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It’s Not About the Picture, Copy or Gift Arrays

If you’re coming from a traditional fundraising background, you remember the days of print – having to get everything exactly right before you sent something to the printer. One mistake used to mean big money.

In the online world, the biggest mistake you can make is waiting until everything is perfect Continue reading


Online Video Tips for Nonprofits

Kivi Leroux Miller, from NonprofitMarketingGuide.com made a request on Twitterfor guest blogger posts regarding nonprofit video, so I will attempt to accommodate her request.

If you are a 501(c)(3) organization, you can apply for a Flip Video Spotlight kit to be used by untrained staff and constituents to help highlight your work with video.

» Each shot should be between 10 and 15 seconds
» Shoot close ups whenever possible
» Film people – create a personal story

» Keep your total video length under 2 minutes
» If you want to create a longer video, break it into episodes
» Adding words? Translations? Remember that online video typically is in a smaller viewing pane, so keep in legible
» End with a call-to-action and provide users with a URL shortcut to a page with additional information & a donation opportunity

» Create a YouTube channel for your nonprofit
» Insert the video into widgets that can be spread virally
» Add a video index on your site

View some great examples of nonprofit videos at: 

Force Permission Marketing

We continue to be bombarded with marketing messages that are not relevant to us. We see irrelevant commercials in between a program we are watching or are sent mail from a company that we did not sign up to receive information from.

According to Seth Godin, permission marketing is, “the privilege (not the right) of delivering anticipated, personal and relevant messages to people who actually want to get them”.

Are you tired of getting messages that are not relevant to you? Often, you cannot tell a company that you longer want to receive mail from them, but here is one way to communicate a response to a marketer that continues to bombard you with irrelevant content Continue reading

Beware of the Doghouse

JC Penny‘s has come up with a clever site to help promote their jewelery line during the holiday season. There are several marketing techniques we can learn from BewareOfTheDoghouse.com:

» Create a short video (less than 5 minutes) that can be spread virally and increase brand awareness

» Use social networks, such as Facebook, to integrate with your website to help spread your message’s reach

» Find clever ways to ask for someone’s email address (e.g. give someone a warning before they go to the doghouse)

» Tie your product into every piece of the promotion – don’t loose focus on the creative

Heifer International Introduces “Fund a Project”

Heifer International is trying a new approach in their email marketing. Their typical ask is to help fund an object (e.g. Goat). Recently, they sent out an email telling their donors that we can now also fund a project (e.g. Beekeeping in Kosovo).

By veering from their traditional ask, do they risk alienating their consistent donors – or will this approach just add new donors to the file? I also wonder if this approach might be best utilized for their major donors. To the typical giver, the amount needed might seem like an impossible goal to reach.

While I am interested in this new approach and how successful it will be for Heifer, I am more curious about Continue reading

MarketingSherpa’s 2009 Email Marketing Awards

Here’s your chance to get some recognition for your email savvy: Enter MarketingSherpa’s 2009 Email Marketing Awards competition.

The fourth annual competition honors B2B and consumer marketers for email campaigns that really work. Think response rate, overall strategy and campaign goal.

Categories include:
» Newsletter
» Test you learned from
» Auto responder
» Opt-in campaign
» Non-email opt-in campaign
» Postcard campaign
» Promotional blast
» Mobile market email
» Promotional re-launch blast
» Single welcome letter
» Limited series email newsletter
» Triggered personalized email

Or, you can submit a campaign that does not fit a category and they’ll evaluate it. All entries are due by December 15 @ 7 p.m. EST.

Awards will be handed out on March 16 at Email Marketing Summit ’09, where 800 email marketers from around the world will gather in Miami, Florida from March 15-17. Thanks to Email Awards sponsor ExactTarget, there is no entry fee again this year.