Getting Donors To Give More

In recent years, several well-publicized studies have reported that the rich really are different: they give less. There are exceptions, of course. Where would Santa Barbara nonprofits be without generous donors like Michael Towbes, Paul Orfalea, and many others? Overall, however, the wealthy give a smaller percentage of their income (1.3%) to charity than the middle-class and …

How To Find Your Ideal Client And Rock Them

Let me present a situation to you: You’re blogging away, creating all this great content, and you’ve been at it for months yet nobody has seemed to turn into a regular follower. Your email #’s remain low, as does your traffic. What gives? If your content is good and your capture forms are in place, chances …

How to Optimize for Local SEO (6 Quick Fixes)

Before we jump into the search engine optimization waters, there’s something that should be clear: there are two types of search engine optimization: There’s Organic Search and Local Search. Organic Search is all about how people find your site in the search engine rankings. Local Search is all about getting your business to rank better in the Google Places …

Beyond Grant-Writing: Getting To Know Your Major Donors

Get to know your donors: Ever been to a store that carries just one item, in one color, style, size, or price range? Me neither. That’s because, once a retailer has succeeded in getting you to walk through the door, her next goal is to entice you to buy something—anything—before you walk out. If her …

How Socrates and Science Can Make You a Better Marketer

Here’s how you can take the teachings of a guy who’s been dead for centuries, combine that with some modern-day science, and walk away with a foundation for marketing mastery. Check it out: As a marketer and blogger, your visuals and your text are going to matter a lot. You have, on average, 8 seconds to persuade your audience …

How to Generate Free Publicity (Part 2)

OK, so you’ve got a great story about your business you want your local media to cover. How do you get their attention? Just like in fishing, we call it The Hook. The Hook is an intriguing email subject line/press release headline that makes readers (and editors are readers) want to know more. Here are …

How to Generate Local Publicity (Part 1)

It’s the holy grail of all small businesses –  Free Publicity. But how do you get it? In this age of information overload, it can be hard for beginning businesses to be heard above the din of more experienced buzz-makers. The good news is that the more media outlets there are–newspapers, e-zines, magazines, social media …

What should you pay for SEO services?

For most businesses today, SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is the marketing investment that yields the highest return on investment (ROI). The benefits SEO provides far exceed the value of other marketing approaches – print or broadcast advertising, online ads, direct mailing, etc. Businesses no longer decide whether they need SEO services; rather, it’s how much they’re going …

How To Grow Your Readership

“At the ‘Tools of Change’ publishing conference in New York, Goodreads CEO Otis Chandler revealed a remarkably simple, effortless way for authors to sell more eBooks on Amazon… or in fact anywhere eBooks are sold online. In a survey of Goodreads’ 15 million-strong membership, he found that the main driver of eBook purchases was, unsurprisingly, ‘referral by a friend’.”–BESTSELLER …

Why Write a Killer Blogpost

Sure, it seems easy enough – all your friends seem to have started one, so why shouldn’t you? But with the advent of the internet and weblogging, it seems that everyone has become an expert and so it’s hard to separate the good content from dross, the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. There …