July, 2011

Social Media Best Practices: 12 Tips for Making the Best of Any Social Site


Do you know how many of your supporters use popular social networks like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube? Twitter has more than 16 million users, and 42.3 percent of the entire American population is on Facebook. YouTube is the second most used search engine in the world.

How Helpful is Teaching Nonprofits How to Fish?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flickr Photo by Minarae. Note from Beth: I was thrilled that Paul Connolly agreed to write a guest post sharing some of the public learning taking place through the OE Goldmine Project on the Packard Foundation OE Wiki.

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What is G+ and Do I Need It?


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Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Webinar for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Date: Thursday, August 4. Time: 1pm-2:30 EDT. Cost: Free. How to Register: Sign up! Presented By: Heather Mansfield. Based upon the soon-to-be-released book Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits , this webinar begins with defining Web 1.0, Web 2.0, and Web 3.0

Community Engagement and Social Media for Public Media

Amy Sample Ward

I recently had the opportunity to present a webinar for the National Center for Media Engagement , focused on community-driven engagement, and present a session at the Public Media Development and Marketing Conference , talking about building a social media strategy.

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What Google+ users can learn from nonprofits

Judi Sohn

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m fascinated by Google+. I left Web Worker Daily in 2009 in no small part because I was bored out of my mind with the content I was producing/editing. I couldn’t stomach looking at even one more new social networking/collaboration site that no one would care about in 6 minutes, much less 6 months. Google+ is different, and not just because it’s from Google.

Google+ Best Practices for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Currently Google+ is only available to invited individuals. Brand pages are expected to be launched some time this fall.

No! More! Exclamation Points!

Museum 2.0

As a freshly-minted museum director, I knew I'd develop at least one micro-managing quirk, something that would drive me totally nuts (and drive me to drive my staff nuts in response). I've found that thing. It's exclamation points.

Twelve tips for writing more blog posts each week

John Haydon

I write six to seven posts each week on four different websites, which might seem amazing. But I used to struggle to write just two posts every week (seven is still a struggle, which is a good thing).

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10 Simple Fundraising Tips Guaranteed to Improve Effectiveness


Register for our monthly Event Fundraising eNewsletter to receive more practical fundraising tips like these in your inbox. Register Now ! Looking to be a more effective fundraiser? Or, do you work for a nonprofit and need to find ways to equip those who fundraise on your behalf?

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Google +: The Trade Off Between Privacy Needs, Community, and Social Context

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

On Friday, I tripped down the rabbit hole of Google + field test with many other social media early adopters and nonprofit technology (#nptech folks) who were kicking the tires. Google + is Google’s new social sharing platform.

Groupon? Don’t Buy It


I’m a little concerned about a recent article in Associations Now extolling the virtues of Groupon for associations. Now, I’m no Groupon expert by any means, but I read a lot, and most of what I read about Groupon is BAD.

11 Nonprofit Websites Designed for the Social Web

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The average Internet user today is barraged with a constant stream of messages in the form of tweets, status updates, shouts, bulletins, e-mail, and “Breaking News!&# Social media is not only changing how we communicate online, but it’s also changing how our brains process information.

How to Chat It Up With Major Donors

Connection Cafe

Author: Lynn Howes. If you are like most non-profits, you define a major donor by the size of the gift to your organization. Some organizations set the major donor threshold at $1,000 or more, for larger organizations that threshold may be set at $10,000 or more. Though in today’s world of donor-centered fundraising or constituent relationship management, shouldn’t we define a major donor based on different criteria?

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Everything You Need to Know About Google+


If you do a Google search for Google+ over 26M search results will come up. Since Google rolled out their new platform to compete with Facebook and Twitter, the online world has gone Google+ bonkers exploring it’s new features, deciding which people should go into their BFF circles, and asking good questions around functionality. What kind of impact will Google+ have on nonprofits and campaigners? Will Google+ wipe out FB and Twitter?

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10 Ways Your Nonprofit Can Use Twitter


Although Google+ has been all the talk amongst techies the past couple weeks, Google has asked that non-personal accounts not be created , leaving Nonprofits and businesses in the dark. Fret not, however, as the number of nonprofits using Twitter continues to grow.

Living Case Studies: Integrated Social Media Strategy for Sustainable Agriculture

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Living Case Studies: Social Media and Sustainable Agriculture. View more presentations from Beth Kanter.

Supercharge your content


I wanted to point out two tools I’ve been experimenting with a lot for what I call “supercharging your content&#. With both of these tools, when you send out a tweet using their respective bookmarklets, you send people to a big landing page with related information.

Google+ and Nonprofits: No Worries If You Have Not Yet Been Invited!

Nonprofit Tech for Good

What are Google Circles and how do I use them?

John Haydon

Google’s social platform, Google+ , has a feature called “Circles&# that allows users to put various different people in specific groupings or lists. This feature is intended to: Share relevant content with the right people. Follow content posted by people you find interesting.

Oodles of Time Management Tips: July Nonprofit Blog Carnival Round-Up

Have Fun - Do Good

I bet the Aztecs didn't have time management issues! A big thanks to everyone who contributed a post to this month's Nonprofit Blog Carnival. Below is a selection of folks' answers to this month's topic: Time Management Tips. I've highlighted one tip from each post.

20 Tips for Nonprofits Using Twitter


This is a follow-up post to yesterday’s “ 10 Ways Your Nonprofit Can Use Twitter ,&# in which we talked about some of the many ways nonprofit can use social media networks, such as Twitter , as a communications vehicle to support their organization’s larger goals.

What is Your Plan For Google + Experimentation and Exploration?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Simon Laustsen. What a day! The platform war between Facebook and Google + officially launched with a press conference at Facebook announcing the new “awesome&# features including one click skype/Facebook integration for video chat.

Google now denies program to nonprofits they used to serve

Judi Sohn

I’ve been struggling whether to write this post or file it under “don’t bite the hand that feeds you.&# Guess which won? At Fight Colorectal Cancer, we switched from web host email to Google Apps in 2007 and we haven’t looked back. Last summer, I set up Google Apps for my synagogue. Both IRS-recognized nonprofit organizations are using the Education Edition of Google Apps, which offer more features, support and storage space than the Free edition.

The Spectator Spectrum: Who Do You Count as a Participant?

Museum 2.0

Ready for a math problem? A museum holds a free program in a semi-public space. Fifteen people engage in the prescribed activities. Approximately 100 people walk by while the program is going on. Some of them look and point, some talk about the program, and some completely ignore it.

Two ways Google Plus will change how nonprofits connect with their supporters

John Haydon

If you’re reading this and work for a nonprofit, don’t waste your time with Google Plus – especially if your peanut butter is already spread too thin. However, if have time and you’re the curious geek type, go for it!

Breakthrough on Global Access at WIPO in Geneva!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

There has been a major breakthrough recently on international copyright negotiations in Geneva around improved access for people who have print disabilities. Through negotiations, four competing proposals have been merged into a single document supported in June by the Latin Americans (led by Brazil), the U.S., the European Union and others. Here are some questions and answers I've prepared on this topic, based on my recent trip to Geneva to attend the first week of discussions on the issue.

Social Media’s Impact on Cause Marketing with Chris Noble


Back in March of this year at SXSW I got the chance to spend a few minutes with Chris Noble the “Voltaire&# [ according to him ] of cause marketing. If you don’t know Chris make sure to say Hi to him on Twitter.

Would You Climb A Mountain for Charity?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flickr Photo by Soyignatus. Millennials (those young, tech savvy, and passionate younger donors) will – as I learned at last month’s Millennial Donor Summit.

Maybe Google+ is Cool as They Say

Connection Cafe

Author: Guest Blogger. Like everyone else, Convions are chomping at the bit for the coveted Google + invite.and to actually get in once we get that invite. Client Support Manager Cynthia Balusek was one of the first to get past the virtual bouncer and through the Google + door. Now she's making a cameo appearance here on Connection Cafe to share her initial impressions with you. Many thanks to my friend Betsy, I did get an invite to Google + ! And I'm lonely. I have less than 10 friends.

Comparing Google Apps to Microsoft Outlook


PublishDate: July 2011. Author: Laura S. Quinn. Jay Leslie. The Google Apps donation program provides organizational email, calendaring and document sharing as a free alternative to Microsoft Outlook. How do the two applications compare in the face of typical nonprofit needs? Since Google introduced its Google Apps donation program several years ago, many organizations have adopted it as a replacement for the once-ubiquitous Microsoft Outlook.

20 Creative Ways to Blog About Your Upcoming Events


You've designed and built your blog, signed some of the staff on to help, laid out your blogging guidelines , and even engaged some volunteer blog contributors. A few weeks go by, you've gotten a few comments, and you're feeling good about your efforts. It seems like smooth sailing until. "I I have nothing to write about!".

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NTEN + Planet = Better Place


Just heard that my favorite association of all time, the Nonprofit Technology Network ( NTEN ), is having a SUMMER SALE on their membership dues. From their website: “ Join the Community and Put Technology to Work Today.

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Facebook: Is it Worth your Nonprofit’s Time?


This is a guest post by the one and only Allyson Kapin - co-founder of Rad Campaign. Make sure to check out what she’s got going on! —. How much time should your nonprofit spend engaging with their “fans” on Facebook? Is two hours a week good enough?