Convio Common Ground launched!

Judi Sohn

If I knew that I could make the switch from the old Salesforce nonprofit Starter Pack to Convio Common Ground in less than 6 weeks, I would have made this move months ago. Tags: Geek Posts Salesforce Common Ground Convio database Yes, it was time consuming, but not nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. I ended up using just under 7 billable hours of consulting support time.

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Convio Common Ground progress report

Judi Sohn

It’s been a little over a month since I signed on the dotted line for Common Ground , Convio’s Force.com application for nonprofit donation and constituent management. Between them and Convio, I feel like we’re in good hands. Convio support has been excellent, and I’m learning a great deal through good old fashioned trial and error. Last week, Convio updated their managed packages to version 2.0. Convio docs recommend a batch size of 5(!!)

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Thoughts on the Blackbaud – Convio deal

Robert Weiner

Lots of people have already weighed in on Blackbaud’s purchase of Convio (two of my favorites: [link] and [link] ). How) will this affect Convio’s online marketing suite? Idealware’s Consumer’s Guide to Low Cost Donor Management Systems reviewed 30 systems, the majority of which don’t come from Convio or Blackbaud. I’m currently working with clients that are considering Blackbaud and Convio’s database products (among others).

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Convio goes public!

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Convio (CNVO) went public yesterday! Convio was hoping to raise $56.5 The good news for me is that I can now more easily follow Convio in the same way I follow Blackbaud. Unfortunately, the market is down today so it looks like Convio’s stock price will stay at the $10 range today. I hope Convio’s stock price rises as we certainly need more competition for the Blackbaud juggernaut. Tags: Convio going public IPO

Convio goes public!

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Convio (CNVO) went public yesterday! Convio was hoping to raise $56.5 The good news for me is that I can now more easily follow Convio in the same way I follow Blackbaud. Unfortunately, the market is down today so it looks like Convio’s stock price will stay at the $10 range today. I hope Convio’s stock price rises as we certainly need more competition for the Blackbaud juggernaut. Tags: Convio going public IPO

It’s conference week! Dreamforce and Convio Summit

Judi Sohn

There are only 3 conferences I make a point of going to each year if I can: Convio Summit , Salesforce Dreamforce and NTEN NTC. Wouldn’t you know that this year, Convio Summit and Dreamforce were the same week? Not to say that the Convio conference isn’t excellent. At least next year, Convio Summit will be in Baltimore in October, while Dreamforce will be in December in San Francisco.

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Convio and Blackbaud: The NPTech Brady Bunch?

NTEN

You've probably heard by now that Blackbaud has announced it intends to acquire Convio in a roughly $240 million deal. The biggest impact will be felt by Convio clients and the partner vendors and consultants in the Convio ecosystem – and there's lots of speculation about that already. Here are a few of the posts that have already made their way around the Interwebs: Blackbaud & Convio - a match made in heaven or hell? Blackbaud Acquiring Convio: What Does it Mean?

An Open Letter to Convio

Judi Sohn

The buzz in our biz is that you have made enormous strides over the years in the areas that count – client service, product usability, and bringing the promises of the salesforce and the realities of customerhood into an acceptable equlibirium. Vinay continues to be a major thought leader in fundraising, and an inspiring colleague. You’ve turned some of the hardest-to-please folks I know in the space into some of your most passionate supporters. That’s all good. Really good.

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An Open Letter to Convio

Judi Sohn

The buzz in our biz is that you have made enormous strides over the years in the areas that count – client service, product usability, and bringing the promises of the salesforce and the realities of customerhood into an acceptable equlibirium. Vinay continues to be a major thought leader in fundraising, and an inspiring colleague. You’ve turned some of the hardest-to-please folks I know in the space into some of your most passionate supporters. That’s all good. Really good.

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Convio puts the money where their mouth is for 09NTC

Amy Sample Ward

Every dollar of your gift will be matched by Convio , up to $10,000. Tags: fundraising community conference 09ntc nptech events convio As Jordan Viator explains on the Connection Café blog: It’s no surprise that every other blog post you read these days talks about how to raise money, stretch funds and build supporters in the current economic climate.

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Blackbaud’s acquisition of Convio is a done deal

Robert Weiner

Blackbaud completed its purchase of Convio. The next adventure starts today, as we wait to see what the future holds for their various systems. Advancement Services Databases Donor Databases Email Marketing Fundraising Nonprofit Technology Online Fundraising Software

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Convio Summit Highlights

Allegiance Group

It was a jam-packed three days in Baltimore at the Convio Summit this year. Here are some highlights from the event: Discovering the meaning of the U-tag in Convio. (It That look on the audience’s face when they realized they could in fact do almost anything in Convio if they really tried. Lots of new ideas for how to integrate Convio with social media campaigns. Were you at the Convio Summit?

2012 Convio Benchmark Study

Connection Cafe

The sixth annual Convio Online Marketing Benchmark Index Study is now officially released. Author: Vinay Bhagat. At a macro-level, we continue to see online engagement growing at a healthy rate. In fact, over the past five or six years, online fundraising has grown at a similar rate to retail e-commerce, good news for nonprofits. I’m particularly encouraged by a new metric we added this year: growth in monthly giving.

Convio and SXSW 2012

Connection Cafe

Dust off your Tom’s, iPads, and lanyards- SXSW is finally upon us and no one is more excited than we are here at Convio. Author: Guest Blogger. It’s that time of the year again folks! For those of you who are wondering what this fun acronym is all about, South by Southwest is a 9 day festival that includes 3 portions: music, film, and our favorite, interactive (March 9th-13th). This year we are diving in with our feet first by co-sponsoring the TechMix Happy Hour on March 9th.

Sparkly Shoed Convio Superstar

Connection Cafe

We got to talking and I learned of her Convio savvy and love of all things Gigya. And here we are… Tania Luciow is a lover of sparkly flats, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund , and Convio. TL: Hands down, I would say the Convio Community. EG for CC: What are you most proud of regarding your use of Convio with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial? EG for CC: If you had advice to share for a new Convio admin, what would it be?

What's new and cool in Convio Common Ground version 3

Judi Sohn

It's been a little over a year since I fully deployed Convio Common Ground at the Colorectal Cancer Coalition. Afterwards, thanks to new upgrades from Salesforce aimed at developers like Convio, there was minimal configuration. Which brings me to the next great thing about Convio Common Ground: support. I opened a ticket with Convio and now someone else who knows a lot more than me is digging in code trying to figure out what went wrong while I do the rest of my job.

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Blackbaud – Convio merger expected to close this week

Robert Weiner

The Department of Justice signed off on Blackbaud's acquisition of Convio last week, and it looks like the deal will close this week. This is just the beginning of the story. I expect that it will take at least several months, and probably several years, before the dust settles and we know what's left behind. David Lawson has been arguing that Common Ground is a goner and clients will be pushed to eTapestry.

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Convio Founder Vinay Bhagat On Web Video

See3

We are having a great time at the Convio Summit 2009 in Austin. Today at lunch Vinay Bhagat, Convio’s founder and an expert in nonprofit web marketing spoke about trends online. If you aren’t at the Convio Summit you can still meet us, just call the office 773-784-7333). Here’s the video : Tags: Uncategorized convio convio09 One thing he talked about was video and social media and how these new online tools have become more important to nonprofits.

My Study Abroad, at Convio

Connection Cafe

Have you ever wondered who else works at Convio? As a staffer working out of our DC office, I decided to relocate to Texas for a month and spend some time working from Convio's Austin offices (eating breakfast tacos, getting to know my colleagues and such). I put together a little video about two of Convio's behind the scenes superstars. Author: Emily Goodstein. Howdy, Connection Cafe readers! Behind the mysterious software curtain? I mean.

Convio’s 2009 Online Fundraising Benchmark Report

Robert Weiner

Convio has released a new online fundraising benchmark report that is based on data from 600 of Convio’s nonprofit clients from January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008. The study reports: Positive year-over-year growth in all of the key areas of online success. Compared to 2007, results for online fundraising were up 14 percent, email file growth was up 28 percent, and Web site traffic was up 20 percent.

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4 Nerdiest Upcoming Convio Features

Connection Cafe

Over the past several months I've had the pleasure of working with Convio's Engineering team on a number of new features for Luminate Online. The tech jargon (sorry, I tried): with the Winter release, Convio's Open API will support the Access-Control-Allow-Origin response header. By using this feature, Convio clients will be able to do things like, for example, use the API to display a list of your organization's upcoming events on your website. Author: Noah Cooper.

Analysis of Convio’s Online Fundraising Study

Robert Weiner

Care2’s Allyson Kapin just published an analysis of Convio’s online fundraising study (which I mentioned earlier this week ). She interviewed me, so of course I think the article is good. But in particular, check out the advice from online marketing consultant Katy O’Neal about how nonprofits should focus their marketing and engagement efforts. The analysis is posted at [link].

More Nonprofits Adopting Convio’s Common Ground

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Convio crows about the quick adoption of Common Ground today : AUSTIN, TEXAS (January 15, 2009) — . Convio, Inc. Common Ground easily integrates with other open systems including Convio’s online fundraising and marketing applications. Myself and others have been discussing the need in the nonprofit sector for precisely the kind of software Convio Common Ground is. This is what Convio did and it’s working out quite well for them.

Convio Opens the Kimono

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I received an embargoed press release in my email about Convio's Open Initiative. The most recent announcement is from Convio, which launched Convio Open. Since Convio typically is used by larger nonprofit organizations and institutions, does that mean that integration of social media marketing strategies has tipped the tuna in the nonprofit sector? Also, I wonder what happens to the smaller and medium size nonprofits that can't afford the hefty cost of Convio's tools?

Behind the Convio Admin Curtain

Connection Cafe

Ever wonder who the man (or woman) behind the curtain is on your favorite Convio powered site (sort of like the Wizard of Oz but in a less ruby slippers are more online strategy kind of way)? Well, today we’re going behind the curtain…errr computer screen… to introduce you to Andrew MacKay—one of the fabulous Convio administrators at the Canadian Wildlife Federation ( CWF ). AM: I often look for answers to questions that I have in the Convio Community.

Convio Go! List-Building Strategies

Connection Cafe

To help the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (a nonprofit medical research organization) find the answers, the Convio Go! Establish a clear pathway to participate To keep the momentum going, OMRF engaged email recipients further with a brief eCard reminding them to register to win and inviting them to forward funny content (in this case uber-cool eCards which OMRF designed based on a Convio template) promoting the campaign to family and friends. Author: Jennifer Atkins.

The Dish: 2011 Convio Summit

Connection Cafe

The 2011 Convio Summit is 14 days away. There will be tons of resources and support being provided from Convio Community, Free ‘Do It Yourself’ campaign kits to getting support on Twitter. Or at least come by and say "hi" and meet the faces behind those Convio voices and emails that you know. Stop by and say hello, fill out a short survey on Convio usability, or make an appointment for a 30 minute feedback session on selected topics. Author: Jill Ward.

See3 at the 2009 Convio Summit - Authorized Solution Provider

See3

We are here in Austin at the 2009 Convio Summit! We are speakers, exhibitors and sponsors and are really excited to now be a Convio Authorized Solution Provider. Tags: Uncategorized convio convio09 Here’s what our booth set up looks like.

Convio will join Kintera and Blackbaud as a publicly traded company

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Convio will join Kintera and Blackbaud as a publicly traded company September 1, 2007 You’ve probably heard the news, and I’m taking a break from my break to write about it. Convio has registered to go public.

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New Convio Online Marketing Nonprofit Study

Allegiance Group

One of the best studies of how nonprofits are using online communications is Convio’s annual report. Here’s a link to download the Convio Online Marketing Nonprofit Benchmark Index™ Study (in PDF The report, which was released today, is well worth a read. Here are a few of the key findings from their report: Online fundraising continues to grow. Overall, 79 percent of organizations included in the report raised more in 2010 than 2009.

New Convio Online Marketing Nonprofit Study

Allegiance Group

One of the best studies of how nonprofits are using online communications is Convio’s annual report. Here’s a link to download the Convio Online Marketing Nonprofit Benchmark Index™ Study (in PDF The report, which was released today, is well worth a read. Here are a few of the key findings from their report: Online fundraising continues to grow. Overall, 79 percent of organizations included in the report raised more in 2010 than 2009.

Convio rumors? | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Pipes (1) Convio Convio rumors? 03.17.08 | 3348 18 Comments [link] Convio+rumors%3F 2008-03-17+20%3A35%3A15 Allan+Benamer A smart reader just told me about some news I somehow overlooked — it seems that David Crooke, Convio’s CTO, was replaced by David Hart on the 27th of February. The inference here is that the quick and abrupt departure of David Crooke was payback for the Convio security scandal last year.

More on Convio Not Going Public…

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

It looks like Convio’s CEO, Gene Austin, had a talk with Fortune Magazine’s Jon Fortt. The most telling quote is here: It's not like Convio it trying to be the next Google (GOOG). Look to see that paragraph referenced a lot if Convio is pitching its products to you… As for the prospects of Convio returning to raise more capital via an IPO… Austin says Convio will give an IPO another go when financial markets are more stable (”not up 200, down 200?),

My top 5 Salesforce/Common Ground administrator tips (as presented at the Convio Summit)

Judi Sohn

I just got back from 3 fabulous days in Baltimore at the Convio Summit user conference. This year, there were enough nonprofit organizations already on Common Ground to warrant a session or two aimed at users, rather than just to sell existing Convio clients to the application as was found at previous Summits. I am so excited about the direction Convio is taking with Common Ground.

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Join Convio for Breakfast at 09NTC

NTEN

Long time NTC supporter Convio is hosting two breakfasts at the NTC: one for partner organizations, and one on their CMS. Send your name, organization, and phone number, and which breakfast(s) you'd like to attend: Introducing: The Convio Solution Partner Program. We're introducing Convio’s first authorization program for partners that deploy our software and provide related services. The Convio CMS Advantage: Real World Success from Partners and Clients.

Blackbaud Buys their Rival Convio: Now What?

Care2

The nonprofit community was stunned yesterday when Blackbaud purchased long time rival Convio. According to Blackbaud President Marc Chardon, “Combining Convio and Blackbaud is expected to help create one of the largest SaaS vendors with over $440 million in trailing twelve months pro forma revenue.” ” So what does this acquisition mean for the nonprofit community, in particular for the 1500+ customers that use Convio?

Blackbaud and Convio: Stronger Together

Connection Cafe

Author: Sara Spivey. Not even a whole summer on the Blackbaud team, and we are knocking things out left and right. Last month we shared our “ quick wins ” and today we’re ready to share our “stronger together” initiatives. Our “stronger together” initiatives are key areas where we knew we could plan better solutions once we put our minds together. Jana Eggers , Sr. VP of Products and Marketing, says it best.

Convio acquires GetActive! | Beaconfire Wire

Allegiance Group

06/28/2010: User Expectations and Interface Response Times 06/16/2010: Making the most of conference hashtags: A tool for presenters 06/08/2010: Beaconfire Survey: Seductive Interactions 06/08/2010: Emailing with Convio – Testing Conditional Content 06/07/2010: Goin’ Barefoot? GetActive’s roots are in the advocacy space and Convio’s in online fundraising. One Response to “Convio acquires GetActive!&#

Blackbaud and Convio One Company – Now What?

Tech Soup Blog

Ever since we announced the completion of Blackbaud’s acquisition of Convio , we’ve been hard at work with our combined team, focused on integrating quickly so we can deliver added value for our joint customers and the nonprofit sector. This guest blog post was written by Amy Kellinger, senior channel marketing manager at Blackbaud. Donated Blackbaud services are available at TechSoup.

Watch the Convio Online Video Session on YouTube

See3

At the 2009 Convio Summit, Michael Hoffman was joined by Ramya Raghavan of the YouTube Nonprofit Program and David Neff of American Cancer Society for a session about online video. In this session we’ll discuss using constituent-generated videos to reach your audience on YouTube and your web site, walk through the great examples of using video on Convio-powered pages and share practical tips on integrating video strategically and technically. Video youtube convio web 2.0

See us at Convio Summit

Forum One

Forum One is at the in Austin this week, an annual meeting of organizations and partners that use Convio's suite of tools for content management, advocacy, email messaging, and more. Michaela Hackner and I (Andrew Cohen) will will be manning a booth in the exhibit hall on Tuesday, Nov. 18 and Wednesday, Nov. If you're attending, come stop by and say hi. We're also giving away a free year of ProjectSpaces , Forum One's easy-to-use extranet service.

Convio's 2009 Online Fundraising Benchmark Report

Tech Soup Blog

Convio has released a new online fundraising benchmark report that is based on data from 600 of Convio's nonprofit clients from January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008. The study reports: Positive year-over-year growth in all of the key areas of online success. Compared to 2007, results for online fundraising were up 14 percent, email file growth was up 28 percent, and Web site traffic was up 20 percent.

Comparison of ShareThis, AddThis and Gigya (Now w/ Convio Integration!)

Allegiance Group

Gigya, especially with it’s recent integration with Convio , might be your best bet depending on your needs. sharing content) to be recorded in Convio. Integrating social sharing on your website can be as easy to implement as adding a script into your webpage templates. I recently took a look at three of the most popular utilities for social sharing: ShareThis, AddThis, and Gigya. After conducting a review, AddThis came out on top as the best system for most users.