One Lesson from the #iGiveLocal “Give Local America” Fiasco

Yesterday, May 3, was Give Local America Day. In many of the 50+ communities that participated, today — May 4 — is now also Give Local America Day. That’s because Kimbia’s giving platform crashed for most of yesterday, so they had to extend the campaign into today. Kimbia is going to have hell to pay…

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…