How Nonprofits Can Use Slideshare.net

My recent presentation on “Message & Media: Marketing for Small Community-Based Nonprofits” is featured on the homepage of Slideshare.net today. It’s the same presentation that I shared with you in a post on Monday. I’ve been meaning to talk a little bit about the value of Slideshare to nonprofit communicators, so this is a good…

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…

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…

Social Networking: Where You Can Find Me Online

I finally got my social networking act together and invite you to follow, connect with, and be-friend me online. You’ll find links to my profiles on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook in my blog sidebar and here in this post. Twitter lets you keep up with what I’m doing throughout the day. If you aren’t familiar…

What Nonprofits Can Learn from Corporate Storytelling Books

I’ve been reading several books on storytelling, most of which were written for a corporate audience, in search of great advice and tips for nonprofits. I’ll share some of the best stuff during this Wednesday’s webinar, “What Should We Write About? Storytelling Ideas for Nonprofits,” and in future posts here. But for now, here is…

Use PowerPoint Much? Some Tips from Two Must-Read Books

I’ve been using PowerPoint for years to teach workshops and while I usually get great reviews from participants, I’ve always felt like something wasn’t quite right about the way I used the slides. When I decided to launch the weekly webinar series on nonprofit marketing this year, I knew I’d be using PowerPoint much more…

How to Get Reporters Interested in You: Cut the Bull

Claire Meyerhoff Last month, Claire Meyerhoff called to interview me about nonprofit storytelling for some articles she is working on, and we ended up having an hour-and-a-half chat about how hard it is for so many nonprofits to get press coverage, even though they have such great stories to tell. We shared all kinds of…

Five Sure Signs Your Print Newsletter Is Really Boring

This week’s webinar at Nonprofit Marketing Guide.com is “Ten Easy Fixes for Your Boring Print Newsletter.” It’s on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern (11:00 a.m. Pacific). Registration is $49. Not sure if you should take this webinar or not? See if your print newsletter is showing any of these signs…

Using Stories in Your Annual Report; Webinar on Thursday

Using stories in your nonprofit annual report is a great way to bring to life what might otherwise be some stiff writing on your activities and accomplishments. But simply throwing some stories into the text won’t do. You need to be very focused and highly selective about which stories you use and how you tell…

School Your Communications Newbies in Copyright Laws

I came across this interesting article in the Washington Post (“Hey, Isn’t That. . .“) on how big corporations are poaching photos off of Flickr and private blogs and using them without attribution. When caught, the common reaction seems to be, “Ooops, an intern did it.” Not really an acceptable answer from the likes of…

Webinar: Dos and Don’ts of Writing for the Web and E-Newsletters

Do you know the important differences between how people read on paper and how they read on a computer screen? Do you understand how those differences drastically change the way you should write for your website visitors and email newsletter readers? If you aren’t sure, I’ll show you how to go from confused to confident…

Tips for Effective Stewardship of Individual Donors

I’m blogging today and tomorrow from the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits Annual Conference in Winston-Salem. This morning, I attended a great session called “Building and Sustaining Your Individual Donor Base through Effective Stewardship.” The two speakers were Amanda Osborne, Director of Development for Fellowship Hall, Inc., an alcohol and drug treatment program, and Peggy…