Guest Post: Kate Emanuel, The Ad Council
Climate change, education reform, obesity prevention, cancer … name your issue. As communication professionals, we’re all tackling very complex social problems that call for very complex solutions.
I don’t have to tell you–grabbing the attention of target audiences you need to engage, regardless of your issue, is an uphill climb. You have to overcome a fragmented media landscape and substantial message clutter.
That’s why, no matter to whom you are talking—consumers, donors, volunteers or policymakers—you need to be clear and single minded.
That’s where research can make the difference.
A special Philanthropy411 blogging team covered last week’s Communications Network Fall 2013 Annual Conference in New Orleans. This is a guest post by Chris Wolz, president/CEO, Forum One Communications. Follow Chris on Twitter – @cwolz.
“So, what’s gumbo?” Nam-ho Park asked when the steaming bowl was put in front of him the night before the conference. I was a little stunned that my colleague, a certified world traveler, was a gumbo newbie! So I gave him my best explanation of the good things that can go into a gumbo, the importance of okra, how to make a roux, etc. He ate it and really enjoyed it. (We then moved on to the crawfish etouffee, which required another explanation.)
I’ve been thinking about what went into the “gumbo” that was the Communications Network conference this year? What were the juicy morsels that I’ll remember, and tell others about?
Guest Post: Beth Kanter
Our interactive session at the Fall 2013 Communications Network Conference in New Orleans was a blend of content delivery and peer learning – a conversation about the value, different approaches and models, and best practices. Betsey Russell captured the highlights of the content in this blog post, “Boosting Nonprofit Communication Capacity.” A copy of our presentation and some of the takeaways follow.
A special Philanthropy411 blogging team covered last week’s Communications Network Fall 2013 Annual Conference in New Orleans. This is a guest post by Maryland M. Grier, Senior Communications Officer at the Connecticut Health Foundation. Follow Maryland on Twitter – @marylandgrier.
When plenary speaker Maria Hinojosa said, “make the invisible visible,” in talking about underserved communities, I heard the word, “aha!” in my head. For me, a lifelong priority has been to support folks who are often referred to as ‘the underdog.’ Often, we in foundations identify the exemplary or popular grantees for media interviews, videos, or features, when in fact, we have hidden jewels whose stories will resonate as more human, real stories for reporters as well as their audiences.
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