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  • How “Facebook Questions” Can Help Small NonProfits

    Lori Halley 09 August 2010 6 comments
    Facebook is rolling out a new feature called Facebook Questions – similar to what’s offered by LinkedIn, Yahoo Questions, and other Q&A sites. Ask questions, answer them, and rate (or be rated) for best answers. What does this mean for nonprofits? A new way to reach potential supporters, and to spread the word about your cause!
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  • 3 (more) Search Engine Writing Tips for Associations

    Lori Halley 06 August 2010 0 comments
    Search engine optimization (or SEO for short) is, simply, the process of making it easier for people to find you in search engines such as Google. Associations can benefit greatly from doing a little SEO work on their website, since getting more traffic...
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  • Voice Over PowerPoint: Free GoldMail for Non-profits

    Lori Halley 04 August 2010 7 comments
    Looking for an easy way to add your voice over a PowerPoint presentation, then share it by email or online? Here's a cool tool to try – and a special offer for non-profit organizations.
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  • 6 Social Media Lessons for Nonprofits

    Lori Halley 02 August 2010 1 comments
    Wild Apricot Blog welcomes a special guest today: Carol Buckheit of NonprofitMediaWorks. Carol’s been studying Idealware’s Nonprofit Social Media Decision Guide – the latest in a line of Idealware’s terrific research-based publications – and she’s kindly agreed to share her top “take-aways” from this new publication.
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  • Behind the Scenes @ Wild Apricot: What lazy hazy days of summer?

    Lori Halley 30 July 2010 0 comments
    They call it the dog days of summer, which I can only assume refers to the fact that we're working like a dog! Also, we put some hot dogs on the bar-b-q for our awesome beta testing team!
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  • 4 Questions to Ask Before Using Free Software for your Association

    Lori Halley 30 July 2010 0 comments
    For small associations or for any organization with a tight budget, the idea of getting free software can be very appealing. But 'free' should always be taken with a grain of salt. Using something that you don't have to pay for upfront can cost you...
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  • 42+ Free Nonprofit Webinars for August 2010

    Lori Halley 30 July 2010 1 comments
    Ready for a bit of professional development, before Labor Day brings the start of another busy fall season? August is a great time for online learning – in fact, this month we’ve rounded up more free online seminars than ever before! There’s something for everyone from board members and administrators, to fundraisers and volunteer coordinators, to active members of all interests and levels...
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  • Best of Association Jam for July 2010

    Lori Halley 27 July 2010 0 comments
    Blog posts and articles on Fundraising, Leadership, and Membership topped the active topics at AssociationJam.org this month, in terms of the numbers of submissions, views and reader votes, while the Volunteers, Technology, and Social Media came in almost as strong. Best of all, you’ll find a number of brand new faces here, among the excellent content submitted to and voted up in “AJam” through July 2010.
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  • Wild Apricot News: Small Business Advocate Radio Interview with Tera McHugh of the Association of Women Entrepreneurs

    Lori Halley 26 July 2010 0 comments
    If you enjoy networking and the benefits of staying connected and informed, perhaps you'd should consider launching your own networking group and bringing in a new revenue stream as well? If the only thing holding you back is knowing where and how...
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  • Facebook’s New ‘Like’ Button Features

    Lori Halley 25 July 2010 4 comments
    Facebook has just added 3 new features to the ‘Like’ button that hold a promise of greater connectivity and better analytics. Not unusual for Facebook, the release came on a weekend, so no real chance yet to thoroughly explore the bells and whistles...
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  • Behind the Scenes @ Wild Apricot: A Dagwood Sandwich of a Week

    Lori Halley 23 July 2010 0 comments
    How a making a sandwich is like developing software, how the A-Team is like our users, and how two pages can help you get ready for two huge new features.
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  • 5 Ideas for Recruiting New Members to your Association

    Lori Halley 23 July 2010 0 comments
    Recruiting new members has always been a challenge for associations. And with time and money tighter than ever for many, it's arguably never been harder to get those new folks through the door. Here are a few ideas to help you find those fresh faces:...
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  • Social Media Contests a Big Risk for Small Non-Profits?

    Lori Halley 22 July 2010 11 comments
    A tweet or status update is so easy to publish – and “Please vote” is such a small favor to ask of your social network. It’s just a quick click, right? But as Chris Brogan points out, in The Problem with Social Only Nonprofit Campaigns,there’s a cumulative effect of all those social media requests.
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  • Best Practices for Contest Campaigns: AGC Lessons Learned

    Lori Halley 21 July 2010 2 comments
    Results of a detailed evaluation of the 2009 America’s Giving Challenge competition have been released in the “must-read” 2009 AGC Assessment and Reflection Report. The best part? Lessons learned can be replicated by other non-profits, both for contest campaigns and for general social media outreach.
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  • Does your association marketing focus on minutiae or on benefits?

    Lori Halley 21 July 2010 0 comments
    A recent post on the ASAE Acronym blog by Scott Briscoe looked at marketing on a shoestring budget for small associations. One of the points that stood out to me was "Heavily Promote Member Only Benefits." I like how Scott put it, that your members...
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