Marketing Associations and Nonprofits-An Internet Based Strategy

by admin on April 15, 2013

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From my other website at Http://mylifeaudio.com .

I wrote an article addressing marketing for businesses. In essence, I suggested that businesses need to establish a personal relationship with the customer. I stated that people buy from people, not businesses.

It’s the same for associations and nonprofits.

Polls routinely show a level of mistrust with a variety of institutions. The inevitable problem is showing a return for dollars invested. Everyone in association and nonprofit circles understands this.

Associations

I’m often urged to become a member of associations at costs ranging from a small fee to several hundred dollars a year. But there needs to be a return for the dollars spent.

It’s obvious that I can’t afford to be a member of every organization so I pick carefully.

I briefly joined a national association of communicators and attended their conference. It was clear that this was a collection of people who knew each other; it was like entering a private party.

The presentations at the conference rehashed old and tired strategies.  The benefits of membership escaped me.

What would have happened if a senior member of the association came to me and passionately explained why my membership was important and what participation would mean for me and my organization.

Possibly I would have been impressed with the enthusiasm of the individual as he or she explained the importance of membership and the benefits bestowed. Possibly I would have seen possibilities beyond the conference.

But that didn’t happen and I dropped the membership.

Nonprofits

Nonprofits face the same dilemma. I can give my money to an entity and certainly someone would explain in written materials or a website what would be done with my gift.

But once again, I can’t afford to give to every cause so I’m selective.

I met the executive director of a shelter for women leaving prison. She explained her comprehensive services and the impact they had on the lives of the women seeking services and their children (80 percent were mothers).

Her passion for her role was evident. Her command of data showing the effect of dollars donated was precise.

I gave a substantial abound of money based on that passion and promises of cost effectiveness.

An Internet Based Strategy

Not everyone has the luxury of face-to-face meetings. Today we conduct business via the Internet.

If we want people to provide funds or services or membership, we need to look them straight in the eye (literally or figuratively) and give them good reasons. We need to display our passion. We need to be in command of the facts and benefits.

We can’t do that in a brochure and we can’t do that through written materials on a website.  We have to speak from the heart through audio or video.

Best, Len

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