Ensure Your E-News is Read – Not Dead – on Arrival

I just wrapped up an hour-long teleconference for Network for Good’s Nonprofit 911 series titled “Ensuring Your E-Newsletters are Read – Not Dead – On Arrival This Year.” The focus of the call was on creating a newsletter strategy that really provides value for your readers. I created two new pages at Nonprofit Marketing Guide…

Share Your Newsletter Success or Horror Stories

I’ve been asked to contribute a chapter to an upcoming book called “Nonprofit Management 101: A Field Guide for Social Sector Professionals” that Jossey-Bass will be publishing in early 2011. My chapter will be on crafting an effective newsletter strategy. I want to include lots of real-world anecdotes and lessons learned in the chapter. Do…

E-Newsletter Makeovers: 5 Easy Design Fixes

This Thursday I’m teaching a webinar called “On-the-Spot E-Newsletter Makeovers: Get Your E-Newsletter into Better Shape.” You can join us to get plenty of tips on how to makeover your own newsletter. Here are the details on participating — after you register, you’ll get directions on how to volunteer your newsletter for a makeover during…

I’m Doing a Free Conference Call on Email Marketing – Join Us!

Next week on Thursday, June 25, at 4:00 p.m. Eastern (1:00 p.m. Pacific), I’ll be talking all about the “Seven Steps to Better Email Fundraising and Communications” on a free conference call hosted by Network for Good. Actually, I’m only blabbing for about 20 minutes and then I’m taking your questions for the rest of…

I’m Writing a Book. Wanna Be in It?

It’s official . . . I’m writing a nonprofit marketing how-to book to be published by Jossey-Bass in Spring 2010. It will be the book version of what I’ve been doing for the last several years for clients, on this blog, and through the webinar series: giving you real-world advice on how to get more…

Fundraising Online: Radio Show Friday, Webinars Next Week

Not raising money online yet? Or not raising enough? (How’s that for a stupid question?) Next week we are hosting a two-webinar boot camp specifically on online fundraising. This is your chance to learn both the basics and the advanced techniques for turning your website and email list into a real, sustainable fundraising force for…

See What Your E-Newsletter Looks Like in Different Email Programs

“Oh, no! That’s what our newsletter looks like to a third of the people on our mailing list?!?”Don’t be her. Preview your e-newsletter in different email programs. Those new to the world of e-newsletter publishing are often surprised to learn that their email newsletters can look quite different to someone who is using Outlook versus…

Going from a Print Newsletter to Email: What to Leave Behind

It seems like every nonprofit I’ve talked to in the last few months is either dropping their print newsletter entirely or carefully considering ways to cut back on the expense of publishing it (e.g. publishing fewer pages or printing fewer copies). If you are considering moving from print to email, I recommend starting from scratch…

Getting People to Open Your Nonprofit’s Email Messages

Photo by terren in Virginia on Flickr Email subject lines should tell us about the candy (the content), not about the wrapper (vague descriptions or formats, like “Winter Edition of the Newsletter”). Last week, in my Nonprofit Marketing Tips newsletter (sign up in left sidebar), I published some advice on writing the best possible subject…

End-of-Year and Annual Appeal Letters – Join Us Friday

During this Friday’s edition of Magic Keys Radio (December 5, 2008, 1:00 p.m. ET), Claire Meyerhoff, Gail Perry, and I will be talking about those fundraising letters and emails everyone sends out in December. If you aren’t planning to send an appeal this month, you really need to. Make the time. Network for Good processes…