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Relevant Messaging Ideas: Be Refreshing

Imagine being stranded in the middle of the desert and stumbling upon a vending machine selling bottles of sand. First of all, who did you wrong to end up stranded in the desert? Second, what evil person fills bottles with sand and keeps them stocked in a deserted vending machine? It’s the perfect place to make bank on Cactus Cooler. Anyway, as you can imagine, the bottle of sand is the furthest thing from refreshing.

When you’ve been wandering the desert, the last thing you want is more sand. It just tends to get a little monotonous, and it’s important to change things up. The same goes for your messaging: doing the same thing over and over will only get you so far. Here are some refreshing messaging ideas from Nonprofit Marketing Guide to help you stay relevant.

  • Have an opinion. The effort to remain neutral is completely understandable. However, it leaves much to be desired in the way of getting to the core of your beliefs. After all, don’t your patrons want to know who you are and what you stand for? Give them a chance to get to know you by voicing opinions that matter to you. You don’t need to isolate people who like pineapple on their pizza – just find something relevant and important to your organization.
  • Try humor. Laughter is good for the soul and allows people to easily connect and relate. Of course, you should exercise good taste when using humor in your messaging. Steer away from anything that might get a laugh at the expense of others and keep it fun and entertaining.
  • Do something other nonprofits don’t (even if they should). How can you change up your routine a bit in a way your patrons will enjoy? Think about the typical practices a nonprofit will use for fundraising and make tweaks to stand out a bit. Do you make calls seeking donations? How about making a few calls just to thank people who have already donated?

Don’t worry, we won’t leave you high and dry. There are still more tips to explore.

Q for You

Which one of these do you find the most refreshing in a piece of content?


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TinEye is a reverse image search tool that helps users find all the places an image has been shared. Have a cropped photo and you’re looking for the full version? Perhaps your copy of an image is small or low-resolution and you want a larger one. TinEye can help you find the best version of any image. Give it a whirl!

Scalemail Polls

What questions do you have for your audience? Do you regularly ask these questions? If so, how do you ask them and how responsive is your audience?

Questions, questions, questions; we all have so many.

That’s exactly why we created Scalemail Polls. We wanted a simple way to ask questions and see your responses. Interested? Hit us up and we’ll help you get set up with Scalemail Polls so you can get to know your audience better.

Go for the Handful

Dining etiquette has always existed, but COVID-19 has brought about a greater sense of awareness when it comes to hygienic practices. Rule 1 is to never double dip a chip, and high on the list is using serving utensils rather than just hands.

Goldfish brings us this ad with Philadelphia 76er Tobias Harris reaching for a handful of his favorite snack. Dallas Maverick Boban Marjanović isn’t too amused and reaches for his own handful of the snack that smiles back. And with a 7’4″ stature, it’s quite a handful.

Ads from the Past

1949, Colorfast

“You can buy attention (advertising). You can beg for attention from the media (PR). You can bug people one at a time to get attention (sales). Or you can earn attention by creating something interesting and valuable and then publishing it online for free.”

David Meerman Scott


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