6 Tricks to Make Your Content Skimmable

We’ve talked before about how people don’t really read all of your content. Laurel Dykema is back with some tips on how to get your point across even to busy readers. ~Kivi Guest Post by Laurel Dykema of Mission India “AVALANCHE!” Twitter-ers are tweeting. Facebook-ers are posting. Pinterest-ers are pinning. Instagram-ers are picture-taking. More micro content…

Want to Write Faster AND More Effectively? [FREE Webinar]

One of the biggest challenges for nonprofit marketers and fundraisers is producing all of the content you need to do your job well. Everywhere you look on your to-do list is something new that you need to write – direct mail, emails, newsletters, your website, social media, blog posts, advertising, proposals . . . it…

Fundraising with the Undead – Nonprofits Embrace the Zombie Apocalypse

If the Zombie Apocalypse is not really a thing, then why are zombies everywhere? The Walking Dead, World War Z (the book – I am not acknowledging the movie unless they change the title. Plus, zombies don’t move that fast!), Shaun of the Dead, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Warm Bodies, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Resident…

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…

Better Subject Lines and Headlines: Fill in the Blank Worksheet

I get it. Sometimes it’s really, really hard to come up with an attention-grabbing email subject line or headline. That’s why we came up with a list of 50 fill-in-the-blanks to get you started, most of which are inspired by sensational headlines on consumer magazines. You can make that selling power work for your cause…

Amateur Hour in Nonprofit Communications

In my book, Content Marketing for Nonprofits, I devoted a whole section to different communications channels. For each channel, we list not only “Seven Ways to Make Your Content Work Here,” but also “Seven Mistakes to Avoid.” We know trying to run a small nonprofit is hard and you have a million different things to…

Creating More Donor-Centered Thank You Letters: One Nonprofit’s Success [Examples]

With so many nonprofits getting donor thank you letters wrong, writing a great one that focuses on the donor and not your organization is a great marketing and fundraising strategy. All-Access Pass Holder J Merriman of Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful shares how tweaking their thank you letter got an immediate response. ~ Kivi Guest Post by J…