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. In part one , we discussed why you should test your website and part two outlined designing your test. Today, we’ll unpack how and where to find the right people for testing your website and donation form.

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. I'm doing a workshop on Social Media Metrics, Measurement, and ROI at PodCamp Boston tomorrow. This is work in progress.


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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.".

Top 2021 Fundraising Strategies: Mastering Online Appeals and Messaging


If you’re doing this on your own, it’s a good idea to ask a few friends or volunteers who know nothing about your organization to serve as user guinea pigs. . This online appeals post is part two in a six-part series. You can read part one here.

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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." It's this belief that prompted Kristof to create his Win-a-Trip contest for graduate and undergraduate students at American universities.

What You Need to Know About the Largest Vaccine Operation in History

Saleforce Nonprofit

Twenty-six percent of Australians are hesitant to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and that number is over 50% in our neighboring country of Papua New Guinea. By: Yutong Ding, New Strategic Partnerships Lead, UNICEF Australia. Our work at UNICEF is wide-ranging.

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

Tech Soup Blog

The powerful ‘Open Data for Africa’ platform is now available across the continent The African Development Bank (AfDB) has just completed the last phase of its Open Data for Africa platform after deployments in Benin, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Kenya, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, and Togo.

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.

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. What have I been up to? Well, for one thing, planning a trip over the holidays to Morocco and Mali. I've never been to the African continent before, so you can imagine how excited I am.

Worst of Museums for this Decade

Museum 2.0

Djupdraet (@mdjupdraet) December 9, 2019 Instead museums found themselves at the mercy of the next big thing and the whims of tech firms: Being big tech guinea pigs: We end up with unsustainable shiny tech and then just feel used. Ask and you shall receive. Be careful what you wish for. These two adages were both in my mind last week when I asked people for the worst museum trends. I wasn't surprised that the worst trends had much more pick up than best.

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.

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. For donors who care about a cause, nothing could be much better than that!

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.

How to plan and run a good web conference

Forum One

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.

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. What if that crystal ball could tell you how much money you’ll raise by the end of the year? That would take all the guess work out. Maybe even lower your stress level a bit.

[VIDEO] 5 Must-Do’s of Year-End Fundraising Success


Lori L. Jacobwith will show you five powerful and simple “must do’s” to cut through year-end fundraising noise, help increase your Giving Tuesday success, and increase donor retention. Full Transcript: Steven: All right. Lori, I’ve got 4:00 Eastern.

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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.

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. This became clear to me when I saw a small boy in a Papua New Guinea village wearing a torn and tattered University of Nebraska sweatshirt, the only item of clothing he owned. 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.

Test yourself on Facebook | Beaconfire Wire

Allegiance Group

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. Skip to content Clients Services Portfolio About Us Contact Blog Home > Blog Recent Posts 07/16/2010: The Wisdom of the Old Spice Man 07/12/2010: Is your online campaign going to succeed?

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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). We proudly welcome NGO partners Vietnet-ICT and the Lin Centre in Vietnam, as well as ASEAN Foundation , Kopernik Marketplace , and YCAB Foundation in Indonesia to the TechSoup Global family.

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.

Taming the Last Unindexed Frontier | Beaconfire Wire

Allegiance Group

MIT has found a way to mitigate this last problem, and they’re using their own video lectures as a guinea pig. Skip to content Clients Services Portfolio About Us Contact Blog Home > Blog Recent Posts 07/16/2010: The Wisdom of the Old Spice Man 07/12/2010: Is your online campaign going to succeed?

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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 ? It's a question whose answer eluded me from the day I registered eight months ago through the first few days of the conference this week.

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.

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