Category Archives: nonprofit communications

The one critical element every great brand needs

The one critical element every great brand needs

I feel like I’m always using the word authentic to qualify the word brand. I do this because authenticity in a brand is of paramount importance. You can’t just make up your brand. No matter how much you want to pay me, I can’t develop the character of your brand either. Your brand is who…

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How an Airbnb experience got me thinking about nonprofit brand values

I spent the first week of August on a road trip with my husband visiting Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in western Kentucky, to go mountain biking. We planned one night en route near Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois, where we booked a place to stay on Airbnb. I was immediately attracted to Jamie’s…

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Strategic planning and branding: like peas in a pod

Strategic planning and branding are different—but one sets the stage for the other. And the other supports it right back. Today, I’m going to define each and discuss how they ideally and effectively work together. How can your organization get the most out of their relationship? Let’s dive in. What is strategic planning? Strategic planning…

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My top 5 shareables from the 2015 nonprofit technology conference

The latest trends in technology offer so many possibilities for growth to nonprofit organizations. That’s one of the reasons I attended the Nonprofit Technology Conference March 3-6, 2015 in Austin. But I also went for the professional development, networking, and a lot of fun along the way. Here’s one top tip from each session I attended…

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Want to boost your nonprofit’s image? Try using branded images!

Every image you share says something about your organization. Your images can be completely random, or they can serve a higher function—supporting your overall brand. Your marketing materials should have brand consistency, and so should your images! Whether they’re slathered across your social media outlets, on a website, in a blog, in your emails, brochures,…

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Branding case study: How New York Insight Meditation Center evolved to convey a “more profound and holistic message”

[this article first appeared in the DMA Nonprofit Federation Journal, September 2014] People are passionate about brands they feel connected to, and that doesn’t just apply to consumer products like cars, coffee and yoga clothes – it’s relevant to nonprofit brands too. Loyalty is the holy grail of branding, as it can lead directly to…

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