Where Marketing is Headed in 2012

I’ll be sharing nonprofit marketing trends for 2012 next week when we release the 2012 Nonprofit Communications Trends report to those who have requested it, but what about those really big marketing trends that are going to influence our work for years to come? I’ve identified three of them in this short (10 slide) presentation…

Quick and Dirty Marketing Plans – Need 3 Volunteers

Later this afternoon, I’ll be sending an email to everyone who has registered so far for Wednesday’s free webinar on How to Write a Quick and Dirty Nonprofit Marketing Plan, looking for three volunteers. During the webinar, I’ll walk those three people through the creation of their plans on the spot. Register now if you…

Seven Ways Social Media Improves Accountability

Most nonprofits understand the potential power of social media to connect with both old and new supporters, advocates, and clients. But have you considered how social media like blogging, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube can be used to increase your organization’s accountability to and transparency with those same people? Social media can help you improve your…

Asking for Money AND Something Else

Rachel Hope Allison of Big Duck presented a great webinar for us last week on multi-channel, integrated marketing and fundraising. (Missed it? All-Access Pass Holders can review the recording now.) I really like this one recommendation from Rachel: Pair an ask for a donation with a “no-money” ask during a campaign. Let me be clear…

Clean Up Your Language! Refining Organizational Rhetoric

Does your audience understand what you’re telling them? Melinda McKee shares her tips for making sure your message is understood by the people you are trying to reach in today’s guest post.  ~Kivi Guest Post by Melinda McKee, Public Relations and Communications Director for NCGives Ever feel like your nonprofit’s communications are playing out like…

Are You in the Joy Business? Maybe You Should Be

I have to admit that I am a little depressed thinking about the upcoming fall fundraising season. I’m expecting a lot of doom and gloom from nonprofits. I know it can work, but I’m really hoping that I will see more orgs taking Katya Andresen’s advice about how fundraising is really about giving people a…

5 Ways Nonprofits Blow Their Asks

Avoid sabotaging your nonprofit’s communications with wimpy, confusing asks.  Here are five frequent problems with the way nonprofits ask for support, whether it’s donating money or time or some other valuable. 1. Assuming One Size Fits All. There is no such thing as the general public. Know your supporters, donors, participants or whoever you are talking to,…

The Nonprofit Content Marketing Cookbook – Pre-Order Now

It’s almost done . . .  The Nonprofit Content Marketing Cookbook: Your Guide to Creating and Curating Content that Educates, Motivates and Inspires will be released later this month. I’ve heard from so many of you who are excited about all of the different ways that you can directly reach your participants and supporters now,…

You Say You Don’t Need a Marketing Plan?

Marketing planning — real marketing planning –isn’t easy. It means you are prioritizing your goals, learning about and defining your target audiences, refining your calls to action, figuring out what will move people to follow through, deciding which communications channels to use, and much more. It’s work . . . which means I often hear…