James Sullivan

James Sullivan

James E. Sullivan is the project director of Optic Nerve Digital Direct Marketing. Reach him at dmresults2@gmail.com.

10 Winning Strategies for Your Year-End Fundraising Success

For most nonprofits, the year-end fundraising season almost always appears suddenly on your calendar. The kids are back in school, the leaves are changing and frost is now appearing daily on your windshields. You can almost feel it in the air that it’s time to start thinking and planning for your winning strategies for your year-end fundraising campaigns...

Easy Steps to Re-Engaging Your Lapsed Donors

Your lapsed donors used to be part of your core reservoir of donations. Why did they leave you when you needed them most? What percentage of your total donor base do these lapsed donors represent to you, how much money are you losing each month that they are absent from your community?...

Why Seed Names Are Important to Your Mailings

Who is Travis Bickel? Heard of Nelson Brittles? How about Blanche DuBois? Well, these are all fictional characters from movies, TV as well as stage and screen. They represent my short list of seed names that I use in all my direct-mail marketing campaigns for my nonprofit mailings...

Email Marketing: Important or Impotent?

In this challenging economy, more and more nonprofits, magazines and even brick-and-mortar stores are cutting back on their marketing efforts to better focus on email marketing. Developing or continuing a relationship via email is a good way to further the mission of your organization with the inclusion of more tools in your toolbox...

Personalization: Good, Bad and Just Plain Ugly

Dialogue with your donors, clients or prospects begins with good data; we all know that one tenet of direct mail—garbage in and out. When we go to the mailbox, a treasure trove of information on fun, as well as vital information, awaits us. Some good, some bad and at most, lame or even useless...

Keep the Singing Out of Direct Mail

There are a lot of disaster stories out there; some are just plain sad, and some didn’t even make the mailstream. One such sad story began with the creative, and the clients decided that they wanted to have a singing microchip sing a popular song about their product...