Relevant for Today.”  I first presented this webinar back in September, and one of the big questions that people wanted to discuss was: Is it better to keep your email newsletter to members only or make it openly…

7 Tips for Email Subject Lines

During the online marketing bootcamp I presented for a local AFP chapter recently, one of the participants asked, “If we have been sending out terrible email newsletters and I want to revamp them, how do I get all those people who have been ignoring them to give us a second chance and start reading them…