How the Indianapolis Zoo Preserved their Visitor Experience with Dynamic Pricing

Connection Cafe

In 2014, the Indianapolis Zoo introduced dynamic pricing. Curious about their model, I reached out to Dennis Woerner , the director of marketing for the Indianapolis Zoo, and asked him to talk to tell me more about their pricing system. In spring of 2014 the Indianapolis Zoo opened the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center. Dynamic pricing at the Indianapolis Zoo addressed the critical issue of attendance administrators were hoping to address.

Erika D. Smith: Created in Indiana, app for nonprofits is an encouraging sign | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

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Smith: Created in Indiana, app for nonprofits is an encouraging sign | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com : hillon found himself chatting with city officials looking for a way to do something with the stagnant EngageIndy program to boost volunteerism in the community. Erika D.

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John Ketzenberger: Nonprofits get creative aid for not much at all | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star

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John Ketzenberger: Nonprofits get creative aid for not much at all | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star: "Then she heard about CreateAthon, a national program to do free advertising and marketing work for nonprofits. Vision3 has done 23 projects for 15 nonprofits worth about $200,000 since it began participating in CreateAthon two years ago.This is the experience of just one 19-person agency

Indianapolis Museum of Art: Transparency

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This came the "dashboard" for the Indianapolis Museum of Art , an ongoing effort to measure various aspects of the Museum's performance. The dashboard is one feature in he Indianapolis Museum of Art's new Website which launched in September with lots of social media features. According to the web site, the goal is to seek to quantify and report out on areas of activity of general interest to museum studies specialists, colleagues, and patrons.

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

EveryAction

Council for Advancement & Support of Education (CASE) / Indianapolis, IN / $695. North American YMCA Development Organization (NAYDO) / Indianapolis, IN / $1000. National Urban League / Indianapolis, IN/ Not available. It's finally here! If you loved our 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar get ready for our new, improved, and updated 2019 calendar! We've searched far and wide for the best and brightest nonprofit conferences from all around the country!

Social Media Strategy Is Everywhere in the Organization and More Cute Dog Theory Evidence from the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The Indianapolis Museum of Art has done an amazing job of integrating a social media strategy into its communications strategy. As Cute As I Get by Hermanosmccoy (used with permission) Photograph of "Calder," from Richard McCoy IMA Blogger. What makes them a success? Whether it is managing their Facebook presence or encouraging conversation on their blog with art lovers, their social media strategy is a team effort.

Nonprofits find their way with social media - Shelby News: Local News

AFP Blog

Bloomerang, an Indianapolis company that works with nonprofits to help them improve donor retention, surveyed over 9,000 small to medium-sized nonprofits in the U.S. Nonprofits find their way with social media - Shelby News: Local News : "Just how effectively are nonprofits using social media? and Canada earlier this year and found that the vast majority use Facebook as their primary focus." ''via Blog this

Join Vertex Systems at INARF!

Vertex Systems

We’re excited about the upcoming INARF annual conference in Indianapolis! The conference date is March 14 and 15 and the theme is: “Tomorrow’s Kitchen: Creating a New Recipe!” ” INARF welcomes over 500 disability service professionals from across the state of … Continue reading →

Prune that list STAT!

Connection Cafe

Now in November I want you to read this case study put out by MarketingSherpa about how a nonprofit organization, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra , did the following: pruned its list WAY back by 95.9%. But as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra proved, it can be worth it! Author: Sally Heaven. In September we talked about how the quality of your list is more important than the size. Then in October we talked about the need for great content, segmenting, and timeliness.

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4 Ways AI is the Next Big Game-Changer in Museum Membership & Attendance

Connection Cafe

In 2017, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis implemented one of the most innovative dynamic pricing systems among museums yet. Hear it from the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and their collaborators at their 2017 MCN presentation on the use of dynamic pricing: “Each day at your attraction or museum is a unique day, has different unique demand patterns, and should be priced differently than other days.

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Increasing High Quality Education Degrees - Lumina Conference

VisionLink

As part of their "Big Goal" to increase the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60% by the year 2025, Lumina Foundation has convened state legislators, policy makers, higher education leadership and representatives from 18 states in Indianapolis this week.

How to Incorporate March Madness in Your Nonprofit Fundraising

NonProfit Hub

This Indianapolis-based duo of Matt McIntyre and Matt Duncan turned a disappointing loss in 2011 by Butler into a good cause. This year Brackets for Good expanded to include a Louisville bracket in addition to an Indianapolis one. March Madness is one of the annual rites of spring time—right along with setting your clocks back an hour and discovering what toys were hidden in the huge snow pile in the backyard.

Get Results with Online Fundraising

SocialFish

A couple of weeks ago I spoke at the Indiana Library Federation Conference in Indianapolis. I was asked to to a 50-minute presentation on how libraries can get results with online fundraising (a huge task!). Following are the 11 points I discussed in each slide: Social media stinks for fundraising – All the research says that social media don’t work that well – for fundraising transactions.

MCON13: Engaging Millennials for Social Causes

NTEN

MCON13 will take place in Indianapolis on July 18th. You can attend the conference in Indianapolis or you can join in the conversation through the Online Experience. I''m excited to be an official blogger for the The Millennial Impact Project''s upcoming conference, MCON13. MCON is an annual conference, gathering nonprofit professionals and corporate leaders to discuss how to engage and involve Millennials in social causes.

Lessons in Capital Campaign Leadership: A Reflection

Connection Cafe

Willie Matis is a Nonprofit Fundraising & Marketing Professional currently working as Communications Coordinator at Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana in Indianapolis. Last week I had the pleasure of attending one of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Indiana Chapter’s continuing education luncheons. The subject was capital campaign leadership and the panel of speakers was comprised of three of the most influential and successful volunteer fundraisers in our community.

MCON13: Engaging Millennials for Social Causes

NTEN

MCON13 will take place in Indianapolis on July 18th. You can attend the conference in Indianapolis or you can join in the conversation through the Online Experience. I''m excited to be an official blogger for the The Millennial Impact Project''s upcoming conference, MCON13. MCON is an annual conference, gathering nonprofit professionals and corporate leaders to discuss how to engage and involve Millennials in social causes.

Preparing Your Nonprofit Board for a Fundraising Campaign

BoardAssist

She previously served as Executive Director for institutional advancement at the University of Indianapolis and vice president of institutional advancement at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. One of the many ways that BoardAssist placements make an impact on the boards they join is by spearheading the fundraising campaign of the nonprofit boards they join.

Little Giants, Big Money: Lessons in Social Media Fundraising From a Liberal Arts College

NonProfit Hub

The #Wabash430 hashtag was trending in the Indianapolis area and snagged 694 unique mentions throughout the day. Indiana’s Wabash College flies under a lot of peoples’ radars. I should know, because I chose to attend there despite living 600 miles away in Nebraska. Wabash is small (901 students last year), all male (one of three such institutions left in the country), a traditional liberal arts school and the best decision I’ve ever made.

Does Your Organizational Already Have a Policy for Professional Conduct?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I just returned from doing Networked Nonprofit and Social Media workshops at the National Summer Learning Association’s Conference in Indianapolis. I just returned from doing Networked Nonprofit and Social Media workshops at the National Summer Learning Association’s Conference in Indianapolis. My YMCA colleague posed for this photo on purpose to illustrate a point about professional conduct and social media policies.

Hot Association Marcomm Jobs – Week of June 7

SocialFish

Digital Media / Communications Intern (Fall 2017), Indiana Bankers Association – The Indiana Bankers Association (IBA), Indianapolis, seeks a digital media / communications intern to work 30-40 hours per week, August through December 2017. Here are some cool jobs, hand-picked by me, that you can find via the SocialFish job board ! We focus on jobs in social media , marketing , communications , PR , advocacy , and digital.

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Supporting Museum Tribes & Fans through Shared Ritual

Museum 2.0

At the Indianapolis Children's Museum, they have a "closing parade" every day to usher (potentially upset) children and families out the door. Many people ( Paul Orselli , Linda Norris , Pete Newcurator ) in the museum field have written about the question of museum "tribes"--based partly on Seth Godin's book , partly on the longstanding fan culture that pervades our lives through sport , celebrity, and shared experience of mass events.

Quick Hit: Museums and Social Media in the New York Times

Museum 2.0

The section features rock stars like Shelley Bernstein (Brooklyn Museum), Mike Edson (Smithsonian), and Rob Stein (Indianapolis Museum of Art) and covers projects from Tweetups to Arduino hacks to Google Art. It's a good day for museum technologists. The New York Times special museum section focuses on "the spirit of sharing" and how museums are using social media to connect with visitors in new ways.

Upcoming Webinar: Creating a Culture of Storytelling

Tech Soup Blog

Image: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Stories are the currency of community. They shape our experience. They drive us to think, act, and change. Here at TechSoup, we know that successful storytelling does not happen in a blink of an eye, out of thin air, or by pressing a magic button.

Show Me Your Nonprofit Dashboard!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s dashboard is an oft-cited example. Note from Beth: Check out this case study about The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Dashboard). Incidentally, we described the Indianapolis Museum of Art dashboard as a Technical Dashboard because of its depth, but it really serves as an Accountability Dashboard as well. Flickr Photo by See No Evil. Note from Beth: Show Me Your Dashboard!

Conferences and Presentations

Museum 2.0

Upcoming events: November 14, 2008 - opening speaker at Kom je Ook?

4-Part Anatomy of an Ideal Nonprofit Volunteer Experience

NonProfit Hub

The Bloomerang team recently spent a half-day volunteering at Gleaners Food Bank, a nonprofit based in Indianapolis. Steven Shattuck is VP of Marketing at Bloomerang. As a HubSpot Certified inbound marketer, he is a contributor to Nonprofit Hub, National Council of Nonprofits, Ragan, Social Media Today, Search Engine Journal, The Build Network, HubSpot, Content Marketing Institute and Business2Community.

Help Support the Next Generation of Women in Tech

SocialFish

IUPUI: Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. NextGen Tech Women is an effort organized by our friends Danny Brown , Geoff Livingston , Kami Watson Huyse , Allyson Kapin , and Julie Pippert. They are hoping to raise $25,000 between now and May 5, 2011 to support the next generation of women technologists. Can you (or your association) help? Individual and corporate donations are welcomed.

Super Bowl, Saints and Text Donations!

Mobile Commons

This year’s matchup between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts will likely break that record. Make It Right NOLA. The Super Bowl is one of America’s biggest marketing events (a record 150 million viewers in 2009). Leading up to the game, Americans will be spending $175M on potato chips and buying nearly 50M cases of beer.

4-Part Anatomy of an Ideal Nonprofit Volunteer Experience

NonProfit Hub

The Bloomerang team recently spent a half-day volunteering at Gleaners Food Bank, a nonprofit based in Indianapolis. Steven Shattuck is VP of Marketing at Bloomerang. As a HubSpot Certified inbound marketer, he is a contributor to Nonprofit Hub, National Council of Nonprofits, Ragan, Social Media Today, Search Engine Journal, The Build Network, HubSpot, Content Marketing Institute and Business2Community.

The Most Generous Online Giving Cities in the U.S.

Connection Cafe

Indianapolis. Online fundraising continued its double-digit growth in 2013, retaining the mantle as the fastest growing fundraising channel, growing at 13.5% according to Blackbaud’s most recent Charitable Giving Report. For many years now Blackbaud has published data on the most generous online giving cities in the United States. For the 2013 edition, we made the decision to significantly expand the amount of data in the analysis.

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Challenges, Rules, and Epic Wins: Using Game Design to Build Visitor Loyalty

Museum 2.0

One of my favorite examples of a museum that does this beautifully is the Indianapolis Children's Museum, where they end each day with a parade that goes from their top floor to the bottom, collecting families along the way. In Indianapolis, a shared song, some flags to wave, and a collective snowball of people rolling down to the exit replaces the tears with a celebratory event. Think of the last time you overcame a huge obstacle.

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Creating a Virtuous Cycle of Engagement For Millennials

Frogloop

Kari is Principal of KDS Strategies in Houston, TX , and Derrick is CEO of Achieve in Indianapolis, IN. While members of the Millennial Generation, now the largest generation in our nation’s history, are widely known for a desire to give back to their communities or be part of large social change movements – the way Millennials define their engagement tends to be very different from the way organizations do.

Self Care in the Museum Workplace

Connection Cafe

I work at Newfields (formerly known as the Indianapolis Museum of Art) in Indy and we are encouraged to explore the galleries or the gardens (we have a 152-acre campus) during the day when we need a break. The following post was originally published on the Center for the Future of Museums blog. On Wednesday, August 8, over 300 museum professionals joined CFM director Elizabeth Merritt and Seema Rao, principal of Brilliant Idea Studio , to explore self-care in the museum workplace.

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What is a Museum without YouTube?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Dan Dark, Indianapolis Museum of Art, USA. What is a Museum without YouTube? sounds like a riddle. I couldn't think of a punch line can, you? This was a response from a Twitter follower, Hans de Kraker who pointed me to this blog post (in Dutch). Looks like reviewed the YouTube channels for museums. I like Moma's Channel. The videos include short promotions, almost like movie trailers promoting an exhibit.

More Cute Dog Theory Evidence: Meet Teddy, Brooklyn Museum Staffer Shelley Bernstein's Dog

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

While hunting through Facebook for examples, I connected with the Rob Stein from Indianapolis Art Museum - another arts organization using social media effectively. Photo by Aur2899. Last week I taught a social media workshop for artists and arts nonprofits and did some research on different arts organizations using social media effectively. The Brooklyn Museum kept coming up as a stellar example, particularly its Click Exhibition (Nina Simon wrote an analysis of the project here ).

Fighting for Inclusion

Museum 2.0

These are the notes and slides for a keynote speech I'm giving this Saturday at MuseumNext in Indianapolis. If you'll be there, I look forward to discussing these issues with you. If not, please share a comment and let's talk online. The theme of this conference is inclusion. All weekend, we've heard uplifting stories about amazing work you all are doing to involve people from all walks of life in museums. And yet. Here's my beef with inclusion: it's too good.

Can A Public Nonprofit Dashboard Be Your Organization's Best Friend or Worst Enemy?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo Source: Indianapolis Museum of Art Blog. The Indianapolis Art Museum has been doing just that by sharing its institutional dashboard out for everyone to view. In October, the Indianapolis Art Museum Dashboard celebrated its' second year. Many of us have a love and hate relationship with nonprofit dashboards. We know the power of numbers that tell us where we are headed or how well we are doing.

NextGen philanthropists and the transfer of intergenerational wealth

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Indianapolis: Indiana University Center of Philanthropy. posted by Patsy Kraeger, Ph.D. Welcome to Research Friday! As part of a. continuing series, we invite a nonprofit scholar, student, or professional to. highlight current research reports or studies and discuss how they can. inform and improve day-to-day nonprofit practice. In the coming decades, over 40 trillion dollars will change hands.

Submissions Open! Enter the Adobe-TechSoup Show Your Impact Contest by April 15

Tech Soup Blog

For example, the image to the right is from Southeast Neighborhood Development, Inc — an Indianapolis nonprofit that used Adobe software from TechSoup to create the handy brochure outlining simple ways that homeowners could improve their dwellings and the value of their neighborhoods. Adobe and TechSoup are delighted to announce that we are now taking submissions for the Show Your Impact Design Contest !

Book Review: Cause for Change

Beth Kanter

If you want to learn more about how to work with Millennials from both inside and outside your nonprofit, head to MCON Conference in Indianapolis in July. I’m getting a jump on my summer reading! Colleagues Kari Dunn Saratovsky and Derrick Feldmann have published a new book called Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement.

Avoiding the Participatory Ghetto: Are Museums Evolving with their Innovative Web Strategies?

Museum 2.0

I just got home from the Museums and the Web conference in Indianapolis. This fear was precipitated by a painful visit to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. I’d never attended before and was impressed by many very smart, international people doing radical projects to make museum collections and experiences accessible and participatory online. But I left uneasy, grappling with questions that plagued me throughout the conference.

Learning in Public Challenges and Actions

Beth Kanter

One that stood out to me (perhaps because of my proud Indy background) was the public dashboard at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. I am excited to bring the Indianapolis Museum of Arts model to the table to see what our board’s reaction would be to sharing ours as it is developed. Flickr Photo by Andy Beal. Note from Beth: I’m hosting a small army of guest bloggers, grantmakers, who are attending the GeoFunders National Conference taking place this week in Seattle.

8 Ways to Get More Reach for your Facebook Page Updates

John Haydon

For example, the Humane Society of Indianapolis shares dog care tips and training tips (see below), instead of only info about dogs for adoption. The difference between a Facebook update that gets results, and one that doesn’t is the content. After all, Facebook users primarily share content they find useful and interesting. But knowing this and actually doing this takes more that just “posting awesome content” – an overused mantra that’s not too helpful.