How Content Marketing Is Different – The Terminology

On Tuesday, I shared a Theory of Change for nonprofit marketing. Today, let’s try to clear up some confusion about the terms that are flying around in our field. For example, what is “content marketing” and why should nonprofits shift toward it? Here’s how I define content marketing for nonprofits:  Content marketing for nonprofits is…

The Theory of Change Behind Nonprofit Marketing

The “Theory of Change” is a popular strategic planning model in the nonprofit world. It graphically lays out all of the building blocks required to get from where you are now to where you want to be, so that your tactics are clearly connected to your larger goals. As I was writing the first section…

Chucking the Ladder of Engagement

I read an article this morning in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and I highly recommend you do too: The Permanent Disruption of Social Media The gist of it: “Social media has chipped away at the foundation of traditional donor-engagement models. A new study highlights the realities of donor behavior and how organizations can redesign…

Biggest Challenges for 2013

Here’s another little taste of preliminary data from our 2013 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report  . . .  We’ve heard from about 900 nonprofits, and want to make that at least 1,200 before we shut it down on November 30. So please take the survey and share this link with your nonprofit friends: http://kivilm.com/2013 So far,…

Website Content for Homeless People?

I saw this tweet from Mark Horvath of Invisible People and We Are Visible via Facebook yesterday: I followed up on Facebook with Mark and he said he couldn’t come up with any good examples of agencies that serve the homeless who actually had good content directed at homeless people on their websites. He says most…

2012 Nonprofit Tagline Awards – The Winners!

Nancy Schwartz of Getting Attention.org has announced the winners of the 2012 Nonprofit Tagline Awards – or as they are affectionately known – the Taggies. This year, Nancy had over 1,400 tagline entries that were then whittled down to 63 finalists identified by an expert panel of judges (including moi). Then 3,300 voted for the 18 winners categorized…

What’s a Reasonable Amount of Content to Produce?

I just took another look at the preliminary results from our 2013 Nonprofit Communications Trends survey (take it now, please!) and “lack of time to produce quality content” is the biggest challenge nonprofit communicators are facing, with almost 52% of the 300+ who have taken the survey picking that answer out of a list of…

Fabulous Example of Facebook Engagement from COTN

I’ve been working with one of my coaching clients, Children of the Nations, on their fall fundraising campaign, which they call Hope for the Children.  In addition to the direct asks for financial support, I suggested that they come up with several “engagement” asks to pair with the ask for money throughout the campaign, which…

Three Stages of Nonprofit Marketing Maturity

[UPDATED DECEMBER, 2018. PLEASE NOTE WE HAVE MORE FULLY DEVELOPED THE MARKETING MATURITY APPROACH. PLEASE REFER TO THIS POST FOR MORE!] We all grow and change as people and as professionals, and so do our organizations. As I’ve been writing my new book on content marketing for nonprofits, I’ve tried to keep in mind the…

What Works in Advocacy Communications and What Doesn’t

I spotted this new report called The Advocacy Gap: Research for Better Advocacy on Frogloop today. If you are asking your supporters to advocate for you with Congress, it’s a definite must-read. Here are a few interesting points, all of which tie directly back to basic marketing lessons (which I’ve added in italics). There is…

How to Plan a New Website Without Your Head Exploding

If your website is stuck in the past, it may be time for an upgrade. Sounds daunting? Jennifer Doron of the Ohio Environmental Council shares how she approached the process of creating their new site to writing a novel. ~Kivi Guest Post by Jennifer Doron of the Ohio Environmental Council During the day, I serve as the Director of…