Really?

Wow, what a disconnect. Let me tell you about it, so you can make sure your organization avoids this kind of blunder. Last Friday morning I got an email from our local performing arts center (PAC). The place has been around 10 years and is a gorgeous, intimate performance venue. We’ve attended several great shows there over the years,…

Developing a Modern Public Relations Strategy

Last month, Peter Panepento challenged nonprofits to Stop Approaching PR Like It’s 2007. This month’s he’s back to share more about how you can best reach your audience and cultivate relationships with the media. ~Kivi Guest Post by Peter Panepento of Panepento Strategies You probably wouldn’t expect Bob Dylan to draw inspiration from Frank Sinatra.…

Five Ways to Sabotage Your Call to Action

I hear it all the time from nonprofits: Our e-newsletter doesn’t work. Direct mail doesn’t work for us. Social media doesn’t work for us. When I probe a little deeper, what people often mean is that their communications don’t seem to be motivating people to do what the nonprofit wants, whether that’s donating money, signing…

Go There! Case Study: Center for American Progress

“Brilliant experts can write compelling policy papers filled with breakthrough ideas to make our society better. But they can’t influence and shape the debate if no one is reading and digesting their work.” OMG! The folks at the Center for American Progress (CAP), a D.C.-based think tank, get it. In fact, CAP allocates a full…

Market Like a Ballroom Dancer— They Lead, You Follow

At the end of last year, we announced that nonprofit messaging and branding expert Nancy Schwartz of GettingAttention.org would be joining our team of advisers along with Kerri Karvetski and Tom Ahern.  She’ll be leading webinars, providing coaching, and writing blog posts for us among other things. Here is her first post for 2015 on a few nationwide trends that…

Dashboards to Share Progress: Examples and Tips

You can measure lots and lots of marketing and fundraising numbers. But measuring without adding meaning isn’t very helpful to you, your supporters, or your board. I recommend that you develop some kind of dashboard, ideally a one-pager in something easy like Excel, Word, or Powerpoint, that updates people on your most important metrics, and…