Must You Limit Your Goals and Strategies to Be Successful? Maybe Not.

For the ninth edition of the Nonprofit Communications Trends Report, I wanted to go deeper into the communications goals and strategies nonprofits were using. I assumed that organizations with fewer high priority goals and strategies would be more effective. My educated guess was wrong. The most effective organizations reported what I originally thought was a…

27 Communications and Marketing Tactics for Nonprofits

In previous posts, we’ve shared the most common marketing and communications goals, strategies, and objectives for nonprofits. Today, let’s complete the list by talking about tactics. Tactics are the tools you use to pursue the objectives associated with your strategy. Tactics include both communications channels like email, PR and social media, as well as specific types…

Week of Freebies, Day 4: Documenting Communications Decisions [Online Course]

Happy Holidays! It’s that time of year where we show our readers some love with some FREE goodies.  Today’s freebie is a little more advanced, but one a lot of you will need. Do you know the difference between a strategic plan versus an annual work plan? Where does an editorial calendar fit in? If…

When There’s No Strategy in Your Communications Strategy

“There’s no there there.” ~ Gertrude Stein The same is true with many nonprofit communications strategies. There’s no strategy in the strategy! Watch today’s Facebook video for an explanation and some next steps. Is Your Nonprofit Communications Strategy Missing the Actual Strategy? You have a lot of goals and tactics in your communications plan, but where's…

Objectives for Your Nonprofit Communications Plan

In previous posts, I’ve shared with you the twelve most common nonprofit marketing and communications goals and the twelve most common nonprofit marketing and communications strategies. Today let’s talk about the types of objectives you should have in your communications plan. Objectives are the SMART steps you take to achieve a strategy, and at Nonprofit Marketing…

How Relevant Are You?

Relevant messaging is the difference between successful content marketing and background noise in your reader’s inbox. If your readers don’t care about what you are publishing or understand why it should be important to them, then you are wasting everyone’s time – including your own. You can’t have the impact you want if you aren’t…

4 Top Marketing Strategies for Nonprofits

Here’s another quick peek at the data coming in for the 2019 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report (take the survey here). This data could change, so if you are reading this after mid-January 2019, download the full report. For the first time, we asked about specific communications strategies. Not goals, not tactics, but strategies. Of our…

12 Communications Strategies for Nonprofits

You set goals, like these twelve communications goals for nonprofits, including community engagement, raising awareness of issues, and fundraising. And every day you manage tactical communications channels like email, social media, print marketing, PR and more. But what’s in the middle? What connects that tactical work to the larger goals? The answer is Communications or…

So You Made an Audience Persona. Now What?

Back in April, Beth Hallowell wrote a great guest post for us on How a Little Communications Research Can Yield Big Results. Today she is back to talk to you about supporter journeys and how to create an effective one. ~Kristina Guest Post by Beth Hallowell So you made an audience persona. That’s awesome! Audience…