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On with the Show!

On with the Show! When the pandemic first hit in March (which seems like several years ago at this point), we were riddled with nonstop questions… “How long will quarantine last? What will happen to our results? Will donors still give?” As a DMAW Board member, the most common question I was asked during those…

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What music videos can teach us about digital marketing right now

Life imitates art, oddly at times. As we round the corner to end 2020, I’m looking anywhere I can for inspiration. In other words, recently I found myself in a YouTube rabbit hole and uncovered some amazing parallels to the state of nonprofit marketing right now. Virtual Insanity. More than two decades ago, Jamiroquai exploded…

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Data Strategy Forum: Forward Looking, Historically Correct

Data Strategy Forum: Forward Looking, Historically Correct Back in 2016, it wasn’t an easy decision to rebrand an event with a history as rich and valued as the DMAW List Bazaar. However, with great challenges comes great opportunity and we knew we had an opportunity to deliver a truly unique event to DMAW’s membership while…

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It’s a Great, Great Sustainers World

It’s a Great, Great Sustainers World I’m really excited because it seems that monthly giving, sustainer giving is finally taking off. The way it should be. The way I’ve seen it work in Europe. The way I’ve seen it work in organizations, committed to growing their sustainer programs. But to be honest, it’s been coming…

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The Digital Fundraiser’s Blind Spot

The Digital Fundraiser’s Blind Spot You may not realize it, but you and I have blind spots. And I don’t mean metaphorically (at least not yet), I mean your eyes literally have areas where they can not see. Most of the time, our blind spots are unrecognizable—but they are very real—and I am about to…

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In Support of Direct Mail

In Support of Direct Mail “Direct mail is outdated! Who responds to mail anymore?” “Direct mail acquisition costs too much.” “Digital is the future of fundraising.” For anyone who has spent time in the direct mail space, these criticisms of direct mail are familiar. To be honest, even I had some of these thoughts before…

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Virtual Acquisition Strategy Forum

Virtual Acquisition Strategy Forum Virtual Acquisition Strategy Forum Earlier this month, several members of our team had the pleasure of attending the virtual DMAW Acquisition Strategy Forum. The forum was informative for anyone interested in developing multi-channel acquisition and covered all aspects of acquisition strategy, including audience development, creative strategy, analytics, and retention. If you…

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How to Forecast and Reforecast During Coronavirus

How to Forecast and Reforecast During Coronavirus Before you begin reforecasting or budgeting for the next fiscal year, make sure your plan is as comprehensive and detailed as possible. A budget by donor type, program, campaign, and channel is an essential tool to help manage unpredictability and provide a framework when revenue or expenses need…

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The Right to (Data) Privacy: How the Federal and State Legislation Are Addressing Data Privacy Concerns

The Right to (Data) Privacy: How the Federal and State Legislation Are Addressing Data Privacy Concerns The Right to (Data) Privacy: How the Federal and State Legislation Are Addressing Data Privacy Concerns The right to privacy has been a hotly debated issue for over a century in the United States. As far back as 1890,…

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Why Retention Matters

Why Retention Matters Why Retention Matters We can all agree that donor retention is important, but really how important? Presenters Marie Kosanovich and Courtney Lewis revealed at last week’s Lunch and Learn: Retention and Lapsed Strategies, that acquiring new donors, members, and customers has become extremely competitive due to a crowded marketplace. The abundance of…

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