Five Ways to Ensure Your Event Makes Headline News

Connection Cafe

Let’s look at ways to make your event stand out from the crowd and grab some headlines. Find the newsworthy stories within your event. Write your posts like a news story. Original quotes make your story read like news. Photos that help tell your story.

The Year in Review: The Best Tech Stories of 2015

Byte Technology

Certainly one of the biggest stories of the year was the roll out of Apple’s iPhone 6s, and especially its one-of-a-kind 3D Touch feature. Two amazing tech legends made headlines this year—one no longer with us and one still very much with us.

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How Medium Can Help Your Nonprofit Tell Its Story


Medium offers a simple, compelling way to share your stories. Because telling your story up close and personal is key. Not hits, not sexy headlines.

Why Social Movements Need Stories

Tech Soup Blog

That’s why stories are important, especially if our goal is to build a social movement: stories help us understand and relate to each other. These stories were reminders of the otherwise normal lives experienced by demonstrators on the other end of our WiFi connections.

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Lame spam of the day: Fake BBC news stories

Robert Weiner

The tricky part is that it's masquerading as a news story sent to me by a friend, and those typically lack formatting and graphics. Text: Rich Webb saw this story on the BBC News website and thought you should see it. ** Cyprus races to rework savings tax after closing banks till Thursday **. Choose the news and sport headlines you want - when you want them, all in one daily e-mail. < Like most lame spam, this one lacks any formatting or graphics.

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Storytelling Workouts for Year-End Fundraising

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

A good story resonates with the donor, connects them to your vision, creates a sense of urgency, and gives donors an outlet to take action. No matter what’s on your fundraising to do list this fall, there’s one must have that you can’t afford to leave off that to-do list – stories.

112 Nonprofit Blog Posts, Articles, and Stories from 2013 You Can’t Miss.

Connection Cafe

Baldrick’s Foundation shares expert story-telling advice. Creating share-worthy content means understanding your audience and the story they want to tell. Twitter and Facebook serve different functions, but two things should always be consistent: your ask and your story. Mazarine Treyz of Wild Woman Fundraising has adapted Donald Murray’s Writing to Deadline to give nonprofits 9 ways to tell an old story in a new way. Stories. Tell stories.

Story 219’s New Text Message Game Lets Young People See Through the Eyes of a Civil Rights Activist

Mobile Commons

When racial injustice is a daily headline, how does a high school teenager find the courage to take action and fight back? By telling the story of the Little Rock Nine, we are showing our members that young people, just like them, are capable of making huge sacrifices for future generations.”

The International Museum of Women Wants Your Story (Men Too!)

Have Fun - Do Good

They are accepting film, audio, images and text on these issues: War & Dialogue : Women's Perspectives Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2006 Let us take you beyond the headlines and show you how war is affecting the lives of young women around the world-both in conflict zones and outside them. The media doesn't tell us all the stories, especially once the world has moved on to the next hotspot. For more information about how to submit your story, click here.

Nonprofit Trends: Charitable Giving in 2013

NonProfit Trends

The headline from the report wasn’t overly optimistic: charitable giving in 2012 was nearly flat, up 1.7 Follow the link to continue reading the story via Huffington Post. Earlier this month, the company I have the privilege of leading released its 2012 Charitable Giving Report.

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OMG! You Won’t Believe What Facebook Just Did To Click Bait!

John Haydon

In their News Feed FYI , Facebook says that people prefer headlines that help them decide if they want to read the article before they click. The Takeaway: Write headlines that clearly tell people what they’ll get after they click.

If Google ranked your posts on Twitter, would it change how you tweet?

John Haydon

Andrew G.R. ( @jobacle on Twitter) published an article on The Blog Herald this past weekend titled, “Google to Search Twitter?&# (great headline, by the way). Tags: Power Your Fans Success Stories Twitter Tips Uncategorized Search Engine Optimization Twitter

This Digital Marketing Process Will Make You Write Better Content

Nonprofits Source

Each headline and subsequent sub-headlines should lead the reader to the conclusion you are trying to make. A good framework to follow, especially if you want to show the impact your nonprofit makes , goes something like this: Give an example of a success story by highlighting results.

NetCentric Advocacy: Traffic Networks

Network-Centric Advocacy

» August 17, 2007 Traffic Networks This story made me think not only about the roads but about the network effects created by the abundance of communications and preparations. Did a common story and common language emerge? Actual headline on day two of "The Clog": "No Clog Just Yet.") Did a common story and common language emerge? Actual headline on day two of "The Clog": "No Clog Just Yet.")

Mobile Content Strategy

Connection Cafe

Check out this Elton John story on the NPR website: And in their Media Player: And on their mobile website: And in their NPR Music app: The magic here is that an NPR web administrator only had to create this content item one time. Author: Lacey Kruger.

Why Well Designed Landing Pages Are a Must

NonProfit Hub

You also want to have a strong headline that complements the anchor text that got them there. For example, if someone clicked on a link in an email that said, “Register for XYZ event,” then the headline on the landing page should reflect that anchor text.

OMG! You Won’t Believe What Facebook Just Did To Click Bait!

John Haydon

In their News Feed FYI , Facebook says that people prefer headlines that help them decide if they want to read the article before they click. The Takeaway: Write headlines that clearly tell people what they’ll get after they click.

5 Keys for Achieving your Organization’s Goals

Connection Cafe

Here are a few of the big headlines we keep on our minds (and on sticky notes on our desk when our minds are full) to make sure we’re keeping our urgent work from drowning out our most important work. White Space: Allow for unscheduled time where you team can collaborate with one another, share stories about their work, and identify connections between strategy, fundraising, programs, growth plans, and infrastructure building.

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Are you an iCitizen?


Related news stories on those topics will then automatically populate your iCitizen feed (again, much like Twitter), so you’ll never miss a beat on the current Obamacare debate. I just got this in my email from PureWow: We took eighth-grade government.

The Best Social Media Marketing Resources For Nonprofits

Nonprofits Source

They counteract this by telling the stories of people both past and present who have connections with the American Red Cross. Don’t be afraid to share people’s stories because it will make your organization feel a lot more friendly and open. SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING FOR NONPROFITS.

Raise More By Avoiding “One Size Fits All” Email Appeals


2) A medical foundation exceeded their fundraising goals and averaged over $1,000 per gift when they personalized their email appeal by: Thanking people for last year’s gift (in the headline and first paragraph). Ever buy something that’s “one size fits all?” Maybe a hat or pair of gloves?

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Blog Tips to Boost Your Web Traffic


Tone – Posts should have a conversational tone and attempt to tell a story. Utilize bullets, short paragraphs, and bolded headlines to make the blog posts scannable. Headlines – Use short, catchy headlines that summarize blog posts.

Four Steps to Write the Right Content on your Nonprofit Blog

NonProfit Hub

Is it primarily educational, or are you using it as a platform to share stories? Think about how you can incorporate these things into your blog: Sharing stories of your nonprofit’s successes and failures. Captivate with headlines. Maintaining a blog is like running a marathon.

6 Reasons SEO Is Important to Nonprofits and Why

Nonprofit Tech for Good

You can also comment about news stories that relate to your mission. Use the “mullet” philosophy when writing website and blog headlines. Use your keywords in front (the business), and the rest of the headline (the party) in the back.

3 Mobile Compatible Nonprofit e-Newsletters to Subscribe To and Learn From

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Unless your nonprofit embraces responsive design or mobile-first design aesthetics, your stories and calls-to-action will go unread and untapped. Large headline, minimal text, visuals prioritized, and large tappable.

Nonprofit Weekly Roundup: Surprising Twitter Stats, Content Creation, and Media Love for Your Next Event.

Connection Cafe

Five Ways to Ensure Your Event Makes Headline News – Kathryn Hall joins npEngange and gives advice on how to make sure your next event gets the love and attention it deserves from the media. This was one of those weeks that will go down in history.

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The Anatomy of a Content Model

Connection Cafe

In the old days, the “Body” would be where you’d create your Web Page by inserting all of your text, images, headlines, etc. Content Model Success Story. What is a Content Model? Content Modeling is a hot topic in the Information Architecture community these days.

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Messages that Move


The advocacy community has gone mad for story. But stories are only as strong as the latest retelling. While compelling characters and evocative details give our stories life, it is email subject lines, tweets, Facebook posts, and headlines that give them legs. The best stories have a clear message—or moral—that can be repeated over coffee or conveyed in 140 characters. Nicole Lampe. Digital Strategy Director. Resource Media.

The Case for Cause Marketing

Connection Cafe

This is someone who knows how to design a story that gets people thinking, clicking, and acting. Imagine every cause marketing-related headline you’ve seen: the company and the nonprofit are mentioned side-by-side, with equal PR real estate and equal contribution to the overall story.

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Tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina: Is Slacktivism Really a Bad Thing?

Connection Cafe

The entire nation tuned in as news of the event made front page headlines on sites such as CNN and ABC. Blackbaud’s Andy Welkley addresses the importance in his article , stating that “ the future success of your nonprofit will be fueled by the relationships you build and stories you tell.

AP Wants to Redefine Fair Use? | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

Posted Monday, June 16th, 2008 at 3:56 pm by John Brian (91 posts) The AP caused quite a stir over the weekend by demanding that a blogger remove even small quotes from AP articles, according to this Times story * : Last week, The A.P.

Grant Writing and the Perfect Storytelling

Tech Soup Blog

We are surrounded by stories: our own story, the stories of our families and friends, and the stories of the work we do every day. These stories simply exist in our minds until we add language and share them with others. Start Your Grant Proposal with a Story.

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Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Hurricane Sandy has crippled the East Coast is this morning’s New York Time’s headline. But the story is personal for me.

Going Viral: Good, Bad, or Somewhere In-Between?

NonProfit Hub

It could be a photo, a short story, an op-ed—anything. We’ve all seen those horribly clickbait-y headlines , which always seem to include “You’ll Never Believe What Happens Next!!” Instead of writing baiting headlines, try reorganizing your content to increase readability. Ever since the Internet became widely available, there has been an obsession with “going viral,” or producing content so interesting, or funny, or cute that millions upon millions of people view it.

The Power of Personalization


To capture those fleeting moments of intrigue, here are some methods to creating compelling headlines: People love secrets. Kicking off a headline with “Everyone Already Knows” or “Who Else Wants” implies that there is already a popular belief.

6 cool curation sites you may not have heard of


Or curated stories, as they are not all “news” per se. Launch - 95% critical – the true tech news headlines I can use. Instead, though, this site always manages to attract me to browse stories. I love how it tells me how long a read each story is.

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News Media: Take Responsibility for Your Influence

Have Fun - Do Good

Browsing the headlines on The New York Times , CNN , USA Today , and Google News'' sites is one long litany of horror: Murder. Things will not get better unless we see news stories that describe our challenges and possible solutions. I''m tired of the news.

ICYMI: What Old School Hip Hop Teaches Us About Content Marketing


The Origins of Old School Hip Hop – the story: Bronx, late 1970s. It’s like how I create stories. Like a DJ, but working with images, and text, and stories, and information instead of samples and sounds. Bryan collects good article headlines in Evernote.

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How To Be An Effective Mentor

Eric Jacobsen Blog

It's best to think in terms of headlines when you're mentoring somebody. Tell stories. Here are some great tips for how to be an effective mentor, from the new book, 50 Plus! , by Robert L. Dilenschneider. Don't be authoritarian. Have something to say, and keep it short.

10 Blog Design Best Practices for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Your credibility is judged harshly if you can’t communicate your nonprofit’s success stories in a professional, visually compelling, modern format. Use large font for headlines and body text. Your stories should be as easy to read as possible.

Twitter Hacking and Cloud Security

Robert Weiner

The front-page headlines read " Hacker steals Twitter's confidential documents ," but the real story isn't about Twitter — it's that the stolen documents were stored online, "in the cloud."

Why is the Cloud Right for Your Nonprofit?

Connection Cafe

Perhaps you’ve heard the stories in the news about celebrities having their photos and other personal information stolen from SaaS providers. Nevertheless, the reasons these stories make headlines is because they are the exception, not the rule.

How to Write Your Best Fundraising Emails

John Haydon

Here are seven steps you can follow to write or even rewrite fundraising emails for your next campaign: STEP 1: Tell a good story. A good story is the foundation of any effective fundraising appeal. Begin your fundraising appeal with a story that pulls at the reader’s heart strings.

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