Is Your Nonprofit Ready to be Super Relevant?

Being relevant in the lives of your nonprofit’s supporters doesn’t usually happen by accident. Use this checklist to determine if you are doing what it takes to be relevant. The more you agree with these statements, the better! 1. We know and understand the people we are communicating with. We have moved well beyond trying…

Stupid Things Nonprofit Marketers Can Stop Doing [FREE Webinar]

Are you doing any of these things: Compiling data you’ll never use Updating the newest social network no one else is using Focusing on including all your keywords instead of relevant content Using industry jargon only you understand Chasing after the next “big thing” Letting your board dictate what content you publish Talking at your…

Young Leaders: Cut the BS

I loved this commencement video by Jon Lovett, former Obama speechwriter and comedian. It’s very funny and yet still very insightful advice from a 30-year-old. As a 44-year-old — officially “old” to college grads — I love listening to smart young ones. I was usually the youngest one in the room early in my career…

Time to Think: It Turns Batter into Cake

Do you have the time you need to think at work? To really think? If you are going to reach creative, innovative solutions to your marketing challenges, or just come up with a great new idea to attract more support or participation, you need time to think. Getting this time is what turns a hard-working nonprofit…

IT Staff, Marketing and Leadership #13ntc

We met Imtiaz Haiyoom by accident our first night at the Nonprofit Technology Conference (#13NTC) in Minneapolis a few weeks ago. He was sitting approximately where we wanted to host a little meet and greet, so we basically commandeered his table and forced him join us. He got a free drink out of the ordeal, but I think…

The 12 Things You Are Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking – Part 2

Yesterday, Michael Michalko shared the first six of 12 things you should know about creativity. Today we learn the other six. ~Kivi Guest Post by Michael Michalko author of Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative Thinking Techniques 7. EXPECT THE EXPERTS TO BE NEGATIVE. The more expert and specialized a person becomes, the more their mindset becomes narrowed and…

The 12 Things You Are Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking – Part 1

Do you consider yourself a creative person? Is someone more creative if they actually complete those projects they have pinned on Pinterest? Authors, artists, and photographers are often categorized as “creative” but what about you as a nonprofit communications pro? If you ever thought “I wish I was more creative” then this post by Michael…