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About NIO Summit

Grow your Online Fundraising and become an Innovative Digital Marketer

The Nonprofit Innovation & Optimization Summit is the premier conference for nonprofit marketers and fundraisers looking to grow their online fundraising. Rather than have an open call for speakers, we hand-select the leading experts in marketing and fundraising innovation from around the world, and bring them all under one roof to teach us how to achieve real and tangible online fundraising growth.

Over the course of two days, you’ll learn proven and research-driven strategies from these leading experts, participate in hands-on training sessions, and discover all the tools you need to grow your online fundraising and revenue.

Through extensive networking opportunities, you’ll gather new ideas and learnings from a community of nonprofit marketers and fundraisers like yourself who are seeking the most innovative solutions and strategies to grow their revenue.

Here's a Taste of NIO Summit 2019.

 

Why Attend NIO Summit?

4 Reasons a Nonprofit Fundraising Executive Should Attend

1. Get Inspiring New Ideas From Bleeding-Edge Digital Marketers.

Every year we go to the top marketing conferences around the world to find the best digital marketing thought leaders to invite to NIO. This year, we’ve secured some of the most talented forward-thinkers to inspire you with breakthrough ideas to help give your nonprofit organization an edge.

2. LEARN SECRETS TO BUILDING A CULTURE OF PERPETUAL LEARNING AND PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT.

The key to consistent growth of your fundraising program is creating a culture of innovation and optimization. At the NIO Summit, you will learn secrets from other nonprofit executives that have cracked the code of cultural transformation so that you can motivate your staff to continually push for better and better results.

3. PREVIEW NEW TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS IN A NO-PRESSURE, SALES-FREE ENVIRONMENT.

Nobody likes to pay to attend a conference only to be forced to sit through sales pitch after sales pitch from the main stage. Yet, as an innovative executive you need to constantly stay on top of what is new in the world of technology. To solve this, we have created a special “Innovation Showcase” that is located in a private lounge within the main venue. You can pick and choose which technologies to review in a no-hassle, comfortable, intimate setting.

4. NETWORK WITH FELLOW INNOVATORS FROM BOTH THE NONPROFIT AND FOR-PROFIT SPACE.

One of the best parts of the NIO Summit is the built-in networking opportunities throughout the conference. Because this event is only for nonprofit innovators and marketing thought leaders, you will have the opportunity to meet and engage with people that share your passion for leadership, new ideas, and market disruption.

5 Reasons a Nonprofit Fundraising Practitioner Should Attend

1. LEARN ADVANCED MARKETING IDEAS TO ACCELERATE YOUR GROWTH.

The NIO Summit is the place where you’ll find proven fundraising strategies, the latest marketing innovations, and the essential tools to help your nonprofit achieve major online fundraising growth. Take in over 16 powerful and practical, action-oriented sessions on email marketing, copywriting, landing page creation, content marketing, analytics, social media marketing, online advertising, marketing automation, and of course, testing and optimization.

2. DISCOVER WHAT WORKS AND WHAT DOESN’T IN ONLINE FUNDRAISING.

Gain insights from over 2,000 online fundraising experiments to get quick wins for your online fundraising program that will impress your boss and raise more money for your organization.

3. FAST-TRACK YOUR WAY INTO TESTING AND OPTIMIZATION.

If you have ever wanted to move into the exciting world of conversion rate optimization, this is your chance! The entire NextAfter team will be available to you to help you with everything from developing a strong, testable hypothesis, to getting up and running on a testing platform – we’ll even help you set up and run your first test from the floor of the conference.

4. GET INSTANT FREE ACCESS TO YOUR OWN EXPERIMENT RESEARCH LIBRARY.

Every attendee of the NIO Summit will get access to the newly designed Winston Experiment Research Library. Winston easily integrates with all major testing platforms and will enable you to monitor, document, and share the results of all of your experiments from one centralized, beautifully designed interface.

5. MEET AND NETWORK WITH MARKETING THOUGHT-LEADERS AND FELLOW NONPROFIT INNOVATORS.

Imagine the opportunity to attend a nonprofit conference where meeting new people doesn’t feel like work. That’s because the NIO Summit has been engineered to provide you with natural opportunities to connect and network with other nonprofit attendees, speakers, and subject matter experts so that you have people you can turn to for inspiration, new ideas, or even your next career move.

3 Reasons Why Everyone Will Love the NIO Summit

1. THE SPEAKERS WILL BLOW YOUR MIND.

We literally travel to marketing conferences around the world to find the absolute best expert speakers we can find. You will be inspired, challenged, entertained, and of course equipped with killer ideas that you are guaranteed not to find at any other nonprofit conference this year.

2. KILLER SWAG.

Instead of crappy tote bags jammed with marketing propaganda, we’ve created a sweet Swag Shop where you can trade in the tokens for the coolest nonprofit conference swag you’ve ever seen. Earn tokens by participating at the Summit, and you’ll be able to cash in on Bison coolers, boot-leg T-shirts, notebooks, sun-glasses, and more.

3. MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE.

We are so confident that you will LOVE the NIO Summit, that we will 100% refund your money if you don’t walk away with new ideas to grow your fundraising and marketing.

2020 Speakers

Wil Reynolds

Founder of Seer Interactive

Wil likes helping people and businesses grow. A former teacher with a knack for advising, he’s been helping Fortune 500 companies develop SEO strategies since 1999.

His methods have shaped the search industry worldwide, and he speaks regularly at marketing conferences across the globe.

Tim Kachuriak

Chief Innnovation & Optimization Officer, NextAfter

Tim Kachuriak is the founder and Chief Innovation and Optimization Officer for NextAfter, a fundraising research lab and consulting firm that works with businesses, nonprofits, and NGOs to help them grow their resource capacity.

Reggie Rivers, The Gala Team - NIO Summit speaker

Reggie Rivers

Former Denver Bronco & President of The Gala Team

Reggie Rivers is a former NFL running back who played 6 seasons for the Denver Broncos, and later discovered his true love in life — serving as an auctioneer at charity galas to help nonprofits achieve their fundraising goals.

Reggie created The Gala Team and Auction Fundraising Academy out of this love for nonprofits’ fundraising success and continues to
grow the impact these businesses have on the community year after year one event at a time.

Amy Harrison speaking at NIO Summit

Amy Harrison

Copywriting Consultant and Coach

Amy Harrison is a copywriter based in Brighton in the UK. Originally she trained as a screenwriter and then took those skills into business storytelling and marketing. Amy has been running Harrisonamy offering copywriting, consultancy, and training since 2008.

Brian Miller

Author, Speaker, and Accomplished Magician

Brian Miller is an accomplished magician, corporate keynote presenter, and youth motivational speaker who shows his audience the ways magic can teach us to connect deeply with others.

Michael Norton

Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School

Michael I. Norton is the Harold M. Brierley Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. He has studied human behavior in domains such as love and inequality, time and money, and happiness and grief.

He is the co-author – with Elizabeth Dunn – of the book, Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending. In 2012, he was selected for Wired Magazine’s Smart List as one of “50 People Who Will Change the World” and his TEDx talk, How to Buy Happiness, has been viewed more than 4 million times.

Chris Mercer - speaker at NIO Summit 2019 - photo

Chris ‘Mercer’ Mercer

Founder of MeasurementMarketing.io

Chris “Mercer” Mercer is considered an authority in helping marketers know their numbers in an easy-to-understand manner.

Apart from training people how to measure and improve their sales funnels, he is a top contributor and speaker at multiple analytics and optimizations conferences and blogs like ConversionXL, Content Jam, DigitalMarketer, Traffic & Conversion Summit, Social Media Examiner and more.

Peep Laja

Founder and Principle of CXL

Peep’s unusual name (to most people) is actually pronounced ‘Pep Laya’. He is from Estonia, but lives in Austin, TX (still spends his summers in Europe to escape the Texas heat).

Peep is an entrepreneur and a conversion optimization champion. He is passionate about driving change and growth through digital optimization.

He spends most of his time today on making top 1% marketing know-how available for everyone through CXL Institute.

Courtney Gaines, NextAfter - NIO Summit Speaker

Courtney Gaines

Vice President at NextAfter

Courtney Gaines serves as Vice President of NextAfter. Courtney’s extensive non-profit background fuels her desire today to help non-profits recognize the value they add to people’s lives.

Courtney loves to help nonprofits innovate and optimize their fundraising and marketing—which led her to NextAfter. Before she joined the team, she led the digital marketing and fundraising for a $110MM radio, publishing, and education nonprofit. She has developed and directed multiple innovative, multi-channel fundraising and content marketing campaigns and led an enterprise content strategy.

Brady Josephson, NextAfter - NIO Summit speaker

Brady  Josephson

Managing Director of NextAfter Institute

Brady Josephson is a charity nerd, entrepreneur, digital marketer, professor, and writer. He’s on a mission to see more people giving and more causes thriving. At NextAfter, Brady focuses on business development and partnerships, content creation, and marketing.

 

His work and writing have been featured in CBC, Christianity Today, NPR, and The Chronicle of Philanthropy among others. He has also been a speaker and presenter at conferences in Canada, the US, and Europe including Social Media for Nonprofits, AFP Congress, CyberGrants Conference, RaiseNow Inspire, and BBCON.

Nathan Hill, NextAfter - NIO Summit Speaker

Nathan Hill

Marketing Director at NextAfter

Nathan is the marketing director at NextAfter and is singularly focused on equipping nonprofit marketers and fundraisers with tested and proven strategies to increase their reach, revenue, and impact.

Prior to joining NextAfter, Nathan worked on the digital marketing and fundraising teams for a major Chicago-based nonprofit including coordinating and executing online fundraising and marketing initiatives for multi-million dollar giving campaigns.

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We’re still looking for speakers for NIO Summit 2020. As soon as we have more speakers booked, you’ll find their details here.

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We’re still looking for speakers for NIO Summit 2020. As soon as we have more speakers booked, you’ll find their details here.

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More Speakers Being Added Soon

We’re still looking for speakers for NIO Summit 2020. As soon as we have more speakers booked, you’ll find their details here.

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NIO Summit Location:

The Palmer Events Center

900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Located within downtown Austin, yet cradled by Butler Park, Auditorium Shores, and Lady Bird Lake near downtown Austin, the Palmer Events Center is easily accessible from Barton Springs Rd or Riverside Dr by car or public transportation.

Accommodations

Embassy Suites | Austin Downtown South Congress

300 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704
512-469-9000

Aloft | Austin Downtown
 

109 East 7th Street
Austin, TX 78701
512-476-2222

Element | Austin Downtown
 

109 East 7th Street
Austin, TX 78701
512-476-2222

Not Sure if You Should Attend the NIO Summit?

See what the Nonprofit Innovation & Optimization Summit is all about by getting unlimited access to all of the sessions from NIO Summit 2019. By activating your free access, you’ll receive:

  • Access to 32 videos including main stage speakers, quick tips, and innovation showcase sessions
  • The slide decks for each main stage session
  • The official NIO Summit 2019 notes (via email) with highlights from each talk

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