Direct Mail vs. Digital: The Battle Continues

The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) released findings from a new study today showing that direct mail (and phone outreach) still deliver significantly higher response rates than digital (specifically e-mail) campaigns. Note: Importantly, this study and the findings highlighted here are not specific to nonprofit marketing/fundraising.  These are commercial marketing results (though there’s still value for […]

18 Strategies to Maximize Year-End Giving

Focus on the top 15 – 30 donors who haven’t made a gift yet this year.  Get your Executive Director, Board Chair and senior development staff out to meet with these key donors personally.  Find out what’s going on in their lives, and what’s still important to them about the work you’re doing.  Then ask […]

You hate telemarketing? So what.

Everyone hates telemarketing.  I spent three years leading telemarketing for a major national political organization, and I hate getting telemarketing calls!  Those invasive calls at the dinner hour.  Solicitors not taking no for an answer and asking you twice more for a contribution after you say no.  Always trying to get you to give your […]