August 12, 2013

6 email marketing services to build your list

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A comparison of MailChimp, Constant Contact, Aweber & other solid choices

Target audience: Nonprofits, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, community organizations, educators, marketers, Web publishers.

Guest post by Sarah Boisvert

Sarah-BoisvertEmail is now standard communication for all but the smallest nonprofits and businesses. Why? Because it’s one of the most cost-effective ways to market your products and services.

But for email marketing to be effective, the process is so complex it’s not easy to go it alone. Success in the 21st century requires that you use a service that can simplify and automate email marketing tasks, from one-off communications to regular e-newsletters.

Choosing the best mail service for your nonprofit, organization or business is not a simple task, given all the options available today. So here’s a rundown of some (but not all) of the major email marketing services that you should consider, whether you’re just starting out or thinking about a change. 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