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(English → हिन्दी) 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 → हिन्दी) 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 → हिन्दी) View originalTranslators: Photo courtesy of zebedee.zebedeede1kxqfckvbujn3wvq5h3bqo85u7cwuf 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 → हिन्दी) 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 → हिन्दी) 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.673z7b3yukothirwcr349oty7kustroq When it comes to email newsletters, skimmability […]

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(English → हिन्दी) 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 → हिन्दी) 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 […]

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(English → हिन्दी) View originalTranslators: Some Nonprofit Tech Discussion Lists7o0a1yju3qc8t53q5rjog383bphugymd NTEN Discussdfk67vr97fjhupfxsjeew6a0wt6rs8yw NOSIbd0f0crk7ype2m971avt6nf60ff9yd00 Riders Techxsa4gnfnjzfspdkrxni7fzt32yhh7fcv Riders Talk31c1mkn1no418eefjfdgw2d1njpwjpnd Open Translation Toolswelmvrh5yaa3udqnzg1i9b72imo3s5uf 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 […]

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(English → हिन्दी) 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 Practicesum96y3q9ghk5drfvlgdtqq11eogix45hTools to Introduce Online Communications Best Practices">Tools to Introduce Online Communications Best Practicesdlvdoce3nyfug3nzy8niaxo1yhbepnrtTools to Introduce Online Communications Best Practices

(English → हिन्दी) 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.dtcn868f5melwkm6n89oj9ozk89437d6 As part of that effort, I put together some […]

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