Sat.Mar 10, 2012 - Fri.Mar 16, 2012

Why Content Marketing is the Key to Your Nonprofits Online Success

NetWits

I read a blog post by Joe Pulizzi the other day. It got me thinking about how content is used by nonprofits to help them connect with the right audience online. In essence, Joe points out the fact that great content is the tool that moves hearts and inspire action online.

The Corruption of Engagement

SocialFish

Please welcome our newest regular columnist, Ryan Crowe.

Trending Sources

Can “Viral” Videos Really Create Social Change?

Frogloop

The 30-minute “Kony 2012” video produced by the nonprofit Invisible Children , which generated over 70M views on YouTube over the past week, has caused a firestorm in the nonprofit community.

Why Funders Need to Get Out of the Kitchen and Let the Nonprofits Cook More

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flickr Photo by S. Note from Beth: I’m hosting a small army of guest bloggers, grantmakers, who are attending the GeoFunders National Conference taking place this week in Seattle. The GEO community is united by a common drive to challenge the norm in pursuit of better results.

5 Content Marketing Success Stories Your Nonprofit Needs to Imitate

NetWits

Yesterday we talked about the importance of content marketing for nonprofits. Hopefully you caught it. If not, go check it out. We’ll wait here for you to come back. It’s a fairly simple idea.

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Lethal Generosity and a Simple 5 Step Content Marketing Plan for Your Nonprofit

NetWits

Content Marketing takes lethal generosity if you want to succeed. If you’re a nonprofit thinking about content marketing then put the “ Lethal Generosity ” concept into your plans. This idea really is the key to your nonprofits online engagement and marketing strategy.

Buy the Book, and then We Show Up

SocialFish

Okay, maybe it’s not that simple, but we do offer lots of freebies (including in-person presentations and workshops) when you buy Humanize in larger quantities. These deals are designed with organizations in mind, obviously.

Doing More by Doing Less

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flickr Photo Jakob Montrasio. Note from Beth: I’m hosting a small army of guest bloggers, grantmakers, who are attending the GeoFunders National Conference taking place this week in Seattle. The GEO community is united by a common drive to challenge the norm in pursuit of better results.

The First Global Martus Users Group Meeting

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Guest Beneblog by Vijaya Tripathi The first ever Martus users group meeting took place earlier this month in Chiang Mai, the capital of Northern Thailand. Martus is Benetech's free and open source software package designed for human rights activists to collect stories and data about human rights abuses. For me personally, the meeting was a rare experience.

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Understanding Your Audience

Connection Cafe

Author: Alissa Ruehl. The start of a new year is the perfect time to focus on a user-centered strategy for your website. How well do you currently understand your users? Google Analytics can show you a lot you might not have realized about your visitors. Use these five audience insights available through Google Analytics as you develop and adjust your web strategy. Who are they?

A letter from Japan

SocialFish

I received this this morning, and wanted to share it with you. Thank you to everyone who took part in the conversation last year and helped me put together this post about online and mobile disaster relief efforts for Japan. This is for you too. Dear Ms.

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Synapses Ablaze at GEO 2012

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Lehrer’s piece on the Wall Street Journal is here. Note from Beth: I’m hosting a small army of guest bloggers, grantmakers, who are attending the GeoFunders National Conference taking place this week in Seattle.

Webinar: Bring It On! Getting Started With Multichannel Fundraising

Frogloop

As online giving trends steadily increase, nonprofits need to embrace and maximize multichannel fundraising. But what if you’re just getting started? It can be an overwhelming and daunting task! Well look no further: in this webinar, we’ll show you the ropes on how to get started with multichannel fundraising.

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CharityVillage? Research: Top 10 Website Mistakes Charities Make.And Quick Fixes You Can Implement Now

AFP Blog

CharityVillage Research: Top 10 Website Mistakes Charities Make.And Quick Fixes You Can Implement Now : Top 10 Website Mistakes Charities Make.And Quick Fixes You Can Implement Now By Rachel Berdan, rtraction March 12, 2012 Bookmark and Share Charities make the world a better place, and they often do it on shoestring budgets with staff and volunteers who are already stretched thin.

Tips and Tools for Engaging Youth Volunteers

Wild Apricot Blog

Does your organization have a plan for recruiting and engaging the next generation of volunteers? Here are some tips and tools that might help. Volunteers

Can you have your cake and eat it too?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo by Sea Turtle. Note from Beth: I’m hosting a small army of guest bloggers, grantmakers, who are attending the GeoFunders National Conference taking place this week in Seattle. The GEO community is united by a common drive to challenge the norm in pursuit of better results.

Launch Day!

Idealware

Can nonprofits take better advantage of available technologies to improve the services they deliver, and the ways in which they deliver them? To find out, MAP for Nonprofits and Idealware surveyed 180 Minnesota human service organizations about how they were using technology, and then interviewed more than two dozen staff members from organizations that were using it in effective or interesting ways. We began our research nearly a year ago.

Backin' up the Smack Talk

Connection Cafe

Author: Robyn Mendez. I’m the world’s worst smack talker. Just ask my husband or close friends who love to rip on me about my beloved Fightin’ Texas Aggie Football Team, who has a 31.4% win rate against our rivals, the Texas Longhorns.

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Facebook Marketing for Dummies

Wild Apricot Blog

If you are new to Facebook or wondering how to manage the new timeline layout - here's a look at John Haydon's new book and video tutorial. Facebook social media

How Can We Learn in Public?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: I’m hosting a small army of guest bloggers, grantmakers, who are attending the GeoFunders National Conference taking place this week in Seattle. The GEO community is united by a common drive to challenge the norm in pursuit of better results.

Upcoming Nonprofits Live: DIY Blogging

Tech Soup Blog

Here at TechSoup, we’re big on empowering nonprofits and libraries to make smart do-it-yourself technology choices since we know time, staff, and money are all limited resources. This month, we're examining the landscape of DIY blogging. Join us for this very exciting Nonprofits Live on March 21 , where we will feature nonprofit technology guests sharing their unique perspectives on everything from blog set up and effective strategies, to maintenance and growth best practices over time.

Weekend Reading: 2012 Trends and Young Adult Programs

Museum 2.0

Two great museumy reports to brighten your weekend: TrendsWatch 2012. The folks at the AAM Center for the Future of Museums have been experimenting with sharing ideas in several ways over the past couple of years--through their blog , their weekly newsletter , and a series of research reports.

The Most Important Person Your Website Copy Should Speak To

John Haydon

You’ve been taught that your website copy should speak to and motivate your website’s visitors. And if you’re using a web stats tool, like Google Analytics, you know where they live, what browsers they use, how long they visit, what pages they exit, etc.

The Outcome of Our Outcomes

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flickr Photo By Mastery of Maps. Note from Beth: I’m hosting a small army of guest bloggers, grantmakers, who are attending the GeoFunders National Conference taking place this week in Seattle. The GEO community is united by a common drive to challenge the norm in pursuit of better results.

Transmedia Storytelling at SXSW Interactive

Connection Cafe

Author: Corey Pudhorodsky. You’ve probably noticed that many of us at Convio have been thinking and talking a lot about multichannel communication with constituents.

Vote for the Winners of the 6th Annual DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards!

NTEN

With so many incredible videos submitted to this year’s contest it was no easy task, but judges in the 6th Annual DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards have narrowed down the field of entries to 16 finalists.

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Reviving the Press Release

Wild Apricot Blog

Maybe it's time to revive the press release to help you drive traffic, increase member engagement, and boost search engine rankings. public relations

The Capacity-Building Frontier(s)

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: I’m hosting a small army of guest bloggers, grantmakers, who are attending the GeoFunders National Conference taking place this week in Seattle. The GEO community is united by a common drive to challenge the norm in pursuit of better results.

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Ask Idealware: What is "Mobile Phone Virtualization?"

Idealware

Creating Volunteers Who Are Tickled Pink

NTEN

Sandra Jensen. Co-Founder. Kell Partners. Volunteers perform tasks that can come to seem very “job-like”. If your organization can overcome this and instead channel the passion your volunteers have for your mission, they can be a greater asset than merely free labor! As I recently read about Mary Kay Ash's description of her company, its culture and the mindset it develops, I was struck by how deliberate it seemed.

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NTEN State of the Nonprofit Cloud Survey Results

Tech Soup Blog

Over the last few months NTEN has been surveying U.S. nonprofits on their use of cloud services. Their results are now in and are quite interesting. To quote Annaliese Hoeling, NTEN’s publications director: A couple of the biggest take-aways for us were that 91 percent of nonprofits taking our survey reported using at least one cloud software solution?.

From Grantmakers to Changemakers

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: I’m hosting a small army of guest bloggers, grantmakers, who are attending the GeoFunders National Conference taking place this week in Seattle. The GEO community is united by a common drive to challenge the norm in pursuit of better results.

Unleashing Innovation: Using Everyday Technology to Improve Your Services

Idealware

PublishDate: March 2012. Author: Laura S. Quinn, Idealware. Amy Wagner, MAP For Nonprofits. NOTE: This article originally appeared in the March issue of the NTEN:Change Journal , available free with registration. It summarizes a detailed report Idealware recently completed with MAP for Nonprofits, which will be released later this week. Sign up now to be notified when it is released. Many nonprofits think of innovation as a luxury they can’t afford.

Panhandling or Hotspot Vendor: Which is better?

NTEN

Mark Horvath. Founder. Invisible People. What BBH Labs did with Homeless Hotspots is a harmless and fun idea that provides a positive interaction between homeless people and the rest of you. Plus, our homeless friends made a few bucks.