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The Marketing “Cost Trap”: How to make better investments

Every organization should be focused on the bottom line when looking at investment in marketing. Purpose-driven companies are no exception. Because they put so much effort into creating with intention, leaders of these organizations want to see their efforts reflected through a solid, measurable return on their marketing investment. Makes sense, right? Unfortunately, marketing often … Continued

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Unhelpful Judgements

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been tracking my unhelpful judgements. It’s been interesting, and sometimes eye-opening, experience. It’s helped me identify bias, and shine a light on areas where I know I have an opportunity to live a better life. Two items of particular interest I thought would be worth sharing: First, … Continued

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Improve Donation Conversion with a Value Proposition Statement

Want to improve your donation conversions? Experience demonstrates that, for many organizations, adding some copy to your donation pages can improve your conversion rates. You see, unlike for-profit organizations, nonprofits have to battle friction throughout the donation process. The donor has to not only decide whether to give to your organization (rather than a different … Continued

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Shiny Squirrel Syndrome: Eliminate distractions for peak performance

I suffer from what I call “shiny squirrel syndrome.” My ability to become distracted is something I’ve come to grips with. And I go to great lengths to make sure I can stay focused. Removing distractions (or at least minimizing them) is part of my daily routine. For example, (thanks to advice from Townsend Wardlaw) … Continued

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Moving On Up…The Engagement Lifecycle

Here’s an interesting problem that can occur in the nonprofit space: you have a healthy volunteer list and engagement but not enough volunteer opportunities. Subsequently, you risk having this excited group of supporters losing enthusiasm for your organization. We recently had a great conversation with a nonprofit partner that ran into this snafu. They have … Continued

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Why’s The Lock Icon On My Site Open?

Whenever we are working with a nonprofit or business one of the first things that we look at when we are doing a site audit is whether or not you have an open or closed lock icon by your web address. It might seem trivial but this open or closed lock is a quick and … Continued

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So you want to start a podcast

Congratulations! You are embarking on an adventure that is certainly going to take you more time, and net you WAY less revenue than you could have ever expected. But it’s REALLY rewarding in other ways! When I started Relish This back in September 2020, I did so with the encouragement of Dean Jackson, host of … Continued

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Be A Maven

  Could lifting someone else up to help you thrive? I was chatting yesterday with a career coach who is trying to reach more people to help with career advancement. She’s active on LinkedIn, is starting to post to some other social platforms, and has a site, but isn’t getting the level of traction she … Continued

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Create A Strong Purpose Framework With This 15 Word Exercise

Has this happened to you? You are in conversation and someone asks about your non-profit organization’s mission or about donations. But as soon as you start speaking, all that falls out of your mouth is gobbledygook. Sometimes when we are passionate about what we are working on and believe in, we can get so excited … Continued

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Ideas for Engagement When Times are Tough

Here’s the reality of current nonprofit revenues… they are lagging. We hear this all the time from our friends in the nonprofit world (and, sadly, many for-profit partners as well). But here’s the deal: People still want to help. We all get a LOT out of being philanthropic. It helps us feel connected. And powerful. … Continued