The copywriting formula every marketer ought to know


We’ve all been there.

In front of your computer having been trying to write an ad, an email – any type of marketing copy – for a good hour or so, completely dissatisfied with what’s on the page in front of you.

It doesn’t flow. It’s not powerful. It simply doesn’t match the message you’re trying to convey.

Truth be told, this is much more of a problem for beginners than more advanced marketers.

Those who have been marketing for a while are not only more effective in writing copy, but exponentially more efficient, too.

It’s not experience, per se, that makes their writing faster, more cohesive, and far less painful, though. It’s down to one simple fact…

They don’t write from scratch.

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Turn email subscribers into impact makers


Earlier this month, I was privileged to speak at the Online Nonprofit Institute. My online workshop was titled ‘Turn email subscribers into impact makers’.

The workshop focused on how to use your email content to engage and excite your subscribers, and generate massive impact and advocacy. We talked about how you can leverage copywriting techniques, automation, and your existing email content to 10x your email marketing results.

If you’re looking to improve your email marketing, there are some gems for you to takeaway.

I’m delighted to now to share this content with you – watch below.

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Marketing secrets of the leading 25 nonprofits


I discovered the 2016 M+R Benchmarks Study last week. It looks at a broad range of marketing data from participating nonprofits, such as email messaging, email list size, fundraising, online advocacy, web traffic, Facebook, Twitter, and mobile programs.

The findings of this study are fascinating. It’s concise and easy-to-understand (you can download it for free here), and offers great insight on what today’s nonprofits are doing when it comes to digital marketing.

My favorite section is when it transitions from discussing average benchmarks and explores the exceptional. What are the best of the best doing to drive fundraising and engagement through their marketing?

For the purposes of this analysis, they look at the 25 organizations with the largest year-over-year growth in total dollars raised online and assessed what makes their marketing strategy so effective. Let’s dig in…

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3 wildly success nonprofit marketing campaigns that drove massive impact with no budget


In our small – but growing (join us!) – private Facebook group for socially-good marketers, we often discuss successful nonprofit marketing campaigns.

Particularly, those with a little-to-no budget.

Seeing how others drive massive impact with minimal resources is something we can all learn from, and take back to our own organizations and marketing campaigns.

We’ve had a few pretty incredible examples referenced recently, worth highlighting outside of our private group. Laid out below are three wildly successful nonprofit marketing campaigns that drove massive impact with no (media or advertising) budget – and what we can learn from them.

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Best (& Free) Nonprofit Marketing Tools You’ll See Success With Immediately


Everyone has experienced the pain of trying to reach lofty goals with limited resources. It’s hard to argue, though, against the premise that nonprofit marketers understand this challenge better than anyone else.

Having limited resources (both time and budget) is an everyday experience for anyone working in the nonprofit space. In fact, a 2014 study by the Case Foundation and Social Media for Nonprofits suggested that over 50% of nonprofits had one or less staffers overseeing their social media marketing efforts, while The Nonprofit Marketing Guide tells us that only 1/3 of nonprofits have a formal marketing strategy.

It’s data like this which shows us why every nonprofit marketer LOVES stumbling across an effective, free marketing tool, platform, or tactic.

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