Tips on Getting Your Nonprofit’s Message Right

I’m reading “Message Matters: Succeeding at the Crossroads of Mission and Market” by Rebecca K. Leet. I’m about halfway through it, and here are some of the tips that I found most interesting. When creating a message that works, you need to start with the action that you want others to take. Unfortunately, lots of…

Two Great Nonprofit Marketing Lessons on NBC Nightly News

Most nights I watch the NBC Nightly News and last night I saw two stories with interesting nonprofit marketing angles. They provide two great examples of how to create story hooks that are so enticing that the media simply can’t pass them up. Lesson #1: If your point isn’t quite compelling enough, it’s OK to…

Hearts (Not Heads) and Identity Motivate Voters — and Donors

I read an interesting political article in Newsweek yesterday called “When It’s Head versus Heart, the Heart Wins” that has tons of parallels for nonprofit marketing. All of the campaign gurus agree — people are drawn to candidates who “assuage fear, inspire hope, instill pride or bring some other emotional dividend.” It’s more important what…

How to Get Reporters Interested in You: Cut the Bull

Claire Meyerhoff Last month, Claire Meyerhoff called to interview me about nonprofit storytelling for some articles she is working on, and we ended up having an hour-and-a-half chat about how hard it is for so many nonprofits to get press coverage, even though they have such great stories to tell. We shared all kinds of…

How Would You Market the Importance of Art Education?

Melissa Eckes, a senior at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in Wisconsin, sent me a message this week asking for ideas on how a local public awareness campaign could increase support for funding arts education in public schools. She’s writing her thesis on the importance of art education and wanted my advice, and…

Nonprofit Taglines: So Few Words, So Much Angst

Nonprofit tagline writing can be a tough business. It’s a bit easier for short-term campaigns, but when you are picking the handful of words that will be next to your logo for years on end, it’s a rather daunting task. Before I spout off about a few nonprofit taglines that grabbed my attention recently, I…