Who Has the Best Nonprofit Tagline? You Decide.

Nancy Schwartz at Getting Attention wants your votes on the best nonprofit taglines for her first-ever Getting Attention Nonprofit Tagline Awards. The tagline finalists you’ll see in the poll have been carefully culled from the more than 1,050 taglines submitted to the recent Getting Attention Tagline Survey. While they may all be good, let’s decide…

Mixed Links: More Nonprofit Marketing Tips for You

My “blog about this” folder overfloweth with great stuff to share with you. Here are a few of the more recent items: The Chronicle of Philanthropy did an online chat Q&A with Seth Godin yesterday. As to be expected, he didn’t disappoint. My favorite quote: “Obsessing about the basics is far more effective than managing…

Dozen Nonprofit Marketing Webinar Recordings Now Online

Photo by RaeA If you’ve been waiting for me to make the recordings from the Nonprofit Marketing Guide webinar series available, wait no more. The following titles are now all available when you purchase an All-Access Pass. For $97, you’ll get to view all of these webinars and any I add in the next twelve…

Nonprofit Marketing Tip: Be Nice. It Pays Off.

A couple of weeks ago, I spoke at a conference in Nashville for Neighborhood Networks, a HUD program that supports nonprofits who run technology centers in and around public housing projects. The session was on nonprofit marketing, and I gave my talk on nonprofit website basics. On the panel with me was David Zermeno, executive…

How to Talk to 20-Somethings about Volunteering

Volunteering is a significant part of the identity of Generation Y – people in their 20s – because they grew up doing it. Service learning has been fully integrated into many high schools and college-bound teens know that admissions officers love community service. Volunteering is so well ingrained in the Gen Y culture that a…

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…

Five Questions Nonprofits Should Answer With Stories

New donors, volunteers and other potential supporters have questions that they want answered before taking the next step with your organization. These five simple but universal questions that people will have about your organization are best answered not with statistics or wonky program statements, but with stories. Your website is the perfect place to answer…

Folks Not Get What You Do? Look at Your Brand

How many of these situations sound familiar to you? People call your nonprofit all the time asking for assistance on issues you don’t really work on, because they are confusing your organization with another one in town. You don’t have an “elevator speech” because it’s just too hard to explain what it is you do…

Five-Step Strategy to Market Your Nonprofit Online

The days when your nonprofit could get away with not having an online marketing strategy are over. Even the smallest or most locally based organizations are expected to use email and have some kind of website (or at a minimum, a web page on another organization’s umbrella site). And most nonprofits should be doing much,…

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…