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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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Convio Nonprofit Benchmarks Are Ready

Connection Cafe

So for the fourth year in a row, Convio is proud to provide you the latest copy of our Online Nonprofit Benchmark™ Study with hopefully enough to satisfy every sweet tooth, or hardened online marketer. Author: Quinn Donovan.

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Blackbaud Agrees To Buy Convio For $275 Million - Forbes

AFP Blog

Blackbaud Agrees To Buy Convio For $275 Million - Forbes : There are profits to be made in non-profits. Blackbaud, a provider of cloud-based software for non-profits, this morning said it has agreed to buy Convio, which provides fund-raising software for the non-profit sector, for $16 a share, or about $275 million. Convio closed last week at $10.74.

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Blackbaud Extends Offer to Acquire Convio - MarketWatch

AFP Blog

Blackbaud Extends Offer to Acquire Convio - MarketWatch : CHARLESTON, S.C., BLKB 0.86% today announced the extension of the expiration of its cash tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock of Convio, Inc. Apr 18, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Blackbaud, Inc. CNVO -0.06% to midnight, New York City time, on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 from midnight, New York City time, today

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Convio Summit? There's an app for that.

Connection Cafe

The result of my* efforts, the Convio Summit 2010 Guide , is now available in the iTunes App Store. Author: Bruce Keilin. Prior to the end of the summer and sending my kids back to school, my family went on a short vacation to Truckee, CA.

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Coming Soon: Convio Summit

Connection Cafe

If you read Connection Cafe regularly, follow @Convio on Twitter or are a fan of the Convio Facebook page - well, first things first, thank you. But second, you may be aware of this little thing called Convio Summit that's beginning tomorrow. Follow @Convio on Twitter. If you are at Summit, check in using Gowalla and the Convio Summit 2011 List. Author: Cheryl Black.

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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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Social Media Charades at the Convio Summit

Connection Cafe

Yesterday, James Young and myself had the opportunity to present to packed house of nonprofit organizations on social media at Convio Summit. Author: Jordan Viator.

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My Letter from Convio Summer Camp

Connection Cafe

I’ve been hard at work here at Camp Convio with a dedicated team of analysts and event experts, drumming up our 2011 Peer-to-Peer Benchmark report. Keep your eyes peeled for the 2011 Peer-to-Peer Benchmark Report, and come join us at our Convio Summit session for discussion! Author: Noel Beebe. Dear Event Fundraising Fans, I hope everyone’s enjoying the summer and looking forward to a fun 4th of July!

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A Veteran's Day "Thank You" from Convio

Connection Cafe

On behalf of everyone at Convio I want to say “THANK YOU!” Author: Kent Gilliam. I remember it like it was yesterday. It was the only thing on the news on August 2, 1990. That’s the day Iraq invaded Kuwait, an event that would start a domino effect that has lasted more than 20 years. I was just 19 at the time and not really sure what I wanted to do with my life.

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Salesforce.com, Convio Announce AppExchange Availability

AFP Blog

Salesforce.com, Convio Announce AppExchange Availability: "Convio has announced the availability of the Convio Database Connector on Salesforce.com's (News - Alert) AppExchange. Company officials are calling it 'the first development in a relationship between Convio and the Salesforce.com Foundation… to meet the needs of the nonprofit market.'".

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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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Some Convio Stats

FI Space

Convio at a Glance in 2008: Process more than $776.7 Tags: ASP Non Profit Convio Fund Raising & NPOs So I thought I would pass this on. I would love to see Salesforce or Blackbaud come out with a list like this. Anyone know where I could mine that data? million in online donations. power more than 3,500 web domains. deliver more than 3.1 billion email communications, with greater than 95% deliverabilty rate. enable 43.8 million advocacy calls to action.

2012 BBCon – Blackbaud and Convio User Conference

Amy Sample Ward

Date : September 30-October 2, 2012. Location : Washington, DC. Topic : Designing Online Engagement to Collaborate with Your Community. Description : You can design online engagement to unleash your evangelists. In this workshop, we’ll focus on all aspects of designing high-value, engaging, and participatory content that creates a partnership with your fans. A true evangelist is moved to create, is a seamless co-creator with your organization, and is motivated to spread content.

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 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

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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Donation Form Optimization: A new report available from Donordigital and Convio

Connection Cafe

A new report from Donordigital and Convio reveals some interesting findings about web donation forms. Panelists include Nick Allen from Donordigital, Vinay Bhagat from Convio, Steve Kehrli, Development Director at PETA and David Glass, Director of Online Fundraising at World Wildlife Fund

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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. Convio support is looking in to that as well.

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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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iCared with lots of others for Convio Cares Week

Connection Cafe

If you contact employees at Convio on a regular basis, last week you may have gotten several out of the office notices stating that they were out for the day but would return your email or phone call as soon as possible. Author: Corey Pudhorodsky.

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Convio Founder Vinay Bhagat On Web Video

See What's Out There

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).

American Cancer Society moves to Convio

AFP Blog

American Cancer Society moves to Convio: "The American Cancer Society has enlisted Convio’s online fundraising platform to support Relay for Life efforts. Convio’s integrated program will power Relay for Life Web sites, which participants use to solicit donations. The software will also lend itself to online communication between Relay for Life supporters

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Blackbaud Take Over of Convio - Little Impact on Australian NFPs | Pro Bono Australia

AFP Blog

Blackbaud Take Over of Convio - Little Impact on Australian NFPs | Pro Bono Australia : While the US and UK are abuzz with news that the international software provider to Not for Profits, Blackbaud, has announced a $275 million acquisition of rival company Convio, there’s likely to be little immediate impact in the Australian market

What will the Blackbaud-Convio Merger Mean? - NPQ – Nonprofit Quarterly - Promoting an active an engaged democracy.

AFP Blog

What will the Blackbaud-Convio Merger Mean? - This week, Blackbaud and Convio began operating as one entity in the wake of a merger in which the former acquired the latter for $325 million. Blackbaud specializes in software and services that increase efficiency for nonprofit organizations, and Convio is “a leading provider of constituent engagement solutions that enable nonprofit organizations to maximize the value of every relationship,” according to its website

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NPT Instant Fundraising-Convio Going Public

AFP Blog

NPT Instant Fundraising: "Convio Going Public By Mark Hrywna Six months after acquiring GetActive Software for $17.9 million, Convio, Inc. today filed documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to begin the process of becoming a public company. The number of shares to be sold and the price range for the proposed initial public offering (IPO) have not yet been determined but the

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Hot Off The Presses: Convio Online Marketing Nonprofit Benchmark Index™ Study

Connection Cafe

Downtime may be hard to come by with SXSWi , NTC and AFP International activity this week, but just in case you have a few minutes to burn waiting for a flight, train or a panel to start, I’m arming you with some exhilarating reading material — the Convio Online Marketing Nonprofit Benchmark Index Study. This year’s report looks at online trends for nearly 600 Convio clients across 16 verticals (like Animal Welfare, Arts & Humanities, etc.), Author: Jill Ward.

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Blackbaud Completes Acquisition of Convio : Page 1 of 2 : FundRaising Success

AFP Blog

Blackbaud Completes Acquisition of Convio : Page 1 of 2 : FundRaising Success : harleston, S.C. May 7, 2012) - BlackbaudOpens in a new window today announced that it has completed its acquisition of ConvioOpens in a new window, a leading provider of on-demand constituent engagement solutions. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Blackbaud paid an aggregate purchase price of approximately $325 million.

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See3 at the 2009 Convio Summit - Authorized Solution Provider

See What's Out There

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

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 Tips : How to Embed Video

FI Space

Check out this great little tutorial on how to embed video on your Convio TeamRaiser Web Site from our own Jerry Markham. “I have been asked about embeding video on your Convio sites so I have created this instructional document about this quick and easy process. Tags: Uncategorized Convio Embedding Help Tips Video

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. I am so excited about the direction Convio is taking with Common Ground. " I was asked afterwards to post this content on the private Convio Common Ground community forum, which I will do.

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