When most people think about donor conversions they think about donations. And while that is certainly the end goal, there is a journey that most users take before becoming a donor. This is true especially with digital users, who find and interact with your organization online. Ignoring this journey will essentially take new users with interest in your cause out into an unfamiliar place and leave them alone with no cell phone, map, or GPS.  Very few will find their way to becoming donors. 

Conversion Types

A first donation is a macro conversion, a significant quantifiable action.  But most of

Many people know that Google AdWords is synonymous with those little text ads that pop up in Google when you search for things. But AdWords is a lot bigger and does a lot more than just search ads. In fact, it is one the biggest and most versatile advertising platforms in the world.

Here are three things that most people do not know about Google AdWords.

1. AdWords is not just search ads, it is Internet-wide display advertising. Using the same tools and the same login, AdWords can be used to place image ads and even video ads across the

The digital world is full of advertising platforms and creative techniques such as Facebook ads, display ads, email ads, search ads, and much more. These are not one size fits all solutions. Not every ad campaign is immediately successful, which should not be surprising. Optimization is key for turning a base hit into a home run.

What you need to do is start from a position rooted in strategy, experience, and historical data, and then optimize quickly. The faster you optimize, the more efficient and effective you become.

Here are 7 tips for optimizing digital advertising quickly. These can be

Can advertising make you smarter? It’s not a trick question. Advertising is expensive and where that budget goes is determined by ROI metrics. But that media spend should be generating more for you than just results. What you learn from digital advertising can be as valuable as what a campaign accomplishes. Win or lose, each campaign should improve your odds of winning next time. Best of all, it doesn’t cost any more to learn, but it does require some intentionality and effort.

Here are 5 ways that your digital advertising can make you smarter:

1. Discovery of New Audiences

Are You Optimizing Aggressively?

Aggressive optimization has nothing to do with a hostile temperament, but it does involve being quick, decisive, and being willing to let go of any sacred cows.  It is more comfortable to optimize over time, and often better from a scientific standpoint. But sometimes you don’t have time and need to produce results fast.

Data Is Your Friend

Whether you are optimizing display ads, search ads, Facebook ads, or even TV ads, data is your friend.  The more data you have the more certain you can be and the easier it is to test.  In fact, it is impossible