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(English → Español) View originalTranslators: Recently, we had a conversation with an organization who was getting pressure to use a closed tool called Jimdo rather than the open-source tool, WordPress for their web site. Jimdo seemed easier and quicker and they wanted to know what we thought about it. Here’s a couple points that we […]

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(English → Español) View originalTranslators: One of the best ways to take advantage of social networks is to realize that they work just like in-person social networks. Well. Maybe not JUST like in-person social networks. There isn’t much handshaking going on, but the underlying strategies and mutual back-scratching of in-person relationships and network-building are still […]

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(English → Español) View originalTranslators: Photo courtesy of zebedee.zebedee58ra600p8708fsmswxj22n0fzypnbg36 Ending any relationship is hard. Creating a standard set of processes can ease the pain of the schism. When a marriage ends, there are legal filings, transfer and division of property and the surrendering of keys and changing of locks to ensure security. When an employee […]

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(English → Español) View originalTranslators: One of the best practices often overlooked by many “I’m spinning too many plates on long skinny poles” nonprofits is calendaring out the messaging your organization is going to send ahead of time. Akin to flossing, calendaring your messaging ahead of time is something that organizations think that they should […]

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(English → Español) View originalTranslators: The first rule of email messaging as an organization is that no one reads emails. People skim emails. Making your email blasts as skimmable as possible is the best way to get your point across to the people you are trying to reach.ytua3js1653gvquw71ixlxu6hjltdg02 When it comes to email newsletters, skimmability […]

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(English → Español) View originalTranslators: Recently one of the organizations that we work with had their account suspended on Twitter. The situation looked something like this. The organization started tweeting about a video/petition. No biggie, right? Well, they started to tweet at people (putting the @username at the beginning of the tweet). A lot. And […]

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(English → Español) View originalTranslators: There have been some great questions around email communications submitted and answered on our sister (beta) site Answr and I wanted to throw up (?) a quick blog post to highlight a few of them. Answr is a site dedicated to questions and answers around nonprofit online communications (focusing mainly […]

How to Manage an Email Discussion List to Invite Collaborationsoxrgut56mc8sp967220y9csiw2l0g5iHow to Manage an Email Discussion List to Invite Collaboration">How to Manage an Email Discussion List to Invite Collaborationo1ba2sb96nojqkyp8k0ukpmn95lmu8b8How to Manage an Email Discussion List to Invite Collaboration

(English → Español) View originalTranslators: Some Nonprofit Tech Discussion Listsbuynxinva302r05t95fru3usawbwlqwn NTEN Discuss9see9z56s46zzyh3jxwonkzzf0lfrezr NOSI7pcnkxmzs4udpvuua5v2f0m4j4uxeijc Riders Techgtps0zep6z0h47pp7egnlwv3qb7kejxk Riders Talkt083iab48r5e5h2lfuu26ge5ohuhsqnb Open Translation Toolscp3tmfwbojualke99xxz7voyikr4rcmt Email discussion lists or listservs (name comes from a specific piece of software called LISTSERV), while increasingly overshadowed by social networks, can still be a great way for a like-minded community to carry conversations and […]

Keeping Track of Your Dashboard Feeds with a Listening Matrix21kuk42c7wun1fobyxpr4xunkka5l5zeKeeping Track of Your Dashboard Feeds with a Listening Matrix">Keeping Track of Your Dashboard Feeds with a Listening Matrixeojwvezkspnzamezxn3l0g1emd8360baKeeping Track of Your Dashboard Feeds with a Listening Matrix

(English → Español) View originalTranslators: We, like a lot of other people, love using a “listening dashboard” like Netvibes to listen to the social web. It’s free, pretty easy to put together and it does all the work for you of tracking down when your name or organization has been mentioned online. Fun stuff. The […]

Tools to Introduce Online Communications Best Practiceswawdw50y3rrv6csrcxhttwx3awvxn3raTools to Introduce Online Communications Best Practices">Tools to Introduce Online Communications Best Practicesv0l4s7kedz22j0ih5voh54xz583745hpTools to Introduce Online Communications Best Practices

(English → Español) View originalTranslators: We spend a lot of time here at Aspiration and here on the SSC Blog talking about online communications best practices, trying to help nonprofits and social justice organizations find ways to use technology cheaper and more effectively for their missions.5m235x7bvbt9qkx8yrjmasg3r6dnns3j As part of that effort, I put together some […]

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