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Marketing 101 for Nonprofit Organizations. Beverley McLain, MBA Vice President of Marketing. Welcome and Introductions Why did you originally accept a job at your organization? Why are you still there?. Marketing 101. Welcome and Introductions What marketing is not

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marketing 101 for nonprofit organizations

Marketing 101forNonprofit Organizations

Beverley McLain, MBA

Vice President of Marketing

Welcome and Introductions
      • Why did you originally accept a job at your organization?
      • Why are you still there?
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Marketing 101

Welcome and Introductions

What marketing is not

Some important elements of marketing

Incorporating marketing elements into the beginning of a marketing plan

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Marketing 101
  • First you write down your goal; your second job is to break down your goal into a series of steps, beginning with steps which are absurdly easy.
      • Author:Fitzhugh Dodson
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Marketing 101 forNonprofit Organizations


Community Foundations

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What is marketing?

It is NOT the equivalent of:


Public Relations



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Assessing the needs of your target audience

Understanding those needs, and

Developing a plan to meet those needs

What is marketing?
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Marketing 101

Who is your target market?


Primary market and secondary market

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Current Donors

Potential Donors

Consumers of your programs and services

Board Members

Staff Members

Advisory Committees

Former Board Members

Government Agencies

Professional Associations

Policy Makers

Regulatory Agencies

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Marketing 101
  • Identify your top three (3) target markets
    • How do you find out what is important to them?
    • What do you need to do to learn about their needs?
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Marketing 101
  • What are your key services or programs?
  • How do you describe them?
  • Why are they important?
  • How do they distinguish you from your competitors?
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Marketing 101
  • How do you position your organization?
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  • Developing a Positioning Statement
    • For [ target end user] who wants/needs [compelling reason to use].
    • The [program name] is a [program category] that provides [key benefit].
    • The [program name] [key differentiation]
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Marketing 301
  • For [ target end user] who wants/needs [compelling reason to use].

For good. For ever.

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Marketing 301
    • The [program name] [key differentiation]
  • The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay connects donors who care with causes that matter.
marketing 301 key elements of a positioning statement
Marketing 301Key Elements of a Positioning Statement
  • Creates a powerful identity with significance to all targeted markets
  • Maximum of 7 or 8 words
  • Provides clear differentiation from competitors
  • Provides a promise of an important customer (buying) advantage
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Marketing 101

A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

United Negro College Fund

The world. On time.

Fed Ex

If you don’t look good, we don’t look good.

Vidal Sassoon

Making the most of life.


Allowing lives to blossom one paw at a time.

SPCA International

Improving life one breath at a time.

American Lung Association

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Marketing 101
  • Programs or services
  • Positioning – what makes you _______
  • Promotion – communication elements
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Marketing 101
  • Determining your communications capacity
  • Exercise:
      • complete the communications capacity survey
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Marketing 101
  • Website
  • Media
  • Newsletters
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Marketing 101
  • Confirm what you know
  • Raise some questions about your site
  • Provide new terminology to explore
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Marketing 101
  • Seven Deadly Newsletter Flaws
  • Information taken from Tom Ahern's Raising More Money with Newsletters Than You Ever Thought Possible.
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  • Fails the "you test".A good newsletter is friendly, even intimate, and avoids the institutional voice.
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Marketing 101

2. Skimps on emotional triggers.Tug at the heartstrings; giving starts when you move a heart.

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Marketing 101

3. Just an excuse to say “hi”. Often begun with a lengthy, state-of-the-union letter from the director or board chair, the newsletter reads more like a committee report.

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Marketing 101

4. Not donor-centered. Donors want very specific kinds of news about ways their gifts are making a difference; failure to deliver this message can cause interest to wane. Give the donor credit as well as thanks.

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Marketing 101

5. Not designed for browsing. Most of your audience won't give your newsletter more than a glance. Keep articles short and easy to skim.

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6. Plagued by weak headlines. Headlines should focus on key points and be eye -catching. And remember the emotional trigger.

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7. Depends too much on statistics to make your case. Tell a story.

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Marketing 101
  • Media Relations – Helpful Hints
    • Email is the best way to send press releases
    • Send them as often as possible as a way to get noticed
    • Meet with editors, publishers, and reporters when you do and do not have a story
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  • Media Relations – Helpful Hints (cont’d)
  • Look for regional tie-ins and trends
  • If you don’t know who to contact, ask
  • Yes – send your press release to more than one person in the same organization
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Marketing 101
  • Media Relations – Helpful Hints (cont’d)
  • Double check your facts. Check them again.
  • Include sender’s email address in the contact line
  • Always include a website address as part of the contact information
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Marketing 101
  • Media Relations – Helpful Hints (cont’d)
  • Beware of friendly chatter when the media requests a quote. Nothing is really ‘off the record’. Use the statement, “Let me think about that.” if you need time before responding.
  • Use a press release to announce new employees [and their responsibilities] and new board members.
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  • Media Relations – Helpful Hints (cont’d)
  • Include the words ‘press release’ in the subject line of your email to ensure it will be opened
  • Use only one paragraph as a boilerplate
  • It’s ok to follow-up with an email after the press release has been sent; do not phone
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  • Media Relations – Helpful Hints (cont’d)
  • If you notice that a story is particularly interesting, or if a publication or its writers win any awards, send an email noting these things. They are human beings, too, who also like recognition. They will remember you!
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Marketing 101
  • Starting a marketing plan
    • Exercise: Write a 3-point plan for marketing to your #1 target audience using the form provided in your handouts.
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Marketing 101
  • Choose a target audience
  • Write an objective
    • Specific
    • Measurable
    • Achievable
    • Reasonable
    • Time sensitive
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  • Customers buy for their reasons, not yours.- Orvel Ray Wilson
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