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The world of mobile marketing has been in development for several years now and businesses of all stripes have “gone mobile”. The organizations that invest in mobile marketing are the ones who will see the most success.

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Citizen Tech: Social Media in Disaster Response

Amy Sample Ward

I’m joining a panel to talk about the response for support after the Haiti earthquakes last year. Wikipedia was a popular resource and established as a citizen-driven information source. Reports of violence and of peace efforts could be placed via the web or mobile phone.

Mobile Storytelling: An Evolving Story


By Nam-ho Park, Director, Mobile Service, Forum One. With the arrival of smartphones, it’s amazing how much data we are collecting and consuming on our mobile devices. And somewhere on the internet this information is quietly collecting.

Nonprofits: Time to Get Mobile


So in times of natural disasters like the catastrophic earthquake that hit Haiti and affected more then two million people, can a mobile strategy help raise money in times of crisis? Shortly after news spread about the devastating earthquake in Haiti the American Red Cross launched a “text to donate&# campaign where individuals in the US can text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross to support Haiti relief efforts.

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The Social Media Response to the Disaster in Haiti

Amy Sample Ward

I have a guest post up on the NTEN blog discussing some of the ways social media was put into action as soon as the earthquakes struck in Haiti: When disaster strikes, we want information as soon as possible and we want to help just as quickly. Whether we look at mapping tools, fundraising, or missing person systems, the social media response to the January earthquakes in Haiti all leverage the powerful technology we can hold in our hands: our mobile phones.

Apps for Disaster Planning

Tech Soup Blog

One of the big additions to the guide is a section on backing up a mobile phone or tablet. Back up your tablet or smartphone with Norton Mobile Security. Mobile technologies can help people find shelter information in time of need.

Crisis Mapping in Haiti from Ushahidi, Donate by Texting

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

My colleagues at Ushahidi have already swung into action and are mapping crisis information from Haiti. Their goal is to create the simplest way of aggregating information from the public for use in crisis response. This effort is run by Mobile Accord. $3

Text-to-Give TweetChat Recap

Tech Soup Blog

Mobile phone ownership is reaching a critical mass worldwide. Taking this into consideration, it is not surprising that mobile giving has proven to be a highly effective form of fundraising. TechSoup recently held a tweetchat to discuss how nonprofits can best take advantage of text-to-give campaigns, as well as to answer specific questions related to mobile giving. Advantages to Mobile Giving Campaigns. But what makes mobile giving so quick and painless?

Making the most impact for Haiti relief: Avoiding Fundraising Fraud during Crisis

Connection Cafe

In the past 8 days, the surge of generosity for Haiti relief has been amazing. Find a charity with a proven track record of success in providing disaster relief and one that has worked in Haiti. Do Not Give To The Haitian Government – Haiti is known to be a corrupt country. If that isn’t enough reason not to give directly to the Haiti government, then consider the fact that contributions to foreign governments are not tax deductible. Author: Jordan Viator.

The Social Media Response to Disaster in Haiti


When disaster strikes, we want information as soon as possible and we want to help just as quickly. The disaster in Haiti is a perfect example of these changes: the impact of the Real-Time Web and the power of our phones. The Haiti earthquakes were no exception.

Philanthropy and Social Media: New Whitepaper from The Institute for Philanthropy

Amy Sample Ward

The real-time web is a paradigm based on pushing information to users as soon as it’s available, instead of requiring that they or their software check a source periodically for updates.

Have You Met Mobile?

Connection Cafe

Do you remember when Mobile was just a kid with a dream, and nobody believed in him besides himself? Mobile can do more, and he can do it pretty well. Consider how The Blue Ocean Institute uses text messages to inform their constituents about the kind of fish it is OK to buy or eat.

Online Giving Trends from 2009 and the Haiti Earthquake


I want to provide some updated findings for the entire year, as well as discuss the importance of online donations to support the Haiti earthquake relief efforts. Haiti Earthquake and Online Giving. The response to the Haiti earthquake by online and mobile donors has been awe-inspiring.

Hackathons Aim to Improve Aid Distribution and Coordination in Haiti


Crisis Camp DC participants work hard to develop applications and tools for relief workers in Haiti. Earlier this week, I introduced a series of blog posts discussing the Good News Story in Haiti. I'm hoping that Haiti has helped bridge this gap.

Ushahidi Develops Innovative Tools for Nonprofits and Others Working to Benefit the Public

Tech Soup Blog

It can inform members of a community of critical information as it happens, and tell an event's story visually with maps, interactive charts, and other visualizations. One of the new things Ushahidi was doing was crowdsourcing information.

It's Already September? (Or: Two Thirds of a Year's Worth of Fundraising Resources)


Just today, Care 2' s Frogloop blog provided the slides from their presentation " Hot or Not: What's sizzling in Nonprofit Fundraising " Socialbrite also posted some great slides, handouts and information from JD Lasica' s presentation " Move the Needle: How to activate your supporters " The presentation gets into how to rally supporters to donate, among other things.

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Constructive Disruption: Advancing Social Change Through the Cloud


The technology scene today is distinguished by the growing connectivity among devices, mobile phones, the PC, and the browser, which enable people and organizations to access information, communicate, and collaborate in more powerful ways. We are already seeing this "constructive disruption" of traditional nonprofit business, delivery, information, and networking models already under way, as the upcoming examples illustrate. Jane Meseck, Microsoft Corporation.

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Digital Volunteerism – Effective Disaster Relief the GreenTech Way

Tech Soup Blog

The January 12, 2010 catastrophic earthquake in Haiti showed some of the astonishing potential for volunteer-based digital disaster relief. At the time of the Haiti earthquake, very few people in the country were using Twitter, but it was enough to get news of needs out to the world.

Build Engagement to Increase Your Bottom Line

Mobile Commons

Mobile marketing is a great way to raise money – but it also can do a lot more. Asking for mobile donations or sending out coupons can spur giving and drive purchases. But if that’s all you do, you’re missing out on mobile’s main power: building a direct, trusted and ongoing relationship with your supporters. Last week, the New York Times wrote an article portraying some of the challenges of mobile fundraising. Tags: All Posts Mobile Resources Use Cases

Gov 2.0 and the Social Sector


summits and informal conferences around the country initiated last year by O’Reilly (the publisher) and other partners. Looking at the wordle (word cloud) of those introductions, you can see that data and open information drew many to the conference. In the not so distant future, we should aim that reactive freedom of information lawsuits will fade in favor of proactive Data Impact Statements throughout government. Mobile and Social Media And the Gov 2.0

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New Book: How To Implement Multichannel Online Campaigns

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

” Craig Newmark wrote the foreword. I blurbed this book with, “If you are looking for a recipe book for tips and tactics to integrate mobile and social media to round out your nonprofit’s marketing plan, look no further than this book.” Social and Mobile Staff.

How the NetSquared Challenges Have Accelerated Tech for Good

Tech Soup Blog

The rise of mobile, social media, crowdsourcing, blogging, and citizen journalism in the mid-2000s created extraordinary new communication and information-sharing opportunities. One of the most innovative things about Ushahidi was that it was a platform for crowdsourcing information.

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Mobile donations and dating – The world has changed

Connection Cafe

My mobile phone’s GPS has also changed getting me to the right place mostly on time. Of all the communication technology the mobile phone is probably as disruptive as any. As a father, I like the fact that when my daughter and her boyfriend are sitting together on the couch they continue to text friends, while they talk with each other and watch TV – I encourage the keeping of hands on mobile devices at all times. Author: Tad Druart.

Are Qwerty Monsters the Nonprofit Donors of the Future?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Google and Microsoft sent me mobile phones in response to my complaints about the Apple iPhone in-app donation policy. The topic we explored was mobile fundraising, ranging from best practices, integration and why applications on phones haven’t taken off. mobile

11NTC Preview: Technology in Times of Disaster: The Important Role of Social media in Disaster Response and Awareness


The magnitude of the destruction and the heart-breaking images have remained with us as organizations, governments, and private individuals have struggled beyond the immediate aftermath to effect long-term change and economic impact within Haiti. Following Haiti’s earthquake, cell-towers remained -- for the most part -- standing, and cellular networks were up and running in short order.

Cool App Roundup: Disaster and Emergency Edition

Tech Soup Blog

Once you've downloaded the app, all this information is accessible regardless of whether you have phone service or internet access during an emergency. Shelter information is updated every 30 minutes. The WISER mobile app is available for Apple, Windows, Blackberry and Palm devices.

Nonprofit Technology News for August 2013

Tech Soup Blog

I’ll review some new green IT developments like how nonprofit solar electricity is thriving in Haiti. All that and Ginny Mies's pick for the mobile app of the month. Green IT: Glad Tidings from Haiti. Ginny Mies' Mobile App of the Month.

The Future of Mobiles for Nonprofits


Being asked to write a few words about "What's the future of mobiles for nonprofits?" I could point to the Haiti disaster as the tipping point in cell phones -- for the increased engagement with donors, and more importantly, for the contributions of information from survivors. This point about the windshield was brought home for me when I learned about a program in the Republic of Georgia that provided important health information about HIV-Aids to teenagers.

How Digital Democracy Empowers Marginalized Communities

Tech Soup Blog

Dd co-founder and executive director Emily Jacobi recently showcased some of Dd's projects at an event hosted by the Center of Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) in Berkeley, California. These may include things like mobile phones, cameras, or even drones.

Hurricane Irene and the Nonprofit Social Media Storm


The organization also worked with Twitter to create a special badge that marked volunteers' Twitter accounts as valid and official sources of information. FEMA updated their Facebook account with survival tips, like how to navigate around a flooded city, and information on how to access FEMA on your mobile phone. They also suggested that followers pass the information on to those who may have lost power.

Preparing for the Next Disaster: The Future of #crisisdata


On January 12, 2010, I didn't personally experience the major earthquake that hit Haiti, but I was forever changed by it. We set up the home bases, provide mission-related information, and enjoy all the people who come in to play. But I wasn't prepared for the type of incoming information I saw in the weeks after January 12, 2010. . In the midst of the viral Text HAITI to 90999 message, we saw the emergence of what we're calling emergency social data, or #crisisdata.

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The social media for social good landscape

ASU Lodestar Center

Accessibility and connectivity are joint rulers of this digital world, transforming how we perceive and consume information. posted by Logan Harper , Community Manager. UNC School of Government.

Mobile Commons Helps Non-Profit Organizations Responding to the Chile Earthquake

Mobile Commons

AmeriCares, Catholic Relief Services and Habitat for Humanity adopt mobile for engaging supporters and fundraising. NEW YORK – March 8, 2010 – In the aftermath of the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of Chile, nonprofit organizations raced to mobilize aid and plan recovery efforts, while also raising resources and funds to support their humanitarian programs in Chile. To complete your mobile donation, simply reply YES to confirm a one-time donation.

Great reads from around the web on February 11th

Amy Sample Ward

Oxfam in Haiti – Google Maps – This is a great example of how you can use a tool like Google Maps to tell a story and provide easy access to information – great job Oxfam! "Oxfam "Oxfam is responding to the biggest earthquake for 200 years in Haiti. Causes may even want to consider alternative mobile channels for communications and fundraising. I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day.

Great reads from around the web on February 20th

Amy Sample Ward

12 Digital Fundraising Trends for 2012 – "Back at the start of January I set myself the target of publishing twelve posts on trends I think are going to prove important to digital fundraisers this year – both as a means of kick-starting my own thinking after the holiday season and to help inform your planning considerations at this key time in the year." I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day.

URLs for Haitian Relief Agencies


You may find this list of relief agencies useful, as you build links on your CommunityOS site to help the people of Haiti. State Department Operations Center has set up the following number for Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti: 1-888-407-4747. • Haitian Timoun Foundation directly supports children in Haiti, and is focusing attention on Jacmel, another community suffering greatly from the earthquake. Donate to the IRC Haiti Crisis Fund.

Constructive Disruption: Advancing Social Change Through the Cloud


The technology scene today is distinguished by the growing connectivity among devices, mobile phones, the PC, and the browser, which enable people and organizations to access information, communicate, and collaborate in more powerful ways. We are already seeing this "constructive disruption" of traditional nonprofit business, delivery, information, and networking models already under way, as the upcoming examples illustrate. Jane Meseck, Microsoft Corporation.

2010 Knight-Batten Award Winner: Sourcing Through Texting

Mobile Commons

Residents texted information about trucks illegally barreling down their side streets, and in another experiment, they sent keywords describing their neighborhoods. The result: non-listeners became engaged and more informed. The experiment has continued in Miami’s Little Haiti. At Mobile Commons, we continue to be impressed and humbled by all the innovative ways our customers use mobile technology to connect with people.

Reach Out and Charge Someone

Connection Cafe

No, I think Writer/Director Robert Zemeckis missed the mark just a tad, but I have to admit I never would have guessed our true direction either… I would never have believed that in my pocket, I could carry a device that lets me call my mom, send a text message, check my e-mail, listen to music, play games, watch movies, take pictures, manage my finances, read a book, map a route to anywhere in the world, and search for information on just about any topic I could imagine.

Advancing Your Mission With GIS Tools


Geographic information systems (GIS) and online mapping applications continue to become more powerful and easier to use every year. Collecting and Disseminating Information - Ushahidi. Jim Craner, MapTogether.

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