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Marketing and communication in a non-profit today is made either simple or confusing, due to the high significance of technology.  If your organization embraces technology, it may be an easy approach for you.  Either way there are numerous websites and resources to visit, to gain some ideas and see how others manage this area.

Included in this area are branding, messaging, technology and social media.
Do you have a 30 second elevator speech for your organization?  You are in line at Costco, and someone asks you what you do.  Can you tell them in 30 seconds?  Identify the following and it becomes easy:

  • Who?
  • What?
  • For whom?
  • What need?
  • What’s different?
  • So what?

Whether we call it marketing, or communications, the primary objectives are pretty much the same: to define and then defend an organization’s position, and move it closer to success in its mission. 

  • A plan answers the questions:
  • How is our program distinctive?
  • What do we want to be known for?
  • Why is our work relevant?
  • To begin creating a marketing and communication plan, consider what the goals are.  Some examples may be:
    • To create an image of a vibrant, interesting, happening, and recognizable organization;
    • To create a brand image that is reflective of the organization’s mandate;
    • To promote the services and programs that the organization offers; and/or
    • To develop a marketing strategy that encompasses traditional and new media tools.