As many of you probably already know, when I first started examining the nonprofit space, I was baffled, dumbfounded, perplexed and confused.
If you don’t know my story, basically I was running a marketing agency for private/commercial businesses focusing on lead generation. One day I received an ill-conceived direct mail “ask” from a nonprofit whose cause I cared about deeply. It was so bad, I just had to help. And now, 8 years later I’m “all in” trying to help tons of nonprofits be smarter about their marketing efforts.
I was also surprised (alarmed is a better word) by the number of companies charging nonprofit staff lots of their hard-earned cash just to gain access to their wisdom. I saw a webinar that cost $195, a one-day course offered at $495, and multi-day events with a comma in the cost figure. Ouch!
Recently it was brought to my attention that these vendors are pretty upset with me. They are angry because I’m “giving the stuff away.”
My thinking is as follows: This is a sector called “nonprofit.” Many organizations have tight budgets (to say the least). Nonprofit staff often settle for lower salaries because they care deeply about what they are doing and are willing to earn less. So why on earth would I charge money for webinars, conferences, books, CDs, and training?!?” In the end, we make money if people hire us and/or subscribe to our online software (SaaS – Software As A Service). And they’ll only consider doing that if we build trust by giving away lots of valuable information.
So there you have it. That’s why I give away as much as I can to nonprofits for FREE including:
Richard Shapiro (“the” leader in Fortune 500 retention marketing… same as retention fundraising for nonprofits) who hosted our webinar titled Cracking the Code for Donor Retention: Lessons from the Fortune 500
We never pay our speakers. They do not work for MarketSmart. They don’t try to sell you stuff.
So, if you too are frustrated about the fact that so many vendors charge for their webinars and reports, I hope you’ll sign up to get my blog posts emailed to you about 3 times each week. By doing so, you’ll also get notices about FREE STUFF including our webinars and eBooks.
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