Fabulous Example of Facebook Engagement from COTN

I’ve been working with one of my coaching clients, Children of the Nations, on their fall fundraising campaign, which they call Hope for the Children.  In addition to the direct asks for financial support, I suggested that they come up with several “engagement” asks to pair with the ask for money throughout the campaign, which…

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Marketers October 19, 2012

Happy Friday! It’s Mixed Links time… First off, a quick update on our fundraiser for Positive Wellness Alliance. Every year, we host a free webinar where we collect a $10 donation for PWA. So far, you’ve donated over $1400! Thank you! This year’s webinar is Three Stories Every Nonprofit Should Be Telling and it will take place…

Story Wars: Interview with Jonah Sachs, Part 1

 Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Jonah Sachs, author of Winning the Story Wars: Why Those Who Tell  – and Live – the Best Stories Will Rule the Future.  Below is the transcript from the first part of that interview. You can also listen to the whole interview now- it’s a little over 20 minutes long. We…

What Works in Advocacy Communications and What Doesn’t

I spotted this new report called The Advocacy Gap: Research for Better Advocacy on Frogloop today. If you are asking your supporters to advocate for you with Congress, it’s a definite must-read. Here are a few interesting points, all of which tie directly back to basic marketing lessons (which I’ve added in italics). There is…

Better Nonprofit Storytelling – Free Webinar

It’s time for another free webinar, and this time it’s our ever-popular “Three Stories Every Nonprofit Should Be Telling” on Wednesday, October 24. Space is limited, to reserve your spot now. This webinar will be our annual Nonprofit Marketing Guide community fundraiser for Positive Wellness Alliance (PWA), an organization that helps low-income people with HIV/AIDS in the…

Do You Start with the Idea or the Communications Channel?

Good Communications = Content + Channel + (Conversation, ideally). You have to have both the message/big ideas and the right communications channels for your communications to work. Great ideas or content without the proper communications channels won’t travel far beyond your desk. Lots of communications channels without real content is just annoying or meaningless noise.…

Creative Ideas for Nonprofit Writers for October and Beyond

“Content is King,” they say. While that may be true, “they” don’t mention how hard it is trying to come up with fresh ideas that resonate with your readers. Inspiration can be hard to come by some days, but that’s where our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts come in. Every month we send out an e-newsletter…