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Kids4Kars | Donate Your Kid Today

Update: Thanks to community member Phyllis Nunkis who brought 4 Kids’ deceptive practices and false advertising to my attention. Kids4Kars doesn’t meet the Better Business Bureau’s standards for Charity Accountability, and the organization has been the subject of many, many complaints from consumers over the years.  It is unfortunate to see smart, creative marketing used for the wrong purposes,” says Phyllis.

She’s 100% correct, but the best response we can have is to use this effective model to spur our own marketing innovation. Go to it!

What a morning! Our daughter, Charlotte, is off to her 5th-grade camping trip today and woke up with a challenging combo of anxiety and excitement—about having the right clothes, the weather, and every other facet of the trip she could imagine.  Between us, it was a nightmare getting her out of the house this morning and a huge relief to watch the bus pulling away.

So how timely that that I saw this Kids 4 Kars campaign first thing today. Talk about getting my attention!

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Nancy Schwartz on April 1, 2014 in Right-Things Right-Now Marketing | 1 comment
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Part One—Communicate Now on Govt. Shutdown Impact

This post by Dan Moyle was originally published on the Talons Out Honor flight blog. Thanks for sharing, Dan, and kudos for your great work here.

Last week the U.S. Government shut down. It’s a serious story, with implications abounding. Unemployment, services cut off to those in need, chaos in Washington, D.C. (well maybe that’s far-fetched—it’s already chaotic there). However, the shutdown also affected me in an unexpected way—I turned the headlines into a story to get attention (and donations, I hope) for Honor Flight.

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Nancy Schwartz on October 9, 2013 in Right-Things Right-Now Marketing | 2 comments
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THIS is what you need to do to connect with your people (supporters, prospects, partners, staff, leadership and volunteers all) and move them to take the actions you need.

Take newsjacking one step further—to integrate what’s going on inside of your peoples’ heads—as well as in the world around them and you, to focus your marketing messages, format, channel and delivery time. Here’s a great example…

Friday was tough here in the Northeast. The real blizzard was still en route but the pelting ice outside made outside play impossible. Every child I know was yearning for snow and, with school closed or cut to a half day, sick of being stuck inside. Ugh!

So when this tweet and the email below crossed my lens, I thought, “Wow, these folks really get me. And if they get me, I’m more interested in what they have to say.” (post continues below email)

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Nancy Schwartz on February 11, 2013 in Right-Things Right-Now Marketing | 1 comment
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Today’s a great opportunity for your organization to be relevant, by communicating the right message to your network at the right place and time. Catching these open-minded moments is the way to be relevant, and relevance rules in 2012.

Leveraging a news item or special day by connecting your organization’s issues and impact to it (authentically, not manipulatively) is a tried-and-true nonprofit marketing strategy with high ROI (return on investment). And if it’s too late for today—read right here to prep for St. Patrick’s Day or April Fool’s Day.
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Nancy Schwartz on February 14, 2012 in Strategy | 0 comments
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