3 Powerful Tools to Help You Optimize Your Nonprofit Website

via GIPHY Want to make your website better? And by better, I mean get more people to join your email list, sign up to volunteer, and donate. You could ask for user feedback, but what users say and do are often polar opposites. You could check out your aspirational peers for best practices, but your…

The Heroes and Villains of the Give Local America Story #GiveDayLessons

We talk a lot about storytelling in the nonprofit sector: how stories build through their first, second, and third acts and how all story arcs need beginnings, middles, and ends. When I do storytelling training, I compare the stories that nonprofits tell to a TV series. You have the short-lived, episodic stories that start and…

Grow Your Email List With These 14 Paid Email Acquisition Sources

For every email list, there is churn, churn, churn. People leave your list and emails bounce. Are you replacing those names? If not, your nonprofit email list shrinks every year to the tune of 12 percent or higher, according to the 2016 M+R Nonprofit Benchmarks Study (your mileage may vary, of course). Organic email list…

Why Using Facebook and Twitter Alone Isn’t Smart

I recently shared some advice in a Chronicle of Philanthropy article on Tools to Schedule and Plan Your Social Media Outreach. Using Facebook and Twitter alone, without an additional management tool, isn’t the smartest approach to your social media. Sure, you can do it that way, directly using only the apps or the .com sites,…

The Downside of Personalized Emails

You absolutely need to include contact information in your emails (and other forms of communication). Including a first name in your email subject lines and greetings instantly personalizes your message and warms the reader to its content. It’s an email marketing best practice. But lots of times the only contact information you have is an email…

Got UTM? Measuring Nonprofit Email and Social Media Results

You may have noticed some strange code on the end of links you click in emails or from social media . . . things like utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email. But do you know why that code is there or what it is doing? Or that you should be using it too? UTM stands for Urchin Tracking Module, and the…

Marketing Time Savers: Tools to Improve Your Writing

    Even if you like to write like I do, it can still feel like it takes forever to produce something good. And let’s face it, time is not something you have a whole lot of.  Below are five online writing tools we like and that were also recommended by friends. They’ll help you…

5 Super Solid Ways To Engage Your Supporters Online (PLUS 28 Affordable Tools to Help You Do It)

Are you out of ideas for engaging supporters online? Try one of these tried and true digital engagement tactics to strengthen your relationships, move members to act, and build support for your programs and mission. 1) Try a Petition or Pledge This is a bread-and-butter tactic for advocacy organizations, but lots of orgs can use…

Marketing Time Savers: My 3 Favorite Gmail Hacks

At Nonprofit Marketing Guide, we use Google Apps for Work to manage our email, calendars, etc.  As a two-person company, we don’t have lots of time to waste. And neither do you. So if you are a Google Apps or Gmail user, you might like my three favorite Gmail hacks. (I know these work on…

When You Have a Little Extra Left in the Marketing Budget

Sure, it’s more common in our line of work to be short on funds, but every now and then, like the end of the fiscal year, you might just find yourself with a little left over that you’d really like to spend. That’s the situation Kathy Powell is in. She’s the communications director at Temple…

7 Free Tools to Improve Your Nonprofit Marketing

We know you guys love your nonprofit marketing tools – especially when they are free! Billy Attar of Pipl is here today to share some tools we haven’t even heard of. Let us know what you think and share your favorite tools too! ~Kristina Guest Post by Billy Attar of Pipl We marketers are always on the lookout for…

Hashtags for Every Day of the Week (Nonprofit Edition)

Looking for an easy content idea for Instagram and Twitter? Try a day-of-the-week post with one of these hashtags. Some of them, like #ThrowbackThursday and #InspirationMonday, can even be used on Facebook. 3 quick tips for using this tactic:   Do your research. Hashtag meanings change over time. And some hashtags don’t mean what you think…