According to research by the University of Massachusetts, charities and higher education have a higher adoption rate for blogs than any other category. And that makes sense because blogs are a cost-effective way to tell stories and build a consistent emotional connection with constituents.
Let me know if I’m wrong about this, but I think it’s safe to say that we are the first firm to develop a new blog for a non-profit with a serious strategy for planned giving lead generation and cultivation. You can see it here.
So…. the blog was a part of our overall re-branding/communications strategy. We figured it would be a great way to expand engagement and information sharing in order to bring people closer to the mission. That’s why we launched it before any other piece of our re-branding effort!
To generate leads, we used a simple banner ad on the right promoting free estate planning guides as our hook.
How is it working for planned giving lead generation?
It’s really working very well. The small banner on the right side of the blog page has already generated several planned giving leads including some folks who said they are considering a gift. The site has only been up for about 1 week.
We all know that planned giving marketing needs to be ubiquitous. But not many organizations make it so because there are tons of other competing priorities. Folks, it’s not just about letters and emails anymore. Multi-channel planned giving marketing is here. Just be sure to recognize that it’s different. The leads will dribble in slowly and you must post new articles consistently over time.
These days donors want you to communicate with them in channels they prefer. Some donors simply like to read stories online using a blog. Fish where the fish are and make the planned giving message part of that space. I believe we are beginning to understand the future of planned giving marketing.
Here are some other things to think about if you decide to create a blog for your organization:
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