Testing Your Donation Form Part 3: Wrangling Guinea Pigs

Connection Cafe

Note: This is the third in a series of posts about usability testing your website from guest author Brandon Granger, Senior Interaction Designer for Blackbaud. Brandon has crafted user experiences and conducted user research in the nonprofit space for 12+ years.

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A Social Media Measurement Nonprofit Guinea Pig: Thanks Tim! Please add your thoughts!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Tim Davies from the UK volunteered to be the guinea pig and test the thinking process (a logic model of sorts) for his newly launched web project that incorporates social media strategies. Any other guinea pigs out there that want to try this model | View | Upload your own.

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10 Nonprofits to Support on World Humanitarian Day


Take for instance its work in helping reduce the incidence of Guinea worm disease from an estimated 3.5 August 19 is World Humanitarian Day, an annual reminder that humanitarian crises around the world are far from over. Founded by the United Nations , WHD advocates for the "safety and security of humanitarian aid workers, and for the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crises.".

Starting a Recurring Giving Program: Tips from the Major Hospital Foundation

Connection Cafe

Ask if they will be guinea pigs for the program and be honest about your purpose. The concept of recurring giving is pretty awesome. It enables people to make a meaningful increase in their impact on an organization that they care about without feeling a big impact in their checkbooks.

Win a Trip to Report for the NYT with Nicholas Kristof

Have Fun - Do Good

Possible destinations this year are Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Liberia and/or Ghana. In today's Sunday New York Times article , Win a Trip You Won't Forget , two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Nicholas Kristof , writes, "[I]f you want to save the world, you first must understand it."

Social Networking Strategies: The Limits of Cutting and Pasting

Amy Sample Ward

Organizations that joined Facebook early on endured the “price of early adoption”—they were the guinea pigs for a platform that was still figuring out just what to do with this form of user. My latest contribution to the Stanford Social Innovation Review is up on the opinion blog – you can read the post and join the conversation on the SSIR blog or read the full post below.

Tips for a Successful Software Implementation

Vertex Systems

And make sure they’re not starting out with you as their guinea pig – find a software vendor that has many installations under their belt.

Data Digest: Open Data for Africa Platform, Silent Data Revolution in MENA and Data Strategies

Tech Soup Blog

Data Digest is a weekly round-up of the latest news on data-related projects in the nonprofit sector, compiled and authored by Keisha Taylor of GuideStar International and TechSoup Global. It originally appeared on NetSquared.

The Blogger Returns

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

Rebecca's husband is from nearby Guinea, so we're counting on getting a good introduction to West African culture - especially music. I've been absent from these pages a long time. There's so much going on my blogging has just gone by the wayside. Let's get back on track.

How to Predict What You’ll Raise by Year-End

NonProfit Hub

For an animal rescue, how many dogs/cats/guinea pigs do you want to save? Wouldn’t you love a crystal ball that you could gaze into and see just what the future holds? You’d know how to make the best choices. Which paths to take. What to say “no” to.

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Interview with Leana Mayzlina, NTEN's Digital Inclusion Campaign Manager


And guinea pigs. Leana Mayzlina is NTEN's newest team member. As the Digital Inclusion Campaign Manager, Leana will be organizing and supporting a network of individuals and organizations across the US and beyond, focused on developing or expanding digital inclusion programs.


Best of the Web: June 2015


At Idealware, we sometimes are the guinea pigs in our own experiments. The Idealware “Best of the Web” is a monthly roundup of the top nonprofit resources from the Idealware blog, our Facebook page, and our Twitter feed to help you make the right technology decisions. Please forward it along to anyone you think might benefit from it. How to Build Your Email List ( Fast Company ). The reports of email’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.

Listen to Your Data: Lessons from a Multilingual Text Message Campaign

Mobile Commons

What’s hard is finding a customer who wants to be a guinea pig as we explore new avenues of outreach. Mobile marketing is still unexplored territory. It’s only in the last few years that cell phones have become widely-adopted enough to create a truly pervasive mobile campaign.

NetCentric Advocacy: The Machine is US. Movement Organizer Inspiration

Network-Centric Advocacy

My friends in Papua New Guinea are experts in relationships and grasp the ways that we are all connected in much more profound ways than we do. My friends in Papua New Guinea are experts in relationships and grasp the ways that we are all connected in much more profound ways than we do.

Crisis Lessons Learned When My Apartment Building Was on Fire


If they are one of my neighbors, they’ll be standing outside trying to console a very stressed, worried, and freaked out guinea pig.) When the fire alarm went off in my building this week, I couldn’t help thinking that the experience was a lesson in how organizations can effectively handle crisis. Well, first I thought “Let’s get out of here!” ” but once safely outside, I considered the learning opportunity.

How to plan and run a good web conference


Have a guinea pig user log in as a participant so you know what they are seeing and can work out any glitches. A lot of organizations we work with are increasingly using web conferencing to have more productive meetings with staff in the field, share knowledge across projects and programs, and conduct training. While the technology is getting better and better ( here's a good list of options ), putting on a good web conference still requires some preparation and practice.

Test yourself on Facebook | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

This should hopefully have the combined effect of making application development easier and letting developers’ friends off the hook for guinea pig duty. the developer’s friends from becoming guinea pigs for new application development, as this blogger argues.

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Listen to Your Data: Lessons from a Multilingual Text Message Campaign


What's hard is finding a customer who wants to be a guinea pig as we explore new avenues of outreach. By Jed Alpert, CEO, Mobile Commons Mobile marketing is still unexplored territory. It's only in the last few years that cell phones have become widely-adopted enough to create a truly pervasive mobile campaign. Because mobile messaging is so new, there aren't many rigorous best practices or established guidelines.

Practical (Not Perfect) Security


He put his lock in the window of his locksmith shop and offered 200 Guineas to anyone who could pick it—that's the equivalent of more than $30,000 today. Many career thieves tried and failed to collect the 200 Guinea prize.

New Screencast: Web Analytics Demystified: A Primer for Nonprofits

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Laura Quinn for serving as my guinea pig for recording and incorporating brief interviews into screen cast (as well as her for terrific introductory article that helped me get started). High bandwidth version available here. I'm pleased to announce that I have completed the screencast, sponsored by NTEN , on Google Analytics! I created a companion wiki where you find lots of links to additional resources to help you learn more.

Vietnam and Indonesia Join TechSoup Asia’s Growing Family

Tech Soup Blog

Its eight major islands (in terms of landmass) are Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan (Borneo), Sulawesi (Celebes), and Irian Jaya (the western half of Papua New Guinea).

Reflections on the Science Center World Congress

Museum 2.0

They are places outside our daily lives--the Arctic, Papau New Guinea--and are easy, in some ways, to ignore or forget. What is the Science Center World Congress ?

Taming the Last Unindexed Frontier | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

MIT has found a way to mitigate this last problem, and they’re using their own video lectures as a guinea pig.

salesforce.com rumor about nonprofit licenses | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

I will not allow my org to be a guinea pig.

Some Africa Links

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

I've found it the most frequent source of news on the current crisis in Guinea Those of you who have been following me for a while have noticed that I've become interested in West Africa. Here are a few blogs I've been reading since my return.

Big Vision Podcast: Interview with llyse Hogue Rainforest Action Network

Have Fun - Do Good

The newest Big Vision podcast is up , and it is an interview with Ilyse Hogue, the Global Finance Campaign Director for the Rainforest Action Network and one of the founders of SmartMeme , a non-profit collective of long term organizers, strategists, trainers and communications professionals.