There comes a point in time when every business decides to expand outside of its current geographic boundaries. Local banks becoming regional banks. A retailer opening new boutiques. A real estate agent targeting buyers and sellers in new neighborhoods.

Expansion comes after initial success

It comes from knowing that what you supply - product or service - is in demand. So instead of starting from scratch and employing the tactics you used when you first launched your business, invest in analytics and data modeling so you can laser focus on finding those prospective customers within the boundaries of your expansion who look like your current customers.Read more

Anyone who has initiated a screening project will tell you that it can be a mixed blessing.  Whether it becomes a thorn in your side or the answer to your prayers is up to you.  A common first reaction to getting screening results delivered to your desktop is "Oh myyyy, that's a lot of data!"

Fortunately, for those who are in that position, it's not too late to gain control.  And control leads to momentum, momentum leads to wins.  And wins lead to cheers.  Suddenly, you're a hero.  And admit it, being a hero once in a while feels pretty good.

Because I've worked with hundreds...Read more

As year-end approaches you are making your list and checking it twice. Because most nonprofits depend heavily on year-end appeals to meet their annual fundraising goals, it’s important to get all the value you can from your list.  I am often asked at this time of year, “How should I segment my list of donors and prospects to get the best response and ultimately the greatest return?”Read more

With more and more nonprofits adopting data based approaches to fundraising and prospect development, it’s no surprise that more effective methods of identifying and segmenting donors and prospects are emerging. With the use of analytics, and the appropriate sourcing of relevant and accurate data, nonprofits can know more than ever before about their donors and other constituents, and can more accurately target passionate supporters for acquisition.Read more

In the education sector, a high performing organization is one that, on average, raises substantially more money per full-time student than its peers.  So, what is it about these high performing organizations that enables them to have such effective fundraising programs? It all starts with their investment in data, analytics and research.  High performing organizations (HPOs) tend have a higher number of prospect research staff (roughly twice as many) and spend more on data and analytics tools and services than do their peers (roughly twice as much).  In particular, high performing organizations use predictive modeling much more often than do their peers.Read more

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