June 19, 2013

6 reasons to give people to sign up for your email list

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A successful marketing strategy begins with dangling carrots for your supporters

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Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, startups, businesses, Web publishers.

John HaydonIf you visit the websites of most nonprofits, you will find a critical piece missing in their list: the building strategy. They haven’t the answered WIIFM question.

What’s WIIFM, you ask? It means “What’s in it for me?” What’s the carrot? And it’s the foundation of any successful marketing strategy.

And because people are asking themselves this question every time you ask them to join your email list, it’s also the key to building your email list. Continue reading

April 18, 2013

6 ways to optimize calls to action in your blog posts

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Be clear, optimize and analyze for great impact

Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, marketers, Facebook users.
John HaydonWhen you think about calls to action on your website, you typically think about landing pages. For example, your donation page or your email sign-up form.

But how often do you think about the calls to action in the blog posts you’re publishing each week?

Before we get into the nitty gritty, let’s get one thing straight:

The chief purpose for your website is to encourage people to act. Whether it’s making a donation, joining your email list, signing a petition, or changing a habit, the purpose of your website is to encourage actions.

Here are six simple ways to improve the calls to actions in your blog posts: Continue reading

February 19, 2013

How to use your Facebook page to build your nonprofit’s email list

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Connect Facebook supporters to your email list

This is the first of a two-part series. Also see:
How to successfully harness your email list for your cause

Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, Web publishers, Facebook administrators, marketers.

John HaydonFor many nonprofits, email is the bridge that Facebook fans frequently walk across on their way to becoming a donor, simply because it’s more private and less distracting than Facebook.

This is why it’s critical to have a smart email marketing strategy in addition to a smart Facebook strategy.

Use your Facebook Page to build your nonprofit’s email list

No one ever joined an email list just to join an email list (“How many more email lists can I join today?! I love filling out those cute little forms! Oh, look – here’s another one!”).

You have to do a lot of things well before someone will give you permission to invade their in-box.

Here’s what you need to do to create a healthy email acquisition strategy on Facebook:

Make the value exchange obvious

1People will only join your email list when they feel that the value of joining outweighs the pain.

Before you stick an opt-in form on your Facebook page, be clear about the value exchange. You can do this in a few ways: Continue reading

October 18, 2012

8 ways to get more from your nonprofit’s email marketing strategy


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Boost your email marketing power through personalized communication

This is the second of a two-part series. Also see:
5 easy ways to integrate email marketing and Facebook

Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, general public.

John HaydonLike social media, email marketing is where you nurture constituent relationships. But e-mail is different from social media in a few critical areas:

Privacy and Intimacy: E-mail is not a public channel like Twitter or Facebook. Opting into your list is an agreement to enter a private and intimate relationship with you, by way of their inbox. There is no public audience to your conversations. It’s one-on-one and very private.

Segmentation: The core principle of e-mail marketing is segmentation, adding people to specific lists based on their interests and actions. Segmentation ultimately allows you to create highly receptive messages. You can’t do this with Twitter or Facebook. Continue reading