100 More Email Appeal Subject Lines

A great subject line can be the difference between catching the recipient's attention to open your email or to be unceremoniously tossed into the trash or simply ignored. What makes a subject line stand out? It needs to be concise. The best subject lines are between 3 and 6 words in length. You don't have to

By | 2018-02-16T13:10:39+00:00 March 16th, 2018|Categories: Email Marketing, Fundraising, Intermediate|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Episode 006 – Why Don’t My Emails Perform As Well As My Direct Mail?

Direct mail is not dead. Far from it, direct mail still performs well if you have a good strategy behind it. Many nonprofits are transitioning more investment into digital but aren't seeing the return in email that they've seen in direct mail. Today, we're going to talk through the five Cs of successful email appeals, then we have a question from Marcy about why her emails don't perform as well as her direct mail does. 

Episode 005 – What to Do With 25,000 Email Addresses a Partner Offered Us?

Karen's organization has a partner who offered them a list of 25,000 email addresses. Her boss wants to just add them to their email service provider, but Karen doesn't agree. In episode 5, Jeremy gives Karen advice as to how to answer her boss and what to do with the opportunity.

By | 2018-02-28T09:30:14+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Categories: Email Marketing, Fundraising, Intermediate, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How to Create a Sense of Urgency in Your Nonprofit Appeal

Creating a sense of urgency in your appeal messaging will help move readers to become donors. Think this is a trick that no longer applies? Consider the case of two nonprofits reaching the same potential donor. If the first nonprofit conveys a sense of urgency in the fundraising appeal and the second does not, in

By | 2018-02-27T11:12:05+00:00 February 27th, 2018|Categories: Featured Intermediate, Fundraising, Intermediate|Tags: , |0 Comments

Episode 004 – How Does Email Design Impact Response?

How does email design impact response in your emails? Often there are conflicting answers on blogs as different organizations experience different results when they change factors in their email marketing. In episode 4, Jeremy explores a question about graphics vs text emails and how you can test to determine the right factors to improve response for your nonprofit emails. 

Episode 003 – How Do We Segment Our Emails?

Have you ever hired a consultant to help you with a project, but when it comes time to execute, they disappear? This happened to Holly when she brought in a consultant to look at her email fundraising program. The consultant told Holly she should improve her segmentation and then disappeared before sharing with her a direction to go. In episode 3 of the Nonprofit Answers Podcast, Jeremy teaches Holly about different ways to segment her email file to maximize response.

Episode 001 – Facebook Algorithm Changes – Nonprofit Answers

In episode 1 of the Nonprofit Answers Podcast, Jeremy Reis answers a question from Helen, a nonprofit marketing manager in Nashville. Helen is concerned about the recent algorithm changes with Facebook and wants to know what she should do. Should she continue to invest time and resources into Facebook? What changes should she make to her social media strategy?

The Story of the One

Nonprofit fundraising, at its core, is storytelling. Telling a story of how your organization has helped one beneficiary be transformed is the building block of telling the story of your organization. In nonprofit development, the story we use in fundraising is called the story of the one. It's called the story of the one because

100 Email Appeal Subject Lines

When you're writing email appeals, the subject and preview text are two key factors to increase your open rate. You want to create a subject line that grabs the reader's attention and entices her to open the email without being disingenuous. There isn't a specific template or formula you should use for your subject line,

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5 Tips to Prepare for a Development Director Interview

Congratulations! Your interview is set for a development director position at a nonprofit you're interested in. What now? There's a lot of prep work you can do for the interview to improve your chances to stand out from the crowd. It's rare to see people come to an interview fully prepared and if you follow

By | 2018-01-13T19:44:31+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Fundraising, Intermediate|Tags: , |0 Comments