Charities in the Cloud: Why the Hype Might Not Be Quite Hypey Enough

NTEN

Need to change the way you engage donors or implement A/B testing? David Geilhufe, NetSuite, Inc. Simply put, the cloud by its very nature offers you better, more effective software solutions while saving your organization time, money and effort. Cloud solutions increase the probability of success and reduce the costs of failure.

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Charities in the Cloud: Why the Hype Might Not Be Quite Hypey Enough

NTEN

Need to change the way you engage donors or implement A/B testing? David Geilhufe, NetSuite, Inc. Simply put, the cloud by its very nature offers you better, more effective software solutions while saving your organization time, money and effort. Cloud solutions increase the probability of success and reduce the costs of failure.

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10 Facebook Best Practices for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Facebook has a well-known pattern of testing new fundraising tools with a small, select group of nonprofits and then expanding them to all nonprofits.

Geek Heresy

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Along the way of making his case, he takes on a lot of the popular tech and business for social good memes, like: One Laptop Per Child The Hole-in-the-Wall experiment The Arab Spring as social media revolution Toms Shoes The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid (CK Prahalad) Telecenters The fetish of school testing (aka No Child Left Behind) Google (especially some optimistic pronouncements) He scores some good points here, usually by pointing out that the hype doesn’t match up with the claims.

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NetCentric Advocacy: Online Fossett Searchers: Giant Suck of Energy

Network-Centric Advocacy

Labor is free make redundancy your test on eliminating false leads.) Shes not the only one now expressing doubts about Amazons Mechanical Turk, a high-tech aspect of the Fossett search that received such vast media hype that Mechanical Turks director, Peter Cohen, wont do interviews about it any more. Labor is free make redundancy your test on eliminating false leads.) NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity.

15+ Giving Tuesday Campaign Ideas (and Expert Tips) for 2021

Qgiv

Test your donation form in advance. Make sure you test it in advance and troubleshoot any issues. If you make significant changes to your donation form , we recommend you try A/B testing your form. There’s a reason the holiday season is called the most wonderful time of the year!

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Google + Nonprofit Brand Pages

Beth Kanter

Some say they’ll be testing, testing, and testing – throwing virtual pasta at the wall and see what sticks and how much time and effort it takes to throw that pasta. Why does Google + launch new stuff when I’m on a book deadline !! The long awaited brand pages on Google + are here. I put a post out on Google + asking what nonprofits had set up pages and was able to identify 88 from all the responses and placed them in a open circle here.

Upworthy Type Headlines: To Like or Dislike?

Care2

Just because this tactic works for Upworthy (who is driven by a ton of testing on their own website) does not mean it will work for your organization. However, trying to amp up your creativity with headlines and testing them to see if they resonate with your audiences is something you should always be investing resources into. The startup is constantly experimenting and testing to see what headlines and messaging works best with their target audiences.

Top 11 Tips for Hosting a Virtual Conference

AccelEvents

The purpose of the dry run is to practice using the event technology and test the transitions between sessions. . While that might seem like it brings less hype and excitement, it might be a more powerful option.

Top 11 Tips for Hosting a Virtual Conference

AccelEvents

The purpose of the dry run is to practice using the event technology and test the transitions between sessions. . While that might seem like it brings less hype and excitement, it might be a more powerful option.

3 Tech-Savvy Tips for Nonprofit Virtual Fundraising Events

Achieve

Test your giving page. Half the battle of organizing an event is marketing it and creating enough hype to maximize registration numbers. Heading into 2020, nonprofit fundraisers had solidified their fundraising calendars and were on track to achieving ambitious revenue goals.

Google+, QR Codes and Second Life?

Care2

Yes, nonprofits should test new technology…after they have done the following: 1) Website – is there a donate button on every page that leads directly to a donation form? Test it. And please, remember the technology hype-cycle. (I’ve I spoke at the Social Media Strategy Summit last week and heard another presenter make an interesting recommendation.

Article Published on TechSoup: Eight Secrets of Effective Online Social Networking

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The other day I wrote a post called " Social Not Working and Other Social Networking Challenges " riffing on a post by Jeremiah Owyang who summarized the challenges - the flip side of social networking exuberance and really just a normal part of the technology hype curve. Test the Waters with An Individual Profile 3. Photo by Philo.

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10 Tips to Jumpstart Your Nonprofit Social Media Plan

Connection Cafe

Test your messages – use different messages and calls to action, track trends and iterate the most effective techniques. Be authentic, be yourself – supporters care about you and your cause, so don’t get caught up in the celebrity spokesperson hype if it doesn’t make sense for you. Author: Jordan Viator.

Do Nonprofits Need To Consider iPads in their Mobile/WebStrategy?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Take for example this app that allows deaf people to test their hearing. Conclusion Amid the hype around the iPad and apps , there will be lots of potential ways that nonprofits could use iPad apps to support their missions - from engagement, fundraising, enterprise and program delivery as there is more widespread adoption by end users. My son, Harry, who likes most kids his age , loves screens: computer, video games, and television.

Is Your Nonprofit Too Old To Barf Rainbows on Snapchat?

Beth Kanter

In the last six months, as SnapChat hype has escalated, the list of early adopter nonprofits has started grow , it isn’t huge yet. But as John Haydon points out, the nonprofits that are using it are very creative. If you are targeting Gen Z and Millennials and you have someone on staff who speaks emoji as a first language, set up a small pilot and test on SnapChat using Laura’s steps.

Facebook Changes for Organization Pages: Focus On Results

Beth Kanter

While the specific tactics and techniques for a tool may change, the concepts generally hold constant. Over the years, as I have watched Facebook roll out features and changes, it seems takes a predictable pattern: the big announcement, hype, backlash, more tweaks to the platform, experiments by users/organizations, and learning what works. Watch what other nonprofits are doing and emulate – but be sure to test new ideas in a way that you can learn and improve.

Google+ for Nonprofits and Libraries? Maybe

Tech Soup Blog

It is still in its Beta testing phase, so its not fully released, but the amount of hype surrounding it is enormous. Granted, it looks exactly like Facebook, and it is still in the Beta testing phase, but there is much to look forward to. So Google finally did it. As you've probably heard, they created their own social media site, Google+.

Google + for Social Change Activists: Dive in Early or Wait?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’m not recommending that all nonprofits should immediately just say no (or yes) to the latest technology tool that is capturing the imagination (and time) of geeks. But, it is important to have a framework like Gartner Technology Hype Cycle to think it through. There are three choices: Early Move: Willing to combine risk taking with an understanding that risky investments don’t always pay off.

Reflections from Mashable Summer of Social Good Conference

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

the feature may also open up more broadly after tested. Was it all hype? . I was honored to speak at the Summer of Social Good conference hosted by Mashable , a popular social media and technology blog and a big geek favorite. This was the culmination of the summer long initiative to help raise money for four charities, Humane Society of the United States , World Wildlife Fund , Oxfam , and LIVESTRONG.

Intuition vs. Data: How VolunteerMatch Uses Data to Change the Way It Makes Strategic Decisions

NTEN

Use A/B testing methods to test a single variant in your workflow. Test small, incremental changes instead of overhauling everything. Avoid using marketing hype as a substitute for your own analysis. By Zeph Harben, Director of Application Architecture, VolunteerMatch Every day we encounter hundreds of decision points. Thankfully, most of them are quite small: Should I have a bagel or Wheaties for breakfast? Should I wear jeans or khakis to work?

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Data Digest: Moneyball Giving, Data and Philanthropy, Data for Africa

Tech Soup Blog

Private companies are also testing the concept by actually sharing data. Challenging some of the predictable backlash against big data hype Andrew McAfee describes some of the errors people make when writing about data and gives a short list of things to consider when writing about it in his Harvard Business Review blog post.

The Real Housewives of Social Media: Cooking up Recipes for Nonprofit Success

NTEN

Neff and Jordan Viator -- had the great opportunity to lead a session entitled " The Real Housewives of Social Media " Funny Photoshopped pictures were displayed of us, we sported aprons to hype the theme, and we shared information and case studies on various aspects of social media campaigning. Test Kitchen : Having low-risk experiments using metrics are very important. At the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference, we -- Carie Lewis , Beth Kanter , David J.

The Math Is Starting to Add Up: The Promise of Mobile

NTEN

In the 180 clinics spanning two districts where the system has been tested, we’ve been getting roughly a 90% reporting rate. Finally, there is a growing of m-hype which we should be aware and cautious of. Matt Berg, Millenium Villages. I’ve been working or interested in the space of ICT for Development (ICT4D) for about a decade now.

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Buzzword Buzz

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

Well, actually, no: -- it's not just hype, but it's equally true that there is really no earthshaking new technology involved. Testing and debugging is one of them. We are starting to see some automated testing tools for JavaScript and XML. Lastly, if the application is for public use, rather than an inhouse application, you need to test it in the last several versions of all the popular browsers. So testing and debugging is intense and time-consuming.

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Giving the Gift of Technology

Museum 2.0

If they pass the internal test, we keep, use, and treasure them. In most cases, the hype that precedes a tool is so overwhelming that its functional value is lost in its charm appeal. When hype is the driver, the essential step of evaluating a given technology for its functional value is lost. The technology, like other gifts, is evaluated, not hyped or coerced. Museum 2.0 is on semi-vacation this week. I’m writing this from Lake Tahoe.

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Beaconfire Survey – What was the most influential web 2.0 site of 2007? | Beaconfire Wire

Allegiance Group

06/28/2010: User Expectations and Interface Response Times 06/16/2010: Making the most of conference hashtags: A tool for presenters 06/08/2010: Beaconfire Survey: Seductive Interactions 06/08/2010: Emailing with Convio – Testing Conditional Content 06/07/2010: Goin’ Barefoot? hype leader du jour. hype leader du jour.

14 “Tweets” about Twitter | Beaconfire Wire

Allegiance Group

06/28/2010: User Expectations and Interface Response Times 06/16/2010: Making the most of conference hashtags: A tool for presenters 06/08/2010: Beaconfire Survey: Seductive Interactions 06/08/2010: Emailing with Convio – Testing Conditional Content 06/07/2010: Goin’ Barefoot? Over hyped or exactly what you’re looking for?

Mpower Open Podcast | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

I have yet to test the demo or even install it yet. Again, I have yet to test the demo to confirm the claims. After your jaw dropping hype I am very interested in how the product holds up to scrutiny. Josiah said: Allan, I’m looking at setting up a system to test for our purposes and, like you, would rather not go through the acquisition and setup of all this just to test it.

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Facebook shuffles the deck | Beaconfire Wire

Allegiance Group

06/28/2010: User Expectations and Interface Response Times 06/16/2010: Making the most of conference hashtags: A tool for presenters 06/08/2010: Beaconfire Survey: Seductive Interactions 06/08/2010: Emailing with Convio – Testing Conditional Content 06/07/2010: Goin’ Barefoot? I’m skeptical of this argument – I install lots of apps to test them (here at Beaconfire, we call it “work&# – one of the reasons I love my job.

Betting on Braincake: Interview with Jen Stancil

Museum 2.0

Girls have so many options, and some of them don’t see limitations, and we here girls saying in 5th grade, “oh my friends will fail test deliberately to get boys’ attention.” Have you gotten any negative feedback about it being too superficial or hyped for a research program? I don’t think it’s a lot of hype. Last week, Elaine Gurian and I talked about radical change in museums.

Web 2.0 Nonprofit 2.0 Widgets Org 2.0 Second Life | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Please pay attention — there will be a test afterwards You MUST learn your line of business. hype that are much more reasonable and accessible to our nonprofit brethren and sisthren.

The Ultimate Guide to Promoting Your School’s Giving Day

Connection Cafe

From branded animated gifs to graphic updates and even hype videos, your options for developing creative content are endless. You could even create several URLs targeted to different groups, or to A/B test the effectiveness of your links. Joe Garecht’s eBook, How to Hold a Successful Giving Day for Your School , offers great advice for development teams on running a giving day event.

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What is a Wikimuseum? And More Thoughts on Metaphorical Design

Museum 2.0

As one Intel engineer in Anderson and McGonigal's test group commented: “Having to ‘live with’ it [the metaphorical object] made me think differently about new ideas — It wasn’t about coming up with something clever but something to fit into life.” I don't think terms like "wikimuseum" are pure hype. Recently, I've been thinking and working with the concept of metaphorical design, that is, designing things by modeling them after other things.