e-newsletter

Gmail Inbox Tabs

Beware the deadly Promotions Tab, the latest “improvement” for Gmail users! That’s what communicators like us have have been sweating about in the past few weeks.

In case you haven’t heard, Google is now automatically filtering Gmail users’ email messages to pre-defined content tabs. They’re sending emails from friends and family to the Primary Inbox (where we’re used to looking all the time), and sending most e-newsletters and other emails from organizations (including the Getting Attention blog and e-news) to the new (secondary by default) Promotions tab.

If you’re a Gmail user, you won’t see Getting Attention and other content you rely on in the location it’s always been in (Inbox). And, if you’re not aware of this change, you may not see it at all. But far worse, members of your organization’s email list who use Gmail addresses are no longer seeing your emails in their Primary inboxes.  

Take a deep breath! Most of us have been setting up filters for years now to sort the mass of emails we receive on a daily basis.

This change is going to impact your organization’s ability to interact with your supporters and partners. Email vendor MailChimp reported that open rates were down right after the change. But take these four actions right now to make sure users who want to read your content will find and read it:

READ MORE

Nancy Schwartz on August 7, 2013 in Email and E-Newsletters | 1 comment
Tags:, , , , ,

Copy and Paste ContentI was fascinated to learn that  82% of all content sharing is done via copying and pasting according to Tynt, a service that tracks when people copy and paste content from 600,000 publishers’ sites. That’s 4.5 times the amount of content shared via social sharing buttons.

Tynt analyzes 30 billion data points per month, and contends that the more content creators like you know about how people engage with their content, the more it can do to ensure they stick around longer. About half the content people copy and paste is being shared with others, potentially growing your audience, but the rest of the time, they’re searching or saving for their own use, and your org is more likely to keep them on your online channels by giving them more of what they’re looking for.

That’s a huge sample size, and you have to conclude that copying and pasting leads the way as THE most common way your people share information too. So make it easy for your people to remember and share your messages.

Take these four steps to make it easy  to copy and paste your content:
READ MORE

Nancy Schwartz on February 21, 2013 in Content Marketing | 2 comments
Tags:, , , ,

Welcome to our newest guest blogger, Kerri Karvetski. As owner of Company K Media, Kerri helps nonprofits communicate online.

Email subject lines have one main job—to get your email opened. You have two seconds to grab your reader’s attention. That’s a lot of pressure. So avoid these avoidable mistakes.
READ MORE

Guest Blogger on March 7, 2012 in Email and E-Newsletters | 2 comments
Tags:, , , , ,

Invest three hours to learn how to use e-newsletters to grow and engage your organization’s base of donors, volunteers, program participants and more. Email remains the core communications tool, and one that’s going to be around for the long run. But you have to use it right!

Please join me for Breakthrough E-Newsletters: 5 Steps to Shaping E-Communications that Connect, Thursday, February 16, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM in New York City.
READ MORE

Nancy Schwartz on February 6, 2012 in Email and E-Newsletters | 0 comments
Tags:, , ,

Guest blogger Holly Ross has spent seven+ years at the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), working with community members to identify technology trends that are reshaping the nonprofit sector. Brett Meyer, NTEN Communications Director, co-authored this post.

As nonprofits have flocked to the e-newsletter as an inexpensive and timely way to communicate with stakeholders, the number of newsletter tips has also proliferated. While subject lines, “from” addresses, and your template design are all important, they aren’t the biggest challenge to putting out a quality newsletter.  The most difficult part is creating good content, content your subscribers want to read.

READ MORE

Guest Blogger on December 1, 2011 in Content Marketing, Email and E-Newsletters | 1 comment
Tags:, , , , , ,

I promise you it’ll be an incredibly worthwhile three hours when you do.

In Breakthrough E-Newsletters: 5 Steps to Shaping E-Communications that Connect, you’ll learn everything you need to get a high-impact e-newsletter going for your nonprofit, or to strengthen the one you have.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Define realistic goals for your e-newsletter and who you have to reach to achieve them
  • Shape the right approach—content, style, how much interactivity with readers
  • Design the most effective delivery—frequency, “look and feel”
  • Master the mechanics—opt-in vs. double opt-in, list management, in-house vs. outsource
  • Promote your e-newsletter to get the most from your effort

Best of all, you’ll walk out of the workshop with a practical, doable plan for your e-news launch or revision, ready to be implemented!

Register right now; just a few seats left.

P.S. Get more in-depth case studies, templates and tools, and guidance for nonprofit marketing success — all featured in the twice-monthly Getting Attention e-update. Subscribe today.

Nancy Schwartz on May 10, 2011 in Email and E-Newsletters | 0 comments
Tags:, , , , , , , ,

2011 Guide to Nonprofit Marketing WisdomThank you for all of the questions, stories and feedback you share with me. It’s your input that makes it possible for me to cover what you need to know to increase your nonprofit’s marketing impact!

You were particularly generous last December, when I asked you to share your most important nonprofit marketing lesson or key principle learned — either from hard knocks or new found success — in 2010.

Now, drawing from your submissions, I’ve compiled the first-ever Guide to Nonprofit Marketing Wisdom featuring 127 lessons learned from your colleagues in the field. Get this free guide now to be inspired and guided!

Here’s just a hint of the practical, tested direction you’ll get from your peers in the field:

  • Make professional development and continuing learning a priority – and protect the time.
  • When pricing out an item or service, call at least three vendors. This may take a few more minutes of your time, but you will save hundreds, even thousands of dollars. We’ve been able to save so much money on production costs for printing, photography and web design, by taking the time to incorporate this.
  • Test, test, and test… before any campaign gets launched. Given the complexity of the tools today, and the speed with which we invariably put things together, errors do get made and you want to be the one to find them, not the people you’re hoping to engage!

This is your opportunity to learn from the experts to achieve stronger results in 2011:  Dive into your 2011 Guide to Nonprofit Marketing Wisdom now.

Nancy Schwartz on January 26, 2011 in Strategy | 1 comment
Tags:, , , , , , , ,

I’d appreciate your help. I’m finishing up a presentation on high-impact nonprofit e-newsletters, to be delivered next week to a group of NY metro area organizations.

The participants range widely in their nonprofit marketing expertise, as they do in their interests and needs on the topic. Always the case, right?

A reliable strategy I use to make a workshop valuable for those of diverse experience levels is integrating many case studies. Everyone can learn from them, no matter their level of experience. So I ask…

What are the top two e-newsletters you get from nonprofit orgs, and what makes each one successful? Please comment by clicking the comments link under this post or email me directly.

Thanks much for your input! In a few weeks, I’ll share out the list you provide of  great nonprofit e-newsletters and the keys to their success.

P.S. Learn how to strengthen your e-newsletter here:

Nancy Schwartz on May 7, 2010 in Email and E-Newsletters | 1 comment
Tags:, , , ,

earthdayLeveraging a news item or holiday by connecting your org to its theme is a tried-and-true nonprofit media relations strategy that succeeds at little cost. (See PETA case study).

But there’s more than media coverage to be gained in connecting your organization’s issues with a major news event or holiday. Doing so links your org to what’s already in your supporters’ minds — like this year’s 40th anniversary of Earth Day — so works well to motivate them to give or sign a petition.

Here are just a few of the many strong models of nonprofit marketing campaigns around Earth Day 2010 (via my colleagues active on the Progressive Exchange list serv. Please join us.):

  • The Media & Policy Center’s “Growing Greener Schools” will air on PBS throughout Earth Day week (check local listings).  It’s supported by a terrific new network of green school activists and initiatives, and the community building is reinforced by an e-newsletter.
  • The Green for Life video series was launched by the United Methodist Church and an action alert of Six Things You Can Do this Earth Day shared by United Methodist Women.
  • The Nature Conservancy is organizing action around its Earth Day To-Do List and needs just 110 more signatures via Facebook to reach its goal for its “Be Part of the Solution” petition. Sign it now.

More great Earth Day-related nonprofit fundraising and marketing campaigns here.

Learn more by reviewing these examples of organizations connecting with a news event for nonprofit communications success, and one of a for-profit doing so and treading on your opportunity:

Please share your organization’s strategies for leveraging news events to boost your nonprofit communications in the comments box below at bottom or via email. Thanks much!

P.S. Get more in-depth articles, case studies and tools for nonprofit marketing success — all featured in the twice-monthly Getting Attention e-update. Subscribe today.

Nancy Schwartz on April 21, 2010 in Campaign Marketing Models & Tips, Media Relations and Press | 0 comments
Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , ,

<< Back to Main