The bots are coming! Are you ready?

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Search within a supporting messaging app (FB Messenger, Skype, Kik, WeChat, Slack, etc.). Bots chatbots Facebook instant messaging kik marcomconf messenger Skype wechat whatsappLast week we held our MARCOM Annual Conference (more on that in a future post) where I moderated a roundtable discussion on bots. I thought I ‘d share a few notes from my handout. Working Definitions (sometimes used interchangeably).

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#ProAging: Spending Time With Grandparents This Holiday

Non Profit Marketing 360

The folks at are launching a new program for this holiday season: ‘ Grandparents Gone Wired ‘ The program is designed to encourage (grand)children to spend time with their elder family members by helping their (grand)parents get settled into a Facebook account or by setting up video chat via Skype. Looking for a way to spend time with your (grand)parents this holiday season, whether you are seated in the same room or across the continent?


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#Social Networks: Google+ vs. Facebook – Let The Debates Begin!

Non Profit Marketing 360

But Facebook quickly countered that particular move with a deal to tie its parts still closer to Microsoft and to bring Skype into the mix. Communications Events Facebook Media Review News and Current Affairs Opinion Reviews Social Media Software Review Technology Web and Print communication Google Greece LinkedIn Microsoft Skype Social networkWere you invited?

Why Businesses Are Choosing to Outsource More Work: story of two successful companies

Nonprofit Marketing Insights by GlobalOwls

Skype. Take the example of Skype. Skype, as a pioneer in this field, has revolutionized the way corporations do business. The app’s back-end production was outsourced by Skype to 3 Estonian developers. Skype was acquired for $8.5

COVID-19 and Media Relations: A Quick Guide for Nonprofit Communicators

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Prepare experts in your organization to do TV-interviews via services such as Skype or Facetime — and coach them on how to show up properly. COVID-19 is quickly rewriting the rules for how all of us are approaching our communications.

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If Skype isn’t doing it for you, try these 6 Outstanding Skype Alternatives for Aspiring Communication Rock Stars by Rachel Burger. Good Friday to you! Join me for some Mixed Links… Kivi and I will be at NTC in DC next week. Will you? Here are 10 Conference Hacks to Help You Crush Marketing Event Attendance. And CauseVox also shared some conference advice in Attending NTC?

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Tools To Help Write Quality Articles Faster

Nonprofit Marketing Insights by GlobalOwls

7 Skype / Zoom / Microsoft Teams. Skype is arguably the most well-known tool for virtual meetings, but other programs like Zoom and Microsoft Teams can be a great option too if you aren’t so sure about Skype. Tools To Help Write Quality Articles Faster.

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A list of mobile apps that I use regularly

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Skype: I use the Skype app primarily for calling long distance either Skype to Skype or Skype to land line (using my paid subscription). Skype WiFi Not to be confused with the actual Skype app, this app lets you connect to Skype branded wifi hotspots at many international airports using your Skype credit. I received a few emails recently asking me about my favourite mobile apps.

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I will never forget John Haydon.

J Campbell Social Marketing

I was there for his Planet Philanthropy keynote that he had to do via Skype because he couldn’t fly. . Sharing a laugh with John, Joe Waters, and Julie Seymour Edwards. There are few people in the world that have had the impact on my life that John Haydon had. .

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Cause Camp: From Humble Roots to Must-Attend Conference

NonProfit Hub

This was long before Zoom, and Skype was still relatively new. The technology wasn’t nearly as sophisticated as it is today but Haydon was able to present via Skype with a microphone set next to the laptop’s speaker to project his voice to the room.

How You Can Build Relationships With More Hi-Value Supporters at Lower Costs


Mass media, which traditionally included radio, TV, print publications, and direct mail, now faces competition from direct communication methods including email, text messaging, social media messaging, webinar tools, video telephony (such as FaceTime or Skype), and so on. Your job is tough! If you’re like most fundraisers, you’re already working hard. You don’t have enough time, you’re pulled in too many directions, and you’re constantly swatting flies.

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5 Social Media Video Tips for Nonprofits

J Campbell Social Marketing

Practice doing Facetime or Skype (or any other type of video chat) with a friend or family member for five days straight. . What if I told you that Google did a study around year-end giving that discovered that a whopping 57% of people who watch a video for a nonprofit go on to make a donation ? . Despite the evidence about the impact and effectiveness of social media video, small nonprofits are still skeptical about using it in their communication strategy. .

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I am a disruptor


Skype replaced long distance calls. I’m proud to be a disruptor. I’ve been this way all my life. I can’t help it. Therefore, I simply won’t apologize for my disruptive nature. Fortunately for me, I’m in good company. Disruption is happening all around us and nowadays disruptive innovators are being celebrated more than ever.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Elizabeth Leslie

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

to 10:00 a.m – My mornings include a staff Skype check-in, arranging my day then starting in on social media and emails. Elizabeth Leslie and her daughter Payton who comes to vote with her in every election. Welcome to the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators! This series lets you describe your workday in your own words.

5 Ways to Thank Corporate Sponsors with Social Media (Without Posting Ugly Logos)

J Campbell Social Marketing

Tools needed: Smartphone, Skype or Zoom to film the video if they are not local. We’ve all seen it – a nonprofit website or Facebook Page filled up with pixelated, cut-off corporate logos, often accompanied by a generic caption such as “Thank you so much to Great Local Business for sponsoring our gala.”. Eye-catching? Interesting? Inspiring? Not at all.

How to Get Your Nonprofit’s Story Told During Covid-19

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

In every pitch or news release, make it clear that you have an expert or experts who are available to be interviewed via Facetime, Skype or Zoom. Flickr Creative Commons photo by Steve Bustin. By Peter Panepento. It’s not easy for nonprofits to get news coverage.

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Don’t Forget About Engagement!


Google Hangouts (or Skype chats). Recently I heard a podcast featuring Tom Ahern. He’s a brilliant, experienced direct marketer/fundraiser. On the podcast he said that nonprofits simply need to do just three things: Ask for a donation. Thank the donor. Report results back to the donor. I disagree. There’s a very important step that must not be neglected: ENGAGEMENT ! Engagement is the glue that ties it all together! And these days you can do it online.

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A Gen Y Strategy Director in Crisis: The Cell Phone Went Dark


We also know I can't install Skype on my work laptop. %#%! 2) Why, oh why, does our IT department not let us install Skype?? Plan B: should this method of communicating with the world fail, I will log into my other computer, sign on to Skype, and Skype out for all emergency calls. Whatever Skype charges for out calls is worth it to not brave the cold, ice, and whatever else is out there to forage for a new phone.

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How Extroverts Are Surviving Social Distancing #NPCOMMLIFE

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

There are plenty of apps offering video chat or live broadcast functions, ranging from Skype, Zoom to House Party. Things could be opening up soon, but it looks like physical distancing is here to stay.

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How to Use Email and Social Media to Create an Exceptional First-Time Donor Experience

J Campbell Social Marketing

You can record an introductory webinar using Crowdcast, Zoom, Google Hangout, Skype, and put it on your website, sending out the link to first-time donors. Nonprofits are doing a terrible job at keeping donors in the fold. . According to the 2016 Fundraising Effectiveness Survey Report , . Every $100 gained in 2015 was offset by $91 in losses through gift attrition. Every 100 donors gained in 2015 was offset by 96 lost donors through attrition.

Should Nonprofits Use Video for Internal Communications?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

These forms included email, weekly newsletters, skype, and even an attempt at Yammer. Damien Johnson. Distributing information to your entire organization can be difficult, especially in a time of transition. Damien Johnson was a member of our Communications Director Mentoring Program and shared this great idea on using video for internal communications. Kristina. Guest Post by Damien Johnson.

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5 Ways to Thank and Recognize Your Donors Using Digital Tools and Social Media

J Campbell Social Marketing

There are tons of free and low-cost tools to host a virtual party: Google Hangouts on Air, Zoom, Crowdcast, Skype. Donor attrition continues at a startling rate. Some nonprofits are losing as many as 90% of their first-time donors on an annual basis! The average across all types of donors isn’t much better, with about 59% of annual givers dropping off the radar each year. . Let’s discuss why this may be happening, and what we can do better.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – José Rodríguez

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Since we work with cultural centres in 33 European countries, I spend quite a lot of time in Skype conversations with partners and members of our network. José Rodríguez. Welcome to our latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators! This series lets you describe your workday in your own words. We’d love to feature YOU in this series! Don’t be shy – tell us what you do in a typical day as a nonprofit communications pro.

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Stop Bashing ‘Donor-Centricity’

The Agitator

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7 Reasons Why This Gen X Nonprofit Marketer Has Fallen In Love With Slack

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Skype and Google Hangouts and Facebook Messenger. As an independent marketing and communications consultant, I work with a wide variety of clients, from nonprofits of all sizes, to agencies, to training companies. Lately, when we begin working together, figuring out how we’ll communicate and manage communications and projects, I inquire, “Do you email? Or Slack.”. I’ve used Basecamp, Asana and Trello. Google Drive, Dropbox, Box and Microsoft OneDrive. The tool I love above all is Slack.

Thanking Corporate Sponsors: 20 Ways to Thank Virtual Event Sponsors

J Campbell Social Marketing

Tools needed: Smartphone, Skype or Zoom to film the video. With 1.5 billion people across the globe on shelter-in-place orders due to the coronavirus outbreak, many nonprofit gatherings and fundraisers that would have been held in person are moving to digital and virtual events. .

Easy Fundraising: Teach a Social Media and Social Networking Class for Parents

Fundraiser Ideas

Some would also like to understand how to: Use Skype. This is great high school fundraiser and a creative fundraising idea. You can easily teach a social media class for adults who would like to become more familiar with these technologies. Lots of parents simply don’t understand Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or other mainstream web technologies.

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Kristen Olsen

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

2:00 pm: Participate in a skype call with a mobile application developer – this is one of my favorite and most exciting projects! Kristen Olsen. Here’s the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words. Share your day with us! Don’t be shy – tell us what you do in a typical day as a nonprofit communications pro. .

How to Work With a Social Media Consultant

J Campbell Social Marketing

These days meetings and full conferences can be conducted via Google Hangout, Skype and GoToMeeting. If you are a nonprofit professional at a small organization, chances are you are resource-constrained. You most likely don’t have the capacity to hire a full time person to run your social media. You may need a bit more individualized training and coaching – more than what you can get by passively watching webinars, reading e-books and attending conferences.

New Facebook Features and Why They Matter

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Instead of video-skyping, you decide to meet your cousin (who lives out of town) in a VR environment of your choosing (e.g. Last week, Facebook held its annual F8 conference where Mark Zuckerberg and team typically set the direction for global digital technology. I mean that last part literally. What Facebook invests time and resources in tends to set the course for the entire digital ecosystem.

#Aging: Touchscreen Ease Available For Those Who Don’t Want An iPad

Non Profit Marketing 360

As it turns out, a niche market of this market includes younger users who simply want a friendly interface to get to the few staples of their online experience: email, Facebook, Skype, etc. Click to enlarge. The iPad has inspired many older Americans to expand not only their computing skills, but also their short-term memories and their social(-media) circles. Nevertheless, the iPad was not created with our oldest citizens in mind. The screen is not especially large, for example.

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Are We Seeing Pushback on Google+?

Non Profit Marketing 360

Yes, Facebook has already made a deal with Skype/Microsoft and will bring it into Facebook, but already FB looks like the straggler in the social-networking race. The launch of Google+ (G+) remains an ongoing, by invitation only, event. The evolutionary rollout has given the latest social-networking site a caché of security and exclusivity that (lest we forget) Facebook enjoyed about five years ago.

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Day Off

The Agitator

Roger and I are making our first joint public appearance in the history of The Agitator on Wednesday, although I’m cheating a bit … I’ll be there via Skype from New Zealand! Well, not exactly. We’ll be doing a rant of some sort on ‘Harnessing Change’, the theme of the 2012 Bridge Conference in Washington, DC.

Why I Write - Blog Hop "Old Fashion" Meme

Diva Marketing Blog

Although Des is based on the other side of my world, through Skype, G+ Hangouts and social media his coaching, LinkIn mentoring and social media business has no geographical boundaries. When BBF Yvonne DiVita, author/founder of Lipsticking and BlogPaws , asked me to play along on an ''old fashion'' blog meme or blog hop, I immediately said yes. Blog memes were popular before blogs were social media. So this post is not only fun but a bit nostalgia. . I''ve always wanted to be a "Writer."

Thank You Wayne Hurlbert

Diva Marketing Blog

Perhaps there were phone calls, Skypes and emails. My mind is still a jumble of thoughts. My heart wounded and broken. I''ve written this post a dozen times in my head but nothing seemed quite right. So, I decided to go in a direction that he would have liked. To tell the story in a way that will help others understand what matters in this world we call social media. .

#Tech: Net Neutrality Supported in Europe – Not Unsupported in US

Non Profit Marketing 360

and Skype. The European Parliament voted last week to continue to encourage net neutrality as a means to foster innovation and to encourage the dissemination of information.

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#Tech: The Net Is Not Quite Dead, But It’s Not Your Mom’s Web Anymore

Non Profit Marketing 360

The applications that account for more of the Internet’s traffic include peer-to-peer file transfers, email, company VPNs, the machine-to-machine communications of APIs, Skype calls, World of Warcraft and other online games, Xbox Live, iTunes, voice-over-IP phones, iChat, and Netflix movie streaming. First of all, an adjustment/correction to yesterday’s story: Facebook pushed back its rollout of Timeline across all accounts until tomorrow, the 31st.

Launching a Nonprofit Video Contest


I recently sat down for a Skype video interview with Gail Hendrickson from the Alliance to Save Energy. We're no strangers to the world of video contests. Last year, our DoGooderTV Nonprofit Video Awards received over 400 videos from all types of organizations and causes. This week, we've helped launch a video contest around one specific issue: driving smarter.

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We Regret To Inform You …

The Agitator

Tom, on a purely personal note, given our many years of working together, don’t even think about sneaking out and setting your Skype status at “Online” while fishing or otherwise shirking your duties. INTER-OFFICE MEMORANDUM. To: Belford Sunday evening. FR: Craver. RE: Your Request for Day Off. The Agitator’s Human Relations Advisory Board has given careful consideration to your request for a one-day leave on 18 February.

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Great presentation on the emerging philanthropic web by Christine Egger of Social Actions

Giving in a Digital World

I had the very great pleasure this week of finally meeting face to face with someone who I can honestly say has changed the way I think about online fundraising over the last 18 months or so – that person being Christine Egger of Social Actions.

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Interview With N.E.D. - The Rock N Roll Docs

Diva Marketing Blog

Diva Marketing/Toby : Are any of the practices held virtually e.g. on Skype of Google+? Nimesh : Yes, many times 2 or 3 of the band members may work on parts vis Skype. Doctors heal patients in many ways. some even through rock n roll! N.E.D. , an innovative rock band of 6 U.S. cancer surgeons, tours the country using their music to create awareness about women''s cancer issues. .

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#SocialNetworks: Is Google+ Ready For Nonprofit Big Time? (Part 2)

Non Profit Marketing 360

Moreover, Google+ was built with video-linking in mind, whereas Facebook integrated Skype as an apparent afterthought. Let us begin by respectfully noting the tenth anniversary of the attacks in New York City, on the Pentagon, and on the thwarted attack in Shanksville PA on September 11th. We hope those directly touched by the terrorists’ attacks have been able to find some modicum of peace over the decade.

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Dress Code Required: Slippers & PJs – How to Leverage Social Media Supporters for Your Next Event

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Then the night of the event, connect your virtual partiers together through Skype into a giant video party with other virtual parties across your supporter network. Dawn Crawford. This week, four guest bloggers are teaching us a thing or two about event marketing. Guest Post by Dawn Crawford, BC/DC Ideas. Events are fabulous for the supporters in your immediate area, but what if your supporter base reaches far beyond a reasonable car ride?