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Building Your Brand Through Blogging

LauraNorvig_WPOne of the most effective ways to communicate your story and mission statement as a nonprofit, is through a blog. Blogs enable you to “tell the story” of your brand over and over again, connecting individuals to your cause and inspiring them to support your organization. This week, Laura Norvig, Digital Strategist at ETR, joined Driving Participation to discuss how to build your brand through blogging.

Beth and Laura discuss:

  • How to segment your blog content to drive more leads
  • How to grow your email list and expand your contacts
  • Finding your audience through market segmentation
  • How to find, create and distribute blogging content

Resources:

ETR

Contact Laura | Twitter: @LNorvig

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Increasing Your Impact with Modular Content

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“In order to move people to action, you must first connect them with the problem your organization is trying to solve.” – Lynn Fitch

Great storytelling has the power to prompt action, while creating meaningful connections with members, donors, and supporters. How can nonprofits develop a sustainable system for collecting and sharing these stories? This week, Lynn Fitch, Development Director at Growing Gardens, joined Driving Participation to discuss the best practices for nonprofit storytelling, and channels for distributing and re-purposing content.

Beth and Lynn discuss:

  • Tools for storytelling for nonprofits
  • Creating a common language for organizational communication
  • Re-purposing content for a variety of platforms

Resources:

Growing Gardens

Contact Lynn | Email: Lynn@Growing-Gardens.org

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Mastering the Art of Marketing Automation

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“Automation has completely changed the way we’re doing our work.” – Joe Moran, Chief Creative Officer at True Colors Fund

At its best, marketing automation exists with the goal of growing your database and keeping your audience engaged. This software is designed to help you prioritize and execute your marketing tasks in a more streamlined and efficient way. Many organizations are starting to welcome email autoresponders and marketing automation systems to deliver highly-targeted, personalized messages. This week, Joe Moran, Chief Creative Officer at True Colors Fund joined Driving Participation to discuss the tricks and tools to start an automated marketing campaign.

Joe and Beth discuss:

  • How marketing automation can help nonprofits
  • Streamlining your donor engagement strategy
  • Marketing automation terms and translations

Resources:

Contact Joe:

Twitter | LinkedIn

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Design Thinking: A Strategy for Innovation and Engagement

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“Design thinking forces you to think with a different end in mind that empathizes with your members.-Garth Jordan. Co-Founder of RevvCrew

Thinking like a designer can transform the way organizations develop and approach products, services, and strategy. If you want to make your organization more innovative, creative and member-focused, it starts with a set of principles known as design thinking. Design thinking offers a structured framework that helps associations evaluate ideas and move projects forward. This week, Garth Jordan and Keith Chamberlain, Co-founders of RevvCrew, joined Driving Participation. Keith and Garth discuss how to improve internal organization and team culture through design thinking.

They discuss:

  • Fostering a culture that enhances creativity and innovation
  • How to connect with members to discover opportunities for innovation
  • Generating, developing, and testing ideas

Resources:

Revv Crew

Contact: Keith@RevvCrew.com | Garth@RevvCrew.com

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The Three Things That Make Online Campaigns Successful

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“It is critical for a campaign to connect to a larger movement. It must extend beyond an organization, and engage with individuals and communities.” – Debra Askanase. Founder and Digital Strategist, Community Organizer 2.0

While nearly all nonprofits engage in some form of online marketing, an increasing number are using social media to raise awareness and increase donor retention through online campaigns. When successful, these online campaigns provide an avenue to tell your story, engage with supporters and get results.  This week, Debra Askanase, founder and digital strategist of Community Organizer 2.0 joined Driving Participation to explore what it takes to design and execute a successful online campaign.

Resources

Contact Denise: Linkedin| Twitter | Blog

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A Guide to Strategic Storytelling

NationHahn_WP“Crafting a story is so much more powerful than just communicating facts and statistics alone.” – Nation Hahn, Chief Growth Officer at EdNC

Stories are the basic building blocks for reaching our goals. They have the power to attract donors, win support and raise money. Yet effective storytelling is still one of the biggest challenges facing nonprofits and organizations. To better understand these challenges, Nation Hahn, Chief Growth Officer at EdNC, joined Beth to discuss the basics of storytelling and how to implement stories that engage communities.

Beth and Nation discuss:

  • Creating a storytelling culture within your organization
  • How to implement stories that impact communities
  • Transforming difficult stories
  • Leveraging different technologies to tell stories

Resources

Contact Nation | Twitter: @NationHahn

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Managing a Nonprofit: Keys to Success

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“Partnerships are the key in our success. It’s a fundamental part of our strategic plan to identify, cultivate and then retain partners.” – David Rhode. Founder and Executive Director, Pitch In For Baseball.

To have a high-functioning organization, it is critical that all members, donors, volunteers, partners, and staff understand what value they provide a community and what change they exist to create. This week, David Rhode, Founder and the Executive Director of Pitch In For Baseball, joined Driving Participation to explore how to build a foundation for long-term success. Pitch In For Baseball is an organization that works to provide baseball equipment to children around the world. As an executive director, it is critically important for David to mobilize and engage with volunteers, nonprofits, business and government agencies. Building awareness and support is essential to creating a culture of philanthropy at Pitch in for Baseball.

David and Beth discuss:

  • Growing your network to raise awareness
  • Saying “NO” to good ideas
  • Building partnerships that benefit your organization
  • How to inspire and engage members

Resources

Pitch In For Baseball | PitchInBaseball

Contact David:

Email: drhode@PIFB.org | Twitter: @davidrhode

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Top Considerations When It’s Time to Redesign your Website

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It’s no secret that the traditional website redesign process is broken. One of the biggest mistakes is jumping into execution before understanding the needs of your visitors, customers and prospects. This week, Margaux O’Malley joined Driving Participation to discuss implementing a customer-centric approach in the website redesign process. For Margaux, principal of Grand Junction Design, creating a valuable, optimized site starts with careful research, discussion and measurement. Beth and Margaux explore building a website that invites participation, as well as the top platforms for web redesign.

In this episode:

  • the importance of mobile design
  • building a site with growth-driven design
  • considering user experience goals

Resources

Yoga Of Nonprofit Communications

Grand Junction Design

Contact Margaux:

Email: margaux@grandjunctiondesign.com  | Twitter: @margaux_om

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Creating a Community Built on Relationships

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“I think congruence and consistency is what makes great relationships work.” – Sarah Hemminger, CEO and co-founder of Thread

Nonprofits, government agencies, schools and associations all seek to create a feeling of community that inspires action. If your organization can successfully build long-term relationships with volunteers, you have a higher chance of retaining members and keeping them involved. This week, Sarah Hemminger, joined Driving Participation to discuss volunteer engagement. Sara is CEO and co-founder of Thread, an organization committed to improving  the academic advancement and personal growth of underperforming high school students. In the process, Thread weaves a social fabric, creating a community of students, university and community-based volunteers, and collaborators.

Beth and Sarah discuss:

  • maximizing donor retention by building trust
  • targeted communication for engagement building
  • volunteer management opportunities

Resources

Thread

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Onboarding Volunteers is a Journey Not a Destination

TobiJohnson_WP“It’s about building a mutually beneficial relationship. You are meeting your mission, and they are meeting their needs. It’s a partnership.”– Tobi Johnson

To engage volunteers, it is necessary to understand their motivations. What are the underlying factors that drive individuals to dedicate their time, experience and skills? Understanding why people volunteer makes it easier to find supporters, organize their work, and recognize their contributions. This week, Tobi Johnson, Chief Engagement Officer at VolunteerPro, joined Driving Participation to explore what pushes individuals to get involved. Beth and Tobi discuss the volunteer journey, and what organizations can do inspire volunteers to continue serving.

Beth and Tobi cover:

  • Engaging volunteers through relationship building
  • Email drip marketing
  • The six factors that motivate volunteers

Resources

Volunteer Management Progress Report

Contact Tobi:

  • Email: Tobi@VolPro.net
  • Twitter: @TobiJohnsonTJA | @VolProNet
  • LinkedIn

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