Content is everywhere.Â For starters: blog and Facebook posts, tweets and webinars, infographics and Slideshare presentations, online and print advertisements, email newsletters, action alerts and fundraising appeals, photo galleries and research reports, annual reports, magazines and books. That’s just a start.
And let’s not forget the dozens or hundreds (or sometimes thousands) more web pages that tell people who you are, how you work,Â why you do what you do and (super important!) why the reader should support you with their own time and money.
Meanwhile, these readers (donors, supporters, activists, media, legislators and others), are (we hope) relentlessly reading, sharing and taking action with through constant connections to smartphones and tablets.
What’s missing? A clear sense of what works, when, why and a plan for how to move to that spot. When we talk withÂ executive directors, fundraisers, communicators and digital strategists, all report that theirÂ organizations are spending more time and money than ever onÂ content. They wonder if they’re doing the right thing (and how to tell).
What Works and Why?
It’s time to start answering that question. We’re starting with a survey (two surveys, really) that brings together data from across the nonprofit sector about content spending, staffing, strategy as well as goals, methods and metrics. We’ll also be talking with leaders and practitioners to collect stories thatÂ give context to the data. When weÂ find patterns in the data that helps explain success (or failure) we’ll dive deeper and hear from people doing the work.
Wait. Two surveys? Sure. The first is a mini-survey. Just three questions to help scratch the surface and identify some key questions YOU (not just us) have.
A survey, after all, should be about what the user needs. Just like great content.
Take the (mini) content survey now. Thanks!