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Wonder what other organizations are doing to grow that you might not have thought of? Schools, nonprofits and associations share ideas for attracting the right people, keeping them excited to be there and inspiring them to give back. From branding strategies to marketing programs and fundraising communications, organizations of all sizes are trying new ways to inspire action. In Driving Participation, Beth Brodovsky talks with marketers, fundraisers and consultants, exploring what what's working to get people to show up, stick around and give back.




DP 157: Creating a Bigger Impact Through Collaboration

When you start a new project—like a new exhibit at a museum—you might look at what other organizations are doing, and that can be a good thing. This session is all about collaboration—both internally and externally—as Elisabeth Berry Drago and Rebecca Ortenberg from the Chemical Heritage Foundation join in to talk about how the museum worked with other organizations as it developed its newest exhibit. They discuss how they worked to personalize the exhibit for museum-goers and how they...

Duration: 00:44:05

DP 156: Creating Emotional Traction

It's easy to think of branding as something superficial. But at its core, a brand is really just a relationship, as Cynthia Round explains on this week's session. A brand creates an inherently emotional connection that inspires loyalty and ongoing action. Why does your audience connect with your organization? Asking qualitative questions that seek to answer how people identify with a brand helped Cynthia in her work at organizations like United Way Worldwide and the Metropolitan Museum of...

Duration: 00:38:41

DP 155: Fueling Exceptional New Member Experiences

Amanda Kaiser, qualitative member researcher with Smooth the Path, has done more than 300 interviews with members of associations to understand their worries, challenges, problems and experiences with the association to determine why they do or don't engage. In doing so, she's learned a few lessons and tips that she shares in this week's session. She explains why the new member process is upside down. Early experiences with your association—whether it's the first webinar, the first...

Duration: 00:37:57

DP 154: Avoiding the Spam Filter

Are you struggling to reach your audience through email? Spencer Brooks from Brooks Digital joins in this week to talk about how your emails can be of value to your subscribers. He talks about what it takes to get your emails into people's inboxes and how to avoid the spam filter. For those dealing with low click-rates and high unsubscribe rates, he provides tips on how to clean up your list so that you are getting the best results that you can. He and Beth explore combining social media...

Duration: 00:43:06

DP 153: Lead Like a Champion

Anika Rahman has worked with such organizations as Rainforest Alliance, the Ms. Foundation, and the United Nations Population Fund. She joins this session to talk about the different facets of leadership, from how leadership is different for men and women to how leaders should deal with failure. She talks about the true role of a leader when it comes to creating inspiration and—most importantly—trust. She and Beth explore the differences between a vision and a mission, how a leader can...

Duration: 00:39:12

DP 152: Buying into Yourself as a Leader

What makes a good leader? Sandy Rees jumps in this week to talk about getting into the mindset of being a good leader—especially if you don't see yourself as one at first. Leaders set the tone of the organization, and Sandy gives tips about how to buy into yourself as a leader. For those starting a new nonprofit, she talks about the importance of finding staff and volunteers who believe in the organization's mission as much as you do and are willing to put in the time and talent to get the...

Duration: 00:27:41

DP 151: Communication Starts with Trust

Breast cancer. Cáncer de mama. Cancer du sein. This week on Driving Participation, Beth is joined by Janine Guglielmino and Myriam Siftar from Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC). They talk about a recent project they completed in which LBBC materials about breast cancer were translated into five other languages to better serve their audience and those who needed the information most. Guglielmino notes that this allows people to see themselves represented, which builds trust. They talk...

Duration: 00:37:33

DP 150: The Post-Donation Experience

So a donor made a gift... Now what? Gail Perry from Fired Up Fundraising joins in to talk about the post-donation experience. What kind of communication should you use for this donor? What should your message be? How do you invite the donor in and build an emotional connection? Gail answers these questions and more. She discusses different communications strategies, how to put the "fun" in fundraising events, why nonprofits shouldn't be afraid of email, the benefits of a print newsletter...

Duration: 00:42:29

DP 149: Creating a Culture of Collaboration

This week, consultant and speaker Hardy Smith joins in to share the best way to create not just a relationship, but a true collaboration. Real collaboration between people—or even between organizations—comes with many benefits. Collaboration helps vent out the issues at the root of a challenge and helps vent out the opportunities for creating solutions, he says. He shares where organizations go wrong with collaboration and the one element that makes a key difference. He and Beth explore...

Duration: 00:45:46

DP 148: Creating Communications Toolkits

In this week's episode, Theresa Miller, chief engagement officer for Girls on the Run International, joins Beth to talk toolkits: how to create them and why they're helpful. Theresa talks about how the fundraising teams and marketing and communications teams join together to engage different audiences and work as a unit, resulting in a fundraising increase on International Women's Day by more than 300 percent! With toolkits complete with social media messages, graphics, fundraising appeals...

Duration: 00:36:32

DP 147: Content Driven Attraction and Conversion

What is the difference between content and content marketing? How do you differentiate between an interim metric and what Beth calls a terminal metric? What about the difference between content and social media? Robert McGuire of McGuire Editorial Content Marketing Agency joins Driving Participation to answer these questions and more. He takes a deep dive into the world of content, particularly content-driven attraction and conversion. He and Beth explore micro conversions, lead magnets,...

Duration: 00:41:12

DP 146: Creating Content with a Purpose

How can you create content that effectively drives your message home? Sarah Gilman, director of the National Resource Center on Lupus at the Lupus Foundation of America, joins in to talk all about content. From developing a consistent, recognizable voice to repurposing and repetition, she explores key ideas to keep in mind when it comes to creating content—especially health content. Content strategy isn't a term necessarily used often when it comes to public health, but Sarah talks about...

Duration: 00:51:27

DP 145: The Path to Participation: Five Shifts to Inspiring Action

This week, Beth is taking what she's heard from podcast guests about the meaning of participation and turning it into concrete actions you can take. She outlines five shifts you can make on the path to participation. It's clear that participation can mean different things to different organizations, she says, but what everyone has in common in the need to inspire people to take the important actions you need for your organization to thrive. From creating a survey to get to know your...

Duration: 00:27:12

DP 144: Personalizing your Networking with LinkedIn

How can you optimize your experience with LinkedIn to really create meaningful and personal connections with people? Donald Hale, interim vice chancellor for advancement at the University of South Carolina Upstate and assistant vice president for development for the University of South Carolina Main Campus, joins in to talk about how to take a virtual connection and make it a personal one. When you send that first message to join a network, you can personalize it beyond the general...

Duration: 00:44:59

DP 143: Think Small: Experiments in Personalization

This week, Beth sits down with the team from the Drexel Fund, Drexel University's annual giving team. They talk about how they reach 133,000 alumni and how their methods have changed over the years to create more effective messaging depending on who they're trying to reach. One key tactic has been experimenting with segmented groups of their target audience to create more personalized messages with the incentive of donating and getting involved. Drawing inspiration from even something like...

Duration: 00:43:17

DP 142: Aligning Design with your Personality

Whether your first introduction to MailChimp was on Serial (remember Mail Kimp?) or you use it regularly for your organization, this week is all about taking a page from their book to learn how you can use visual elements in your marketing and communication—without veering off-brand. For everything from annual reports to public health messages, Beth shares tips on how to use visuals to share information and tell a compelling story that is in line with your organization's personality.

Duration: 00:36:26

DP 141: Recognizing the Duty of Foresight

Jeff DeCagna, executive advisor of Foresight First, joins in to talk with Beth about recognizing the duty of foresight and usng it to build resilience. Of course, he doesn't mean predicting the future but rather the ability or the choice to look forward. He explains how embracing the idea of foresight can lead to building resilience and help manage risks. They explore the idea of emphasizing governing over governance and how to encourage the people you're working with to see governing as...

Duration: 00:36:50

DP 140: MLK Day: The Secrets of a Successful Movement

Reflect on Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy and how it can inspire you to effect change in your own community this week on Driving Participation. How did the movement to get involved in community service in his honor begin? Beth takes a look at the holiday's history and the lessons you can learn from MLK Day for your own work. Revisit past episodes to hear how the work other Driving Participation guests do can inspire you, too!

Duration: 00:15:53

DP 139: Getting People to See and Stay on Your Website

Learn the magic of Google this week with digital marketing consultant Claudia Pennington. She joins in to share the secrets to getting the right people to your website — and then staying there. From keywords to the structure of the site itself, Claudia and Beth explore the mindset of a searcher and what you can do to fill those needs. She names her top priorities when assessing a website as well as the two trends she thinks will color marketing communications for the next couple of years....

Duration: 00:47:06

DP138: Why Does Membership Matter

It sounds like a simple question, but there isn't a simple answer: Why does membership matter? This week, Diane Ward, president of Membership Matters, joins in to share the ins and outs of membership programs, from data collection to evaluating who your members are. Within her work experience, she has learned how people "move in, move up and move out of membership programs." Members vote with their feet and wallets, she says, so she takes a look at why it's important to look beyond factors...

Duration: 00:27:07

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