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Mobile Web vs. Mobile Apps: Taking Your Content on the Road

NetWits

Frank Barry recently blogged about the increasing use of mobile devices to access the web and how nonprofits should adapt their strategies to accommodate for this. With the rise of mobile applications, a lot of nonprofits getting into the mobile game are wondering whether they should start with a mobile website or a mobile application. Mobile Websites. Without question, a mobile website is the best and easiest place to start your mobile giving.

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HOW TO: Launch a Mobile Photo-Sharing Campaign for Your Nonprofit

Nonprofit Tech for Good

That said, I am starting to worry a little bit that nonprofits are falling behind on mobile communications and missing out on some exceptional opportunities to tell their nonprofit’s story to the mobile masses. One of the simplest ways to begin dabbling in mobile technology is to launch a mobile photo-sharing campaign, and Yfrog , Twitpic , and DailyBooth make it easy for any nonprofit social (and now mobile) media manager with a smartphone and little creativity.

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The Rise of Mobile

NetWits

iPhones, Thunderbolts, Blackberrys, etc are becoming commonplace in a lot of ways. This phenomenon is not just occurring in the US – According to a report by International Telecommunications Union (ITU) mobile subscription growth was strong in developing countries (which have 3.8 billion subscriptions), from 53 per cent of total mobile subscriptions at the end of 2005 to an estimated 73 per cent at the end of 2010. Size – “How big is the mobile world?&#.

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Which is a better investment for your nonprofit – an iPhone App or a mobile website?

Nonprofit Tech for Good

I browse mobile websites. But in all honestly, I have shifted away from using Apps to using mobile websites more on my iPhone. That said, here are a five reasons why it might make more sense to initially invest in a mobile website over an iPhone App: 1) Almost anyone with a mobile phone can access your mobile website whereas only iPhone users can access your iPhone App. The mobile web is exploding – especially for social networking sites.

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[Book Research] Is your nonprofit utilizing mobile technology?

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The last four chapters of my book cover mobile social networking and mobile communications and fundraising for nonprofits, and I need some examples of success, or attempted success. If your nonprofit is experimenting with mobile technology, please share your experiences and links (if any) in a comment below. Nonprofits with mobile websites (please share the link!).

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Social Media is Going Mobile, and So Should Your Nonprofit

Nonprofit Tech for Good

As the Web goes mobile , so does social media… and so should your nonprofit. There are more than 65 million active users currently accessing Facebook through their mobile devices and that number grows daily. MySpace estimates that 50% of its Website traffic will be mobile within 24 months. mobile subscribers… triple the number of how many text messages were sent in 2007. 2) Mobile Websites: When I said social media is going mobile, I meant literally.

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10 Tips for Optimizing Mobile Email Marketing

Care2

If your nonprofit doesn’t have a mobile strategy on its radar, you need to develop one. While web-based email went down in 2010, mobile email went up 36% in the US as we reported last week on Frogloop. Nonprofits can no longer afford to ignore mobile email. Moving forward it’s important that nonprofits think about how their action alerts and fundraising appeals look on mobile email and ensure that they are focused and easy to read with a clear call to action.

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Losing Mobile Users? Easy Mobile-Website Builder Can Help You: New TechSoup Program

Tech Soup Blog

With an exponential increase in people accessing the Internet on mobile devices, the nonprofits, charities, and libraries that don't have a website optimized for mobile devices or that haven't created a separate mobile website risk irritating — or losing — their supporters. Add to that the rise in mobile use by the underserved , who might be seeking your services or want to learn more about your organization but who don't own a computer.

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Fusing Mobile Fundraising with Email & Social Media Outreach

NTEN

Unfortunately, this is where your CTA for donations can hit a dead end, because the "donate" page linked from your current email or social media message may be inconvenient and nearly impossible to navigate and use from a mobile device. There are a few readily available methods that will allow you to start accepting donations via the mobile web in association with email and social media outreach. This method basically reformats and converts the page content into a mobile experience.

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Live blogging from the 2011 Millennial Donor Summit: Successfully Going Mobile

Amy Sample Ward

This session focuses on how to successfully get started with mobile technology, with Tonia Zampieri from Smart Online presenting. 1st generation raised on mobiles. 95% own mobile devices. 83% sleep with mobile at bedside. Why mobile? 90% of mobile subscribers in the US have internet-ready phones. 50% of Android users under 35, Apple use most under 44, RIM (Blackberry etc.) How do you use mobile to start engaging and communicating?

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Mobilize Those Mobile Eyes Again

Connection Cafe

In part 1 of Mobilize Those Mobile Eyes , I wrote about the different facets of the mobile channel that your organization can use to engage your constituents. In part 2, I will wrap-up my takeaways from the Nonprofit Mobile Day event I recently attended, presented by the Direct Marketing Association’s Nonprofit Federation (DMANF). They are the folks who interface with the mobile carriers and ensure that your organization ultimately receives the donations.

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The Mobile Web: Consider the User

NTEN

Jed Alpert, Mobile Commons. Thirty-eight percent of American mobile phone users -- 120 million people -- access the web via their mobile device; fewer than 30 million are iPhones or Android phones. Mobile Access 2010 Pew Internet and American Life Project). This percentage increases dramatically among the under-served 30% of the population without reliable non-mobile Internet access (Pew). Not so with the mobile web.

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The Future of Mobiles for Nonprofits

NTEN

Being asked to write a few words about "What's the future of mobiles for nonprofits?" That's a mind shift even for business people addicted to their Blackberries. One statistic alone should have us running to the mobile apps party: by year-end, some are forecasting that we will have 5 billion mobile phones in word. Tags: edward granger-happ Mobile NPTech NTEN Communications

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Backing Up Your Mobile Devices

Tech Soup Blog

The writers at Gizmodo, a technology blog focused on gadgets and new technology, did a comprehensive blog post on backing up your mobile devices. They list backup methods by each mobile platform, so there is a solution for all users no matter if they use an iPhone, Blackberry, Palm, or Windows Mobile device. Smartphones are certainly becoming more ubiquitious, and data sprawl is becoming rampant.

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Android — The new Google mobile phone OS | Beaconfire Wire

Allegiance Group

Still the most successful consumer product is clearly the mobile phone with around 3 billion users [ Source ]. The Open Handset Alliance is a group of over 30 Mobile Operators, Handset Manufacturers, Semiconductor Companies, Software Companies, and Commercialization Companies [ Full list of members ]. The Open Handset Alliance is trying to increase the openness of the mobile environment with the release of Android.

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Are Nonprofits Wasting Time Developing Mobile Apps?

Care2

New tools and mobile apps should always be on our radar. But have nonprofit camaigners in the US been drinking too much Kool-aid these past couple of years and putting too much faith in mobile apps? Consider what the most popular mobile apps are today. Check out this thought-provoking below post by Lindy Dreyer from SocialFish who cautions nonprofits and associations to put the breaks on developing mobile apps. Mobile Apps are a Waste of Time for Associations.

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10 Essential Tools for the Nonprofit New Media Manager on the Go

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The advent of the Mobile Web is slowly starting to permeate and transform nonprofit communications. Just like social media transformed the nonprofit sector and how it communicates with its supporters, so will the Mobile Web (even more so). Some nonprofits have begun to lay a foundation for their mobile communications strategies. Twitter has a mobile website ( m.twitter.com ) and its own official Twitter App for iPhone, iPhone Touch and iPad. Mobile Browsers.

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7 Ways for Nonprofits to Use Mobile Phones to Rake in Cash Monies

NTEN

If you’re like most people working at a nonprofit, you probably had a “Holy Mobile!” But what you may not have anticipated was that $41m of these dollars flowed through mobile phones via “premium text messages.” Did you miss mobile? Mobile giving is just about five years young. There’s plenty of time to put together a thoughtful mobile fundraising strategy. There’s never been a better time to start a mobile campaign. Mobile Web site donations.

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Get Ready for Tax Season and Organize Your Finances with Mobile Apps

Tech Soup Blog

Whether you're planning some spring cleaning around your budget or preparing for tax season, there are an assortment of mobile apps to help you stay organized. Did you know that TechSoup's most popular accounting technology donation programs have mobile apps? QuickBooks Mobile by Intuit (Android, iOS) syncs with your desktop QuickBooks account so you can manage donors, invoices, receipts, and estimates on the go.

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Use Your Donation on the Go with TechSoup Donor Partner Mobile Apps

Tech Soup Blog

Want mobile access to the software your organization relies on to get its work done? Many TechSoup donor partners offer mobile versions of the products your organization already uses. Learn how you can communicate, collaborate, create content, and manage data on-the-go with our guide to TechSoup donor partner mobile apps. Office Mobile is built in to Windows phones, including the Dell VenuePro Smartphone available through TechSoup. SAP StreamWork for Mobile.

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Live blogging from the 2011 Millennial Donor Summit: Successfully Going Mobile

NTEN

This session focuses on how to successfully get started with mobile technology, with Tonia Zampieri from Smart Online presenting. Millennial Distinctions about 85 Million 1st generation raised on mobiles 95% own mobile devices 83% sleep with mobile at bedside 62% connect to internet wirelessly more likely than any other generation to post a video of themselves online Are you Millennial ready? Why mobile? How do you use mobile to start engaging and communicating?

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Scanning for Good: 5 Reasons QR Codes Are a Safe Option for Nonprofits

NetWits

When scanned, QR codes often take users to a mobile web page. Clever use of mobile technology might be just what your next campaign needs. If you’re creative, the sky is the limit – mobile engagement has many flavor combinations. iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry users can download one of many apps that will scan not only QR codes, but many types of bar codes. If you have BlackBerry Messenger 5.0, Cause Marketing Mobile

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Mobile Innovations for Social Good

NTEN

The 2009 N2Y4 Conference showcased the Featured Projects from NetSquared's Global Challenge focused on mobile technology. VozMob: Mobile Voices/Voces Moviles. Mobile Voices offers an open-source multi-media platform optimized for low-cost mobile phones that lets users create, share, and reflect on stories about their lives and communities. FrontlineSMS:Medic - SMS for Medical Records and Mobile Lab Diagnostics. Amy Sample Ward, NetSquared.

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Using your browser to test what sites look like on a mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android, etc)

Allegiance Group

We’ve been doing a lot of mobile sites for our clients recently, such as the new Bronx Zoo mobile site. As our clients review their standard desktop websites, wondering if they should create a mobile version, they’ve asked us how they can see what their sites look like on mobile devices. Emulator Software: We often use BrowserCam , which will allow you to do a screenshot of many mobile browsers. Analytics Mobile Our Clients

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Accept Donations On-the-Go with Sage Mobile Payments

Tech Soup Blog

New to TechSoup’s Sage Payment Processing program, Sage Mobile Payments converts your cell phone, smartphone, or tablet into a secure and convenient "use anywhere" credit card terminal. Here’s how it works: An optional card reader plugs into your mobile device’s audio jack. 400+ devices are supported, including iPhone3, iPhone4, iPad, Droid, and BlackBerry.

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Presenting afpmeet.org - AFP's New Conference Mobile Site for Chicago!

AFP Blog

Presenting afpmeet.org - AFP's New Conference Mobile Site for Chicago!: "AFP AFP is proud to announce afpmeet.org, the exclusive mobile site that will allow attendees to access everything they need to optimize their AFP 2011 Conference experience—right on their smartphone! The conference mobile site can be viewed across all smartphone browsers (iPhones, Blackberries, Droids, etc.),

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The Good (and Bad) News About Mobile Security

Tech Soup Blog

There's good news and bad news about mobile security. First, the bad news: mobile security is a rapidly growing problem. The good news is that there are some basic steps you can take to protect the mobile devices you use in your nonprofit or library. As more people use mobile devices to store and access sensitive and personal information, mobile devices have become a more appealing target for cybercriminals. What Is Mobile Malware?

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Tech for Good at Mobile World Congress

Tech Soup Blog

Mobile World Congress , an annual tech conference in Barcelona, Spain, sets the tone for global technology trends in the coming year. AppMachine is a public, browser-based visual content management system (CMS) for building mobile apps. While Apple, Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry are the main players in the smartphone market today, some new operating systems made waves at MWC. Mobile Green Tech. Accessible Technology Green IT apps Mobile

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Mobile websites vs. apps - what's right for you?

Connection Cafe

mobile consumers now have smartphones , says The Nielsen Company. Combine that with this nugget: by 2014 more people will view web pages using a mobile device than a computer. What about mobile websites versus apps? Should you invest your time and money in building a mobile version of your site, or developing an app? Here are some advantages of mobile websites. Once you update your mobile website content, you can be confident that's what people are seeing.

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Beaconfire Survey: Mobile Browsing | Beaconfire Wire

Allegiance Group

» Beaconfire Survey: Mobile Browsing Posted Friday, March 14th, 2008 at 4:13 pm by Beaconfire Bloggers (25 posts) Editor’s note: Each week, we do a survey of Beaconfire staff to get impressions on a variety of non-profit technology issues. With NTC next week, many of our readers will be browsing from mobile devices like phones and blackberries. So this week, we asked the Beaconfire staff: What website do you most wish had a mobile version?

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RIM: We don’t need no steenkin’ opt out

Judi Sohn

Back when I had a Blackberry, I was happy to get emails from them about new features, downloads, etc. Now I have an iPhone so I don’t want to get emails about Blackberries anymore. Case in point is this email I received yesterday: To comply with CANSPAM, the bottom of the email contains a link to unsubscribe: That “here” link lands me: The main Blackberry Owner’s Lounge page…and I’m not even auto logged in. Tags: Macintosh mobility

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Nonprofit Tech 2.0 iPhone App :: Version 2.0!

Nonprofit Tech for Good

3) The Mobile Web has exploded over the last 12 months, so more than ever it is very important that your organization have a mobile website that you can link to inside of your iPhone App! 4) Android has surpassed iPhone in sales, and Blackberry has a larger marketshare than iPhones, but as this fun and colorful iconographic demonstrates, 99.4% Mobile technology changes and evolves at hyperspeed these days! HOW TO: Launch a Mobile Website for $8 a Month.

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Apps for Disaster Planning

Tech Soup Blog

One of the big additions to the guide is a section on backing up a mobile phone or tablet. Back up your tablet or smartphone with Norton Mobile Security. FEMA App (Android, BlackBerry, iOS) contains disaster safety tips, interactive lists for storing your emergency kit and emergency meeting location information, and a map with open local shelters and open FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers. Mobile technologies can help people find shelter information in time of need.

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Stay Productive On the Road, In the Field, and Away from the Office

Tech Soup Blog

So it's a good thing many TechSoup donor partners offer mobile versions of the technology you already rely on for your nonprofit, charity, or library. Learn how you can do more on the go with our guide to TechSoup donor partner mobile apps. These Adobe mobile apps put the power of Adobe image editing software in the palm of your hand: Adobe Photoshop Express, a free app for Android and iOS devices, offers basic image editing features. The ClickTime mobile app.

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Cool App Roundup: Fundraising Edition

Tech Soup Blog

Mobile has put a whole new spin on fundraising, connecting with donors, and kick-off campaigns. As part of the App It Up 2: Transforming Communities project, we had the opportunity to explore some of the latest mobile fundraising apps. We looked at mobile tools for fundraising as well as apps that incorporate some sort of fundraising into their platform. Mobile Fundraising Tools. These mobile tools help you fundraise on-the-go.

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App Resources for Nonprofits and Libraries

Tech Soup Blog

For more nonprofit- and library-specific apps, also see: Open-Source Mobile Apps for Social Change from the 2012 Nonprofit Technology Conference. For libraries, see ACRL's mobile applications for learning , the Top 30 iPhone apps for libraries , and the YALSA blog for youth-oriented apps. If you're considering developing a mobile app, your app strategy should be firmly grounded in your organization's overall mobile strategy.

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HOW TO: Add Your Nonprofit to FourSquare

Nonprofit Tech for Good

This makes more sense as you begin, if you begin, to use the FourSquare mobile App. Foursquare is available for the iPhone, Blackberry, Android and Palm Pre. Related Webinar: How Nonprofit Organizations Can Successfully Use Group Texting, Mobile Websites, and Smartphone Apps. Tags: FourSquare How To Mobile Technology FourSquare has received quite a bit of buzz over the last few months.

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gokubi.com

gokubi.com

Facebook Linked In Twitter Home About Home Salesforce.com goes mobile Salesforce.com goes mobile Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 April 2006 04:56 Written by Steve Tuesday, 11 April 2006 04:56 Salesforce.com just purchased Sendia , a company that made sf.com accessible on Blackberry devices.

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CRM Apps: Manage Donors on the Road

Tech Soup Blog

Mobile CRM apps can help you stay organized and track potential donors while you're at a fundraising event, on the road, or networking at a conference. Many of these programs have mobile apps to help you manage donor relations on-the-go. BlackBaud eTapestry Mobile (all platforms) gives you full access to eTapestry's rich data. DonorPerfect Mobile (Android, iOS) brings the power of DonorPerfect's web-based program to your phone or tablet. SugarCRM Mobile.

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A Better Way to Produce Nonprofit Annual Reports

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: I facilitated a panel about Mobile Integrated strategy at the Innogive Conference earlier this month and have shared the notes here. The panelists offered advice to nonprofits about integrating mobile into the nonprofit toolbox. The same design and the same code works on PCs, Macs and Linux desktop computers or Apple, Android, and Blackberry smart phones and tablets like iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab. They aren’t built for mobile devices. mobile