Flying Out to Communications Network Conference Today — Will Report Out on What You Need to Know

Flying Out to Communications Network Conference Today -- Will Report Out on What You Need to KnowI’m winging my way to Chicago this morning, to participate in the annual Communications Network conference.  I’m a long-time member of this group of communicators who staff and consult with grantmaking foundations, but haven’t made it to the conference for several years. Can’t wait to catch up with folks face to face.

Beyond the relationships — which is what I value most about conferences — I’m thrilled to have the chance to hear king-of-storytelling Ira Glass, host of American Public Radio’s This American Life, discuss his trade. You’ll get the key takeaways on storytelling success, plus those on these key nonprofit marketing topics (from the invaluable point of view of those who fund your nonprofit) and more:

  • How Web 2.0 is Changing Foundation Communications: Can’t wait to grab the foundation perspective and case studies on social media+, especially since I’ve been doing a lot of speaking on the topic lately and know you’re craving models and inspiration.
  • Which Comes First: Building Your Website or Understanding Your Audience? How to structure and market your website — and then measure results — to ensure it delivers for your foundation: You know the answer to this one, but I’m always striving to add new and better strategies to the list.
  • Is the Annual Report Nearing Extinction? A perennial burning question.

Any questions you want me to bring to this group? Email me, and I’ll do my best.

P.S. The Network has done a fantastic job of engaging conference participants in advance, with a conference blog featuring many guest bloggers from session presenters to the home-town-members of the host committee.

This is a great way to build excitement prior to a meeting or event, and continue it afterwards. Another useful model is the advocacy conference blog of the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund’s. Keeps the conversation and interest going year round!

Nancy Schwartz in Comnet08, Nonprofit Communications, Philanthropy, Professional Development | 1 comment

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