Content marketing isn’t a widely used term in the nonprofit and charity world.

Kivi Leroux Miller is out there evangelizing content marketing. I’ve shared some thoughts here on npENGAGE as well as other publications about how nonprofits are doing content marketing. But, in general, the concept of strategically using great content to attract, engage and retain constituents (i.e. donors, advocates, members, volunteers, etc) isn’t something that our sector subscribes to.

On the other hand, nonprofits produce and use content all the time!

What gives?

We’re not sure, but we want to find out! And we need your help to make that happen. Take the short survey.

Blackbaud Partners with The Content Marketing Institute (CMI)

This year we’ll be producing the very first content marketing research for nonprofits! (Take the short survey)

In an effort to help nonprofits better understand content marketing and how it’s being used in our sector we’ve partnered with Joe Pulizzi and CMI – an organization that’s passionate about content marketing and a leader in the space. They’ve been producing a similar report for the business world for the past four-years. Check it out to get an idea of what it covers.

Why do we Need Nonprofit Content Marketing Research?

Content marketing is HUGE in the business world. In fact, 91% of businesses use content marketing and content marketing budgets increased by 26% since last year.

If the business world is finding content marketing to be valuable we should pay attention and figure out if it’s a fit for us in nonprofit marketing, communications, fundraising, advocacy and program delivery.

What we Need From You

We’d really appreciate 10 minutes of your time.

In order to produce this research and report our finding back to you we need to study the content marketing practices of nonprofit organizations.

That’s where you come in.

If you could, take a few minutes of your time to fill out this survey. It’s roughly 25 questions related to content marketing usage (or non usage) at your nonprofit.

A Few Sample Content Marketing Research Questions

Here are a handful of the types of questions you’ll be asked to answer.  Everything is multiple choice and there’s an “unsure” answer for most questions so you don’t have to be completely sure of everything.

  • Does your organization use content marketing in any form (blogs, articles, podcasts, video, webinars, newsletters, print publications, etc.) to engage with constituents?
  • Does your organization have a documented content strategy?
  • In general, what are your organization’s goals for content marketing?
  • How effective do you feel your organization’s use of content marketing is?

Thank You!

I sincerely appreciate your help with this project. We’re excited to see what the study turns up and shed more light on content marketing for nonprofits in the coming months. Oh, and you’ll get early access to the survey results for helping us with the survey.

Thanks for your help!!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Frank Barry, director of digital marketing at Blackbaud and blogger at npENGAGE, helps nonprofits use the Internet for digital communication, social media, and fundraising so they can focus changing the world. He’s worked with a diverse group of organizations including LIVESTRONG, United Methodist Church, American Heart Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters, ChildFund Int’l, InTouch Ministries, Heifer Int’l, University of Notre Dame and University of Richmond. Along with writing for industry publications like Mashable and Social Media Today, Frank facilitates discussions, presents solo sessions and organizes panels for industry conferences such as NTC, SXSW, BBCon and numerous others. When he’s out and about he enjoys talking to interesting people about how they are changing the world – check out his interviews. Say Hi on Twitter – @franswaa or Google+

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