Worksheet: Your Nonprofit Marketing Maturity Level

[UPDATED DECEMBER, 2018. PLEASE NOTE WE HAVE MORE FULLY DEVELOPED THE MARKETING MATURITY APPROACH. PLEASE REFER TO THIS POST FOR MORE!] This week’s free worksheet will help you and others in your organization gauge your nonprofit’s marketing maturity level. It’s part of the new set of worksheets we are creating to go with Content Marketing for Nonprofits…

This Is How You Get Your Fans Engaged – Nonprofit Success Story

I coached the fundraising staff at Children of the Nations for part of 2012 and 2013, and I am so excited about the creative ideas they have had to engage their fans and child sponsors. I asked Cassia Burke of Children of the Nations to share how they came up with a recent campaign that I think you might…

Worksheet: Adding More Personality to Your Communications

As I mentioned last week, we are creating a new set of worksheets to go with Content Marketing for Nonprofits (Amazon). We’ll share about one worksheet per week, compiling the workbook as we go. To follow up on last week’s worksheet on Your Nonprofit’s Voice, Tone, and Style, today I’m sharing Six Ways to Share More…

The Engagement Pyramid for Email

I’m a visual person, so I love to see concepts and processes mapped out. So I found this “Psychological Hierarchy of an Email Campaign” pretty interesting. You are the Email Marketer, and the people on your email list are the Subscribers. Your pinnacle is likely not “Purchase and Share” but something more like “Donate” or…

How Different Generations Approach Philanthropy

Blackbaud has updated its study on the “Next Generation of American Giving.” I’m sharing the static infographic below (here is the interactive one), and here are a bunch of great posts analyzing the data further. It’s very interesting stuff, so set aside a half hour one day soon to read through it.    

Getting IT Invested in Your Cause

Earlier this year we introduced you to Imtiaz Haiyoom, an “IT guy” for CitySquare who encouraged nonprofit marketing staff to bring their IT staff into the decision making process. Today, we have another IT guy who shares how he grew to even like marketing. Crazy!  ~Kivi Guest Post by Andy Adams of Whistling Duck  It was…

Be More Relevant by Being More Responsive

I use the Six R’s of Relevant Messaging when I’m trying to help nonprofits create messaging that is more relevant to their participants, supporters, and influencers. I’ve shared some specific tips on how to make your communications feel more “Real Time” and “Rewarding,” so today let’s look at being more “Responsive.”  Listen!  You can’t be responsive unless…

If It’s Important, Don’t Just Plan It, Do It!

  Change is hard, especially when it means doing things differently than how you have always done them. Sometimes it is easier to go through the motions (like in this cartoon) and pretend that you are doing something when you really aren’t. Those of us in the consulting world see this all the time.  People…

Advantages of the Online Annual Report

Earlier this week, we talked about ways to make your website easier to read on mobile devices. Today we talk about making your annual report easier to read by creating an online annual report. Stephen Streicher shares why New York Cares decided to go with an online annual report. ~Kivi Guest Post by Stephen Streicher of New York Cares…

We Need a Mobile Strategy – Ya Think?

I’m still blown away by the number of nonprofits who think they don’t have to worry about how their websites and email look on mobile devices. Or conference organizers who don’t think they need a hashtag. “But our people really don’t do mobile,” they say, completely in denial. Look around. According to recent data from…