Reasons I Don’t Use Instagram [And Why They Are Silly]

I have had an Instagram account for over a year now. And I have posted exactly 3 pictures:   I like the idea of Instagram, I really do! Who doesn’t like looking at pictures? Still, there have been a few things holding me back from really embracing it. And most of those reasons are a result…

Super Short is Super Sweet: Storytelling that Hooks Digital Donors

TechSoup is currently running their annual Storymakers contest so today we have TechSoup’s Jim Lynch to share some tips on how to create short, but compelling videos you can use for fundraising, to say thank you or to share your mission. ~Kivi Guest Post by Jim Lynch of TechSoup The heart of effective fundraising is telling…

Who’s Segmenting Email, Why, and Why Not [Infographic]

I’m presenting a brand new webinar on April 29, 2014 called Email List Segmenting: Strategies to Increase Open Rates, Motivate Action, and Build Engagement. As part of the prep, we worked with our friends at Bloomerang to do a quick survey.  We asked about whether your nonprofit was segmenting its list and how, and if not,…

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators February 28, 2014

This Friday could not come soon enough. I really need some Mixed Drinks – I mean Mixed Links… Capital campaign experts Andrea Kihlstedt and Gail Perry are presenting a free webinar on March 3rd called How to Hire the Right Capital Campaign Consultant for Your Campaign. Voting begins today for the DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards. This year’s…

Nonprofit Annual Reports on YouTube and Pinterest

I’m updating my lists of examples of nonprofit annual report infographics and video annual reports as I prepare to teach a new webinar next week at CharityHowTo:  Advanced Annual Reports: Video Annual Reports and Infographics to Share Your Results with Donors. I’ll keep adding to the list as more come out in the next few…

Being a Nonprofit’s Internal Journalist [Video Interview]

When I was in Austin last month, I had a chance to catch up with Sara Peralta, the communications manager for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. Sara has a very interesting story to share about how she has transitioned from a more traditional “do everything” communications manager position to one where she is primarily…

Nonprofit Videos: Best Practices and Benchmarks

See3, YouTube and Edelman recently released Into Focus, a benchmark report and guide for nonprofits using video. This first-of-its-kind report provides both detailed close-ups of video best practices, and a broad look at the future of video communications on the nonprofit sector. Key Takeaways 80% of respondents said video is important to their organization today 91%…

Content Marketing for Nonprofits, Explained [Video]

Cary Walski of MAP Techworks, a wonderful resource for Minnesota nonprofits, interviewed me at the Nonprofit Technology Conference about what content marketing for nonprofits is and how it’s different from traditional marketing. Here’s Cary’s original post.

Best Nonprofit Videos of the Year 2013

While at the Nonprofit Technology Conference last week in Minneapolis, we were on hand to see the winners of the 2013 DoGooder Video Awards announced. Four finalists were chosen for each category and then the winners were selected by the public. The winner of the Best of Nonprofit Video Award was the Rainforest Alliance’s “Follow the Frog” video.…

Producing Nonprofit Video: Q&A with WithinReach, Part 2

Yesterday Anna Zimmerman of WithinReach shared why they think videos have a greater impact than other communications channels. If you missed it, you really need to click over to see these videos. Today we look at addressing privacy concerns and video production costs. Q&A with Anna Zimmerman of WithinReach Q: How did you address privacy concerns?…

Producing Nonprofit Video: Q&A with WithinReach, Part 1

Our All-Access Pass Holders are a great bunch of creative and dedicated nonprofit professionals. They are doing good stuff for their communities and the world at large, and I encourage them to share their communications and marketing stories all the time. Earlier this year, I received an email from Pass Holder Anna Zimmerman of WithinReach who had watched…

Hot Mixed Links for Nonprofit Marketers

Let’s have some hot Mixed Links on this chilly Friday. Take a look at this great compilation of the Best Nonprofit Marketing Posts of 2012. There are some really great ideas and lessons to take into 2013. Atlas of Giving released results from 2012’s year end report on charitable giving as well as the forecast…