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Using Closed vs. Open Web Site Tools as a Nonprofitnelia30wm5zstkfdr2702qerd5zgsa05Using Closed vs. Open Web Site Tools as a Nonprofit">Using Closed vs. Open Web Site Tools as a Nonprofitq11glg7fqdicagy3xv02399jpz7egchwUsing Closed vs. Open Web Site Tools as a Nonprofit

(English → 中文) 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 → 中文) 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 → 中文) View originalTranslators: Photo courtesy of zebedee.zebedeeolc8ncep15gnm3kobkxhjc9kdaltugi8 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 […]

A Template for Calendaring Your Messagingagszlj17brw2b99g5v0t08sqy2gj7mh8A Template for Calendaring Your Messaging">A Template for Calendaring Your Messagingzzlvujb87m82yigktc3by26brulourfjA Template for Calendaring Your Messaging

(English → 中文) 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 → 中文) 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.styn9mqba4mmt5k3jc8mr00ertqlowy7 When it comes to email newsletters, skimmability […]

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(English → 中文) 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 → 中文) 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 → 中文) View originalTranslators: Some Nonprofit Tech Discussion Listsb9wltoxpe9pipxh4h0836qzhfvnche2j NTEN Discussxa217xkp3pvr0tcxkzicfwxacjq5kq17 NOSI5eeongcxzk0cynpah8mglaoqiplsj9ef Riders Techqfj4j7yf6h639ik3jpeoag41ec443kdk Riders Talkm4kwjjvv9rt0asyhaosmei64ujsj0a4c Open Translation Toolsk2jou0d6razfiqs92fs170bs06kloyqz 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 Matrixp78uetiajrtsuhjeax1acza53ronp0n5Keeping Track of Your Dashboard Feeds with a Listening Matrix">Keeping Track of Your Dashboard Feeds with a Listening Matrixrob2l153qpnyesrin6tzenvnnki0hz7yKeeping Track of Your Dashboard Feeds with a Listening Matrix

(English → 中文) 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 […]

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(English → 中文) 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.azdyirzm0b0tc7nd1b3k9lq5m9xwe2ke As part of that effort, I put together some […]

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