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10 Social Media Metrics for Nonprofit Organizations (and How To Track Them)

March 24, 2010
“A survey of 200 charity and foundation professionals revealed that nonprofits are finding it difficult to determine how valuable social media tools are for their organizations. Seventy-nine percent said they hadn’t found ways to do so.” – Chronicle of Philanthropy, November 12, 2009 For those 79% of nonprofits out there, I have listed 10 social media metrics below that...

HOW TO: Effectively Manage Hate and Anger on Social Media Sites

March 21, 2010
I normally try to leave politics and religion out of my work with nonprofits, but this time I need to make an exception. A month ago I launched a Facebook Page called Accomplishments of President Barack Obama. In just that short time it has become abundantly clear that I have been living and working in social networking bubble of...

Which is a better investment for your nonprofit – an iPhone App or a mobile website?

March 10, 2010
June 7 Update :: As mentioned in the post below, I started sensing that a mobile website may be a better investment for nonprofits than an iPhone/iTouch App early in 2010. Some new data reinforces that idea: comScore: Browser Continues to be More Popular than Applications for Accessing Mobile Web CNET: Google Android surpases iPhone in the U.S. Pew:...

Facebook Advertising Experiment for Nonprofit Organizations :: The Results

March 2, 2010
Over the last few weeks I have been running a Facebook Advertising experiment for the Nonprofit Organizations Facebook Page. While the ad itself produced little-to-no results, some unexpected Facebook insights did come out of running the ad. The results are below: 1. Purchasing advertising did not increase my fan base or help my Status Updates show up in the...

YouTube Extends Their Nonprofit Program to Canada and Australia

February 26, 2010
Good news! In addition to the United States and the United Kingdom, nonprofits in Canada and Australia can now also take advantage of  YouTube’s Nonprofit Program. The benefits of the program incude: Premium branding capabilities and increased uploading capacity (View Example) The option to drive fundraising through a Google Checkout “Donate” button Listing on the Nonprofit channels and the...

Four Reasons Why Nonprofits Need a Mobile Website

February 24, 2010
If your nonprofit is experimenting with text-to-give, text alerts and/or smartphone Apps (or planning to), then launching a mobile website is something your organization should seriously consider. If not an entire site, then at the very least your organization should create select web pages that are designed to be easily read on mobile devices. Here are four reasons why:...

An Experiment with Facebook Advertising for Nonprofit Organizations

February 9, 2010
2/28 Update :: Facebook did not run the second ad. It was either a tech glitch, I did something wrong, or they just would not run the ad with $.28 per click bid (See 2/22 Update). I don’t know, but honestly, the first ad’s poor performance coupled with the second ad not running, I did not want to try...

10 Nonprofit Group Text Messaging Campaigns

February 8, 2010
Not to be confused with Text-to-Give campaigns (Text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross), group texting campaigns are when individuals opt-in to be alerted of news or calls to action via text message. They can opt-in by sending a Keyword (NONPROFITORGS) to a Short Code (41411), or through a subscribe page/widget on a nonprofit’s website....

Five Reasons Why Nonprofits Who Utilize Social Media Should Also Blog

February 3, 2010
There are currently 133 million blogs worldwide. The world doesn’t need another blogger, right? Wrong. In the short 6 months that I have been blogging, I have come to the conclusion that blogging is the missing piece in a successful social media strategy. Here are five reasons why: 1) Blogging allows your nonprofit to have a consistent stream of...

Web 1.0, Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 Simplified for Nonprofits

January 28, 2010
While there are a good number of tech-savvy hipsters out there that understand terms like “Static Web”, “Dynamic Content”, “User-Generated”, “Cloud Computing”, and “Semantic Web”, the majority of nonprofits don’t talk or understand such tech speak. So, to simply for the nonprofit masses, I present and frame very simple definitions and interpretations of Web 1.0, Web 2.0 and Web...