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Common Cause Marketing Mistakes

Cause marketing has many rewards. But it also has hazards, and you need to be clear on the mistakes that can damage your marketing program or keep it from ever getting started. [more…]

Being Unnerved by Cause Marketing Competitors

The biggest obstacles keeping causes and companies from trying cause marketing are ofen their fears of intimidation by more powerful competitors. For causes, it’s the intimidation they feel from the high-profile [more…]

Keeping Your Cause Marketing Program Simple

The writer Henry David Thoreau advised: “Simplify, simplify.” As with most things in life, focus on what works in cause marketing and avoid what requires time and money but doesn’t have a return-on-investment [more…]

Don't Expect Too Much of Your Cause Marketing Partner

The operating definition of cause marketing is a partnership between a for-profit and a nonprofit for mutual benefit. The dictionary definition of what a partnership is: the association of two or more [more…]

Don't Overdo the Perks in Your Cause Marketing Campaign

Distributing proper incentives to the people that make your cause marketing program a success is critical, but you should avoid lavish spending on perks. Incentivizing the people who make cause marketing [more…]

Cause Marketing Will Not Solve All Your Problems

Every day, some nonprofits lurch from one trendy tactic to another, only to be disappointed when what was billed as the next great thing doesn’t live up to expectations. Now, the cause and business world [more…]

Setting Up a Simple Percentage-of-Sales Program

One of the easiest and most economical cause marketing programs you can execute is a percentage-of-sale program. Simply stated, a business, usually a retailer, chooses a service or product from which a [more…]

Shopping Days as a Cause Marketing Program

If your cause or company is located or connected to a downtown shopping district, try a shopping event for as a cause marketing program. Shopping for a cause can work several ways. [more…]

Social Media as a Cause Marketing Cost Saver

Social media is powerful, ever-growing, and here to stay. It’s also free. Social media and cause marketing belong together!

Social media teaches you cause marketing. The key thought leaders and blogs in [more…]

Cause Marketing Program and SEO

People are searching for information on your cause marketing program, and the better you use search engine optimization (SEO) for your website, the more likely they are to find you on the Internet. [more…]

Building Your Cause Marketing Program with Existing Events

Special events for fundraising can be very effective and lucrative for a nonprofit. They can also be expensive and labor intensive and can come up short on return-on-investment considering all the time [more…]

Core Elements of Successful Cause Marketing Presentations

As a cause marketer presentations will become a regular part of your life. Sometimes you will speak to 2 people, sometimes to 20 or to 200.

There are things that will help you to deliver powerful, persuasive [more…]

Don't Confuse Cause Marketing with Philanthropy, Sponsorship, or Social Responsibility

Cause marketing’s first goal is marketing for both the company and the cause. While philanthropy is an aim of cause marketing, philanthropy is not its primary objective. Cause marketing and sponsorship [more…]

Teaming Up with Another Cause or Company

Here’s the situation. You’re a nonprofit with a good company that’s eager to work on a cause marketing promotion, but neither of you have the expertise to execute it. A nonprofit across town has executed [more…]

How to Create a Successful Nonprofit Fundraising Letter

Your nonprofit fundraising letter isn’t just a letter; it also includes a mailing envelope, a reply envelope and card, and sometimes a brochure, a copy of a newspaper clipping, or a photograph. All these [more…]

How to Successfully Ask for Contributions to Your Nonprofit

The key rule of fundraising is “If you don’t ask, you won’t get.” Taking the step of asking is critical, but so is knowing how to ask. According to marketing experts who study motivations for doing just [more…]

How to Use QR Codes for Fundraising

QR Codes have many uses for causes, especially fundraising. Here are a few of the benefits of using QR Codes for cause marketing in nonprofits.

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How to Use QR Codes for Mobile Giving

The day will come when you’ll be able to press a button on your mobile device to donate to a cause. Until then, QR Codes may be the best option for mobile giving, especially for cause marketing partnerships [more…]

Sources of Nonprofit Funding

One distinctive feature of the nonprofit sector is its dependency on contributions. Gifts from individuals of money, goods, services, time, and property make up the largest portion of that voluntary support [more…]

How to Collect Donations for Your Nonprofit Through Crowd Funding

Crowd funding (also called crowdsourcing) is a form of online fundraising that can benefit from the social networks you’ve developed for your nonprofit organization. [more…]

How to Build an Event Committee for Your Nonprofit

Strong volunteer leadership is the backbone of special-events fundraising. Some of the most important nonprofit work you and your board will do as event organizers is to recruit a chair or co-chairs for [more…]

Register Your Nonprofit Organization to Solicit Donations

Many states, the District of Columbia, and some local jurisdictions require nonprofit organizations that solicit charitable contributions to file registration forms before soliciting. This registration [more…]

How to Use Your Nonprofit Website to Attract Donors

A website can never replicate a face-to-face encounter with another person, but if you design your nonprofit organization’s site to grab and hold a visitor’s attention, you can succeed at attracting donors [more…]

How to Solicit Text-Message Donations for Your Nonprofit

Many nonprofit organizations now accept donations made via mobile phone texts. Text message contributions have been particularly strong for natural disasters and other emergencies. In 2010, the American [more…]

Tips for Raising Money for Your Nonprofit

Raising money is essential to managing a successful nonprofit organization. In fact, nothing is easier than knowing you should be raising money — and nothing is more difficult than asking for it. One of [more…]

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