Nonprofits and Instagram: The Ultimate Curated Collection of Best Practices, Examples, and Tips

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Users can share them on Instagram while also choosing to share them to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Foursquare. It was created in 2010 and purchased by Facebook in 2012 (more history here ). Nonprofit Examples and Getting Started or Rebooting A Strategic Approach.

10 Twitter Best Practices for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

It’s impossible to apply Twitter best practices across all segments of the nonprofit sector because of the wide variety of causes and follower counts, but scientific analysis of Twitter clearly indicate that there is right way and a wrong way to use Twitter. Social Media Twitte

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Two Examples of Nonprofit Social Media That Will Make You Smile (and learn a best practice or two)

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Today I’m seeking out examples of how nonprofits use cute dogs, cats, or babies in their social media to feel good, but also extract a social media best practice or two so it doesn’t feel like a “waste of time.”

How Twitter Donations Work: What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Twitter is experimenting with allowing certain nonprofits to accept donations directly through tweets. It is unclear if Twitter has plans to provide access to more nonprofits in the near future, but doing so would be a smart move. 1) Donors can now give directly through Twitter.

How Nonprofit Pros Use Twitter


————— According to the most recent Nonprofit Communications Trends Report , 76% percent of nonprofits are now using Twitter. Twitter can be used to distribute news about your organization and your stories. I love Twitter for media relations.

50 More of the Best Nonprofit Twitter Accounts to Follow Right Now


A while back, we shared a collection of awesome nonprofits that are doing Twitter right and the response was overwhelming. That's why, just in time to revamp your timeline for the fall, we thought you could use 50 more social-savvy organizations to follow, fav, and RT. twitter

How To Simplify Content Promotion with the Twitter Leapfrog Method


Here’s the full article reprinted by permission – would love to know if anyone is using this Twitter Leapfrog Method or anything similar. Twitter Leapfrog Pre-Work. Create a Twitter account to promote the article with. The Twitter Leapfrog Process.

[Book Interview] Nonprofit Example of Social Media Excellence: WITNESS

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Twitter: WITNESS currently utilizes the following social media tools: YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and “Video for Change” (blog). Are they paid, full-time, part-time? A good example is Organization: WITNESS.

How Do I Get My Nonprofit’s CEO To Use Twitter or other Social Media?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

He camped outside her door and not only told her about how nonprofit CEO’s were using Twitter, but showed her how easy it was. Here’s another example about a nonprofit CEO (Helen Clark of UNDP) using Twitter to engage audiences about policy.

How To Squeeze Social Media Into Your Day When It Isn’t A Full-Time Job

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

To put this context, a gold fish has an attention span of 9 seconds! Attention span is the amount of concentrated time on a task without becoming distracted. For example, Facebook users share 684,478 pieces of content in a minute. Photo by BirgerKing.

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The Story of Stuff: An Inspiring Example of A Network in Action

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

As I listened to her speak about their experience, I knew this would be a terrific case study to share in Beirut as an example of working in a networked way. Annie was kind enough to give me her notes so I could write this case study and hopefully, I’ve captured it correctly.

How Much Time Should Your Nonprofit Invest In Different Social Media Channels?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Along with measuring against impact results, it is important to look at how much time has been invested. This informative post is based on a recent webinar presented by the Ad Council provides an overview of how to understand the return on your time investment.

Case Study: How Human Rights Watch Leverages Employee Personal Brands on Twitter

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

When policymakers are not paying attention, Human Rights Watch shines a light on the situation through the media, both mainstream and social channels. In 2009, they embraced Twitter because journalists were active on Twitter and it was an efficient way to reach them.

Four Reasons Why Nonprofits Should Follow More on Twitter

Nonprofit Tech for Good

How nonprofits choose to follow on Twitter varies widely. Some nonprofits only follow a small of amount of Twitterers, others follow hundreds or thousands, and a few follow more (sometimes a lot more) than they are being followed themselves. However, from browsing more than 80,000 nonprofits on Twitter over the last three years, the vast majority of nonprofits follow a lot less than they are being followed. Twitter

How To Automate Twitter Without Looking Like an Idiot


————– Confession time. These two don’t traditionally play well together, and for a very long time, Perfectionist Tyler won most of the battles, which led to two results: Reasonable success in school. Example. Bonus Time!

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11 Ways Your Museum Should be using Twitter

Connection Cafe

” In it the authors discussed how you should use social media at a nonprofit and it made me curious about how museums are using Twitter. It’s discouraging to see organizations missing out on the benefits because they aren’t using Twitter effectively. Solicit Twitter followers.

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Two Social Media Toolkit Examples and Other Goodies


Increasingly, these tools are also being used for predictive and sentiment analysis—using the vast amount of real-time data from these social platforms to predict emerging trends and respond to them quickly (referred to as “social data”). Some goodies I’ve come across this week for you.

How Nonprofit Leaders Make Time for Social Media and Other Secrets to Adoption

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The first reaction I typically hear from nonprofit leaders when it comes to social media is “When am I going to find the time?” This is a summary: Make the Time, But Get Started With Small Steps. Use “Fill In” Time.

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30 Super Useful Nonprofit Hashtags – Twitter Chats, Too!


Twitter really shines as a communications tool when you use it with hashtags. Hashtags are words or phrases prefixed with the hash symbol (#), #justinbeiber for example. You can make up your own hashtag – #ihateitwhenthathappens for example – but that’s more of a sentiment than a communications strategy. You often see it paired with 1-2 other hashtags to expand the reach of the tweet – #nptech and #fundraising for example.

Social Media 101 TweetChat: Twitter

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup continued its Social Media Mondays in May with a discussion on Twitter to expand on the resources offered in its Nonprofit Social Media 101 wiki. One participant said, "A good tweet is something that elicits action offline, for example, a laugh or a conversation.

My Most Engaged Follower On Twitter Is @JenniferPreston

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My most engaged follower on Twitter this past week is Jennifer Preston. SocialRank is a tool that helps you understand your followers on your Twitter and now Instagram. I know why Jennifer, who is the VP at the Knight Foundation is one of my engaged followers this week.

One Small Step: What’s Your Twitter Elevator Speech?

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Here’s one for Twitter. It’s really important to fill out the information in your Twitter profile especially the “Bio&# field where you sum up in a few words who you are and make it sound interesting. It’s like an elevator speech. DELIVER ON TWITTER FEED].

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How @GoodwillIntl is Celebrating Labor Day with Twitter Campaign #150jobs AND Measures Success

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One of their newest experiments is a Twitter campaign, #150jobs. I interviewed Arlene to learn more about they’re measuring their Twitter campaign and what they’re learning. What is the objective of the Twitter campaign?

Twitter Makes Profile Updates

Connection Cafe

And, typically today, for marketers to reach the broader American audience, they also need to speak in these blurbs – which makes the new Twitter layout such a welcome update. Twitter Gets a New Do. Best Tweets – In Twitter’s defense, THIS is definitely an original idea… And a good one.

What can you learn by visualizing your Twitter network?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Let’s look at the ones that allow you to see the current relationships and potential ways to weave them on social media and social networks like Twitter. There are many tools to visualize your Twitter network. E-Mediat Twitter Network.

How to Ctrl + S the World, one #14NTC Event at a Time

Connection Cafe

Blackbaud hosted an educational webinar with Farra back in June on the effective use of email to Improve Online Fundraising Results that was not only entertaining, but included tons of practical examples and takaways for nonprofit professionals, which you’re sure to receive in this session as well.

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Time to Give a Little

ASU Lodestar Center

Other reality: I don’t have the time or money for your cause. I had a chance to chat with Leo Ramirez , President, CEO, and Co-Founder of MiniDonations , and he summed it up excellently: “When compounded, small donations of one's time, talent, and treasure can profoundly impact our world.

Trick or Tweet? Seven Twitter Tools To Help You Measure, Learn, and Improve

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last week, I celebrated my 5th birthday of joining Twitter! As far as I can tell, the first arrivals on Twitter from the NpTech sector were Ruby Sinreich and Brian Reich who signed up two weeks before me. So, in honor our collective Twitter birthdays in October and Halloween, I thought I’d share a few Twitter tools for tracking and learning that are real treats and a few that make your work flow on Twitter efficient for documenting events.

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You Can Stand Up for Health Care on Twitter and Facebook, What About On Google +?

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Twitter App Looks Up Zip Code to Tweet Your Legislator. They are integrating social media tactics to their online advocacy tool box with this Twitter tool. In this example of using grassroots organizing to influence grass tops debates, how do we measure it?

HOW TO: Upgrade Your Nonprofit’s Twitter Profile to the New Design

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Now that nonprofits are officially in the throes of peak fundraising season, upgrading to the new Twitter profile design launched on September 18 is likely low on the priority lists of many nonprofit communications and fundraising staff. 11 Excellent Examples of Nonprofit Avatars.

Tips for Nonprofits on Using Social Media to Build Supporter Relationships

Connection Cafe

We asked some of our favorite nonprofit tech friends to share ideas for how organizations can use social media to build meaningful relationships with their supporters—donors, influencers and activists—and what that looks like on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Timing.

9 Ways Social Media Can Help Nonprofits Ignite Supporter-Led Advocacy

Connection Cafe

With the historic influx of energy being poured into issues, now is the time to identify which of your supporters are the most active on social media and ask them specifically to share your message with their networks. Use Social Listening for Real-Time Engagement.

Twitter: this time it’s personal

Steve Bridger

Rachel Beer invited me to share a post prior to the 8th NFPtweetup on September 15th, so here goes… Many scoff at those of us who love Twitter, and frankly I couldn’t care less. – with some suggestions on how to convince colleagues of the value of Twitter.

Social Media and Mobile for Real Time Professional Learning at Conferences

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The use of mobile and social media enhanced the experience beyond having the standard back channel via a hashtag on Twitter, but the substance of his comments resonated. For example, the City of San Jose is trying to save money by turning off the street lights in the city.

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How Tweet It Is: Twitter is Becoming a Better Way to Offer Customer Service


Trending companies like Hootsuite, a social media management system company, are using Twitter to field questions and complaints from consumers. Soda giant Mountain Dew is also joining the Twitter train.

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What are the most effective ways Nonprofits/Foundations can use Twitter #hashtags?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It is also a Twitter term that describes a keyword, prefixed by that symbol, that helps people track conversations on Twitter. It still continues to be used on Twitter as well as other places. Another example, although not totally nonprofit focused is #blogchat.

13 Twitter Search Examples for Nonprofits


Twitter search is a pretty amazing resource that most have yet to tap into. Well, because it’s nearly real time and driven completely by humans. Twitter search isn’t searching web pages and it doesn’t take days/weeks for your tweets to show up in the results. Why do I think it’s amazing you ask? If you want to find out who’s talking about nonprofit work in your area within the last month or even today you can.

8 Random But Useful Social Media Tips for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

For nonprofit admins that do not have the time to regularly research social media trends, it can be a battle to stay ahead of the learning curve. For those nonprofits that allocate staff time, embracing early adoption is key to social media success. For example, 1024 x 512 pixels.

[Book Interview] Nonprofit Example of Social Media Excellence: The Humane Society of the United States

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Twitter: @ HumaneSociety , @ cariegrls. We’re using Facebook primarily, Twitter for feedback, dabbling in Foursquare, and starting our LinkedIn presence. Twitter is the one that surprised me the most. For us, Twitter is primarily a public relations/customer service tool.

Great reads from around the web on February 24th

Amy Sample Ward

To follow more of the things I find online, you can follow @amysampleward on Twitter (which is just a blog and resource feed), or find me on Delicious (for all kinds of bookmarks). Do you think it would be valuable for your organization or a waste of time? " roundup activism bookmarks branding code data examples infographic issues list marketing media millennials movement news occupy opendata opensource pinterest politics postalicious resources social socialmedia strategy