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Drive Donations While Decreasing Costs

Nonprofits thrive or fail based on their ability to optimize activities around the same dynamic as any other organization: maximizing revenue while minimizing costs. While nonprofit revenues are derived from a variety of sources, the most successful nonprofits present thoughtful solicitations to the most receptive potential and past donors via the most efficient means. As a result, marketing automation for nonprofits has exploded recently, as organizations of all sizes seek to exploit advances in technology to quickly develop and nurture their donor bases.

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Marketers today know that using pURLs in direct mail is a marketing best practice, but are unsure of how to use them effectively in their direct mail campaigns. pURLs are unique, personalized URLs that serve as the foundation of a variety of marketing campaigns that use direct mail, email and mobile channels. So, how do pURLs work? pURLs send recipients to a personalized landing page or microsite with customized content. This content will contain more information about a product or offer and will most often include a form or call to action. Once the recipient goes to the pURL, marketers can easily track results and the details of campaign response and actions on a one to one basis, rather than aggregate information gathered from typical web or offline data analysis tools. pURLs in direct mail campaigns help connect the offline and online channels into one powerful integrated marketing solution.

The Mobile Content Marketing Revolution

It’s Unanimous – Content Marketing was the marketing buzzword phrase of 2014 and mobile content marketing will lead in 2015. According to the latest research from Content Marketing Institute, 77% of B2C and 86% of B2B organizations are using content marketing and 69% of B2C and 70% of B2B marketers are creating more content than they did one year ago. Companies overwhelmingly made content marketing a priority in 2014 – and the research proves that content marketing isn’t going away any time soon.

With everyone doing it, how does a business stand out from the crowd? The key will be how effectively they plan their content marketing strategy in 2015. Over the past month, marketing experts have revealed the biggest marketing trends they expect to see in 2015, from digital, social media, and content marketing. Out of these predictions, the two biggest takeaways we found are:

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Content marketing. Every marketer has an opinion on it. Some say it’s the future of marketing. Some say it doesn’t work. Others see it as the necessary but largely useless filler for any sales-oriented campaign. But what is the truth?

If a company doesn’t do its content right, any of the above could be true. The old formula of good content = good results is no longer applicable. In a marketing world where every company from your neighborhood lemonade stand to Microsoft has a company blog, simply writing an attractive and informative piece does not guarantee readership. In order to really stand out, marketers must combine good content pieces with cutting edge distribution, whether through well-timed drip campaigns, lead nurture campaigns, or social media. Thus, the new content marketing strategy is this: great content + smart distribution = great results.

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