Most Important Social Media Sites to Nonprofits in 2015

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

More than 800 nonprofits have completed our 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report Survey (please take it now if you are not one of those 800+). Here’s some preliminary data.

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New Site for Freelancers and Consultants: GetNonprofitClients.com

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

So, I decided to launch a new site focusing on those topics, and to branch out beyond freelance writers. The new site is called GetNonprofitClients.com and it includes a weekly e-newsletter on Mondays and a blog post on Wednesdays or Thursdays.

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Searching Your Nonprofit’s Web Site—A vs. B Makes a Huge Difference

Getting Attention

I’m a devoted participant in Anne Holland’s blog, Which Test Won.

Mobile Smack Down: Obama’s Responsive Design vs. Romney’s Mobile Site (and More)

SocialButterfly

” Others, are mobile site ambassadors while others say “it depends” and some have yet to decide (or scarily, even discuss!). Responsive Design vs. a Mobile Site. Image Courtesy of Smashing Magazine.

Data on the Safety of Health Social Network Sites

Social Marketing and Social Change

Everyone has an opinion about the veracity, safety and privacy of health information on social network sites (SNS); now we have some data. Seven of the sites were hosted by for-profit entities and 3 belonged to professional organizations.

Politics On Social Net Sites

The Agitator

Here are some key findings: 36% of social networking site (SNS) users say the sites are “very important” or “somewhat important” to them in keeping up with political news. 26% of SNS users say the sites are “very important” or “somewhat important” to them in recruiting people to get involved in political issues that matter to them. 25% of SNS users say the sites are “very important” or “somewhat important” to them for debating or discussing political issues with others.

Politics On Social Net Sites

The Agitator

Here are some key findings: 36% of social networking site (SNS) users say the sites are “very important” or “somewhat important” to them in keeping up with political news. 26% of SNS users say the sites are “very important” or “somewhat important” to them in recruiting people to get involved in political issues that matter to them. 25% of SNS users say the sites are “very important” or “somewhat important” to them for debating or discussing political issues with others.

Nielsen On Mobile Site Usability

The Agitator

As reported by Melinda Krueger on ClickZ Marketing News , here’s the first item I’ve seen regarding his insights on the usability of mobile sites. Apps have the advantage over mobile sites because they’re faster and incorporate features like location, which improve the user experience. Most web folks regard Jakob Nielsen as the guru of website usability and human-computer interaction.

Free webinar: speed consulting for better year-end sites

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

As we enter into year-end fundraising season, now’s the time to make sure your website is in tip-top shape. Have you ever wondered what should – or shouldn’t – be on your nonprofit website? Can supporters find your donate button? Do you really need to post your address and phone number? Where do you make your case for giving? Join Network for Good’s Nonprofit Team as they give homepage tips and tricks!

Is Google keeping people off your site?

Fundraising Coach

I just Googled “ How social should personal media be? &# to find an image on my site. I moused over my post and *pop* – there was the image of my site. Is Google keeping people off your site? Is this keeping people off your site? Have you seen this?

8 Tips for a Mobile-Friendly Nonprofit Website

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Luckily, you don’t need a special mobile version of your site or an app to improve how mobile visitors experience your site overall. Website roadblocks can make your site virtually unusable on a mobile device. Web Site 101 Best Practices Quick Tips

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How to give donors a more personal experience on your site

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

I wanted to share a great example of how one organization - the World Society for the Protection of Animals - is handling that challenge with its Animal Protector Site. He designed the site.).

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Beautiful Greenpeace crowdfunding site lets you buy a piece of the new Rainbow Warrior

Giving in a Digital World

Crowdfunding websites that let you contribute to specific projects are nothing new, but anewwarrior.greenpeace.org launched by Greenpeace to generate funds for their new Rainbow Warrior has lifted the bar to a new level in terms of on-site experience.

10 Tips to Improve Your Nonprofit Website

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Make your site social media friendly. Encourage video and photo sharing, link to your social media profiles, and make it easy for bloggers and social networkers to embed your videos and feature your images on their sites and profiles. Surveys are a great way to gauge your site''s usability and keep it dynamic in a universe that is always changing. Sites like Survey Monkey allow you to set up a survey that is simple and inexpensive.

Is Your Nonprofit's Website Driving Donors Away?

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And we''d all be millionaires if we had a nickel for every well-meaning comment or email we''ve received that encourages us to try a new tool, make the site copy more meaningful, and, most importantly, get more donations. Is your site responsive? Web Site 101 Best Practices

3 Metrics Your Nonprofit Should Measure Using Google Analytics

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The audience location metrics enable you to specifically determine the geographic areas that your site content is reaching. Mobile traffic behavior metrics let you monitor your site''s mobile traffic growth over time. Web Site 101 Best Practices

#HOWTO: Tweak Your Organization’s Facebook Site For Graph Search

Non Profit Marketing 360

Did you know that you can request other Facebook users to untag you and/or delete contact on their sites that refer to you? The post #HOWTO: Tweak Your Organization’s Facebook Site For Graph Search appeared first on Nonprofit Marketing 360.

Extreme Website Makeover: From Ick to Slick!

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They took their website from dull to dynamic, meeting all the important requirements of a great site. In addition, “Our new fundraising tool on the site that allows donors to create their own fundraising pages has raised nearly $16,000 in just a couple of weeks.

Site Visits Or the Meeting With A Potential Grant Donor

Seeking Grant Money Today

It is a common step, in the grant application process, especially when the amount requested is a large amount, is for the potential grant donor to request to visit the applicant nonprofit's office or the site where the proposed program (that the grant is requested for) does or will occur. In other words, whether we get any one, all three, or none of the grants that we applied for hinges on this one site visit and meeting.

Make Your Nonprofit Website a Positive Experience -- Even When Things Go Wrong

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While it's important to plan how you direct users through your site, what happens if they take a wrong turn? Are you making this experience one that helps visitors to your site feel good about your organization? Web Site 101 Inspiration

How to Fix Your Nonprofit Home Page

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Web Site 101 Quick Tips

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7 Online Donation Page Mistakes to Avoid

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Web Site 101 Donation Pages Has it been a while since you''ve updated your organization''s online donation page? It''s time to get down to business and whip your donation form into shape before the year-end stream of donations begins. Get better online fundraising results by avoiding these donation page mistakes: 1. Too much text. Once your donor has landed on your donation page, don''t confuse, overwhelm, or bore them with paragraphs of text.

5 Principles for a More Effective Nonprofit Website

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When it comes to adding text to your site, be ruthless. Finally, make it easy for people to connect with you and share your site with their friends by including buttons and links to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. . Web Site 101 Quick TipsYour website is a critical resource for engaging with three important audiences: All of your constituents, including volunteers, alumni, members and advocacy supporters. All of your donors – both current and prospective.

Building a Web Site: Easy as 1, 2 OR 3?

SocialButterfly

Today, I heard that fundamentally there are three main purposes of a Web site: 1) informational , 2) transactional and 3) community-based. An Informational Web site is one that is primarily a resource. For example, these Web sites have focused: Wikipedia–Informational.

Sites and Resources Redux

GenerationYGive

Over the past few weeks, I have been gathering interesting articles and new sites to share, so while I am away, here are some interesting reads and to do's: My new "MUST READ EVERY DAY" is Mobile Marketer's daily email with articles about what people are doing with mobile. You can sign up right on their site. You upload your video and it gets distributed to multiple video sites across the web.

The Right Way to Use Stock Images

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Our friends at TechSoup have compiled a helpful list of sites that offer free photos for use. Stock photo sites host thousands of images— and you probably won''t find the best photo on your first attempt. Beware: some sites don’t allow editing of images in any way.

#TECH: Title Tags Can Make Or Break Your Site’s SEO

Non Profit Marketing 360

that is the first thing search engines scour for the keywords that make your site visible on those engines. With an afternoon of work, you could dramatically improve the ranking of your nonprofit’s site. SEO success starts here.

Ten Things Your Home Page Must Have

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And as your site evolves, consider adding a feedback loop-polls, quizzes, comments, messages boards and so on. Be sure to test the site to make sure that it's as easy to navigate as you think it is. Tags: Web Site 101 Quick Tips Let's face it: People have short attention spans. Especially when it comes to the Internet. We're all clicking around furiously trying to nab the quickest, most-reliable answers to our questions.

Time for Nonprofits' sites to Morph?

GenerationYGive

For example, for returning site visitors, creating different templates that appeal to different audience groups. The most fascinating new idea I heard was site "morphing." The example the story gave is of someone on a site that sells all kinds of electronics.

Optimize Your Landing Pages: Improving the Odds You Get What You Want from Your Supporters

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Which social media sites end us the most traffic? Web Site 101 Quick TipsA landing page is any page on your website where you want someone to take an action. That action could be collecting an email, signing a petition, donating or sharing your content with others. A successful landing page is about having one clear call to action. Everything on that page will focus on getting the visitor to take that one action. .

Nothing Raises Awareness like On-Site Advocacy

Getting Attention

What worked here was: Relevance : The protesters made their case on site, right in front of a restaurant serving foie gras. Any examples of on-site advocacy to share? I was vacationing last week, doing some winter unwinding in warmer climes. In that relaxed state, it was particularly startling to walk by this graphic banner outlining the foie gras production process.

11 Elements of Fierce Loyalty to Keep Your Donors

Wild Woman Fundraising

They invite anyone with cancer, or allies, to use their site, to get FAQs on cancer, to use their forums, to organize bike fundraising across the country, and more. . Fierce Loyalty, by Sarah Robinson. Is your nonprofit or charity part of a national or international movement?

#SOCIALNETWORK: Are You Prepped For Rollout Of Facebook Graph Search?

Non Profit Marketing 360

The latter’s service offers Google+ users opportunity to ‘+1′ the shops, restaurants, sites, services… they like, and ? And please remember Graph Search will not just for interaction with your site (even if that interaction is to flame your latest outreach efforts).

3 Keys to Making Your Nonprofit Website Mobile Optimized

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Get a better idea of who is visiting your site and where they are coming from by setting up Google Analytics. Analyze the data to see if mobile visitors are coming to your site via social media, searching for your website, clicking an email link, or clicking on an ad.

#Tech: SOPA Inspiring Blackouts & Lobbyists – Should Nonprofits Care?

Non Profit Marketing 360

AnonymousIRC , Reddit , and even the many Cheezburger sites are all participating in the blackout while encouraging others to do the same. Under SOPA, IP rights holders will be able to ask payment providers such as MasterCard and PayPal to shut off services to allegedly infringing sites.

Seven Words That Will Make Your Web Site Worth Viewing

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What are the seven words that will make your Web site worth viewing? What Web Site Design Is Really About The other day I was listening to a local all-news radio station. Your Web site just might have the same problem. Web site owners have been told that visitors won't wait for anything, that they are impatient, and you've got to get to the point fast, make the pitch, and close the deal. Tags: Best Practices Web Site 101 Seven. A number like any other.

#HOWTO: Have A Film Screening As A Fundraising Opportunity

Non Profit Marketing 360

The chance for your nonprofit or charity to be a movie mogul, at least for a day, has been made possible by the social/cinema site Tugg. We at MKCREATIVEmedia wish you a joyous, healthy, and prosperous New Year!

How to Ask for Donations on Your Website

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Integrating Your Website, Email Newsletter and Social Media Sites

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Tomorrow I’m presenting a brand new webinar on How to Integrate Your Website, Email Newsletter, and Social Media Sites. It was the #1 requested topic in last fall’s survey of what you wanted to see on the weekly webinar series schedule.

#COMMUNICATIONS: The Number One Way To Gain Site Or Blog Readership Is…

Non Profit Marketing 360

If your nonprofit or your charity has any online presence at all, you want readers to engage your content, click through the link(s), visit the site, and get involved with money and/or time.