Non-profit organizations were hit like every other business in 2020, but their dependence on fundraising posed an extra challenge. Donors — from one-time givers to major philanthropists — tightened their belts to hedge against future financial losses.
Yet, this disruption presented an opportunity for innovation. Savvy non-profit marketers knew that going back to old models simply wouldn’t work. As a result, many organizations experienced a jolt of creativity as they found new ways of connecting with their communities and delivering on their missions.
Here are seven tips for how any non-profit organization can reboot its marketing efforts by going back to the basics while thinking creatively and strategically.
Now is the time to revisit your mission, values and vision. These should be at the core of any marketing effort. In order to set goals and plot a path forward, know your organization and what you offer.
You have to know your audience — not only the tried-and-true loyalists, but the curious seekers you want to capture. What is the makeup of your community? Do a deep dive on the audience you are targeting.
Once you define your audience, remember you are talking to actual people. Your messaging should share how your organization fills their needs, whether it is to relieve their stress, make them laugh or feel connected.
Well-crafted content is a great way to generate engagement with your brand and mission. Think about having a real conversation with real people and shift your marketing from transactional to relational.
As you are developing your marketing, use your data! Those numbers are the foundation for your plans, a compass pointing you in the right direction and a red/green light for progressing and adjusting as needed.
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