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OCTOBER, 2013

How to Avoid Blowing Nonprofit-Corporate Partnerships

ARE YOU ANNOYING YOUR NONPROFIT CUSTOMERS? 3 TIPS ON NONPROFIT CUSTOMER SERVICE


A word from the Editor...

Even though the world is changing more rapidly today than ever, there are still some constants that we must hold and treasure. Especially in the nonprofit sector, the one steadfast commonality is caring. Caring is what brings nonprofit workers to their jobs every day. It’s what entices people to lend a hand and volunteer.

branding, and customer orientation, my sentiments have not changed. Both Allen and I care deeply what happens to our clients, colleagues, and friends.

The superlative outcome in external customer service is when customers have such a memorable brand experience, they return to buy again and then rave to others.

The relationships we have nurtured are important to us. It gives us a good feeling when we can work with like-minded people who have passion for their missions.

Let’s assume that the same thing holds true in the nonprofit world. Ensuring that nonprofit customers have consistent brand experiences and that a customer-centric mindset is woven into the fiber of the organization, can bring donors, volunteers, members, clients, and supporters back again and again.

After all, many nonprofits and smaller businesses have a lot in common. They want to succeed and do what they love. They both help

It’s why professionals join associations as members of their industries or professions. And, it’s what ultimately attracts people to make gifts to noble causes. On many occasions, while speaking to nonprofit audiences, I recount my time working on the “inside.” I tell them that no matter how badly my day could be, I knew that I was moving the mission forward a baby step. And, that helped some of the typical frustrations fade away. You know the ones I mean. Never having enough staff or money to do what really needs doing to fulfill the mission. But, somehow, we plodded along. And, why? Because we cared. Now that I have my own business focused on helping nonprofits and businesses succeed through marketing

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Serve with your heart.

Caring about all nonprofit customers turns them into brand champions, raving about your organization and attracting more support. And, that, is what the cover story is about, and why we have such passion for this topic. So, serve with your heart - for all your nonprofit customers! Best regards,

others even though one may generate a profit for business owners, while the other reinvests in the cause. One thing that both share is the need to provide exemplary brand experiences to their internal and external customers. Studies show that engaged employees are more productive, have a willingness to see their companies succeed, have a lower turnover rate, are more satisfied at work, and contribute to better financial returns for the companies to which they are employed.

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Elaine Fogel President and CMO

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ARE YOU ANNOYING YOUR By Elaine Fogel Does your nonprofit ever annoy its customers? Have any of its donors, volunteers, clients, or members ever left in a huff because of something someone said or did? Or, maybe it was something that someone didn’t do? But then, how would you know if any of its customers have been annoyed? Unless customers share their poor brand experiences, it would be impossible to assume their reasons for being miffed. And, let’s face it. Unhappy customers often leave for other options. Your nonprofit can’t afford to lose any customers! Right? I recently facilitated a half-day customer service training workshop for a local nonprofit organization. I commend the organizations that inquire about this type of program because they recognize that their level of customer service extends past the receptionist and front-line staff. In fact, their adoption of a customer orientation can have a great bearing on their success. Although I have yet to find any customerrelated studies on this in the nonprofit sector, there are many in the for-profit world. 95% share bad experiences and 87% share good experiences with others. 74% of North American customers’ experiences impact their willingness to be loyal advocates. 50% of all U.S. respondents were “somewhat” to “very” likely to defect to a competitor after a single bad experience. 63% of consumers get frustrated when companies don’t deliver what they promised. 57% of consumers are likely to leave if companies don’t deliver on their promises. 81% of consumers are more likely to give a company repeat business after good service.

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And, If these statistics are any indication, your organization may be at risk without adopting a customer mindset - putting customers at the center of everything it does. And that means, for both internal and external customers. With this my 3 tips customer

in mind, here are on nonprofit service:


NONPROFIT CUSTOMERS? 3 TIPS ON NONPROFIT CUSTOMER SERVICE 1.

Your organization’s level of customer service ties into its brand. And, since its brand relies on absolutely everyone who works or volunteers for the organization, it helps when all employees and volunteers have a solid understanding of branding and their role in living the brand. Customer service is at the heart of a customercentric brand. Serve with your heart.

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In order to provide exceptional customer service to your nonprofit’s customers, you first need to identify who they are. Make a list of all its external customers – those who receive a product or service, participate in a program, and/or support your nonprofit. Then, identify its internal customers – those with whom you work internally to do your job. And, lastly, list the organization’s referral sources – the individuals, agencies, or organizations responsible for referring customers to your nonprofit. Why do this? It helps segment your audiences, which in turn, helps you craft appropriate customer service standards and protocols according to their needs. Doing this should also be part of any nonprofit marketing strategy. Messaging and positioning to one audience may not necessarily be identical to another.

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Just like the for-profit sector, there are three kinds of customer service: lousy, satisfactory, and exceptional. People now expect awesome service in general, and your nonprofit is no exception. Their decision whether to support your organization, use its services, or become a brand ambassador depends on everyone providing exceptional service… ALWAYS.

READ THE BLOG POST AND COMMENT! Could your staff team benefit from developing a stronger customer orientation? Check out The Nonprofit Guide to Nonprofit Customer Service.

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How to Avoid

BLOWING Nonprofit-Corporate Partnerships

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By Elaine Fogel

Corporate philanthropy in the U.S. represented 6% of total charitable giving in 2012, totaling about $19 billion. Cause marketing and sponsorship came to $1.68 billion. Even though these numbers represent a low percentage of all monies raised for charitable causes, it’s still welcome chump change for the nonprofit sector. Plus, it gives companies a way to engage their customers, increase brand loyalty, and boost sales. Many of the larger charities have embraced cause marketing partnerships with major-league corporations. Examples include: Denny’s and America’s Egg Farmers have partnered to help end childhood hunger in the U.S. Kia Motors America and DonorsChoose.org launched a Back-to-School giving campaign. CIBC (bank) in Canada has been the title sponsor of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Run for the Cure for years. Smaller businesses and nonprofits have also benefited from partnering. Check your favorite retailers or service providers and you’re bound to find a variety of programs.

So, how do these relationships form? Typically, the charities approach select businesses to explore partnerships. There’s a right and wrong way o f doing this. Those that employ corporate relations professionals can fare quite well, while others do it very poorly. I remember when C. A. Howlett, the current president of US Airways Community Foundation, came to speak at a fundraising association luncheon I attended. He literally blasted the audience for their inconsiderate and unprofessional behavior in wooing and working with the airline. He shared a few horror stories that made my eyes roll. Then, I read Christy Duncan Anderson’s blog post entitled, “6 Tips on How to ‘Partner’ with a Corporation.” Anderson is executive director of The Safeway Foundation. Here’s an excerpt: Monday morning. An email (labeled with high importance) comes in from a nonprofit and a person I’ve never met: ‘Dear Ms. Duncan Anderson, we are (a very important charity) and we want to explore a partnership with you. My CEO would like to speak to you next Wednesday morning or Thursday afternoon. Please let us know which of these works better in your schedule.’ They want a ‘partnership’ with me?” Read the rest to get the picture. Anderson offers six tips on how to partner with a business. And, I’m going to offer one tip on how to avoid blowing it.

How to Avoid Blowing Nonprofit-Corporate Partnerships Lose the right of entitlement attitude. You may have the best cause, but so do millions of other nonprofits. No one owes your organization anything. Earn their support. Added value: Be humble. Do your homework. Be professional. Use your business head. And, don’t make assumptions.

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Stanford Social Innovation Review - Complimentary Webinar Getting the Most from #GivingTuesday Ideas and Tools for Nonprofits to Drive Giving Thursday, October 3, 2013 1:00-2:00 p.m. Pacific, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Eastern The second annual #GivingTuesday will take place on December 3. Do you have a plan for your organization to get the most benefit from this new national day of giving, just two months away? Register here. Also available online after October 3. 7- Step Non-Profit Plan to Attract and Keep Corporate Partners, Beth’s Blog GivingHope.TV gives nonprofit organizations the opportunity to tell their stories using the powerful impact of video. With dozens of new charities and hundreds of new videos being added over the next few months, GivingHope.TV is the place to be for your organization. Check it out!

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NONPROFIT MARKETING DEFINITION of the month “Brand Loyalty”

Brand loyalty is the degree of stakeholder commitment to an organization’s brand expressed through repeat donations, membership renewals, volunteer efforts, support, etc. regardless of the marketing messages and influences of other organizational brands.

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USE SIMPLE FONTS FOR Better Marketing Results! Keep it simple! Haven’t w e heard that one before? Even thoug h scientific research demonstrates varying results, there’s some consensus on which font styles work better for print and electronic use.

Some Popular Sans-Serif Fonts

Since one study shows that people are highly sensitive to feelings of ease or difficulty, but are much less sensitive to w here these feelings com e from, we can assume that difficult font styles can make their comprehension harder. This may affect their ease and comfort level in making a gift, responding to an event invitation, volunteering, or reg istering for a program, simply based on the typography you use.

Arial Century Gothic Franklin Gothic Gill Sans Tahoma

So, what can this mean to your nonprofit marketing, fundraising, and membership efforts? Some Popular Serif Fonts

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It’s safer to keep your font styles simple. If you stick with easy serif fonts for print body copy, and sans-serif fonts for digital content, you’ll make marketing messages easier for your audiences to read and take action.

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