Which Is Better: Plain Text Or Designed Emails?

A new experiment looks for definitive data on whether a plain text or a designed email will result in more donations. KUOW Public Radio is Seattle’s NPW news station. Their independent, nonprofit newsroom produces award-winning stories, podcasts and events. For a time sensitive fundraising campaign, KUOW decided to test their usual email design against a more simple, stripped down, less designed version to see if it would lead to more donations. You’ll want to read the full report, but, in short, the plain text email resulted in a 28.8% increase in response … Read more

To Google Grant Or Not To Google Grant

Google Grants have been around for a decade already and are still a great way for your organization to appear at the top of search results. That said, unlike in the early days, there are more requirements to keep the grant in compliance and that has caused many organizations to let their grants lapse. If you don’t have a Grant and are considering applying, or if your organization’s is currently inactive, here are some things to consider. Is your organization eligible? Google does have some restrictions, but most arts organizations will find … Read more

Spoiler Alert: Multichannel Communications Work Best With Donors

If you’ve been reading my posts over the years, you know that I’m an advocate of multichannel communications campaigns. It is important to communicate on a variety of channels (social media, email, direct mail, etc) because each channel reinforces the others and strengthens your content. Your patrons will likely see your message on more than one channel before they take an action. A recent article in Forbes provides data that shows that shows existing donors prefer email communications, but many donors first learn of a nonprofit on social media. 42% say they … Read more

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