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Urge Facebook to Save Nonprofits From Being Silenced With #FacebookAdGrants
Starting on Dec. 1st, brand pages on Facebook have begun to see a decline in their posts' reach. A few days later Ad Age revealed that Facebook is becoming more blunt and telling marketers to pay to reach their existing fans. While the big brands can afford to pay to reach their fans, this pay-to...
16 Dec 2013
#GivingTuesday Online Donations Up 90% from 2012
By Steve MacLaughlin , Director of Idea Lab at Blackbaud, originally appeared on npENGAGE.com December 3 was the second annual #GivingTuesday . More than 10,000 partner charities, volunteer organizations, corporations, community centers and foundations joined in the ‘giving spirit’ as they...
11 Dec 2013
Nonprofit Technology News Celebrity Forecasts for 2014
Now that this year is wrapping up and we have the verdict on nonprofit technology trends for 2013 , we queried charity Technorati like Amy Sample Ward, Beth Kanter, Marnie Webb, Peter Campbell, Nicole Wallace, the entire crew at Idealware, Lucy Bernholz, and other luminaries to find out what is in their...
9 Dec 2013
Can Nonprofits Benefit from Snapchat?
Snapchat has undoubtedly been one of this year's most intriguing apps. The company has received quite a bit of press surrounding its rejection of a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook and regarding the rivalries among its founders. Furthermore, the messaging app has gained a somewhat tawdry...
3 Dec 2013
10 Surprising social media statistics that will make you rethink your social strategy
Fast Company has this article, 10 Surprising social media statistics that will make you rethink your social strategy , and it actually really was surprising. For instance, the fastest growing demographic on Twitter is the 55-64 age bracket, and the 45–54 year age bracket is the fastest growing...
2 Dec 2013
2014 conferences on tech for mission-based orgs, or that will include discussions of such
I'd like to compile a list of 2014 conferences that are either entirely focused on technology use at mission-based organizations (nonprofits, NGOs, government agencies, etc.), or, that will include at least some workshops on such. The events should be focused on helping people learn. Here's what...
2 Dec 2013
During this time of year, when the news media is dominated by stories of pepper spray attacks over video game consoles and hoards of shoppers stampeding stores at 4 a.m., Giving Tuesday provides us with an opportunity to change the dialogue. # GivingTuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving...
27 Nov 2013
Nonprofit Technology News: 2013 Year in Review
2013 was the year of an ever-widening NSA spying scandal with its revelations of how little digital privacy we really have – even heads of state. The big nonprofit tech trends this past year seemed to be in the areas of the emergence of mobile devices, social media stratification, the launch of...
27 Nov 2013
Make Your Last Fundraising Push of the Year a Valuable One!
With Thanksgiving upon us, we’ve officially entered the “Holiday season.” You know, that cookie-baking, turkey-eating, charitable-giving time of year. It’s coming up faster than a Nor’easter in Maine, and the push is on for nonprofits to boost the bottom line. How? With...
22 Nov 2013
Cases on Strategic Social Media Utilization in the Nonprofit Sector - call for chapter proposals
CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS Cases on Strategic Social Media Utilization in the Nonprofit Sector A book edited by Dr. Hugo Asencio (California State University, Dominguez Hills, USA) and Dr. Rui Sun (California State University, Dominguez Hills, USA) To be published by IGI Global: http://bit.ly/1d2JHfe...
22 Nov 2013
Upcoming Webinar November 21: How to Make Your Online Campaigns Go Viral!
Do you run online campaigns to educate, advocate, or activate your constituents? If so, how do you measure whether they're effective? How do you encourage your supporters to share, and share, and share your content for greater impact? Finding the "sweet spot" is what can make your everyday...
11 Nov 2013
Free video: Using Internet & Smartphone Apps to Work With Volunteers
Real Tools for Real People: Using Internet & Smartphone Apps to Work With Volunteers . Free 90 minute training video of me, at a recent Corporation for National and Community Service regional conference, with twang (I'd been in Kentucky the week previously). First part is a bit draggy - lots...
5 Nov 2013
Adding a Blog to Your Website and Promoting It
As a connoisseur of charity websites, I have to say how surprised I am that so few have blogs on them. It’s one of the easiest ways to engage your community, keep fresh content flowing on your site to attract new supporters, show your personality, and also gain the attention of the search engines...
4 Nov 2013
Saving the World One Tech Innovation at a Time
Imagine a hurricane bearing down on an isolated village. This storm will obliterate everything in its path: homes, roads, power lines, and communication capabilities. Worst of all, many villagers will be injured or killed. After the storm, survivors are cut off from the world, unable to communicate with...
1 Nov 2013
Twitter to allow any of your followers to DM you, even if you don't follow them
New feature on Twitter : "Now, there’s an option to allow any of your followers to DM you — even if you’re not following them. It’s an opt-in feature, but one that could be useful for businesses and reporters." Full article here . What do you think?
18 Oct 2013
Facebook personal & page problems Help!
I just have a question regarding Facebook. Currently we have a “personal account” which is like an account you or I would have as well as a page. The personal account was created years ago before I started in order to make a page with insights and likes, etc. The problem I am having is that...
8 Oct 2013
Best times to post to social media- the Burrito Principle
Burrito times: 8:30am;12:30pm;5:30pm; and 10pm-- according to social media expert Beth Kanter these are the best times to make your facebook posts and tweets. The basic idea is that you want to reach people on Facebook and Twitter during their down time, when they’re most likely to log in. Note...
1 Oct 2013
New Release: FluidSurveys 5.0 at TechSoup! Improving How Questions Get Answered
Release of FluidSurveys 5.0 Change can be good—really good. The release of FluidSurveys 5.0 reveals a host of smart new features that our nonprofit, charity, and library members will all find more useful. FluidSurveys reports that the new interface is easier to navigate, not just more attractive...
1 Oct 2013
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...
1 Oct 2013
NetSquared October Event Preview
Last month was a monster for NetSquared - we held 48 events during Social Media September , including 14 workshops and nine social media surgeries . October promises to be a bit quieter — we’re going to relax and eat candy. But we are prepared for Halloween, since we spent the month in costume...
27 Sep 2013
Examples of orgs using social media effectively
I get asked a lot for examples of organizations using Facebook and Twitter effectively. Lately, here's my answer: FACEBOOK Humane Society of Henderson County, Kentucky - tiny nonprofit in Henderson, Kentucky. A great balance of expressing their needs and showing their effectiveness, and terrific...
27 Sep 2013
How the World Affairs Council Broadcasts Globally with Social Media
As part of Social Media September (#SocMedSep), we've been tapping into the wisdom of our global TechSoup and NetSquared communities as well as experts in nonprofit technology. The best thing about these community-driven events is that you end up learning a lot just by talking to other nonprofits...
24 Sep 2013
Should you be able to set tweets to self-destruct?
By Melissa Ford for Blogher : People delete their tweets all the time, so Twitter is hardly a bastion of permanence. But what if you could schedule your tweets to disappear? Post them knowing that no one would be able to find them a set amount of time later? A former Twitter engineer has created an app...
24 Sep 2013
Social media policy example from UK government
The Government Communications network in the United Kingdom has released guidance on propriety in using social media in government. The guidelines note: When using official social media accounts such as Twitter, government communicators may use more informal language than for other channels. However...
24 Sep 2013
Your Org Is At The Mercy Of Facebook! A Page Deleted Without Explanation…
For so many nonprofits, Facebook has proven an essential way to reach current and potential supporters. I've known some small nonprofits in particular that have seen donations, in-kind support and volunteer numbers soar, as well as awareness about what their organization does skyrocket, because of...
12 Sep 2013
3 Moronic Marketing Stunts People Are Pulling on Twitter
3 Moronic Marketing Stunts People Are Pulling on Twitter . This is an article from Cracked.com, and if I had to sum it up, I'd say the three lessons are: Don't use a murdered civil rights leader's most memorable speech to promote anything associated with golf Never ask followers to prove...
6 Sep 2013
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