When You Are Asked to Market to New and Different People

This question came up recently in the Communications Director Mentoring Program: “I’ve been asked to start attracting new groups of people as volunteers and donors who are different than our current volunteers and donors. How do I do that without losing the ones we have?” This question comes up A LOT, especially in the context…

Better Asks: Getting People to Give, Volunteer, and More

Last week Kivi shared some Conversion Copywriting Tips for Nonprofits including advice like “only include one call to action” and “emphasize the why and why now.” This week, we’ll dive into some more thoughts on making that ask. First off, if you aren’t getting the results you want from your emails, appeals, and social media…

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…

Why Voice and Tone Might Be the Secret Sauce to Social Fundraising Success

Finding donors on social media comes down to being true to yourself and your cause. How do you make sure you’re doing that? By having a consistent voice and tone. Gary Wohlfeill explains how you can in today’s post. ~Kristina Guest Post by Gary Wohlfeill, Director of Marketing at CrowdRise Nonprofits are used to holding their narratives…

Week of Freebies! Relevant Messaging Checklist

Happy Holidays! It’s that time of year where we show our readers some love with some FREE goodies.  When you are trying to create messaging that is more relevant to your participants, supporters, and influencers, use our Six R’s of Relevant Messaging. Rewarding Realistic Real-Time Responsive Revealing Refreshing Here’s a quick checklist for you to print…

Clarify Your Complicated Communications with Metaphors [Free E-Book]

Does your nonprofit deal with an issue that is not exactly easy to talk about? Try simplifying things for potential supporters with a few good metaphors. Here’s an example of a great metaphor from our free e-book, 25 Metaphors Nonprofits Can Use to Get Their Messages Across – and the Decrepit Dozen to Avoid, that shows how…

Powerfully Memorable, in 8 Words or Less (Case Study)

Every single nonprofit org—across size, budget, location and cause—shares a priceless opportunity to position its organizations, programs, fundraising campaigns and special events. And yes, that means your organization. Start to rock relevant messages and you’ll join a growing cadre of healthy organizations whose messages help to build awareness of their impact and value. That’ll place your…

A Super Effective Online Fundraising Tool: The “Wins” Blog Post

Want to get donors all jazzed up before an online fundraising campaign? Try the “wins” blog post, a numbered summary of the good your donors made possible in the recent past. I’ve tried this tactic with three clients over the past 18 months, each with excellent results. Take a look. American Heart Association For AHA’s year-end…