We’re going to talk about the what’s and the why’s
Content Marketing isn’t new. & it’s not new to nonprofits. Raise your hand if you do any of these things…See?CM’s just getting more attention with the advent of social media, it’s become a more prevalent tactic.You’ll notice that not all these types of content are electronic, therefore content marketing DOES NOT EQUAL SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETINGSocial media is actually ranked the 3rd most effective content marketing tactic, under in-person events & enewsletters according to a 2013 study by blackbaud
DO NOT SELL too much! You’ll turn off your audienceNow that we know the What’s of CM, let’s move on to the WHYS
Creating content will help humanize your brand
A goal of content marketing is to humanize your brand – creating your own content gives you a chance to speakWe have a worksheet on voice!
Your “only” is a lot like your missionIt might be one thing, or it might be several things.If not, you’ve found your “only”But if what you wrote down can apply to another nonprofit, then you need to do some more soul searching. And it might be a painful process—no one wants to have their organization’s whole reason for existence called into question.But if YOU don’t know why your organization is special, your potential donors sure don’t5minutes – hold onto the results, we’ll talk more about it later
Cat videos? Recipes? Don’t know what your cheese is? Look at your analytics to see what people are clicking on most!
Our broccoli – come to our anti-violence panelOur cheese – pictures & media “inside the Workshop”, Studs, connections to big namesToday’s FB Feed – what makes it broccoli? What makes it cheese? http://www.facebook.com
Once you’ve found your “only,” think about how your organization is perceived by your donors and the public. Do THEY understand why you’re unique? Or do they think of you as just one of many indistinguishable groups working on the same issue?Then, it’s time to plan how to better show your “only” to your donors. Show them why a donation to you will accomplish things that just can’t happen anywhere else. Show them what the world would look like if you didn’t exist. Not a pretty picture, right?FOR EXAMPLE
Created a web series called Start Something to show the impact of their workPlay!
Created an infographic to illustrate the impact of their workAND REPURPOSED IT into a videoPlay!
You all remember Batkid, yes?And why? Because Make A Wish used a multi-dimensional approach to highlight one success story AS IT WAS HAPPENING.In addition to this, theyShare all their video wishes on youtube & publish every wish they grant on their website with TONS of multimedia
Fill in the blank worksheet20 BREAK
Let’s walk through that example on the worksheet
12 remember that this may not all be on your website. Likes, shares, tweets, forwardss34If yes, repeat. If not, re-strategize with new goals
I like to create one for every platform
Show them your content calendars
10-1 approachFor every 1 main idea, rework your content 10 different waysWe do this to make the end user’s experience with the content more unique, so they’re more likely to share. It’s some kinda psychology I think.
Things to think about
Content Marketing 101 for Nonprofits
how to develop & use
New Media Producer
Community Media Workshop
• Define “content marketing”
• Understand why & how nonprofits use
• Begin your own content marketing
• Take away content marketing do’s &
• annual reports
• custom magazines
• print or online newsletters
• blog posts
• success stories
• in-person events
• research reports
“WE ALREADY MAKE THOSE THINGS!”
said the nonprofit communicator.
content marketing is…
• Creating & distributing content to attract,
acquire & engage a target audience with the
objective of changing or enhancing their
• Showing the world you’re awesome (rather
than just telling them)
content marketing is NOT…
• Strictly social media
• Strictly promotional
Great content is the key to being more
easily found in Internet searches
Great content helps you reach people &
Typical Goals of the
Nonprofit Content Marketer
• Brand Awareness/ Reinforcement
• Conversion / Nurturing
• Loyalty & Retention
• Push out Passion Projects
1. Write down what you think makes your
2. Does what you wrote also apply to any of
your peer organizations?
3. If it does, dig deeper. WHAT makes your
• Find Ways to be helpful
– Everyday tips (lifehacks)
– Link to advice or current events
DEVELOPING YOUR CONTENT
• Your Story
– How did your organization begin?
– What problem do you solve?
– What bonds you to your supporters?
– Your “only”
• Show supporters what makes you unique
• Show them a world without you
• Leveraging stories from the community
basic elements of your
content marketing strategy
• State your goals. And not too many of
them — maybe five, tops.
• Figure out a way to track those goals.
• Set a timeline for measurement.
• Check in: did you meet the goals?
See more at: http://www.mightybytes.com/blog/crafting-your-brands-story-content-jam-2013-recap/#sthash.8dwoHRDl.dpuf
elements of a content calendar
• Dates in the future
• Brief description of content (type) and/or post
• Links / short links
• Audience reaction (numbers associated to
post) / notes on lessons learned
– Helps you find your “cheese”
Content Marketing DOs
• Target specific audiences
• Communicate in a consistent voice
• Align your content with specific goals
• Optimize your content for keyword searches
• Repurpose your content
Turn each content
piece into lots of
• Email Series
• Blog Post
• How will you get your community involved in
• How will you share the content?
• What can the base content offering become?
– Ebook? Video? Infographic?
Content Marketing DOs
• Create magnetic headlines
• Engage your readers
– Incorporate a call to action
• Show, don’t tell
• Create quality over quantity content
• Measure results