10 Ways to Enhance Traditional and Web Fundraising Efforts
All of the sessions I attended at the DMA Nonprofit Federation 2007 Annual Washington Nonprofit Conference last week presented case studies and examples that demonstrated the successful implementation of various fundraising strategies, and armed attendees with actionable tips to take back to the office at the conference’s end.
Sharing tips was actually the sole purpose of one of the final sessions at the conference, in which a panel of speakers went over 30 traditional and Web direct marketing tips in 45 minutes.
Tip-touting speakers for the session included: Harry Lynch, CEO of Sanky Communications; Liz Murphy, partner at Red Boots Consulting; Suzanne Cole Nowers, founder of Nexus Direct; Lane Brooks, director of development of Public Citizen; and Shannon Murphy, director of production for Adams Hussey & Associates.
Here, 10 of the most useful tips they touched on:
1. If your organization is redesigning its Web site, be aware that you don’t want to lose your position with search engines through the redesign. Do search engine optimization so you won’t lose all of your hard won visibility in the search engines.
2. Rekindle the first love. If you have multiple reasons why someone might give, a one line sentence that reiterates why a donor originally gave a gift, even if it’s unrelated to the point of the mailing, can enhance response.
3. Re-mail a direct-mail appeal four or five weeks after the first drop. Include a buckslip that says something like, “I know we sent you a package, but I haven’t heard from you.” In terms of e-mail, a week after sending out an e-mail campaign, segment those people who didn’t open the original e-mail and resend the e-mail to them. Or, if you don’t have the technology to segment those people who didn’t open the e-mail, just re-send the e-mail to everyone and include at the top something that instructs them to disregard the e-mail if they’ve already responded to it.