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  • Blog Post: Moments in Mobile - Featuring Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

    There are easily more than 4.6 billion mobile telephones being used on the planet. Over 1 billion of those are smartphones. “In 2014, mobile Internet usage will overtake desktop Internet usage,” according to recent statistics released by mobiThinking . And already in 2011, “more...
  • Blog Post: TechSoup's DigiToolbox for Digital Story-Making: Zeega

    Last time we brought you Vine. This time, I reached into the TechSoup DigiToolbox for digital story-making and discovered the dynamic and immersive platform that is Zeega . This is the story of my first great adventure to create a new and improved way to present our TechSoup Member Spotlight Series,...
  • Blog Post: And the 2013 Digital Storytelling Challenge Awards Go To...

    We all have a story. Here at TechSoup, we're on a mission to empower you to tell yours. We believe that you're only as good as the technology at your disposal. So, we want to help match your intended efforts with the right tools to achieve your goals. That's what the Digital Storytelling...
  • Blog Post: Digital Storytelling Tweet Chat Goes Global April 16

    TechSoup's 2013 Digital Storytelling Challenge is here! All April long, we're putting on events to sharpen your digital storytelling skills. Then, you submit your own short video (up to 90-seconds) or five-image slide show to our challenge to win prizes! As part of this year's fun, we're...
  • Blog Post: 2012 Digital Storytelling Challenge Is Here!

    While the barrier to video production and distribution tools has lowered greatly in recent years, many organizations miss the opportunity to present their stories, lacking the skills to use the tools effectively. The TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge , powered by Lights. Camera. Help., provides...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Webinar January 16: Baby Steps 4 - Video Post-Production and Promotion

    In the fourth and final webinar in the free Baby Steps series, we'll show you what to do now that you've got your video footage captured! Join us on Thursday, January 16 at 11 a.m. Pacific time to learn about different video editing tools, for both high-quality digital video and easy-to...
  • Blog Post: TSDigs: Creating Impact and Effective Storytelling Tweet Chat Recap

    It’s the goal of every nonprofit that creates a video – creating a video that has impact. Examining what makes video have an impact was the topic of TechSoup’s recent Digital Storytelling Challenge tweet chat. The deadline for submissions is February 29 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Webinar on February 2: Digital Storytelling - Before You Push Record

    In conjunction with the third annual TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge , we are offering three free webinars to ensure you know the nuts and bolts of all the stages of production — and get your questions answered by the experts. The first part of this three-part webinar series on Thursday...
  • Blog Post: Telling Better Stories: Fundraising Tips from 12NTC

    Your organization is doing great work, but you may not always be telling that story in a way that resonates with potential donors and other supporters. In It's Not You, It's Your Stories at the 2012 Nonprofit Technology Conference , Steve Daigneault (VP of eCampaigns at M&R Strategic...
  • Blog Post: TSDigs: Who Do You Think Deserves an Award?

    TechSoup asked for digital stories and you delivered more than 200 stories! Digital stories came in from all over the globe from all types of social benefit organizations throughout the month of February. Now that the submission deadline has passed, it’s time to choose the winners . Winners...
  • Blog Post: TSDigs: Mobile Storytelling Tweet Chat Recap

    Telling your organization’s story in video does not always require investing in expensive equipment. Advances in technology now mean that many nonprofits most likely have access to basic video storytelling tools. Mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, can be really powerful storytelling...
  • Blog Post: Don't Just Post, Post a Story

    Are you shocked to find out that uploading photos is the number one activity on Facebook, or that Pinterest is the number one growing social platform these days? Or even that Instagram currently averages 55 million posts per day? You shouldn't be. Think about the way you interact and engage with...
  • Blog Post: A Menu of Storytelling Options and Services: Webinar on April 18

    Whether you have a big budget or no budget at all for digital storytelling, we want to educate and equip you with the tools you need to go out there and create meaningful and effective stories. Join us for our third and final installment of our digital storytelling webinar series on Thursday, April...
  • Blog Post: Moving from Story to Narrative

    Although storytelling has become quite the buzzword, do you understand how it fits into your narrative? At first glance, you might think they are the same, but they are not, according to John Hagel . He gave a talk at the recent SXSW conference on "Moving from Story to Narrative." What’s...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Webinar on February 16: Digital Storytelling - You Have Your Footage, Now What?

    In conjunction with the third annual TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge , we are offering three free webinars to ensure you know the nuts and bolts of all the stages of production — and get your questions answered by the experts. The last installment of this three-part webinar series on...
  • Blog Post: Digital Storytelling at the Nonprofit Technology Conference 2013

    It's no secret that we are advocates of digital storytelling at TechSoup. This April our 2013 Digital Storytelling Challenge offers resources to sharpen your skills and an opportunity to enter your short video or five-image slide show by April 30 to win awesome prizes ! When we launched the annual...
  • Blog Post: TSDigs Tweet Chat Recap: Social Sharing and Amplification of Video

    Unfortunately, the old adage “if you build it, they will come” does not easily apply to digital stories. Getting viewers to watch, and share, your organization’s digital story requires more than just good production. Fortunately, TechSoup’s recent Digital Storytelling Challenge...
  • Blog Post: TSDigs Webinar Recap: You Have the Footage, Now What?

    The final installment of TechSoup’s Digital Storytelling Challenge webinar series covered video post-production and editing. Arguably, one of the more challenging aspects of digital storytelling required a slight departure from past webinars. Guest expert Aaron Bramley , co-founder and director...
  • Blog Post: Photoshop Elements 11 vs. Photoshop CS6

    A powerful image can instantly communicate your organization's message on your website or blog. A collection of inspiring images can make a great presentation even better. If you're going to work more effectively with images and don't already have an image-editing tool, you might consider...
  • Blog Post: Before the Pixels: The Importance of Strategy in Web Design

    Kelley Jarrett is Guide Creative's market manager. Guide Creative is Blackbaud 's design agency. This week, Guide Creative presented a whole series on the most important elements of web design and visual strategy. If you missed it, read on about creating and designing a successful, engaging...
  • Blog Post: Building Community with Digital Storytelling: Online Community Meetup Recap

    In September, the San Francisco Online Community Meetup welcomed Cara Jones , founder of Storytellers for Good , and JD Lasica , chief strategist at Socialbrite . Jones and Lasica spoke on the topic of using storytelling for community building. Jones kicked off the event by sharing important storytelling...
  • Blog Post: Finding Your Voice – Upcoming Guide Series on the Importance of Branding Your Nonprofit

    Kelley Jarrett is market manager for Guide Creative , a design agency that serves nonprofits in creative design from strategy and branding to web and print design, social and mobile strategy to analyzing results for success. Guide Creative is the new design agency for Blackbaud . Follow Kelley on Twitter...
  • Blog Post: Take a Baby Step Toward Education Through Storytelling

    Baby Steps | A Community Competition The Baby Steps Video Competition makes one big statement… that engaging with a child in the first five years of life, regardless of the activity, is the single most important step parents, care providers and educators can take to helping that child succeed...
  • Blog Post: You're Invited! Digital Storytelling Awards and Screening Party March 28

    In this year's Third Annual Digital Storytelling Challenge , powered by Lights. Camera. Help. more than 200 nonprofits, libraries, and NGOs from 25 countries submitted one-minute videos and five-photo slideshows to showcase the impact they are making on their respective communities. We were overwhelmed...
  • Blog Post: Storytelling in the Digital Age: Lessons from the SOCAP12 Conference

    Nonprofit leaders, impact investors, and philanthropists from all over the world gathered in San Francisco's Fort Mason Center this week for SOCAP12 . The theme of this year's conference is "Making Meaning Matter" with panels and discussions on community building and digital media...