Are You Going To Adopt Google+ for Professional Learning/Networking? Why or Why Not?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

What we’re witnessing with the hype and geek love swirling around Google+ follows a well established pattern identified by Gartner analysts called “ hype cycles.&# It begins with a technology trigger, followed by the peak of inflated expectations and punditry. And, of course, all the funny comics showing the demise of Twitter and Facebook anything else that stands in Google + way to getting more adoption or increasing it stock value.

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Charities in the Cloud: Why the Hype Might Not Be Quite Hypey Enough


Cloud platforms implement "clicks not code" customization, allowing relatively unskilled users to change existing workflows and adopt new ones on the fly. It is so compelling that cloud technology adoption rates are unbelievably rapid -- in a few years Google has drawn 25 million active users and 2 million businesses to cloud solutions. David Geilhufe, NetSuite, Inc.

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Charities in the Cloud: Why the Hype Might Not Be Quite Hypey Enough


Cloud platforms implement "clicks not code" customization, allowing relatively unskilled users to change existing workflows and adopt new ones on the fly. It is so compelling that cloud technology adoption rates are unbelievably rapid -- in a few years Google has drawn 25 million active users and 2 million businesses to cloud solutions. David Geilhufe, NetSuite, Inc.

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How To Avoid Being Seduced by Web2.0 Hype: The UK NpTech Perspective

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

and volcom sector adoption. " or what we call "hype" - how does a small nonprofit avoid getting seduced by the hype? I guess our checklist would be a lot like the barriers to second wave adoption blogged about elsewhere : Understand the activities and goals of the organization.

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Social Media Adoption: The Line Between Individual/Personal and Organizational

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It is really bizarre, but this afternoon I've been struggling with the notion about the connection between individual adoption and organizational adoption of social media tools like Facebook or others. Let's looke at the general observations about change and adoption of new technologies: What I said was that corporations have a tendency to distrust new communication technologies when they appear. Individuals, notably, adopt them for their own purposes.

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Lessons from Failed Startups


As an early adopter and avowed shiny toy addict, I tried all of these and even loved some of them. Culture That Works Debunking the Hype Featured From the TrenchesI am totally fascinated by It’s a simple spreadsheet of startups that failed, with reasons why. Remember Formspring ? Gowalla ? Secret ? Plancast ? Springpad ? Flud ? Sonar ? By complete coincidence, when I came across I was reading The Creator’s Code by Amy Wilkinson.

How to Measure CRM ROI for Your Nonprofit


After the initial purchase, nonprofits face the challenges of implementation, training, adoption, and maintenance. Before you make any comparisons, you’ll need to establish a time sample that accurately reflects the impact of CRM adoption. Debunking the Hype Featured Implementation Industry Insider Customer relationship management (CRM) software is one of the most critical IT investments a nonprofit organization can make.

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Become an Advocate (Not Just a Leader) in Your Industry


To keep up with your ever-changing industry, you have to move beyond the traditional “business leader” position and adopt the role of “industry advocate.”. Debunking the Hype Industry Insider This post by Eric Schaumburg, founder of the innovative tradeshow e-commerce platform , originally appeared on . Disclosure: Maddie works with, because it''s an awesome and disruptive startup you should check out. :)].

What is no longer working in social media: 2014 edition


However adoption among more regular people, business owners, bloggers, and even Android users is making Google+ the place to be, not to mention the ability to leverage additional spots in Google’s universal search rankings, or the personalized rankings of people you’re connected to via the site. Content Strategy Debunking the Hype Featured Implementation Social, In Theory

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Change the Tone of your Conversation with your Members/Customers


Instead of new techniques or marketing hype, start by reviewing your most basic conversations with your customers and recasting them from their perspective, for example: Customers are “real” in informal, human-based interactions with peers and others rather than in formal settings. Do you participate in the world they inhabit–taking part in online conversations, reading the books or journals they read, adopting the platforms on which they communicate and connect?

Google+ is here. What now?


I’ve discussed G+ functionality to death like all of my fellow early adopters, but I’ve also come across some great completely unrelated stuff like this or like this. Debunking the hype tech/analysisAs you can imagine, we’re exploring Google+ and reading a lot of analysis about what its effects will be, for individuals and eventually for businesses. Here’s my G+ profile if you’d like to follow along as I explore.

Reducing Cognitive Load: The Best UX Design for Your Community Site


Now ask yourself which aspects of those sites you can adopt. Content Strategy Debunking the Hype Industry InsiderThis excellent post is by Molly Talbert and originally appeared on the Higher Logic blog. It’s reposted for SocialFish with permission. ——– Have you ever given up on using a website because it takes too much brainpower to figure it out? Or even find what it’s for? This happened to me last time I flew and tried to check in online.

Digital disruptor: How Bitcoin is driving innovation in entertainment, media and communications


Read PwC’s report to learn about the evolution and impact of Bitcoin, and its adoption in sectors such as entertainment, media video games, casino gaming, travel & tourism, telecom and internet. Debunking the Hype Industry Insider My friend David Neff has written an excellent white paper about Bitcoin for PwC. If you are at all interested in the applications and future impact of this digital currency, I highly recommend you read this.

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Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

As you know, I’m a bit of a technology curmudgeon, but I’m far from a luddite – I’m an early adopter, for the most part. It’s hype designed to sell things. And hype designed to sell things isn’t necessarily going to help make the world a better place. I have a confession to make. I have social media ennui.

Nonprofit Hub’s Favorite Fundraisers

NonProfit Hub

Hype automatically forms around competitive fundraisers that allow you to hang out with your friends and have a good time. Fill a grid with increasing dollar amounts and allow each donor to claim (or “adopt”) a box. This article was originally published in Nonprofit Hub Magazine. Here at Nonprofit Hub, we believe the most successful fundraisers are hybrids of innovation and tried-and-true ideas.

The Ins and Outs of Remote Work for Nonprofits

Connection Cafe

Is the hype surrounding remote work warranted? You may consider adopting a policy prohibiting employees from using public WiFi on their work devices. You never thought remote work would be the new norm for today’s workforce. But in the last ten years, telecommuting has grown by 140 percent. Nonprofits have joined the trend. The number of nonprofit employees working remotely has increased by 20 percent in the last six years. And it’ll only continue to grow.

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Looking at Wave

Judi Sohn

Early-adopter-types (you know who you are) will talk about it nonstop for a while, and then forget about it until it actually launches. Said early-adopter-types will embrace it when launched, and will use it to collaborate with other early-adopter-types who blog about things early-adopter-types like to blog about and will have to be continually reminded that the rest of the world doesn’t care (see Friendfeed for what I’m talking about).

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It’s official – marketing will destroy everything good about social media.


Therefore, he advocates quitting the rifle approach, and adopting the shotgun approach instead. Because such a small percentage of your total audience will see any one message you send in any particular venue, you can adopt an editorial calendar that works across-the-board, with changes in execution to fit each network’s norms. Debunking the Hype Humanize Social, In Theory

Is Instagram Useful for Nonprofit Marketing?

Beth Kanter

From critics saying it is killing photography to hype and hoopla from marketing pundits saying it is a must-have as part of your “visual marketing tool box.” ” In Steve Rubel’s Ad Age post, ” The Revolution Won’t Be Televised; It Will Be Instagrammed ” points out some underlying trends that might make some of the hype less hype: Smartphone use has become pervasive, siting recent research reports from Pew Internet for America Life research.

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This may be a Rhetorical Question: Quora?

Connection Cafe

Assuming that many of you read the same popular tech blogs as I do, I'm willing to bet that you have noticed all the hype about Quora. Already there has been a bit of a backlash from some of the early adopters but does that mean that Quora is already on the MySpace track? Author: Corey Pudhorodsky. It's the latest question and answer platform to have caught the attention of the blogosphere and techie hipsters.

Trends for 2014: Changes in Media Consumption


If you believe the hype from the tech bloggers and trend-setters, wearable gadgets like Google Glass or smart watches are The Future, and companies like Google, Sony, and Apple are betting on it—but we’ve been hearing this for decades. We may love to have a heads-up display to turn our daily routines into a video game, or a communicator on our lapel like Captain Picard, but are they going to gain widespread adoption? Vine and the Six-Second Attention Span.

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Upworthy Type Headlines: To Like or Dislike?


And if you look at their website right now, you will find that some of their headlines are simpler and not the hyped up "and you won''t believe what happened next.". Should your organization adopt a similar model and share popular memes and videos with your audience on Facebook to generate more engagement? Upworthy, a site that focuses on curating social cause related videos and content has been receiving a lot of media attention for changing how bloggers write headlines.

It's Almost Here: The Nonprofit Cloud Summit in NYC, Oct 26


The Nonprofit Cloud Computing Summit in New York City is almost upon us! We've filled in most of the details, so I wanted to make sure you had the latest. This is the only Cloud Summit we have planned for the East Coast. Remember, thanks to the generous support of Google, we're bringing this event to you for free – complete with breakfast and lunch! > > Learn more and RSVP for free today.

Google + for Social Change Activists: Dive in Early or Wait?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’m not recommending that all nonprofits should immediately just say no (or yes) to the latest technology tool that is capturing the imagination (and time) of geeks. But, it is important to have a framework like Gartner Technology Hype Cycle to think it through. There are three choices: Early Move: Willing to combine risk taking with an understanding that risky investments don’t always pay off.

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The Nonprofit Cloud Computing Summit in San Francisco


The Cloud Summit will: Teach you how to distinguish hype vs. reality. And take a look at the human side of the Cloud – staff training and technology adoption. For several years, NTEN has led the field in calling for nonprofits to minimize time sent on mundane tasks like server maintenance, instead focusing resources on technology that will actually serve their missions. One of the greatest tools at our disposal to accomplish this is the Cloud.

Google + Nonprofit Brand Pages

Beth Kanter

” The early adopters have jumped in and pages are set up and waiting for some SMART objectives, content strategy, and tips on engagement. I’m trying to avoid being seduced by Shiny Object Syndrome. It makes nonprofits and individuals to adopt the latest cool social tool based on peer pressure, buzz, or a strange desire to be one of the first. Why does Google + launch new stuff when I’m on a book deadline !!

NTEN's (Free!) Nonprofit Cloud Computing Summit

Tech Soup Blog

Per NTEN, the Cloud Summit will: Teach you how to distinguish hype vs. reality. And take a look at the human side of the Cloud - staff training and technology adoption. NTEN will be holding a Nonprofit Cloud Computing Summit in San Francisco next Monday, August 29. The goal of this one-day workshop is to give participants the knowledge they need to decide whether transitioning to the Cloud makes sense for their organizations. You won't be in San Francisco? Not to worry.

Latest Cloud Forecast from McKinsey - Takeaways for Nonprofits?

Tech Soup Blog

Various media outlets such as the New York Times , Forbes , and Ars Technica are reporting that McKinsey; along with The Uptime Institute, a data center consulting group; released a report this week on the value (and hype) of cloud usage, cloud computing, and cloud services. Adopters of these services need to determine how high of a priority this is amongst all other benefits.

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Predicting the Future of Social Media and Fundraising.

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

ll see rapid adoption of social media. We're still in the early stages of social media as in the early days of the web and online fundraising , so, we are in the "it's hype, and not going to last" phase. I got a request to give a prediction the future for a new quarterly publication called Civil Society IT that focuses IT for charities. The question: "When will online fundraising using social media and social networks become more than just a niche source of income?"

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Free 5-Part Series on Cloud Computing & Nonprofits Starts June 21


The hype surrounding cloud computing will also be explored and we’ll show you how using the cloud can apply to your nonprofit. Cloud computing often demands that you adopt new ways of financing software. Often overlooked, people and their technology adoption (or lack of) can make or break a project. NTEN's free 5-part series, “ Nonprofits & Cloud Computing: A Guide to Navigating the Nonprofit Cloud ", starts June 21st.

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Do Nonprofits Need To Consider iPads in their Mobile/WebStrategy?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

While acknowledging that thinking about integrating iPad apps is something that isn't yet widespread, the Chronicle is wondering what iPad apps early adopter nonprofits are working on for constituent engagement? Conclusion Amid the hype around the iPad and apps , there will be lots of potential ways that nonprofits could use iPad apps to support their missions - from engagement, fundraising, enterprise and program delivery as there is more widespread adoption by end users.

National Study Reveals: Digital and Social Media Are Delivering Results for Arts Organizations

Beth Kanter

But, try as we might, we couldn’t find any research that looked at arts groups’ adoption and attitudes toward digital and social media nationally that also asked all-important questions about how groups are measuring what they’re doing. We could tell that some of the confusion and resistance we were seeing around adoption was due to organizations’ inability to look past the technological nature of these new channels.

Is Your Nonprofit Too Old To Barf Rainbows on Snapchat?

Beth Kanter

In the last six months, as SnapChat hype has escalated, the list of early adopter nonprofits has started grow , it isn’t huge yet. But as John Haydon points out, the nonprofits that are using it are very creative. SnapChat has been around for a few years, but I have not focused on it because as a babyboomer I’m not the target demographic. Snapcha t is a mobile app that lets users exchange text messages, photos and videos that disappear in 24 hours.

It’s Not What You Know, It’s How You Learn

Beth Kanter

The product of this learning journey, Just In Time: Beyond-the-Hype Potential of E-Learning , has just been published. Based on a year of conversations with more than 100 leading thinkers, practitioners, and entrepreneurs, this report explores the state of e-learning and the potential it offers beyond the confines of formal education. E-learning opens up the potential for peer learning’s broad-based adoption.

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The Right Way to use Social Media for Fundraising: Wildlife Direct

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In the next decades, we’ll see rapid adoption of social media for many nonprofit purposes, including fundraising and as gen y's come into their own as donors. We're still in the early stages of social media as in the early days of the web and online fundraising , so, we are in the "it's hype, and not going to last" phase. Paula Kahumbu, Wildlife Direct and PopTech Fellow 09. Last week I wrote about a pair of surveys that looked at social media and nonprofits.

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Is Agile Project Management Right for Your Technology Project?

Beaconfire Wire

This kind of hype can make it seem like agile project management is the best, most cutting edge methodology to use for technology projects, but before jumping in there are many factors to consider. Starting with a phased approach and adopting some pieces of agile project management methods can help a timeline speed up, but also keep project requirements from spiraling out of scope.

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nfp 2.0 » What does Second Life success look like for non-profits?

Rebooting Charity

And there’s much to be said for this assessment: Bilder describes the deployment of tech as having to pass through processes that includes a hype, failure and then re-emergence phase. The trouble with this, he says, is that we focus on one instance of a technology during the hype time. I (just about) remember the hype surrounding VRML2.0

J. Leroy says "OMG Blogging is so not Web 2.0"

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I'm still trying to better understand what it all means for nonprofits and maybe we just say to hell with the technology hype & buzzwords and focus on the value of collaborative outcomes that the Web 2.0 (for How to help npos think about this in a way that leads to thoughtful adoption? I bookmarked in delicious a post by David Weinberger saying blogging is Web 1.0 not Web 2.0 with a rhetorical question, "Do you agree with his point ?"

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12 Examples of Nonprofits Using Augmented and Virtual Reality


The Muncie Animal Care Shelter in Indiana jumped on the hype of Pokemon Go and allowed Pokemon Go players to walk their dogs while they played the game. Overall, the campaign ended in six dogs getting adopted. This is an excerpt of a post that originally appeared on the Wild Apricot blog and is reposted here with permission. There’s a lot more on the original post, go check it out here. Here are 12 examples of nonprofits using AR and VR to raise money and awareness.

A Social Media Cliff Hanger: Making Sure Your Parachute Opens

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

You can almost visualize swarms of companies jumping off into the abyss following competitors, self serving social media consultants and momentum created by mainstream media hype, each yelling “weeeee, social meeeeeedeeeeahhhh” and then realizing (maybe too late) with wide open eyes that they’re not prepared (no social media policy, no roadmap). Understand cultural barriers to adoption. I'm preparing for a day of trainings in Chicago on Wednesday at Making Media Connections.

NpTech Tag Summary: Chimp Personality, Convio Open API, and More

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The Non-Profit Tech Blog drills down deeper on the limitations and suggests waiting before adopting. Nonprofit Social Media ROI and Adoption Issues The meme of the last week continues with a look at specific metrics like engagement. Find out what kind of monkey you are for a good cause. The HSUS newest campaign is geared towards helping the 1,300 chimps still condemned to life in research labs across the country.

Call for Papers: Stewarding Technologies for Collaboration, Community Building & Knowledge Sharing in Development

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

They hype around "Web 2.0" Experience gained in supporting adoption of distributed tools and processes for collaboration and KS (case studies featuring Dgroups experiences are especially welcome). Specific approaches adopting web based collaboration technologies. Call for Papers. KM4Dev Journal Vol. 3, Issue 1, June 2007. ???Stewarding Stewarding Technologies for Collaboration, Community Building & Knowledge Sharing in Development??? The ???Knowledge

Social Notworking and Other Social Networking Challenges

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Gartner's Technology Hype Cycles : I created that diagram based on the Gartner's theory and have seen it come into play over and over again. Are there other challenges we as a sector face in the adoption and successful use of social networking for awareness, communications, and fundraising tools? My FLickr Stream.