Campaign Development Process: Solutions

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Enough questions!  You’re looking for answers.  These are beginning to evolve in Step III.  Our solutions board tells you “here’s what we recommend.” At this stage we identify what your differentiator is—your USP (Unique Selling Position).  This is important, because it becomes the focus of your messaging and answers member, donor, and client questions like, “What’s In It For Me?” …

A-ha Moments from Hubspot’s Inbound Marketing Conference

Ever have that lightbulb moment when all the dots align and you suddenly see the solution that was right there in front of you? I have been sympathizing with clients and prospects for the last year or more, saying that social media and online marketing are here to stay, and that we’re all still trying to figure it out. Last …

12 Best Practices for Twitter Cards

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There are three basic elements to all Twitter cards: the image, the Call to Action (CTA) and the tweet copy.  Your image should show off the business.  The headline and CTA together call out the offer.  The tweet copy generates curiosity and interest. In order to maximize the value of all three elements, it’s important to keep the following best …

HOW TO USE TWITTER 4 BUSINESS

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  I once heard someone compare the conversation on Twitter to that of a cocktail party—short interactions meant to make a quick impression.  Where’s the value in that? There may be more than meets the eye.  Consider some of these facts gathered by a recent survey released by Edison Research.  The full study of over 1,700 respondents is 49 pages …

Lapsed Membership: What You Can Learn

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Nobody likes looking at stats that paint a negative picture.  But you won’t have the full picture if you’re not willing to look at everything.  Remember, when it comes to marketing, you don’t know what you don’t know! Three primary reasons for lapsed membership Sherry Jacob has conducted lapsed member surveys with a wide variety of organizations, from small to large, …

7 Best Practices for Membership Marketing

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©iStock Photos When I was finally ready to commit to a regular exercise routine in my schedule, I had lots of options.  I could continue walking in the neighborhood on a regular basis but find a group to walk with regularly and hold me accountable for showing up.  I could find a group exercise program that would have a strong …

They Call It the Celery Test

Have you ever stood in line at the grocery store and tried to guess what the person in front of you was planning on making?  Ingredients like chips, dip and soda are a good indicator of a party.  Rolls, hotdogs, napkins and some relish might clue you in to a picnic.  In his book, Start With WHY, Simon Sinek calls …

Five Compelling Reasons Why YOUR Company Should Blog

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© Sabelskaya Drew Reichard, contributor I got started in social media quite by accident. Back in 2009 I was doing some marketing research on the internet and stumbled upon Chris Brogan’s blog. At that time he was primarily writing about how to “humanize” your social media and develop an authentic voice by reaching out to form relationship and build your …

Mobile Behavior: From Angry Birds to Your Landing Page

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The mobile app, Angry Birds, is an occasional pastime of mine. There’s something indescribably satisfying about slinging kamikaze, frowning feather-balls at rickety structures on the other side of the screen. I love watching everything fall down. Why is this so much fun?! What can I say? Angry Birds is one of the most popular mobile games ever created, so I’m …

Three Pak: Most Common Marketing Video Types

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“A minute of video is worth 1.8 million words.” ~ Forrester   Did you grow up in a family that shot home videos? Are you an avid fan of America’s Funniest Videos? Do you like to watch the added features available for movies now—the bloopers and outtakes? Or maybe you break up the tedium of your day with a quick …