TALKS FOR GOOD
Panel: Vivacious Virtual Events
COVID-19 means social distancing, but it didn't mean we had to give up on socializing! Learn from nonprofit communicators on how they successfully pulled off online events during the pandemic.
Case Study: Taking Your Event Virtual and Knocking It Out of the Park
Presenter: Julia C. Toepfer
Like many companies and organizations, the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) had to make some tough decisions about our upcoming events when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. We couldn’t afford to completely cancel one of our largest fundraising events of the year or stop offering our critical legal services, so we went full-on virtual. In the first eight months of COVID-19, NIJC transitioned a 1,000+ person fundraising luncheon, a 5K, a celebration for our volunteers, educational presentations for community members, and legal clinics and workshops to entirely online formats. And it was hugely successful. So much so that virtual events will be an essential part of NIJC’s communications, fundraising, and program strategy going forward. We gained many more supporters and new donors, reinvigorated existing supporters, reached new audiences, and in some cases, raised more money than our normal in-person events. Here’s how we did it and how you can too.
- Why online events can be critical to achieving your organizational goals and mission
- Most important things to consider when transitioning an offline event to online
- Roadmap for planning and executing an online event
How to bring connection, stories and meaning to life through virtual events
Presenter: Molly Sutherland
Our 500+ Person Gala celebrating our 15th Anniversary was scheduled for March 27. Yup. Learn how we turned that into a powerful and meaningful marketing campaign culminating in a 30-minute virtual event. I'll spill ALL the tips and tricks I wish we knew at the beginning of planning!
- Why it's not as simple as just putting an in-person event online (and how to tell your team that!)
- How to plan an event that takes advantage of what virtual has to offer!
- Prioritizing bringing connection and stories to life through the screen
How to Streamline Your Communication Strategy So You Can Increase Your Time, Money and Impact
Between wearing too many hats, being understaffed, and not having a clear strategy, donor communication tends to take the back burner. Nonprofits are left without a consistent source of income and their impact suffers. In this session, I’m going to show you what a leveraged communications strategy looks like and how to write up a strategy that actually produces better plans. Three nonprofits will share their experience using this kind of leveraged strategy and show you what their plans look like. You will leave this session with three tips for creating a leveraged communications strategy that does part of the work for you, a sample strategy, and an easy path to get started right away. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to improve and manage your existing strategies, regardless of your organization’s size.
- Tips for creating a leveraged communications strategy
- How to write a strategy that produces results
- How to get started on their strategy right away with a sample for reference
Responding to Hate: A conversation about Stop Asian Hate and how to be responsive to your community’s needs
In this discussion hosted by Dawn Crawford of BC/DC Ideas, learn from Abram Garcia, Membership and Marketing Manager at NAPABA (National Asian Pacific American Bar Association), about his organization's response to Asian hate crimes since the start of the coronavirus crisis. NAPABA's Hate Crime Resource Center has been well utilized throughout the community and featured on national media. Learn how the Resource Center came to be, how they promoted the digital toolkit and what is next. We'll also discuss his organization's rapid response process to responding to announcements and crisis news stories.
Train All Staff to be the Marketing Team
Case Study: Follow along as the Poe Center for Health Education tackled the challenge of effectively training a staff of 45 to promote the organization: persuading the nay-sayers, getting staff to buy in, creating what to say, and when, where and how to say it. Using a team approach of staff and board members, the Poe Center's marketing/public relations committee successfully tackled the challenge and are making progress towards an entire organization of marketers.
Using a grassroots model to get staff to buy in
Integrating board and staff efforts to develop a training
Developing dynamic ways to train staff
Make Your SEO Work for You
Organic search results are critically important to nonprofits and are earned through effective Search Engine Optimization. After you’ve generated your website’s current SEO score it can be hard to know where to start. Using the guidelines that we employ when we run SEO audits for our progressive nonprofit clients, we’ll introduce the basic language and concepts of SEO and then walk them through the score improvement process. Each attendee will leave with a glossary and a checklist to audit their organization’s website and identify next steps.
- What is SEO, how it works, and why it matters
- Explanation of SEO scores, what they mean, and how to determine yours
- Steps you for the non-developer to improve your website's score and how to triage what will impact your score most!
Workshop: Storyteller to Spokesperson: Prepping Members to Represent Your Organization
We tell ourselves that the best spokesperson is the one who tells a story. So why do we limit our spokesperson pool to EDs, presidents and comms directors? This session will help comms staff prepare members, stakeholders, clients, activists and volunteers to serve as spokespeople for your organization. Their stories bring life to tables, charts and data. Partner with them to craft statements, stories, op-eds and responses to interview questions that are authentic, meaningful - and hit all your talking points.
- How to help members/volunteers/clients/etc. craft an effective story
- How to link the story to the message
- Tips on working with inexperienced speakers
5 Ways to Nurture and Strengthen an Engaged Supporter Base in Times of Uncertainty
In times of uncertainty and instability, our organizations’ work is more important than ever. We may need to adapt our communications strategies and do things that feel hard or uncomfortable, but we can’t let that stop us. During this session, we’ll discuss five key ways you can strengthen your relationship with your supporters, activate supporters, nurture donors, and increase engagement during uncertain and difficult times.
- How to keep communicating authentically with supporters and donors in challenging times
- Ways to increase engagement with supporters through online actions, events and more
- Ways to encourage new supporters and donors to join the fold
Advocacy Communications: The Good, The Bad, and The Wildly Successful Subtitle: Small Budgets and Big Messages
Success. In the world of politics and engagement with elected officials, many will tell you that you need a team of lobbyists and a large budget to be successful. I'm here to tell you that those requirements are the exception, not the rule. Especially, when like most nonprofits and trade associations I know, have ENGAGED, ACTIVE advocates. As we move forward in continually uncertain times, it is vital that nonprofit professionals learn the skills needed to effectively communicate with elected officials and get priorities accomplished.
- Big Budgets DO NOT Equal Success: Some of the largest organizations who spend more than some nonprofits' yearly budgets on advocacy lose to those same nonprofits on key issues for their constituents.
- Money DOES NOT Vote--Constituents Do! Nonprofits have always had the best tool going for advocacy: PEOPLE. You are some of the best at making connections with them on issues they care about. Translate that connection to success!
- What happens when 7,000 emails are sent to one person's inbox? Powerful advocacy tools and how to wield them effectively.
Panel: Online Activation
The Power of Guest Blogs
Presenter: Laurie Ehrlich
In a cluttered marketplace, an authentic and powerful voice will be the one to break through. An authentic content channel, like a guest blog, will give you a platform to showcase your expertise and talk about that know-how on multiple digital channels.
- The benefits of a blog
- Who should write for the blog
- How to track progress
How to Create a Simple and Effective Lead Gen Strategy
Presenter: Heidi Gollub
Successful Project Case Study: How a free resource led to national press and growing our parent database by 100% in three months
- How to create free resources to attract a new audience
- How to attract a national audience with earned media
- How to use Google ads to drive traffic to your resources
Case Study: Our Wave
Presenter: Kyle Linton
Our Wave is a nonprofit that was started in 2018 to create a place for survivors of sexual violence to safely and anonymously share their stories. After two years in operation, we have reached over 100,000 survivors through the tools and educational content that we have developed. Through this event, I hope to share some of the ways that we assembled a diverse team of individuals and created a large amount of impact with limited funds.
- Leveraging technology to scale nonprofit impact
- How to leverage software tools to monitor and adjust impact
- How to build a blended culture of volunteers with hard and soft skills
A #GivingTuesday Case Statement: Our Successful Strategy for Digital Communications, Gift Officers, and Collaboration Magic
At the Food Bank, we participate in #GivingTuesday, as well as a couple “self- proclaimed” giving days throughout the year. We’ll walk attendees through our honed strategies on both the digital side and the front-line fundraiser side, that have produced record-setting giving time and time again. From planning & prioritizing, to saying thank you, and everything in between.
- Questions to consider when planning & prioritizing
- Magic of Facebook Giving Tools
- How to leverage a Culture of Philanthropy across your organization, to reach donors like you never have before
Chat Bots for Advocacy and Voter Engagement
Learn about the power of chat bots for advocacy and turning out voters!
- How to use chat bots for advocacy
- Pros and cons of chat bots, including a variety of use cases
- Lessons learned
How to use creativity so your organization (and your workers) don't become stagnant
This session will be a highly interactive combination of conversation and workshop focusing on how to use creativity as an intervention to motivate your employees and to energize your organization.
How Progressives Take Back the Internet
By fusing together social listening with a CRM of micro-influencers, Main Street One and Natalie Carey with Potential Energy Coalition will walk through how we captured the organic narrative happening around a social issue and deployed hundreds of messengers to deliver trusted messages that turned the tide.
- How P2P / micro-influencer content is the future of campaigns
- How to take insights from social listening to actionable message direction
- The power of using real stories as digital advertising to motivate and persuade at scale
Workshop: Google Grants
Google Ad grants is a free $10K in search advertising a month. But spending all that money and using your grant effectively – while keeping in line with Google’s ever-changing rules – can seem like another full-time job. In this course, learn everything you need to know to efficiently manage your ads and get the most out of your monthly $10K. BONUS: Learn from a nonprofit that used Google Ads and blog content to grow our website traffic 222%!
How to Maximize Your Google Ads Grant with a Kickass Editorial Strategy
Presenter: Heidi Gollub
Successful project case study: How we used Google Ads and blog content to grow our website traffic 222%.
- How to kill it with SEO when you are not an SEO expert
- How to use SEO keywords to drive your editorial strategy
- How to use Google Ads to promote your blog content to achieve maximum success
Tips and Tricks for Managing Google Grant Ads
Presenter: Emily Patterson
Google Ad grants is a free $10K in search advertising a month. But spending all that money and using your grant effectively – while keeping in line with Google’s ever-changing rules – can seem like another fulltime job. In this course, learn everything you need to know to efficiently manage your ads and get the most out of your monthly $10K. In four sessions, an experienced Google Ads Grant manager takes you through how to research keywords, write compelling ads, track conversions, and create effective landing pages.
- Learn how to research keywords and tie your content to what users are already searching for.
- Get tips for writing compelling ads that make viewers want to click.
- Use your ad account strategically. Drive real outcomes for your organization — not just send traffic to your website
We Didn't Start the Fire: Strategies for Nonprofits to Avoid Political Firestorms and Keep from Getting Burned
The nonprofit sector increasingly finds itself at the center of political debates, further blurring the line between the political and social sectors. There are methods – rooted in strategic framing and crisis preparedness – that nonprofits and foundations can use to play a role in politically-charged issues while protecting their reputations in the long term. This workshop will explore the basic elements of reputation management for nonprofits, prevention techniques that allow nonprofit leaders to assess risk and navigate around it, and methods of assessing ideological attacks on your brand and determining an appropriate response. We will explore evidence-based messaging strategies designed to help social sector leaders avoid common political traps and stay above the fray, while contributing substantively to the public dialogue.
- The basic elements of reputation management for nonprofits
- Prevention techniques that allow nonprofit leaders to assess risk and navigate around it
- Methods of assessing ideological attacks on your brand and determining an appropriate response
Mastering Data Visualization: A Case Study from IDELA
Effective data visualization helps organizations communicate clearly and empowers audiences and supporters to take action. Yet it can be frustrating and time-consuming to implement data visualization successfully. In this 1-hour session, you’ll learn about a cost-effective, open-source approach to data visualization recently pioneered by IDELA, a product of Save the Children—one that’s highly adaptable, easily updated, and relevant for decision makers across our mission-driven sector. After a brief overview of data visualization benefits and opportunities, the IDELA team will offer a presentation and demo on their breakthrough tool, the IDELA Data Explorer. Attendees will benefit from their lessons and experiences piloting this innovative tool and learn how their own organizations might explore similar approaches to making data come alive. NOTE: We envision this as a 1-hour session, but a 15-minute version can also be presented as part of a panel.
- Cost-effective ways to engage audiences using data visualization
- Successes and failures in developing an open-source data tool, and implementing it with diverse communicators across the globe
- Data visualization principles and practices that make it easy for users to understand complex information and take action
Panel: Directing at a Distance
The pandemic caused most of our teams to scurry to work from home in a hurry. In the past year, many nonprofit communicators have thrived in this new environment engaging co-workers and supporters in novel, exciting ways. On this panel learn from a few of those thrivers and get tips on how to direct at a distance.
Zoom: Friend or Foe
Presenter: Nathalie Ray
A panel to discuss tips for using Zoom effectively and for a multitude of purposes.
- Zoom recordings can be very powerful for testimonials
- Use Zoom to present a united front with your industry
- Focus groups and donor meetings build your support via Zoom
How Collaborative Planning Saved our Sanity in Covid-19
Presenter: Kate Brown
Sharing how Covid-19 created our necessity for collaborative planning and why we choose it over and over again. Hear about our journey and walk away with our top 3 recommendations to increase collaborative planning with your teams - starting tomorrow!
- Identifying the how and who to implement collaborative planning
- How collaborative planning allowed us to elevate and center community voices in storytelling
- The value of joy & appreciation: both for teammates and your audience
2020 was the year of Zoom, physical distancing and mass migration to home offices. The learning curve for directing a remote communications department (or any nonprofit team!) can be steep - but you don't have to navigate it on your own. As many of us continue settling into the new normal of virtual workplaces, pick up some new tips, tricks, tactics, and tools for making remote communications work work for you.
- Quick tools and low-budget hacks for keeping organized in your remote work setup
- Strategies for effective remote team and project management
- Pitfalls to avoid & benefits to make the most of when working from home