Why does everyone groan when I ask how they go about producing a strategy for email engagement? My clients will pay us top dollar for a strategy without batting an eye. No flinching. Hands-down they do ~not~ care to do them. Even prospects are contrite when this question rolls around during discovery. One new client […]
You’ve been to college. Maybe it was only for a semester or two, but no matter your tenure, the results are the same: Wait approximately 2.5 months after graduating (or not graduating). Receive letter in the mail summarizing how lucky you are to have received Glorious Education from Spendy University, explaining Current Amazing Cause and cordially requesting that you […]
It’s Monday morning. Your entire department has gathered in the Institutional Advancement office. You aren’t a big higher ed fundraising team, but the excitement in the room is palpable. There’s a fun banner hanging over the window. Someone brought a carrot cake with your mascot on it (in school-themed colors, of course). For a workday, […]
Fundraising can be brutal on organizers, volunteers, and donors alike. You gotta make money, you gotta prove you were not out of your mind when you planned that Under the Sea Gala. The mermaids didn’t put you over budget. It’s crucial for fundraisers to be successful and, because of this, it is even more important […]
Your alumni love you. That’s the first thing to remember. They don’t love coming to your events, or even talking on the phone while you try to wrangle some money or information out of them. Institutional advancement departments get funds from a variety of places. You’re asking alumni, foundations, corporations, and other sources. For some […]
Sure an automated systems is probably a bunch of code and science that I don’t understand. But I like to imagine a sea of tiny robots buzzing around in my platform, doing my work while I get a mani-pedi. My little automated friends are pretending to be me, nurturing prospects, segmenting lists, managing workflows, sending […]
Last fall, my friend’s daughter began seriously researching colleges. A smart girl, tech-savvy, with a good idea of what she wanted out of college. Her intended major is pretty specific, and not offered at a slew of schools. She did her research, got her list together, and then got down to vetting the programs. She’d […]
I’ve got some good news. I’ve found the Gadget Arms of online marketing. With IP targeting, we place banner ads directly into the homes of specific individuals. It matches physical addresses to IP addresses and beams the ads straight in.
It’s been a minute, but I remember researching colleges. Eager and over-achieving, I requested catalogs and applications online, then waited ages for them to arrive in the mail.