More Likes, More Comments, More Shares: Using Psychology to Get the Most from Your Facebook Page

Byte Technology

Why aren’t they commenting on our content and mission and becoming a part of the conversation? Indeed, it appears that liking something such as photo or video, sharing information with others and commenting on said information is hard-wired into the human psyche, an inescapable and inherent trait that guides our thinking and our interactions with others.

Blog Redesign: Focused on Conversation

Amy Sample Ward

This week, I’m sharing 3 separate posts to get your feedback and ideas about how I can make it as valuable to you as possible. Thanks to everyone that’s shared comments so far in this process! Redesign topic #2: Focused on Conversations. I’m happy to take on the role of conversation starter, sharing news or case studies or ideas that are interesting and letting all of you run with it. Focus: Content that’s conversation worthy.


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Tracking Social Media Engagements and Conversions for Your Nonprofit


Metrics matter because they give your nonprofit insights on decision-making and provide evidence for what kind of content to share. Across platforms, you should be tracking social media engagement rates and conversion rates. Shares. Comments. Conversion Rate.

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Nine Teddy Bear-Approved Tips for Getting Comments On Your Blog


OK, not everything, but I am regularly inspired by basic tenets of old-tyme magazine publishing (circa 1990s), where I got my start as a writer and editor, to cultivate juicy conversations on the ASPCA’s blog for animal sheltering professionals, Shelters’ Edge. Include a question or encourage readers to share their thoughts in every post. Read comments carefully and be sure to have the author/poster/someone from your organization answer questions.

NPTech Conversations in SXSW Panels

Amy Sample Ward

We’ll share big ideas for using social media for nonprofit program delivery and some good tips for crowdsourcing for social change. Check out the blog post and comments here for all the links you need! The SXSW Panel Picker is now open for your thumbs up or down on the thousands of panels proposed for next year’s SXSWInteractive festival. What’s SXSWi ?

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Relaunching: A place for conversations, content, and more!

Amy Sample Ward

I can’t wait for your feedback, comments, recommendations for further improvements, and general reaction; but first, I need to share some thank yous and some background for all those who have followed this process. I am so happy to have had the chance to collaborate with Matt; he was efficient, pleasant, and super smart, but most importantly to me, he was willing to operate in a more public way engaging with all of you who left comments and feedback.

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NetCentric Advocacy: Commenting On Your Blog: Zero

Network-Centric Advocacy

Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « mapping discussion and information: Presidential Watch 08 | Main | How good are you at seeing things? » March 18, 2008 Commenting On Your Blog: Zero Here is a great riff by Michele Martin on the failures to create conversation via a blog. At the heart of her six reasons are the basic rules of conversation. Do you like being gamed in a conversation?

Facebook Comments - Boon or Bane to Nonprofits?


It’s been two weeks since Facebook launched a refresh to it’s blog Comments Box Plugin and the reviews have been mixed. The new Facebook Comments are no exception and nonprofits should think carefully before jumping to implement the system on their blog or website. TechCrunch and Dave Fleet have both done a great job outlining the pros and cons to Facebook’s new commenting system, but what does it all mean for nonprofits?

The ABCs of Relationship-Building Conversations

Get Fully Funded

Being me, I struck up a conversation with him before I had completely said “hey&# to the ladies. As I thought about what made it so simple to be with Paul, I came up with these ABCs of relationship-building conversations: A. Hit the comment link and share your thoughts. Tags: Donor Relations Major Donors donor conversations Last week, I met up with some friends for lunch and got a lesson in relationship-building from a 3 year-old.

Why Conversion Is A Better Objective Than Traffic Referral

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last week, I read Jocelyn Harmon’s post about Nonprofit Facebook Fail and in the comments, Petri Darby refers to the dramatic increase of visits to his nonprofit’s Make-A-Wish Foundation Web site. He goes onto say how they focusing their integrated strategy on a metric that matters: conversions. Petri’s post shares a few thoughts about how his organization is focusing on the relationships through connection, not just traffic. Source: Altimeter.

Strengthen Your Community with a Knowledge Sharing Network


Consider how you can support more robust knowledge sharing. By providing your stakeholders with a dedicated place to share knowledge with one another, community building happens naturally. What is a knowledge sharing network? A robust knowledge sharing network might involve people sharing resources, best practices, worst practices, just-in-time information, quick tips, and deep thinking, all focused on a specific topic. commenting on any item.

Care to Share: Allowing You Users to Submit Content on Your WordPress Site

Byte Technology

One of the hallmarks of a great website is creating a dialogue that allows your users and loyal visitors the opportunity to be a part of the conversation. Of course you needn’t worry that people will run rampant across your pages with their own personal posts: you, the admin, will have the ability to moderate comments and content and approve only what you deem appropriate and useful.

Vote and Comment for ALL these Awesome Nonprofit Panels at SXSW!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I hope you’ll also vote for my panel proposal, Nonprofits and Free Agents in A Networked World and while you’re there vote for the other awesome nonprofit panel proposals (I’ve shared a list below). But first, let me share the description and what I’m planning: This interactive session is based on a key theme in the book, The Networked Nonprofit , co-authored by Beth Kanter and Allison Fine. They want to share in more than one medium.

The Next Generation of Networked Social Change: Embracing the Share Economy

Beth Kanter

Meal Sharing (@MealSharing) May 13, 2014. Earlier this week, a mixed crowd of entrepreneurs, investors, start ups, nonprofits, social activists, and others came together for the inaugural conference on Catalyzing the Sharing Economy defined as the use of networked, mobile, information technology to share goods and services. Think AirBNB and Uber, but it is much more than that. One of the categories is “food swapping” or “food sharing.”

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Cause Fatigue Redefined: More conversation for the 09NTC

Amy Sample Ward

Yesterday’s post for Earth Day, about social media and the energy/climate change/green movement is already getting some tremendously insightful and interesting comments. It’s just the kind of conversation starter I wanted to throw out there! I can’t wait to hear your ideas on this and to share mine, too.

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Using Social Media to Share Research

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

One of the ideas we explored is it possible through social media to share some of the findings in a conversational way to help prod more insights from the field. We experimented with “Conversational Case Studies&# and found that conversation in the comments helped improve the richness of the final report. Another way to use social media is for the sharing and distribution of the finding.

Vote and Comment for ALL these Awesome Nonprofit Panels at SXSW!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

We'll share big ideas for using social media for nonprofit program delivery and some good tips for crowdsourcing for social change. In addition, there's be lots of learning shared freely. And, if you submitted a nonprofit panel - and I managed to miss it while scanning 2200 in ten minutes - please add the link and description in a comment. Social networks are transforming how people support causes, how ideas are shared and how nonprofits raise money.

Launching the Global Scale wiki: Learn and share about scaling up!

Amy Sample Ward

Bonnie Koenig and I have had some great conversations about how we have seen and how we have tackled scale in our work. In those conversations, we realized that we probably had some good examples to share and case studies to provide; but we also realized that there were many, many more people we wanted to be having the conversation with! Looking forward to sharing with you there!

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Share your best post in the Net2 Think Tank

Amy Sample Ward

We know you wrote about some really interesting things, shared great ideas and even captured conversations and presentations on your blog or website this year. Share your best blog post from 2009 one more time! Topic: What was your favorite, most read, most tweeted, or most commented on blog post from this year? It’s already December and we are fast approaching 2010.

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Share The Bad News

Eric Jacobson

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 Share The Bad News Of course its much easier to share good news with your employees, but its perhaps even more important to share the bad news. Dont give them a false sense of the situation by sharing only good news. Posted by Eric Jacobson at 8:13 PM Labels: Communications Skills , General Management Skills , Leadership Skills , Management , Providing Feedback , Team Building , Team Building Vision Sharing 1 comments: Shawn Murphy said.

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More than Clicking the "Like" Button: Social Media Integration & Nonprofit Websites


From the ubiquitous Facebook "Like" button to Google’s new +1, it’s never been easier to share what you’ve found exploring. But sometimes clicking the share button just isn’t enough. For the social web to come alive and really spark change, users need to be given other actions to take beyond standard sharing. In the end, the site cataloged and accepted YouTube videos, plus allowed users to share and comment. More Than Sharing.

How to Influence the Conversation Around Your Next Campaign

Connection Cafe

There’s a flurry of conversation happening about the issues your organization works on that can move the needle on your campaign. The best part is that these conversations are happening with your current supporters…in your CRM. Join our webinar, Influencing the Conversation on March 2nd with Impact conversations that are relevant to your campaign. Impact Conversations by Knowing the Headlines in Your CRM. You’re not paranoid.

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Guest Post: One Museum's Experiment with Threaded Comment Stations

Museum 2.0

In this post, Jasper shares some lessons learned from a recent experiment to design a more social comment station. He will respond to comments here and can also be reached on his blog (where this post first appeared). Her case study about Structured Dialogue in the Signtific Game in chapter 3 describes a project where people engaged in conversation online about wild ideas. Engaging people in the structured conversation We approached people who walked past our stand.

Blogging to Support Policy Goals: MomsRising Shares Lessons Learned

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

They recently held a blog carnival and are sharing some reflections. Regardless of the tool we’re using, the team at MomsRising is committed to deepening and broadening the conversation around public policy issues that impact families in our country. This way, we can spotlight voices on our blog and give policy partners multiple outlets for their articles; get many conversations going on individual posts on our site; and encourage folks to stay on our blog to learn more.

Backtype: Another Listening Tool - Who's Talking About You In The Blog Comments?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

  It solves the problem of monitoring blog comments where people specifically mention you.     People can make comments about you on other blogs and if you only track links from blog posts, you won't see it.     BackType lets you find, follow and share comments from across the web.   You can also track other bloggers and see where they commented  -- I might do this only to study how the masters do it. 

A Conversation With Joe Green at Causes

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This is the beginning of their effort to better communicate and share lessons learned with nonprofits about using Causes. I asked my Twitter followers for suggestions for questions , I tweeted the key points from the conversation yesterday. Joe shared that they do a lot of experiments internally before building out the application's new features. I encouraged him to write about this on the blog and perhaps even share a cookbook for experimentation.

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Notes for Berkman Conversation

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Some comments by Bob Moffit about their blogging experience. Smart Communities (Shared authorship). Cross-blog talk in response to Michael Gilbert's article on online publishing workflow lead to some nonprofit techies sharing their blogging workflows and their tools lists here. Gilbert commented. I'm trying to get some links assembled in one place for the Berkman Thursday evening bloggers meetings where we will discuss nonprofit blogging.

Temple Contemporary and the Puzzle of Sharing Powerful Processes

Museum 2.0

It opens up new conversations about the work of art in our communities. The advisors share their questions, vote on the ones that they think have the most power, and set the direction of Temple Contemporary. If you are reading this via email and would like to share a comment or question, you can join the conversation here. The first thing I noticed about Temple Contemporary were the chairs.

Conversational Case Study: Myth or Fact - Can Small Nonprofits Win with Social Media?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

While we've used traditional research methods, including a survey of 720 Challenge Participants and interviews, we are facilitating “Conversational Case Studies” that explore best practices in integrating social media with fundraising campaigns by the America’s Giving Challenge (AGC) winners. A conversational case study is a write up our interviews identifying a few questions we still have. So, go join the conversation in the comments over at the Case Foundation blog.

The Conversation Graph: The Social Life of A Blog Post

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The other day of I saw the term "Conversation Graph" in a title on a post by Brian Solis. The origin of this phrase was a blog post announcing BackType Connect , " a one-stop destination for retrieving comments on just about any topic across a wide variety of blogging platforms and social services." The conversation graph is the mapping of conversations and how they're related across social platforms and blogs. The Conversation Graph Has Gotten More Complex.

13 #npEXPERTS Share their Most Valuable Donor Acquisition & Fundraising Ideas

Connection Cafe

Due to the incredible response we received the last time we brought together leading nonprofit experts to share their best fundraising insights, we decided to do it again! That’s right – we’ve rallied 13 nonprofit thought leaders to share their best fundraising strategies, tips and ideas with YOU. I have no doubt that you’ll improve your fundraising efforts and boost acquisition rates if you take the advice each of these professionals are sharing.

Three Fundraising Pros Share Their Tips for Nonprofits of Every Size

NonProfit Hub

For online fundraising, there are only three: traffic, conversion rate and average gift. Grow traffic by 25% while keeping your conversion rate and average gift steady and watch revenue grow. Check out NextAfter’s free tool that will generate a report of how your nonprofit stacks up against industry benchmarks in these three areas (traffic, conversion rate, average gift).”. Marc has three pieces of advice he’d like to share.

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Why Doesn't Anyone Comment on Your Blog?

Museum 2.0

When people ask about blogging, the question of comments comes up more frequently than any other. There are many good ways to measure a blog's value , but somewhere inside ourselves, we feel that comments are the thing that validate a blog's existence. They prove that the conversation is two-way. So when people ask, "Why don't more people comment?," When you read other peoples' blogs, do you comment? Her average comment rate is 3 comments per post.

Vote and Comment for ALL these Awesome Nonprofit Panels at SXSW

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

And, if you submitted a nonprofit panel - and I managed to miss it while scanning 1200 in ten minutes - please add the link and description in a comment. I've gathered up some of best of the best folks in the nonprofit tech field to share their stories, metrics, and lessons learned - this will be informative AND entertaining. re here to share real NPO Social Media stories and solutions that rock it and rock it good.

Sharing Our Way toward Equality: Social Media and Gay Rights


Through the It Gets Better Project , LGBT people have been able to share their individual coming-out stories. A few years ago, I was able to share my own personal coming out story via social media with high school friends I hadn’t seen in years. When I share photos of my partner and I and a far-flung friend “likes” those posts, her entire network of friends now knows that she knows (and apparently likes) someone who is gay.

10 Donor Data Migration Decisions: Q&A with Gary Carr

3rd Sector Labs

The purpose of this post is to share the results of both the polling and the Q&A. A few comments about the poll results. CRM Data Mapping Data Migration data conversion data migration data quality donor database fundraising data analysis Third Sector Labs recently presented a data migration webinar with host Bloomerang.

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NpTech Tag Summary: Five Hot Conversations!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Five Hot Conversations. She proposes several different times, leave your preferences in the comments. Or will Convio innovate less due to their massive new market share and potential perceived lack of competition? Comment, Blog it, tag it NpTech, and/or start a blog over at the Netsquared site. GetInvolved Blog shares a summary from the Sunlight Foundation and Berkman Center all day session called "Local Political Information in an Internet Era."

How the Chronicle of Philanthropy's Peter Panepento Uses Twitter Conversations

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This week we've had a lively discussion about Module 2: Participate in the Conversation. How do you find conversations on Twitter that you want to join? It has been exciting to watch the network grow and to see how the conversation has expanded. What is the benefit of having a conversation? T he conversations have been incredibly valuable. What do you think is the art of conversation on Twitter? My advice is to use Twitter as a two-way conversation.

Now Share This: Improving Your Event’s Social Media

Connection Cafe

Your social media sites should show connections to your online event or campaign and it should be easy for your supporters to connect, show, tell and share. Here are a few things your organization can do to maximize your event’s social media presence: Sharing Fairly. Your organization has a million other things going on besides your event or campaign, so the marketing team has decided that each item should get their fair share. Share and Share Alike.

Forum One Staff Share OpenGov Ideas

Forum One

USAID Should do More to Require their Contractors to Share Data. Many contractors avoid sharing this raw data for competitive reasons. USAID should require contractors that collect data to share with USAID and the public in readable formats that are more easily accessible and usable by third parties. The community should enable students to engage in conversations related to functional areas and regions of interest.

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What You Lose When You Become Embedded, and a Moment of Mourning for Blog Conversations

Museum 2.0

I learn twice; once in the writing, and once in the reading and engaging with commenters. In the past three years, the number of comments on this blog has declined significantly. Comments are down. What used to be a lively online discussion--with some posts garnering over 50 comments--is now fairly sedate. Problem is, I''m only part of a tiny fraction of those conversations.

Sharing the love at NTC: Grant Winners

Allegiance Group

Great times spent with colleagues, excellent sessions from which to learn, and great conversations on what’s possible for nonprofits and technology. Thanks also to all in the NTC community who participated and shared with us your positive comments on what we were doing to share the love. Who couldn’t love NTC?

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Comment Cards 2.0: Three Tools to Check Out

Museum 2.0

In many museums, comment cards are currently the most "participatory" part of the visitor experience. But there are three problems with museum comment cards: The comments are so scattered over a wide range of topics (including generic ones like, "Thank you!") In most institutions, the suggestions on comment cards don't get to the people in power. There are few, if any, ways to write back and continue the conversation with the visitor who commented.