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  • Social Networks vs. Real Life Networks

    Lori Halley 19 August 2010 3 comments
    There is no end to the challenges of social media for nonprofits. How can we keep our personal and professional lives separate online? How can we identify the "influencers"? Which social media tools are best? Here, Paul Adams, Senior User Experience Researcher at Google, shares his team's insights into how people actually connect and behave online.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • One-Page Social Media Strategy

    Lori Halley 06 July 2010 4 comments
    Overwhelmed by the task of developing a social media strategy for your non-profit organization? Don’t know whether you ought to “friend” or “like” or tweet” to get the best mileage for your message in the social networks? Jumpstart the planning process with Jay Baer’s smart one-page Social Media Strategy Worksheet.
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  • Apply for NTEN’s Technology Leadership Academy

    Lori Halley 01 July 2010 0 comments
    The Technology Leadership Academy is a 9-week online training program from NTEN, sponsored by Microsoft, that's designed to help non-profit leaders learn to use and manage technology more effectively to meet their organizations' missions.
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  • Best of Association Jam: Association Links for June 2010

    Lori Halley 28 June 2010 0 comments
    So many interesting and useful links came in to AssociationJam.org this month, there were ties for top spot in 4 categories – Events, Fundraising, Social Media and Other! Social Media and Membership were the most active categories overall, in terms of submissions, views, and reader votes.
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  • Free Facebook Guide for Small Non-profits

    Lori Halley 25 June 2010 5 comments
    If your organization is struggling to figure out Facebook – and who isn’t? – social media consultant John Haydon has a free ebook for you: "The Complete Guide to Facebook for Small Non-Profits" is a comprehensive collection of strategies, tactics, tips, and tutorials to help small non-profits get more out of using Facebook.
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  • Can MySpace Make a Comeback?

    Lori Halley 07 June 2010 1 comments
    Facebook and Twitter took over as social media centers in 2009, while MySpace faded fast - but don't count MySpace down and out yet! This summer, it's getting a major makeover with a new "content discovery" focus. In fact, the changes at MySpace have already started.
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  • LinkedIn Sharing: a New Tool for Nonprofit Outreach

    Lori Halley 02 June 2010 3 comments
    Of the “big three” social media networks (Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn) each has its own challenges for nonprofits trying to spread their message, but we've tended put LinkedIn at the bottom of the list as more useful for individual networking than for nonprofit outreach. That may be about to change, with LinkedIn's new sharing features! Now, the times – they are a-changin’!
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  • Best of Association Jam: Association Links for May 2010

    Lori Halley 27 May 2010 1 comments
    Blog posts and articles on Fundraising, Membership, and Social Media topped the active topics at AssociationJam.org this month, in terms of the numbers of submissions, views and reader votes. Here are the most popular links for May 2010 in each “AJam”...
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  • Facebook Pulls a Quick Change on Custom Landing Tabs Policy

    Lori Halley 20 May 2010 4 comments
    Facebook’s developer forum was kept busy overnight by members who were wondering what happened to the custom FBML landing tabs they’d set up for their Facebook Pages. The option to choose any landing tab besides Wall and Info had suddenly disappeared...
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